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AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) vs Intel Pentium G640

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AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) advantages



AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)
  • The processor has 3DNow! instructions enabled. This technology can increase performance of certain old games. The 3DNow! set was depreciated, and not used in modern programs.

Intel Pentium G640 advantages



Intel Pentium G640
  • The Intel Pentium G640 performs 28% better when running single-threaded tasks.
  • Multi-threaded performance of the Intel G640 is higher.
  • Memory performance of the microprocessor is better.
  • The Intel Pentium G640 processor features SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions.
  • In addition to 2 CPU cores, the processor integrates HD (Sandy Bridge) GPU. This graphics unit is not a substitute for high-end graphics cards, but it can be used for casual gaming and 3D apps.

260 vs G640 performance comparison

The charts in the section below show performance of Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) and Pentium G640 processors in a few different task types. The numbers for 'Single-threaded performance' and 'Multi-threaded performance' charts are calculated as an average of several related benchmarks, that you can find in the "Benchmarks" tab. As such, the displayed results may differ from results, that you may see in individual tests. The 'Overall performance' chart calculates an average of all-around performance benchmarks, and benchmarks, specific to each type of program.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.28
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.2
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.17
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.21
 
 
Higher is better

  - AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)       - Intel Pentium G640

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for full list of benchmarks, demonstrating difference in performance between AMD 260 and Intel Pentium G640 in various types of programs.


260 vs G640 power consumption comparison

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

Detailed side by side comparison of Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) vs Intel G640 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of low level features of both CPUs is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) Pentium G640
General recommendations:
None
  General recommendations:
Somewhat faster in general,
Supports SSE4.1 / SSE4.2 instructions,
Includes HD (Sandy Bridge) GPU

Drawbacks:

Rather slow,
Does not support some instructions,
No integrated graphics
 

Drawbacks:

None

Similar processors

Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) Pentium G640
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) and Intel G640, however their performance and other characteristics are slightly different.


Where to buy


These processors are obsolete. If you want to buy one of them, the best place to look are auction sites, like eBay. They may also be available from third party sellers at Amazon.
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Specifications

Please visit AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) and Intel Pentium G640 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)Intel Pentium G640
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyAthlon II X2Pentium Dual-Core
Basic details
Model number260G640
CPU part numberADX260OCK23GMCM8062307260314
CM8062307260316
Box part numberADX260OCGMBOXBX80623G640
BXC80623G640
Introduction dateMay 10, 2010June 3, 2012
Current official price$48 (as of Apr 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameRegorSandy Bridge
MicroarchitectureK10Sandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0450.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket AM2+ / Socket AM3Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)32002800
Bus speed (MHz)2000 (HT/QPI) 
Clock Multiplier1628
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)2048512
L3 cache (KB) 3072
Max temperature (°C)7469.1
TDP (Watt)65
Core voltage (V)0.825 - 1.4 
Cores2
Threads2
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3-+
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeNoneHD (Sandy Bridge)
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR2, DDR3DDR3-1066
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)" or "Intel Pentium G640" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) and Intel Pentium G640 processors were tested using different system components, that are identified by MB, RAM and VID columns in the tables below. The numbers in each of these columns correspond to one of motherboards (MB), memory configurations (RAM) or graphics adapters (VID), listed below:

MB - Motherboard(s):
1. ASUS P8P67
2. ASROCK M3A780GXH/128M
3. ASUS P8H61-M

RAM - Memory:
1. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3
2. 2 GB DUAL-CHANNEL CORSAIR CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3

VID - Video card(s):
1. MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI RADEON)
2. POWERCOLOR 24PRO256M DDR2 (ATI RADEON HD2400)
3. INTEGRATED ON-CHIP INTEL SANDY BRIDGE 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 260 (rev. C3) vs Intel Pentium G640 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 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
65.3%222
47.7%323

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%323
76.1%222

FLAC encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted by a single CPU core from WAV to FLAC format using the best possible compression.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
92.2%222

H.264 video encoding - single process benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by one CPU thread from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using high quality settings.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
81.9%222

