Here's an update of the Aurora's capabilities.
I decided to do my own "stress test" to see how the Aurora would handle multiple tasks. These are the applications I had open simultaneously:
Remote Desktop MMC Console (remoted in to my server at work)
Windows Media Player playing a home video
Free Agent Usenet Newsreader downloading new posts
Adobe Photoshop CS2 with 150 640x480 images open at the same time (I also opened all of them as a single batch, not one by one)
Opera 8.1 browser with 8 tabbed windows open
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8
Mailwasher Pro 5.0
PerfectDisk Defragmenter (two instances defragging both of my partitions)
PowerDVD running a different video than the one Windows Media player was running
America's Army video game
Poker Tracker database of over 800,000 hands served from a Postgres 8.0 back end database (hosted locally)
Cold Fusion Server 7
IIS 6.0 w/5 websites running (hosted locally)
This doesn't even include all of the services that are running in the background. All told, I'm using just about 2GB of RAM for all of this stuff.
Ya know what? This friggin machine didn't miss a beat. I could flip back and forth between any and all windows seamlessly. No hiccups with the videos. I could bring up any of the 150 images loaded into photoshop very quickly. There was no latency or delay with my remote access application managing my server at work. It was as if I was sitting at my server's console. Even America's Army ran seamlessly. I mean, it's just incredible.
This is EXACTLY
why I bought the Aurora. So far it has met or exceeded my every expectation.