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Old 29th May 2006, 16:19   #1
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Microsoft Vista System Performance Rating Tool comes under fire, but it's not all bad

As part of the ramp up to the release of Windows Vista in early 2007, Microsoft released a Windows system performance rating application that aims to give consumers an idea of how well their PCs will run Windows Vista and software designed for the OS. The System Performance Rating Tool analyzes components such as CPU speed, system memory, video card GPU and memory, and the hard drive to give consumers an overall system rating. Sounds simple, right?
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With the politics of rating systems out of the way, let's consider the "consumer confusion" angle. According to Microsoft, the benchmark is supposed to give users an idea of what their system can do in a simple numeric form, such as "3." The purpose of this is not to breed users running around shouting, "I'm a three!" What Microsoft envisions is a software store packed with titles that carry these same ratings, and happy shoppers buzzing around knowing that they can reliably run anything marked with their score (or less). That is to say, this is an attempt to simply the system requirements dance.
it will take exactly 5 minutes for this "tool" to turn into another 3DMark system comparo software; e-penis ahoy!
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