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AMD AM3 Athlon II X2 250 3GHz or AMD AM2 Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3GHz

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February 3, 2010 2:19:26 PM

Both processors available for a good price (£50) but can anyone advise which is the better?

PC is not likely to get any serious abuse other than Itunes and some DVD encoding once in a while
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February 3, 2010 2:24:50 PM

from what I remeber, the Athlon II X2 250 its just ahead, and uses a newer core. I think it was based on the original phenom core.

Its been a long time since I read about them tho.
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February 3, 2010 2:30:30 PM

I have to admit I am leaning towards the 250 as this is the AM3 and does use less juice but I have no idea how these newer Phenom based CPU's perform compared to the older AM2
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February 3, 2010 2:46:36 PM

If you have an AM2 Motherboard, the 6000+ is a sure bet for compatibility unless the am2 board is cheap and does not support 125W

AM2+ motherboard get the Athlon 250

As for performance, the 250 will perform slightly better and suck down A LOT less power.

It depends mostly on if you have a mobo you want to use already and what it supports... other then that the 6000+ is old.
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February 3, 2010 2:46:42 PM

paxo78 said:
Both processors available for a good price (£50) but can anyone advise which is the better?

PC is not likely to get any serious abuse other than Itunes and some DVD encoding once in a while


http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2009/06/30/amd-at...

dvd encoding, well with link i place above, i think we got a clear winner between the 2. Athlon II x2
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February 3, 2010 2:48:03 PM

What motherboard do you have? Does it support AM3? If not you would need an AM2+ Board at least, and if you want to go straight AM3 you need an AM3 Prcoesser, MOBO and RAM.
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February 3, 2010 3:13:15 PM

Truhls said:
What motherboard do you have? Does it support AM3? If not you would need an AM2+ Board at least, and if you want to go straight AM3 you need an AM3 Prcoesser, MOBO and RAM.


I was considering the GA-MA785GM-US2H which supports both the AM2 and AM3
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February 3, 2010 3:15:35 PM

C00lIT said:
If you have an AM2 Motherboard, the 6000+ is a sure bet for compatibility unless the am2 board is cheap and does not support 125W

AM2+ motherboard get the Athlon 250

As for performance, the 250 will perform slightly better and suck down A LOT less power.

It depends mostly on if you have a mobo you want to use already and what it supports... other then that the 6000+ is old.


I'm replacing both the CPU and MOBO so I guess it makes sense to upgrade both to the AM3 to ensure compatability and if I can save a little (or a lot) of power in the process even better !
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