I don't see how the recommended spec are out of line with the benchmark.
I have a C2D @ 3Ghz paired with a 9600GT and 4GB of ram (only slightly better than the beta requirements), and I score ~2200 on low res.
For the most part, the specs given do tend to line up with benchmark scores. Every so often, we see an anomoly where someone is under the minimum but gets a 1600-1800, and every so often we see an anomaly where someone just BARELY meets them and is getting a 1300-1400.
98% of the time though, the scores are pretty much on par.
As for all the people saying "SE is wrong, the benchmark is wrong, I am the god of computing, despite my inferior rig, and I know that I am right"... that will only work if you -are- right. You're banking your ability to install the game and log on on release day on the notion that something SE has been telling us for over a year has been wrong the entire time.
Now I'm not going to claim that they've never been wrong or that they're infallible, but it I were in a position where I wanted to be up and running on day 1, I wouldn't be risking this on the notion that the game developer is telling me I can't run the game and -I- think -they- are wrong.
Who knows, maybe in September, we'll find out that rigs with a 1000+ score can manage to handle the game on minimum settings at 5-10 FPS. In that case, your playing experience will be horrible, but I guess it works.
Consider the alternative for a second though. Step back and consider the possibility that you might be wrong and ask yourself what that means.
Let's say you have a rig that doesn't meet the minimum specs, performs poorly on the benchmark and you're adamantly certain that your system WILL run the game, no matter what ANYONE tells you.
So you preorder the game, you install it... and the installer fails. You try again... and it fails again. You try again, and maybe it works this time, but you get a DirectX error or something... 4-5 hours later, you STILL can't get it to run, and everyone else has been killing bunnies while you've been banging on your keyboard. Now, not only can you not play at all today, but you NEED to drop money on new parts -now-, and they won't show up for 3 to 5 business days (unless you want to go down to your local computer store and pay retail for the parts).
Ask yourself this: "If I'm wrong, am I okay with the fact that I will waste several hours in frustration attempting to play the game, failing, and being forced to drop money on parts to upgrade my system, since I can't return an opened PC game with a code I've already used up?"
If you are, then you're welcome to continue thinking that way. You may be right. But you also may not, so don't go telling other people to think that way because in 3 months when their game doesn't work either, they're not going to complain to you for giving them wrong information, they're going to complain to -us- that they were told their system would run it, it doesn't, and -we- have to clean up -your- mess.
Well smart guy, SE lied to us again. Tanaka said we would have a longer Beta. He also said we would have a PS3/PC simultianous launch. I don't care if plans changed as obviously you wish to hold something said over a year ago to people's head. You don't care for the posts, don't read them. If you continue to post b.s. such as this post, I'm going to report you. So please for your own sanity, open the door and go outside and see what sunshine looks like.
It's hard not to read posts about people's computers when they plaster half of page 1. I'm one of the people that has been busting my *** to help other posters get systems that will run the game WELL also. For the most part, I'm ending up with a lot of people who ask a question (or two, or three), get answers, and they walk away more knowledgeable than before, knowing exactly what they're going to buy, and with the confidence that their system will not only run the game, but run it on good settings. The alternative that you're attempting to suggest is to bank your ability to play the game at all on launch day on the possibility that SE may be wrong.
The problem with that is, you're not setting any parameters. If you just start blatantly saying "the benchmark is wrong!" as if you know what you're talking about and have any proof that the benchmark actually -is- wrong (read: No one will have this proof one way or another until 9/22), means that you're going to end up with people with anywhere from scores of 1400ish who just barely didn't make it to people with scores of 200-300 who totally bombed out, all thinking that they have a chance at running it. At best, some of these people might actually manage to get it to work. At worst, none of them will. In either case, there WILL be people for whom it WILL not work, and as I said to the guy above you, they're not going to remember who told them to just ignore SE, they're just going to sh*t up the forum with "I was told my Pentium 4 box with a Radeon 3500 would work and it isn't!" and those of us like myself and Aurelius who have been TRYING to help people are going to have to deal with attempting to bring them down to Earth, while you're long gone.
We're putting people in a position that they KNOW they will be able to run the game on reasonable settings. You're putting people in a position where they THINK that they MIGHT be able to run it AT ALL, based on the POSSIBILITY that the benchmark MIGHT be wrong. You're setting people up for a large chance of failure with only a tiny hope of success that hinges on a lot of conjecture and speculation.
If SE did turn out to be wrong, I'm pretty sure we could expect to see a number of people screaming "Hey, we knew SE was lying!" "Yeah, go us!" "Woohoo!", but if/when SE turns out to be right, I don't expect to see very many "Wasted 4-6 hours trying to get the game to work in vain; I was wrong" posts. They're going to be "Wasted 4-6 hours trying to get this game to work in vain; SE sucks! This game sucks! I'll never buy anotehr SE product because the bastards told me it wouldn't work and it didn't!"
And what are you planning to report him for anyway? Edited, Jul 8th 2010 2:45pm by Mikhalia