AMD Athlon II X2 260 thinks of itself as budget friendly

by Rafael Hernandez on May 18, 2010 · 0 comments

Heavily multi-cored processors allow for some very powerful applications to be run and improve overall system performance…most of the time you just need a low-powered chip for the task.

Legit Reviews has a look at the AMD Athlon II X2 260 based on the custom designed Regor core which should keep things running nice and cool:

Coming clocked at 3.2GHz the AMD Athlon II X2 260 features two megabytes of L2 cache shared between two cores. This differs from the Athlon II X4 series as the X4’s share the two megabytes across all four cores in a 4×512 kilobytes pattern. Having more L2 cache per core will help in lightly threaded application. The AMD Athlon II X2 260 also features support for both DDR2(up to 1,066 MT/s) and DDR3 (up to 1,333 MT/s). The Athlon II series is AMD’s first processor with hardware C1E (a low-power state). Moving this power state out of the BIOS and into the CPU microcode will enable AMD to ensure more consistent power management implementation across platforms. This is good news as systems will be more energy efficient as a result of this change.

Yeah visions of HTPCs danced in our heads too.

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