Sometimes it seems that the most complex software creations are too good to be true; offering so many integrated features and opening the doors to functionality never before seen. And then sometimes you have to learn the hard way.
BAPCO recently sent Benchmark Reviews their v1.04.670 release of the SYSmark 2007 Preview benchmark suite of software. For those who don't know, this software completely fills two install DVD's and combines dozens of very large commercial applications (such as AutoCAD, Premier, etc) into one program.
The problem is that it doesn't work. I just installed Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 from onto a brand new hard drive, installed updates, and then installed SYSmark. But this is where the story begins...
Benchmark Reviews was geared up to run SYSmark 2007 back when we reviewed the Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 DES X48 DDR3 Motherboard
, the only problem was: it didn't work. At least not on a clean XP Pro SP2 install.
So I waited, and BAPCO updated, and I upgraded to Vista, and BAPCO made new claims of improved functionality. But, in the end, the entire SYSmark 2007 Preview v1.04.670 program would end my otherwise pleasant day with a "sysmark harness error" at the beginning of my tests. Well, the lesson has been learned, and I feel a deep sorrow for anyone who pays $500 for this software (which I received through sponsorship).