The Sorry State of Hardware Reviews@ 2003/12/26
Being a reviewer myself, I agree in principle with just about everything you said. The only 'beef' I have is you comment about using MBM for testing heatsinks. Yes, it is inaccurate as hell. I will not argue that point. However, for those of us who do not ahve that major cash to shell out for an accurate die simulator (which I have heard can cost up to $3000) I feel that you can use MBM and the BIOS temps for some good.
The key is to do compariative reviews. Run all yout tests and whatnot with Heatsink A and record the MBM temps several times and get the average. Keep everything else constant. Do the same for Heatsink B. Then compare the results.
Are the temps going to be accurate, hell no. Will anyone ever be able to recreate the exact same temps? Probably not. But if Heatsink A gives a temp of 50C and Heatsink B gives 45C it is a fairly safe bet that Heatsink B is the better of the two.