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Adrian Peters replies: We evaluated Check Point's offering using what the vendor provided: machines with dual Xeon 2.8-GHz processors, each with 2 GB of memory. Although I can't be sure without further testing, I believe larger equipment would have significantly improved performance.

As for the 500-Mbps threshold, we told the vendors ahead of time that we would push the firewalls to 1,000 Mbps of throughput. Hence, we gave extra points to products surpassing 500 Mbps.

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