LICENSE RESTRICTIONS. All right, title and interest in and to the Materials and associated documentation are and will remain the exclusive property of Intel and its suppliers. Unless expressly permitted under the Agreement, You will not, and will not allow any third party to … (v) publish or provide any Materials benchmark or comparison test results.
So, lots of people are interested in the speed penalty incurred in the microcode fixes, and Intel has now attempted to gag anyone who would collect information for reporting about those penalties, through a restriction in their license. Bad move. The correct way to handle security problems is to own up to the damage, publish mitigations, and make it possible for your customers to get along. Hiding how they are damaged is unacceptable. Silencing free speech by those who would merely publish benchmarks? Bad business. Customers can’t trust your components when you do that.
You will not, and will not allow any third party to (i) use, copy, distribute, sell or offer to sell the Software or associated documentation; (ii) modify, adapt, enhance, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, change or create derivative works from the Software except and only to the extent as specifically required by mandatory applicable laws or any applicable third party license terms accompanying the Software; (iii) use or make the Software available for the use or benefit of third parties; or (iv) use the Software on Your products other than those that include the Intel hardware product(s), platform(s), or software identified in the Software; or (v) publish or provide any Software benchmark or comparison test results.
or (v) publish or provide any Software benchmark or comparison test results.
The background in Intel used to be the fastest, but at any cost it seems. They created security bugs in the name of speed. These bug have been uncovered and now being patched. But the patch to give you the security, reduces speed.
Intel do not want you taking say an 8700k for 3-4 months ago and then get the patch now and rebenchmark the CPU and show in clear terms how much performance you have lost for the premium they are still charging for the speed.
I do wonder if reviewers simply won’t sidestep this ban, illegal or not, by just benchmarking other parts and catching information about the CPU in the process. So comparing old graphics cards to new and by consequence showing the CPU Performance.
Edit: is this one of those times where thus has been in their terms for ever and people are only catching it now? Or is this actually a new change?
for those that do not know just do benches anyways intel cant stop the dissemination of information with a TOS that almost no one reads or pays attention to nor actually respects. in addition
sorry your broken TOS violates consumer protection laws. gives middle finger to intel and benches for public anyways.
intel is just a 5,000kg monkey in the room that nobody takes seriously.( at least i do not)