A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GPGPU Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU performance.
Benchmark Results: Here we see AMD’s Phenom II X4 975 BE has roughly the same memory bandwidth as the hex-core Phenom II X6 1090T due to its high clock speeds. We also see the X4 975 BE and X4 840 CPUs surround the memory performance of the Intel Core i5 661 processor which has a price point higher than the 975 BE.