To estimate the processors performance in general-purpose apps we use SYSmark 2007 test that emulates usage models in popular office and digital content creation and processing applications. The idea of this benchmark is very simple: it produces a single score that characterizes average system performance.
As we see, the results obtained in this test correlate very well with the processor price – more expensive CPUs perform better. There is only one exception – triple-core Athlon II X3 CPUs that fall a little bit behind cheaper dual-core solutions. This is because most applications included into SYSmark 2007 testing suite are optimized for single- and dual-core microarchitectures. And that is more of a typical trait of most contemporary office applications rather than a peculiarity of this specific benchmark.
Here is a table with more detailed SYSmark 2007 scores sorted according to the application type: