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AMD Athlon II X3 435 & Athlon II X2 240e Processor Review



For the price, the new Athlon II X2 240e and Athlon II X3 435 are great performers, however, for a few dollars more you can upgrade to a Quad Core Athlon II X4 620 which outperforms both of these processors in CPU intensive benchmarks. While the gaming benchmarks are close, the majority of the computing for video benchmarks falls on the video GPU and not the CPU.  However, in the scientific benchmarks that measured the CPU as a whole, the Quad Core was able to outperform the Triple and Dual Core processors almost every time. The main advantage that the new Athlon II X3 and X2 have is the higher clock speeds, which make them suitable for single threaded applications, such as in the case with Apophysis.

On the flip side, for well under $100 for a processor and the same for a decent, mid-range motherboard, you can have a perfect platform for that new family computer or home theater pc that you have been putting off for so long. While these new processors may not break any records, they, including specifically the energy efficient Athlon II X2 240e, will make designing and running your new system eco-friendly and easy on the wallet all around. For casual gaming they will be able to put out decent frame rates when paired with a nice video card, and when it comes to general computing, you will have enough power to get you by - albeit not lightning fast.



  • Inexpensive
  • Great for HTPCs and workstations
  • Good processors for system builders
  • Runs extremely cool, especially the X2 240e



  • Low L2 Cache and no L3 Cache
  • Does not perform as well as the Athlon II X4 620


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  5. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  6. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  7. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10, HD Tune
  8. Testing: Far Cry 2
  9. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  10. Testing: BioShock
  11. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  12. Testing: Dead Space
  13. Testing: Fallout 3
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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