Everything it needs to be and more!
I have been using Cubase since SX3 and recently upgraded from 5.1. I am amazed at the difference. The 64 bit platform gets the most out of my rig (16gb, 8-core). Already produced some good songs off of it. The best UI out there. I personally prefer this over ProTools and Sonar. No plugin issues and the support from Steinberg is great. Yet to really use the free trials they give you in the box but the full VST's they give you are ok. Personally prefer KONTAKT over Halion but it's personal preference. I just need more time with it before I can hammer in the critics.