Firing up our real-world user-simulation benchmarking program, SYSmark 2004's overall scores are vital to understand the performance standings when dabbling in heavy office applications as well as multimedia creation activities. Right off from the start, the newcomer leverages on its higher clock speeds to post results that are 4.5% faster than the FX-62. However, this is still a far cry from the performance figures of the faster Core 2 Duo series. Even the Core 2 Duo E6600 has no problems copping against the Athlon 64 X2 6000+. Worst of all is that the E6600 is half the cost of an Athlon 64 X2 6000+. The nearest competitor in terms of price would be the Core 2 Duo E6700 (which is still a lot cheaper) and it too has at least a 10% lead over the newcomer.