The Sisoft Sandra XII SP1 benchmark utility just came out a couple of months ago and we have started to include it in out benchmarking. With Sandra XII SP1 you can now easily compare the performance of the tested device with its speed and its (published) power (TDP)! Sandra XII SP1 also has SSE4 (Intel) and SSE4A (AMD) benchmark code-paths, which is great for those of you testing next-generation AMD & Intel chips.
Results: Sandra XII SP1 showed that the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor does very well in the memory bandwidth test thanks to the higher overall clock frequency that it has. Only the AMD Phenom 9600 and Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processors were able to score higher in this test of memory bandwidth.