Entry-Level Processor Comparison

Please rank these processors from best to worst at stock setting:
• Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200
• Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300
• Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400
• AMD Athlon II X2 240
• AMD Athlon II X2 245
• AMD Athlon II X2 250

If you can provide link of comparison and benchmark of these processors, better. Some sites I visited only include high-end processors to their comparison chart. I hope you can provide various sources so I can get the average feedback. I also have few questions:
• Does AM3 platform have significant advantage over AM2+ except DDR3?
• If I'm not mistaken, pairing an AM3 processor with an AM2+ board affects HyperTransport. Can someone explain to me in simple term what HyperTransport is? Is there a significant difference?
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    This list of scores is not 100% but it is generally accurate. I haven't checked the scores of your CPUs on it though.

    Off the top of my head I would think (worst to best sorry):
    e5200 - worst
    250 - best

    In my experience, the athlon II/phenom II will perform the same as the core2 with the core 2 (these pentiums are core 2 based) at 200MHz slower. The cache of both processors is the same in the comparison above.

    -I don't believe there is an advantage. If there is, it is very small.
    -hypertransport is the link between the RAM and CPU. The hit on hypertransport will not make a difference.
  2. Thanks. I've actually realized that the Athlon II X2 240 is the bang for the buck.
  3. Yep it definitely is. I would have bought it if I had not been given an Athlon IIx4 620.
  4. Best answer selected by Verkil.
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