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
StringCheesian
Member since:
2005-07-06

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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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

MS's driver certification program will be the only thing preventing hardware/drivers from being "optimized for" (cheating on) this benchmark.

Beating the benchmark (ruling out individuals hacking the binary to return a high score) would either require an OEM working to cheat it (which would mean at least bad press when exposed because of the disparity between similar systems from other OEMs), or there would have to be colusion among multiple manufacturers in different markets as the benchmark tests multiple systems. Some parts can't be optimized away unless the manufacturers detect the binary, avoid doing the work, and MS doesn't check the output.

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indech Member since:
2005-12-06

Not to mention that it is only to test if your computer can run Vista properly at Vista's maximum settings, nothing more. Thus in a few years with better computers this program will be useless, as essentially all new computers will eventually pass the test with flying colors and invalidate the whole point of the program.

Which gets to another question. Can this be uninstalled? One of the most annoying parts of Windows is all of the useless applications (for me anyway) that MS installs that can't be easily uninstalled, if at all, and they end up just wasting valuable hd space.

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

Which gets to another question. Can this be uninstalled? One of the most annoying parts of Windows is all of the useless applications (for me anyway) that MS installs that can't be easily uninstalled, if at all, and they end up just wasting valuable hd space.

It's not just an application. It's a set of system components used to acquire system metrics so the OS and applications can scale back or scale up features based on your hardware, and it is planned to be updated over time.

It's a set of APIs available to application developers, a commandline tool, and shell UI.

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