AMD’s triple core range is a bag of pot luck. The chance to pick up a potential quad core for much cheaper than what it should retail for is one that some people cannot refuse. The Athlon II X3 440 is the top triple core Athlon II that AMD has released so far. This processor runs at 3GHz but unlike its X4 or X2 brethren it trudges along with a meagre 1.5MB of L2 cache. That said it does manage to keep ahead of the X2 255 by a decent margin thanks to the extra core. The Cinebench R10 benchmark returned a result of 104 seconds, 28 seconds more than the X2 255. The Super Pi run returned a result in 26.598 seconds which is over two seconds faster than the X2 255.
Overclocked the Athlon II X3 440 starts to knock on the door of the X4 635 but only just barely. Just like its dual core stable mate the X3 welcomed a kick to the clock speed and easily ran at 3.5GHz. This is a reasonable overclock for a budget chip but more than likely this processor has a bit more to give and anybody with enough determination could squeeze every last drop out of it. In fact this processor might be a great start for anyone eager to try out overclocking but who lacks the money to buy a more expensive chip. With its modest OC the X3 440 managed a Cinebench R10 time of 89 seconds and a Super Pi time of 23.306 seconds. This is a great little boost in performance and will help those on a tight budget get a few more frames per second in whatever game they choose.
The Athlon II X3 440 makes even more sense when one considers that the Athlon II X2 255 costs R100 less and the Athlon II X4 costs R400 more. The allure grows even stronger when there is a chance of picking up a processor that can be turned into a quad core with a bit of BIOS wizardry.
Configuration triple core, single-die
Manufacturing process 45nm SOI
Clock speed(s) 3GHz
Cache Memory 1.5MB L2