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How is the "AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 255 Processor"?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sharky, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. sharky

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    i am looking at an 400 dollar ACER computer with : AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 255 Processor

    Last time i bought a computer PEN4 was king. Dont laugh
     
  2. FijiJohn

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    How good or bad depends on what you intend to do with it. :) For a comparison with other CPUs try here.
     
  3. dustyjay

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    The 255 is a good processor, though I will have to say that I am not at all impressed by ACER computers.
     
  4. sharky

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply

    I am still in the Pen1,2,3,4 years.

    Is the "AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 255 Processor" an improved state of the art processor over the Pen4? Or in other words does the "AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 255 Processor" make the Pen4 look outdated
     
  5. dustyjay

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    Yes it does.
     
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    The biggest difference (and I am greatly over-simplifying) is that each clock cycle does much more than in the Pentium 4. Therefore, the clock need not run as fast and the amount of heat generated (and power used) is far less. Intel hit the wall on the P4 Netburst architecture design and could not keep clocking faster and faster. Too much power drain and too much heat. AMD came out with a radically different approach (using a slower clock and less power to do more) and Intel quickly scrambled to come up with an alternative CPU architecture to match. HTH!
     
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