Athlon II X2 220 is available is US
Last week Athlon II X2 220 OEM processors started to appear in US online stores. Cheapest prices for the CPU are currently in the range from $45 to $50 plus shipping. You may also get this processor from eBay for $54.99 with free shipping.
Dual-core Athlon II 220 operates at 2.8 GHz, i.e. at the same frequency as model 240, but has twice smaller size of level 2 cache. Compared to previous low-budget OEM only model 215, the 220 has 100 MHz faster core frequency, and newer C3 core stepping. We acquired one Athlon II X2 220 CPU, and ran various benchmarks on it. As expected, we found that performance of the processor is 2% - 3.5% higher than performance of the previous model, Athlon II 215. Further below we provided a few graphs that show how Athlon II X2 220 fared to other AMD and Intel dual-core CPUs. For benchmarks, we selected the following processors:
The benchmarks were ran on the following motherboards:
For all tests we used 32-bit Windows XP, and the same type of hard disk drive and video card. All results in graphs below are provided as percentage values, relative to performance of Athlon II X2 220 CPU.
MySQL - selecting data
MySQL benchmark shows sustained number of SQL requests per second served by MySQL server v5.0.27. The test starts multiple processes, one per each logical processor. Each process connects to a MySQL server, running on the same computer, and executes a series of SELECT statements. All processes retrieve data from the same database table, but use different parameters in SELECT statements. Queried table has all required indexes to avoid excessive disk access. The processes do not disconnect between requests.
The results depend on: CPU frequency, Integer performance, The number of cores / threads, Size of caches, Memory bandwidth
This graph is a good reflection of Athlon 220's integer performance in comparison with Intel processors - it's not as fast as top Pentium Dual-Core models, but it has better performance than the E3400, the fastest at this time Celeron Dual-Core CPU.
Apache web server - static pages
Apache benchmark shows an average number of static pages served per by Apache 1.3.41. The test starts 64 threads. Each thread opens a connection to the same Apache web server, running on the computer, and fetches the same static page as many times as possible during predefined time interval. The static page is a copy of Test Page, that comes with Apache web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests in our suite.
The results depend on: CPU frequency, Integer performance, Number of cores / threads, Size of caches, Memory bandwidth.
Athlon 220 is still slower than Pentium G6950 and E6600 in Apache benchmark, and faster than the E3400, but the performance difference between processors is now greater. In this test, the G6950 has almost 40% better performance than the model 220, which in turn is 14% faster than the E3400.
7Zip compressing/decompressing speed
7Zip compressing / decompressing benchmark reports compression / decompression speed, in KB per second, of random data by 7Zip archiver. The test is a part of WinRAR software.
The results depend on: CPU frequency, Integer performance, The number of cores / threads, Size of caches, Memory bandwidth.
7Zip benchmark is more dependent on memory bandwidth than MySQL and Apache tests, and this causes a notable change in benchmark results. Pentium G6950, which has smaller size of level 1 + level 2 caches than other CPUs in this test, is no longer the best. The 6950's large, but slow, 3 MB level 3 cache doesn't help much to improve the performance. This Pentium processor performs similarly bad in WinRAR benchmark, where it falls behind all Athlon II CPUs.
Performance of the Athlon 220 CPU in comparison with other Athlon II processors in the 7Zip test is quite predictable:
wPrime v1.55 (32M)
wPrime benchmark measures the time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431. The program uses Newton's method for estimating functions.
The results depend on: CPU frequency, Floating-Point performance, The number of cores / threads
wPrime floating-point benchmark results look similar to integer MySQl and Apache benchmarks. Large size of level 2 cache on Athlon II X2 235e and 240 processors doesn't result in increased performance for this test, and, consequentially, they perform as fast as Athlon II 215 and 220 CPUs respectively.
CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (Multithreaded)
CINEBENCH R10 multi-threaded benchmark is based on 3D software CINEMA 4D. The benchmark renders photo-realistic image using all available CPU resources, and reports the render time.
The results depend on: CPU frequency, SIMD performance, The number of cores / threads, Size of caches, Memory bandwidth
Cinebench SIMD benchmark is not much different from integer benchmarks, except that Celeron E3400 now outruns all Athlon II CPUs. Better Celeron scores are possibly due to better SIMD performance on Celeron and Pentium CPUs, combined with better code optimization for Intel processors. Therefore the 28% - 35% lead of Pentium microprocessors in this test is more the exception, than the rule, and other benchmarks prove it.
H.264 video encoding - single process
"H.264 encoding using multiple processes" benchmark measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors, per second. The test runs multiple instances of MEncoder program (part of MPlayer software), one instance per each logical processor. Each instance converts the same movie snippet in MPEG2 format to a file in H.264 format using single-pass encoding. To avoid extra disk I/O the encoded file is copied to a NUL: device.
The results depend on: CPU frequency, SIMD performance, The number of cores / threads, Size of caches, Memory bandwidth.
Pentium processors in the h.264 video encoding test are still in the lead, but the difference is not as significant as in the Cinebench benchmark. Celeron E3400 takes the last place in this benchmark.
You may also visit Athlon II 220 CPU page (link is below), and use "Compare with..." feature on the "Specifications" tab to compare this processor with other CPUs from our database.
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