Originally Posted by jeffkro
You know I replaced my Athlon X2 250 system with a llano system and realize now that I just had money burning a hole in my pocket. The X2 250 did everything I needed just fine. The only difference was a 17W drop in idle power consumption and I no longer need to run my audio through the optical jack. I guess the power savings will pay for it in about 1 to 2 years but, eh.
I agree that the $60 Athlon X2 250 is decent... no, make that very nice, for the price. My previous system (replaced by the Athlon X2 250) was an Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 with Asus P5KC mobo. The reason I switched was I wanted to upgrade from SATA300/DDR2/USB2.0 to SATA600/DDR3/USB3.0, but at the time (around Q3 2010) it was much cheaper to go the AMD route. As far as the CPUs were concerned, they seemed quite similar in specs (both have 2 cores, with 3GHz clock frequency) so I figured I was moving laterally there.
And guess what... I just had money burning a hole in my pocket too
Despite its inferior specs, the Core 2 Duo system (which I donated to my work) is significantly faster than the AMD AX2 250 system in several key applications, for example:
Backing up the OS partition...
On the Intel system, OS partition has appx. 33GB of data. OS is stored on a 500GB SATA300 HDD running in IDE mode. Backup drive resides within the same system and is also a SATA300 HDD running in IDE mode.
Time to create backup image: 25 minutes
On the AMD system, OS partition has appx. 19GB of data. OS is stored on a 64GB SATA600 SSD running in AHCI mode. Backup drive resides within the same system and is a SATA300 HDD running in AHCI mode.
Time to create backup image: 40 minutes
In this example, the backup utility is the Acronis True Image Home 2009 boot CD, which runs under a Linux kernel. Maybe the Linux drivers used in the CD were optimized for Intel SATA controllers, not AMD SATA controllers.
(Maybe I ought to see if switching the AMD system to IDE mode, before running the Acronis boot CD, provides any improvement in the backup performance.)
There are other examples in which the older Intel system outperforms the newer AMD system, so yeah... I think this year's tax return will be spent on an Intel system