If I know enough about a specific computer build is it practically possible to generate a benchmark based on the specification of the components?
For example, I'll know the GPU & CPU speeds, chipset (plus all IO speeds), memory speed / channels etc and I'd like to build benchmarks based on formulas (not software tests).
This seems possible as all of the components should work at the manufacturers stated speed. The downside is that it would be a theoretical benchmark dependent on the build quality of the motherboard and components which can sometimes be variable.
My question is, is this approach feasible and if not, what are the factors preventing an accurate benchmark formula?
Has anyone seen any algorithmic approaches to benchmarking?
Note: This is related to my original post (http://superuser.com/questions/16358/given-a-processor-specification-how-can-i-figure-out-what-ram-it-can-use). Now I have more understanding of the importance of the chipset I am restating the question.
Thanks in advance,