SYSmark 2007 shows the performance of a computer when executing typical scenarios in real-life applications. This test highlights the downsides of the Gulftown I have talked about above. When the application is not optimized for multiple-core processor architectures, the Core i7-980X may fall behind its four-core predecessor Core i7-975. That’s what we see in the E-Learning and Productivity scenarios: the CPU with a faster memory controller and a more effective L3 cache is ahead of the CPU with more computing cores. The digital content creation and processing scenarios put the Gulftown on top, which is no surprise as such applications usually boast good optimization for multiple CPU cores. The resulting total scores of the new Core i7-980X and Core i7-975 are similar in SYSmark 2007.