If all video company's signed an agreement not to write optimisations at all for any benchmark , backed up by heavy financial penalties, then we could have confidence again.
That, coupled with this bad PR disaster, might just be enough to stop them.
It's the consumers fault for wanting bar charts and graphs. I get carried away when X does 12.4 and Y does 135 and so smashes it into the ground. Bit irrelevant .
Maybe the way to go is :-
" I wondered around and got between 70-85 fps using 1600x1200 2xAA/4xAF so no problem with IQ or speed at this resolution " ....
The problem is you have to know what your video card does at the same level to be able to jusge whether the upgrade is worthwhile and you might not even have that game.
No easy answers ?