The purpose of this document is to summarize key points of TPC benchmark specifications to help sponsors and 3rd party companies to adhere to benchmark pricing requirements.
The Goal of TPC pricing requirements is to represent the actual (i.e. "street") price a credit-worthy customer would pay for the benchmark configuration or a similar configuration. Discounts are allowed as long as they are not customized to the specific benchmark configuration. Similar discounts should be expected for similar configurations. For example, a litmus test of whether the discounts are real or not would be that a contact through a different sales representative from the pricing company would lead to a similar discount for a configuration that has 5% more of some components than are in the benchmark configuration.
Prices are not to be restricted to a specific region. They should be available for any region in the country where the benchmark configuration is priced.