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Synthetics, Continued

Boutique Graphics PCs Duke It Out

Double the scores for twice the cores and add a few percent for the clock speed difference, and you'll see where Sandra gets its high scores for Digital Storm's Twister Extreme. Dual cores are barely competitive in raw CPU performance, so AVA Direct's loss here was inevitable.

Sandra's multimedia extensions tests reflect the difference previously seen in its math test.

Sandra 2005 shows a larger memory performance gain for Digital Storm's Twister Extreme than we previously noted in the PC Mark 2005 test. This could be due to the way it accesses memory, as a processor's ability to "keep the pipe full" is another bottleneck in memory testing - four cores move more data than two.

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