Average performanceAlthough individual app results are worth looking at, we calculated a performance index based on all tests with the same weight for each test. An index of 100 was given to the Intel Core 2 Q9400.
The first thing to note is that the new test protocol has changed the hierarchy of previously tested processors. Our old protocol put the Phenom II X4 965 on a par with the Q9550. It is now between the A9650 and the QX9770! The Core i7s also do better with the new protocol because the difference between the i7-920 and the QX9770 has more than doubled, going from 7% to 17%.
Overall, the Core i5-750 does better than the Core 2 QX9770 which isn’t too bad given its pricing. The news is not as good for the Core i7-870 that remains behind the Core i7-950, which is priced at the same level. The Core i7-860 ought to be slightly up on the Core i7-920, with both costing the same.