AMD Athlon II x2 250 Review – Part 3


AMD Athlon II x2 250 Review – Part 1 – A look at the CPU

AMD Athlon II x2 250 Review – Part 2 – 3DMark Vantage Scores

Ok, in our last look at this AMD Athlon II x2 250 CPU we saw how it handled a synthetic benchmark.  This time, we want to pit it against a real game to see how it really performs.  And what game better than Crysis.  Crysis is undoubtably the one of the most hardware intensive games out there right now.

Our in-game settings (click to enlarge images):

We went for all “High” settings in the advanced menu.  We were running this on a resolution of 1440 x 900 with 2x AA.  We also kept our 17% OC to 3600 Mhz active.  Remember, folks, the other main components of this test system is an ATI Radeon 4870 1 Gig and 4 Gigs of Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 (1600mhz).

With the above settings and hardware, we ran through various sections of the Crysis SP Demo a couple times and compared the scores.

First 3 Minutes of Play

Min FPS: 21

Max FPS: 79

Avg FPS: 42.6

Second 3 Minutes of Play

Min FPS: 20

Max FPS: 80

Avg FPS: 42.5

As you can see both scores are very close.  And the whole time, we never felt as though the FPS drops were negatively affecting our gameplay.  Sure, we get down to 20 FPS, but we really had things set pretty high for this.  An average of 42 FPS is pretty solid for this game.   We can definitely say that this CPU (when paired with the appropriate hardware), is up to real world gaming situations.

Conclusions.

We can definitely recommend this CPU to just about anyone looking to build a budget PC, even for gaming use.  We threw one of the tougher games out there, Crysis, and cranked the settings with little hit to performance.  We also had a very easy time achieving a good OC which further improved our performance.  Considering this CPU can be picked up for less than $80 now, we give this a definite two thumbs up.


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