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Benchmarking Outfit Bapco Implodes In Intel Favouritism Fiasco

Software benchmarking outfit the Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo) has fallen into disarray after a large proportion of its member companies quit the organisation amid accusations of favouritism according to thinq_

AMD, Nvidia and VIA have all taken their balls and gone home after the company's SYSmark 2012 Benchmark was found to be weighted in favour of Intel processors.

AMD senior VP Nigel Dessau is the only one to come out with a statement on the debacle saying, "Technology is evolving at an incredible pace, and customers need clear and reliable measurements to understand the expected performance and value of their systems. AMD does not believe SM2012 achieves this objective. Hence AMD cannot endorse or support SM2012 or remain part of the BAPCo consortium."

The statement continues: "AMD will only endorse benchmarks based on real-world computing models and software applications, and which provide useful and relevant information. 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."

BAPCo said everyone agreed on the standards when they were proposed.

The original story was unearthed by Charlie Demerjian at Semi Accurate.