The results in the complex SYSmark 2007 test turned out not quite optimistic. Overall, even though Phenom II X4 920 outperforms its direct rivals in nominal mode, overclocking changes this picture. Even Core 2 Quad Q8300 processor overclocked to 3.57 GHz outperforms Phenom II X4 920 working at 3.72 GHz. On the one hand, it once again indicates that Intel processors boast better IPC (instructions per clock), but on the other – shows that Intel CPUs boast higher frequency potential, even though it is not fully revealed. While Phenom II X4 920 overclocked by 33%, Core 2 Quad Q8300 reached 43% higher frequency when it was stopped by the mainboard’s inability to catch up.
However, things are a little different in certain type of applications. For example, overclocked Phenom II X4 920 processor is a little ahead of Core 2 Quad Q8300 in E-Learning scenario working with vector and raster images, PowerPoint presentations, PDF-files and flash-videos. And it almost catches up with the overclocked Core 2 Quad Q9300 in Productivity scenario that works with Microsoft Office suite.