AMD Athlon II X2 240e and X3 435 Mainstream CPUs

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With the current price war going on between Intel and AMD at the lower-end of the market, consumers are left with more affordable options than ever before. One can argue that there has never been a better time to build a computer or upgrade an aging system, especially with the cost of relatively high-performing hardware reaching attainable levels. And with AMD's recent launch of their first $99 quad-core, enthusiasts have run out of excuses to postpone the jump to multi-core computing.

AMD continues to expand their product line up with mainstream processors at competitive prices with the launch of eight new Athlon II models today. These chips range from dual to quad-core varieties and feature lower power consumption as well. Today, we will be looking at two variants from this launch, the dual core Athlon II X2 240e and triple core X3 435 processors. Read on to find out what these new products have to offer.  


AMD Athlon II Series Processor

AMD Athlon II X2 and X3 Processors
Specifications & Features
   Athlon II X2
 Athlon II X3
Model
Core Frequency
HyperTransport 3.0 Technology Link
Clock Multiplier
TDP (Thermal Design Power)
Number of CPU Cores
L1 Cache
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
Core Voltage (VID)
Manufacturing Process
Total Die Size
Packaging
Socket Compatibility
Memory Type
AMD PowerNow! Technology
MSRP
240e
2.8 GHz
4000 GT/s
14x
45W
2
256KB (2 x 128K)
2MB (2 x 1MB)
 -
0.775 - 1.35V
45nm
117.5mm²
AM3 938-pin
AM2+, AM3
DDR2, DDR3
3.0
$77
435
2.9 GHz
4000 GT/s
14.5x
95W
3
384KB (3 x 128KB)
1.5MB (3 x 512MB)
 -
0.875 - 1.425V
45nm
169mm²
AM3 938-pin
AM2+, AM3
DDR2, DDR3
3.0
$87


The X2 240e and X3 435 processors are mainstream offerings that fall within AMD's Athlon II series. Various models within the platform have been readily available for a while and the new models are simply filling certain gaps within the line up.  HotHardware has already covered earlier models extensively in previous articles, so we'll refrain from repeating the same information. However, we do recommend that you take a look at a few recent articles to get familiar with the technology and components that comprise AMD's product line up.

Let's take a closer look at what these new models bring to the table and how well they perform in our benchmarks. 

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