Nothing is offensive here mate- exchanging information is a cheaper way to learn then getting it all done for real. That's what Forums are for.
Waise b argument k baghir baat ka kya maza?
I never meant stock H23 revving to 8.5k, why'd one do that, there's no power after 7k there. But yes, a built H23 motor- with better cams, springs, retainers, oil squirters, and perhaps a balancing job- can rev upto 8500 all day long. That's what I said; and also that H22 should rev better, being better balanced.
But I can bet any Pakistani currency coin that H23 would give H22 run for its money in similar and stock conditions.
Then again, I laid my argument on stock motors at first place by acknowledging that every thing you said is true, but for a track or serious business car. For a daily driven vehicle with every thing in stock, up to the fuel pump- choices can vary according to one's taste, i.e. I'd always prefer an H22/23 for an Accord or Prelude- but in a Civic I'd go for F20b over an H.
See, there's my point: if you want a bigger motor on a budget, want to run it stock in a lighter car- why'd you not get the one that's maxed out by the factory over the one that was deliberately kept low on power for mid torque, and could've been better if it had a little 'S' letter hanging around with it?
They both produce similarish HP. Yeah F20 is a bit low on torque but it'd feel more alive coz of higher revs and better balancing.
Let me put it this way: given a choice of these motors in an EK Civic, would you go for H22 or a B18C ? See, how H motors pull with no drama, and B motors bark without going anywhere. Combine both and you get an F20b. It's in the mid way, best of both worlds, so why not that? And it comes at half the price of H22, and a lot lot less than B18C.