Why not just do a rating system based on 3dmarks?
Minimum 3dmark06 score: x000
Minimum 3dmark Vantage score: x000
That being said, while I don't think AMD's system here is perfect, it is a step in the right direction. AMD has the whole platform now and it's time they took advantage of that. What I don't understand is why AMD/ATi isn't using this as a tool to promote hybrid crossfire. Really I think that has the potential to make pc gaming more popular because a company like Dell could sell the regular desktop with the (not as) crappy IGP and then add 'gaming capability' for another like $60-80. I did read that AMD hopes that the PC Gaming Alliance as a whole will develop a similar system that Intel and Nvidia would be a part of, and that the Game! initiative was kind of a model for this. The end result here is that if all three of the major players get involved, it kind of forces the mainstream manufacturers into using some sort of gaming certification system which would ideally make pc gaming easier and therefore more popular.
I think the more significant impact isn't going to be AMD/ATi marketing, but more of an industry push for some kind of standard labeling so people who aren't as saavy have a reasonable idea as to the capabilities of their system.
Edited by darkcloud89 - 5/19/08 at 3:13pm