Performance Test for Cubase SX Systems
The fivetowers Cubase SX performance test is well known by now. Finally they have over 400 user's DAW results online. So if you are about to get a new DAW you might want to consider the results.
Since the fivetowers test is rather easy to handle for dual-core daw's i like the really havy stress test called "Thonex 2" (old Thonex 1). It's made by ADK and will hit your system hard....
To me it seems that it doesnt make any sense to go bigger then a AMD X2 4400+ for now. The next big performance step will probably come with WIN Vista and real 64bit. And after that it will be 4 and more cores.