SYSmark 2007 shows the performance of a computer when executing typical scenarios in popular office and digital content creation applications.
Quite a lot of popular applications cannot make use of too many CPU cores, so multi-core CPUs prove to be not the best choice for them. For example, the new six-core Phenom II X6 1075T is slower than the quad-core Phenom II X4 970 in SYSmark 2007 despite its Turbo Cache technology which increases its clock rate under low to medium loads. It is also quite normal that the Phenom II X6 falls behind the quad-core Intel CPUs which feature a higher performance per core. On the other hand, we cannot say that the rest of the Phenom II processors, with fewer cores, perform successfully in SYSmark 2007. The quad-core Phenom II X4 970 is somewhat slower than the dual-core Core i5-650 whereas the dual-core Phenom II X2 560 is quite far behind the junior Core i3 series model. Thus, each Phenom II discussed in this review is inferior to its similarly priced opponent from Intel.
To show you the complete picture, here is a table with the SYSMark results sorted by application type.