AMD Athlon II X2 255 CPU gets you going on the cheap

by Rafael Hernandez on March 29, 2010 · 0 comments

Dropping tons of money on a new PC doesn’t make sense in every case and budget constraints likely keep most builds on the sane side. A cheaper CPU might just let you splurge on extra memory or better graphics card for that added performance.

The AMD Athlon II X2 255 is one such processor offering up two highly clocked cores with a bit of headroom for those with overclocking on the mind. Benchmark Reviews has the details:

The Athlon-II X2-255, with its 45nm process and low TDP of 65W, is an excellent overclocker. The X2-255 is not a black edition processor, so we were working with a locked multiplier of 15.5. We could lower the multiplier through the BIOS, but not increase it. Even so, just using the bus speed and voltage, we were able to get the Athlon-II X2-255 to 3.8GHz cooled only with air. This represents nearly a 23% increase in the clock speed of the X2-255. We were able to reach 4.0GHz as well, but the stress testing proved to be too much and the processor failed at that level. With some more tweaking, it will likely be possible to reach a stable 4.0GHz, as it took over 9 hours of stressing to cause the Athlon-II X2-255 to fail at that speed.

A great, and inexpensive, little chip for the modest PC user.

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