SYSmark 2007 testing suite showing the systems performance during regular complex work in popular applications doesn’t rate new six-core AMD processors that high. The thing is that far not all applications can split the load in six equal threads and that has a serious effect on the results in this case. As for Turbo CORE technology, it is no panacea in this case and the results show it clearly. Yes, Phenom II X6 1090T runs as fast as Phenom II X4 965, but that’s as good as it gets. Overall, six-core AMD CPUs yield to Intel solutions from the same $200-$300 price range.
At the same time, Phenom II X6 processors perform pretty well in applications working with video content. They run as fast as the junior Lynnfield processor in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sony Vegas and Windows Media Encoder. Although the Lynnfield CPUs from Intel have only four computational cores, they belong to the same price range and hence are direct competitors to AMD’s six-core products.