AMD Athlon ii 260 Processor
The AMD Athlon II X2 260 is a 3.2 GHz dual core Processor intended for the desktop segment. The AMD Athlon II X2 260 Processor is useful for moderate to high end computing mainly because of its relatively high clock frequency and the dual core.
Athlon II X2 260 has a total of 2 MB of L2 Cache ( 1 MB for each of the two cores). The AMD Athlon ii 260 has integrated memory controller that reduces the processor to memory latency. The fast processor to memory communication ensures that the Cache miss does not lead to heavy timing penalty.
The AMD Athlon ii 260 fits in the AM2+ and AM3 socket of your motherboard. If you have and older processor in your AM2+ or AMD3 socket, you may benefit by replacing it with the Athlon ii 260 in the same mother board. The processor is available at at relatively inexpensive price tag of around $70 at the time of writing.
The AMD Athlon ii 260 supports the 64 bit instructions and the Hardware Virtualization, which is helpful if you have more than one processes running in parallel.
The AMD Athlon ii 260 also supports advanced multimedia instruction sets including SSE4a. The moderate TDP rating of 65 Watts ensure that the heatsink and the fan requirements in Athlon ii 260 is not very demanding.
The AMD Athlon ii 260 bumps up the clock frequency of the more popular AMD Athlon ii 220 ( 2.8 GHz processor) by 400 MHz or about 14%. We should therefor expect an improvemet of the order of 14% in the processor intensive tasks in AMD Athlon ii 260 as compared to the 220.
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