AMD Athlon II X2 260 Processor boasts high clock rates…for a budget chip

by Rafael Hernandez on June 7, 2010 · 0 comments

AMD Athlon II CPU processor boxWhile the high end processors sport more cores than you can shake a stick at the low-end of the market has to plod along with dual-core chips. Frustratingly applications, by and large, aren’t optimized for many cores so these budge chips with high frequency clocks still pack a punch.

Benchmark Reviews has a look at the AMD Athlon II X2 260 Processor and its 3.2GHz dual cores which can hang with some of the big boys in popular tasks (namely gaming):

The Athlon-II series is built to be a less expensive alternative, while still offering a lot of great features. The chips are designed without any L3 cache at all, allowing for those lower prices. Many computer enthusiasts, myself included, often wait a long time after the purchase of a computer before considering an upgrade. I know many of you reading this are the same way. According to the Steam Hardware Survey for April 2010, almost 17% of gamers (remember, the hardware survey is based on Steam users) are still using single core processors in their systems.

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