See, I'm a bit torn.
On one hand, if you only care about gaming performance, you're only going to look at gaming benchmarks. For those people, it wouldn't matter if the CPU results were included. For those that care about both, they'll probably wait for the second batch. The third group, the one that's looking at strictly CPU performance — they aren't going to get anything out of these previews. Now, for those in the last two groups that are completely ignorant of computer hardware and think that if it's fast in games, it's fast in everything — I'm not sure if I should feel sorry for them. They're an extremely small minority. Seriously, who browses a review site without having some understanding that GPUs and CPUs are different? It takes an interest in computers in the first place to end up on a hardware review site.
If you don't take the time to understand how your computer works, then you get what's coming to you. If you get $500 quote for an oil change and go for it... it's your fault for not knowing that an oil change doesn't cost remotely near that.
I repair computers at my university for a living, and honestly, you pay a premium for being ignorant/not figuring out how to fix things on your own. It's just how the world works. We charge $80 for a virus removal for instance — it's a god damn piece of cake, albeit time consuming. We're actually cheaper than our competitors. But dammit, if you're the kind of person that thinks your computer is just there for that "little blue e" so that you can go on facebook and use google, you deserve to be charged that rate. Every damn penny of it.
Don't know how to cook? Then you get to pay extra for frozen food and eating out. Don't know how to change a tire? You get to pay for someone to do it for you. Don't know the difference between a GPU and CPU? Well then you get what's coming to you.
Yes, this is shady of AMD. They are not the saint-like company that everyone thinks they are.
I do hold them in higher regard than other businesses because of their support for open source, but at the end of the day, they are still there to take your dollars.
I'm glad that Scott Wasson over at The Tech Report made a big stink about it, but I do think that the issue is being over-dramatized. I think that AMD will have gotten the message — that this isn't right — but the review sites that chose to AMD up on their offer are not even remotely at fault. From what I've seen, they all make it quite clear that this is only half of the equation. If you don't bother to do anything but look at charts and fail to grasp the most basic details of computing, then you deserve to be screwed.AMD has tried this before, and they were shot down in the past by AnandTech.
I do feel the circumstances are completely different this time around, and the reviewer's voices are all very clear. If you don't bother reading what a review actually says about the product, it's your fault. Unlike AMD's "Tahoe" garbage, they are not trying to taint the reviewer's perspective of the product. The vast, vast majority of users that read these reviews won't be fooled either. For those that are, well, I've already covered my feelings on that.Edited by Homeles - 9/27/12 at 7:28pm