Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Mar 2006 22:51 UTC
Windows "The latest Community Technology Preview version of Windows Vista contains a new feature aimed at helping the average Joe and his friendly Best Buy shopping assistant figure out what kind of horsepower is needed to run the new OS. The rating consists of an aggregate total rating on a scale from 1 to 5 and a number of sub-ratings on a scale yet to be specified, broken out by hardware categories like processor, memory, video card, and hard drive."
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This score could become useless fast
by StringCheesian on Thu 16th Mar 2006 23:48 UTC
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MS's driver certification program will be the only thing preventing hardware/drivers from being "optimized for" (cheating on) this benchmark.

There's also a monoculture problem here too. They can't optimize for all of the dozens of benchmarking apps out there. But if this one benchmarking app gets too popular because it's built into Windows...

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