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AMD Athlon II X2 250u vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Mini Review

AMD Athlon II X2 250u advantages

  • The AMD 250u has 3DNow! instructions enabled. The 3DNow! technology helps the microprocessor to perform certain floating-point operations faster, and thus improve performance in games, that support the instructions. These instruction are obsolete now, and only some old games and software used them.
  • The CPU is 62% more energy efficient.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 advantages

  • Single-threaded performance of this microprocessor is higher.
  • The CPU has 109% better performance in multi-threaded applications.
  • The Intel E8500 is 57% faster when running memory-intensive programs.
  • SSSE3 and SSE4.1 instructions are enabled on this microprocessor.

250u vs E8500 performance comparison

The charts in the section below show performance of Athlon II X2 250u and Core 2 Duo E8500 CPUs in a number of different kinds of tasks. The numbers in the charts are calculated from a few benchmarks, that you can view in the "Benchmarks" tab. Consequentally, performance in individual benchmarks may be worse or better than what you see in the charts on this page. We also averaged the results for task type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and displayed them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.71
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.09
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.57
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
3
2.4
1.8
1.2
0.6
0
 
 
1
 
2.02
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD Athlon II X2 250u       - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Full list of benchmarks, that demonstrate difference in performance between AMD 250u and Intel E8500 in various types of tests, can be seen in the "Benchmarks" tab.


250u vs E8500 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
80
64
48
32
16
0
 
 
25W
 
65W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD Athlon II X2 250u vs E8500 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Athlon II X2 250u Core 2 Duo E8500
General recommendations:
Considerably lower power
  General recommendations:
Considerably higher performance in all application types,
Features SSE4.1 instructions

Drawbacks:

Slow,
Lacks some instructions
 

Drawbacks:

Requires much more power

Similar processors

Athlon II X2 250u Core 2 Duo E8500
 

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as AMD 250u and Core 2 Duo E8500, but their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD Athlon II X2 250u and Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Athlon II X2 250uIntel Core 2 Duo E8500
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyAthlon II X2Core 2 Duo
Basic details
Model number250uE8500
CPU part numberAD250USCK23GQAT80570PJ0876M
EU80570PJ0876M
Box part number BX80570E8500
BXC80570E8500
BX80570E8500A
Introduction dateDecember 31, 2009January 7, 2008
 
CPU features
Core nameRegorWolfdale
MicroarchitectureK10Core
Technology (micron)0.045
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2+ / Socket AM3Socket 775
Frequency (MHz)16003167
Bus speed (MHz)1600 (HT/QPI)1333
Clock Multiplier89.5
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)20486144
Max temperature (°C)55 - 8172.4
TDP (Watt)2565
Max power dissipation (Watt) 100.31
Core voltage (V)0.85 - 1.150.85 - 1.3625
Cores2
Threads2
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3-+
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution-+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNone
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers10
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD Athlon II X2 250u" or "Intel Core 2 Duo E8500" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a complete set of AMD Athlon II X2 250u and Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on ASRock M3A780GXH/128M motherboard with 2 GB dual-channel Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3 memory, and Powercolor 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI Radeon HD2400). The latter processor was tested on ASRock 4Core1600Twins-P35 motherboard, that had 2 GB dual-channel Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3 memory, and Powercolor 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI Radeon HD2400) graphics.

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


Athlon II X2 250u vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.


    AMD Athlon II X2 250u           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
41.5%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
32.2%


Athlon II X2 250u vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.


    AMD Athlon II X2 250u           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
42.1%

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
42.1%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
45.7%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
41.1%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
42.2%

    AMD Athlon II X2 250u           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
50.4%

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
48.4%

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
41.5%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
55.5%


Athlon II X2 250u vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.


    AMD Athlon II X2 250u           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
100%
87.0%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
81.6%


Athlon II X2 250u vs Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.


    AMD Athlon II X2 250u           Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
51.6%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
63.7%

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