AMD sent out a press release yesterday which indicates that they are not endorsing the SYSmark 2012 Benchmark. Not only that, but they have withdrawn from the BAPco organisation.
“Technology is evolving at an incredible pace, and customers need clear and reliable measurements to understand the expected performance and value of their systems,” said Nigel Dessau, senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD. “AMD does not believe SM2012 achieves this objective. Hence AMD cannot endorse or support SM2012 or remain part of the BAPCo consortium.”
AMD want to focus on real world benchmarks and software programs, which they say provides clear and relevant information. They say in their press release:
“AMD believes benchmarks should be constructed to provide unbiased results and be transparent to customers making decisions based on those results. Currently, AMD is evaluating other benchmarking alternatives, including encouraging the creation of an industry consortium to establish an open benchmark to measure overall system performance.
AMD encourages anyone wanting more details about the construction and scoring methodology of the SM2012 benchmark to contact BAPCo. For more details on AMD’s decision to exit BAPCo, please read AMD’s Executive Blog authored by Nigel Dessau.”
Update: Semi Accurate are claiming that Nvidia and VIA have also left. Thanks to reader muziqaz for the info.