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: The Intel Core i7 950 proved to be the one to beat in the Sandra memory bandwidth benchmark. With 26 GB/s of throughput it out performed the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme by ~5.5 GB/s. Despite the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme running the same memory and timings that the 950 used, it was outshined in SiSoftware Sandra 2011 SP2 memory bandwidth.