I experienced the same issue as defekt, poor performance, especially in the later stages of the game although my system specs are above the recommended settings and the cpu usage stays at cozy 50% max. I am pretty sure that I tried everything to fix this problem and that I spent more time trying to solve this issue than actually playing the game.
After watching several lp's I got convinced and bought the whole DW package for about 80Ä; off course I am annoyed that there are some "unnecessary" hardware issues which are clouding my gaming experience. However defekt, I think that your critic is way too harsh.
Hardware issues are not an uncommon problem with videogames due to nearly endless possibilities to combine pieces of hardware in your machine. Testing your piece of software on every possible combination is impossible; it's especially problematic for a small developer like matrix games which has only 30+ employees (wikipedia). While I am sure that there are system specs which are obviously having problems with handling the game, I am also sure that the developers will address this problem, if it is a major one. If it's not, it would be grossly unfair to the majority of gamers to demand that the developers spend time on a problem which is only affecting a fraction of the gamer-base. I donít think that DW was written with the intention to NOT run on certain modern gear but the problem follows from the points I made before.
So, while I understand your anger, because I share it in some points, I think you are clearly wrong when you try to bandwagon potential buyers into believing that DW will not run on their systems. It seems not to be a major problem thus, statistically speaking, the probability that DW will not work on their machines is fairly low.
And if you, potential buyer, are reading this thread at the moment, considering if ,after all, DW is worth buying or not; let me assure you that even if DW runs laggy on my machine I still love it, I love to play it and I think it's one of the most impressive games I ever saw. It is THE 4x game at the moment and due to its sheer brilliancy it will have an impact on the whole genre. So go, buy it, you know you want to.