Yeah I’d be angry too. I built a new PC a couple of years ago and didn’t get as much horsepower increase as I was expecting although I did at least get a reasonable improvement. I gotta say, I’ve heard several people recommend that you go for clock speed rather than core count when it comes to a CPU for DAW use and this thread supports that statement for sure.
Does the 12 core outperform the 4 core in a straightforward plugin count test. i.e. how many Ozones can it run when you have individual tracks with one instance per track, and no group routing etc? i.e. not a very real world situation but I would have thought the 12 core wins hands down here.
When you’re comparing Reaper and Pro Tools plugin counts, is the routing/channel setup the same as what you are doing in Cubase? Just going from memory, on the DAWbench website, Cubase was one of, if not THE best at plugin counts but that’s going back a few years.