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
78.9%222

    AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.8%111
96.6%222

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
56.1%222

XVid video encoding - single process benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by a single CPU core from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.8%323
83.5%222


Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) vs Intel Pentium G640 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 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

Apache web server - dynamic pages benchmark

Shows an average number of dynamic HTML pages served per second by local instance of Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.0%323
76.9%222

Apache web server - static pages benchmark

Shows an average number of very simple static HTML pages served per second by local Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.5%323
72.8%222

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.6%111
86.8%222

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
75.5%222

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
75.6%222

    AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

Runs Fibonacci, Napierian, Eratosthenes and QuickSort integer performance tests on all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.6%323
85.2%222

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

Executes MikoFPU, RandMeanSS, FFT and Mandelbrot FPU-dependent tests using all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
100%111
99.7%323

Euler3D benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.6%323
59.3%222

FLAC encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted from WAV to FLAC format by all CPU cores using the best possible compression.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
92.1%222

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.7%323
91.3%222

    AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

H.264 video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using single-pass method and high quality settings.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.2%323
81.9%222

H.264 video encoding - multithreaded benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using multi-threading system calls, dual-pass method and high quality settings.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.3%323
83.6%222

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.4%323
78.8%222

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.4%111
87.0%222

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.8%111
91.8%222

    AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
74.0%323
73.8%111

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).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
84.4%323
84.2%111

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).
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%323
99.7%111
92.9%222

XVid video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by all CPU cores from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.5%323
84.5%222

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
99.7%323
96.8%222


Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) vs Intel Pentium G640 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.

Important! The processors were tested using different types of graphics adapters, that may not be suitable for comparison.
     

    AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
20.5%323
8.9%222

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.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
33.5%323
24.8%222

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
32.4%222
26.6%323


Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) vs Intel Pentium G640 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 260 (rev. C3)           Intel Pentium G640

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%222
98.8%111
95.7%323

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

Evaluates Read, Write, Read/Write and Cache memory bandwidth score. The final result is the sum of measured results.
Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
90.0%323
61.0%222

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
98.6%323
51.7%222

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

Longer is better <MBRAMVID
100%111
97.5%323
84.2%222

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD Athlon II X2 260 (rev. C3) and Intel Pentium G640 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPU FamilyAthlon II X2Pentium Dual-Core
Model / Processor Number260G640
Frequency3192 MHz2809 MHz
CWID version0.40.5
Part numberADX260OCK23GMCM8062307260314
S-Spec / Stepping CodeNAEGC AE 1012BPMWSR059
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 260 Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G640 @ 2.80GHz
Cores2
Logical processors2
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingDA-C3 
CPUID signature100F63206A7
Family16 (010h) 6 (06h)
Model 6 (06h)42 (02Ah)
Stepping 3 (03h) 7 (07h)
TLB/Cache details 64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 128 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Lines per tag1 
L1 data: Size2 x 64 KB2 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 instruction: Comments Direct-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Lines per tag1 
L1 instruction: Size2 x 64 KB2 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: Comments Non-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Lines per tag1 
L2: Size2 x 1 MB2 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 3 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
3DNow!+-
AMD extensions to MMX+-
Extensions to 3DNow!+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1-+
SSE4.2-+
SSE4A+-
SSSE3-+
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+-
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ-+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RDTSCP+
SKINIT/STGI support+-
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE/XRESTORE states-+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+-
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+-
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+-
100MHz multiplier control+-
128-bit SSE instructions+-
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store-+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store-+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+-
Debug store-+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability-+
Extended APIC space+-
FXSAVE/FXRSTOR optimizations+-
Hardware P-state control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
Instruction based sampling+-
LAHF/SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LBR virtualization+-
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Misaligned SSE mode+-
Model-specific registers+
Nested page tables+-
OS visible workaround+-
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Software thermal control+-
Support for NRIP save+-
THERMTRIP+-
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+-
Thermal monitor-+
Thermal monitor 2-+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities-+
Time stamp counter+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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