Athlon II X2 220 is available is US

Athlon II X2 220 processor

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:

ProcessorSocketFrequencyL2 cacheL3 cacheTDP
Athlon II X2 215socket AM32.7 GHz1 MBNone65 Watt
Athlon II X2 220socket AM32.8 GHz1 MBNone65 Watt
Athlon II X2 235esocket AM32.7 GHz2 MBNone45 Watt
Athlon II X2 240socket AM32.8 GHz2 MBNone65 Watt
Celeron Dual-Core E3400socket 7752.6 GHz1 MBNone65 Watt
Pentium Dual-Core E6700socket 7753.2 GHz2 MBNone65 Watt
Pentium G6950socket 11562.8 GHz0.5 MB3 MB73 Watt

The benchmarks were ran on the following motherboards:

  • Socket 1156 - ASUS P7P55D motherboard with 2 GB of dual-channel Corsair TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3 memory.
  • Socket AM3 - ASRock M3A780GXH/128M motherboard with 2 GB of dual-channel Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3 memory.
  • Socket 775 - ASRock 4Core1600Twins-P35 with 2 GB of dual-channel Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9 DDR3.

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.

Part number   Result
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950
126.3%
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6600
115.6%
AMD Athlon II X2 220
100%
Intel Celeron Dual-Core E3400
93.9%

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.

Part number   Result
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950
139.8%
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6600
117.8%
AMD Athlon II X2 220
100%
Intel Celeron Dual-Core E3400
86%

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:

  • It scores lower than similarly clocked Athlon II 240, owing to smaller L2 cache
  • Having 100 MHz higher frequency, the 220 with 1 MB L2 cache is almost as good as Athlon II 235e with 2 MB L2 cache.
  • The 220 is 3.1% faster than Athlon 215, which is consistent with its 3.7% higher core frequency.

Part number   Result
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6600
107.3%
AMD Athlon II X2 240
103.8%
AMD Athlon II X2 235e
100.6%
AMD Athlon II X2 220
100%
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950
98.1%
AMD Athlon II X2 215 (rev. C2)
96.9%
Intel Celeron Dual-Core E3400
86.8%

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.

Part number   Result
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950
110.2%
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6600
100.8%
AMD Athlon II X2 220
100%
AMD Athlon II X2 240
99.4%
AMD Athlon II X2 215 (rev. C2)
96.2%
AMD Athlon II X2 235e
96.1%
Intel Celeron Dual-Core E3400
85.3%

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.

Part number   Result
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6600
135.1%
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950
128.9%
Intel Celeron Dual-Core E3400
106.9%
AMD Athlon II X2 240
103.9%
AMD Athlon II X2 235e
100.5%
AMD Athlon II X2 220
100%
AMD Athlon II X2 215 (rev. C2)
96.2%

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.

Part number   Result
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6600
115%
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G6950
113.5%
AMD Athlon II X2 220
100%
Intel Celeron Dual-Core E3400
96.7%

For more detailed comparisons of Athlon II X2 220 CPU with other processors please see the following pages: Athlon II X2 215 vs 220
Athlon II X2 220 vs Celeron E3400
Athlon II X2 vs Pentium E6600

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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