Sheldon, you got 8 seconds. What are your rig specs?
LOL--I find this type of analysis fun about once every three years for about a week or two, then back to normalcy.
I do have my system running stable and I've moved ALL of my work to it now. I'm very happy with it. It's faster than crap.
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard
8 GB of 1066Mhz DDR2 RAM (4x2) running at roughly 1066Mhz after FSB overclock/multiplier adjustments
Q9550 Intel Quad Core Processor, overclocked to 3.6GHz (424Mhz front side bus x 8.5 multiplier)
150GB WD Velociraptor OS Drive
640GB WD Caviar Black x 2, one for scratch disk + music, one for image storage.
No stability or temperature issues at 3.6GHz, been running fine for several months now. I didn't disable anti-virus for my tests, but I use ESET NOD 32, which is not very intrusive or demanding on the system.
I would guess the primary reason for my faster radial blur test is the CPU clock speed. i7 is faster clock-for-clock, but 3.6GHz vs. 2.7GHz gives a slight advantage to the older quad core. I'd bet yours will be faster after you overclock it to a similar clock speed.