It would be nice if benchmark tests for multicores also had a test that made use of a program like Cubase or a similar audioprograms (logic,protools). these programs make heavy use of plugins in realtime and bennefit very much of multicore processors
That would actually serve a large segment of PC buyers. I have used Sonar\PoAudio on different archs and there is a great increase wih newer procs.
I skipped P4 but I saw a serious decerease between 1GHz P3 and 2.0GHz Athlon in terms of CPU%.
I will be setting up my Sonar 3 Turion X2 shortly and will be able to post numbers vs. the Athlon 3200+.