As usual, we use SYSmark 2007 suite to estimate the processor performance in general-purpose tasks. It emulates the usage models in popular office and digital content creation and processing applications. The idea behind this test is fairly simple: it produces a single score characterizing the average computer performance.
Although the results of the new Core i3 processors look extremely optimistic, there is no foul play here. Many applications used in SYSmark 2007 for performance evaluation can split the load well only in two parallel threads. That is why dual-core processors score really high in this test, which is, in fact, very true for the today’s mainstream software market.as a result, new-generation Core i3 processors based on advanced Sandy Bridge microarchitecture turn out faster than even quad-core Core i5-750 and Phenom II X4 955. At the same time, contemporary quad-core Core i5-2300 is 5% faster than Core i3-2120.
As for the results of dual-core processors alone, we can state that new generation Core i3 CPUs get very close to the previous generation dual-core Core i5. And within their price range, Core i3-2120 and Core i3-2100 processors deliver about 10% higher performance than LGA1156 CPUs and more than 30% higher performance compared with LGA775 processors.
We would like to add a detailed results table to our SYSmark 2007 diagrams. All results are sorted according to the application type: