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Nvidia Corp. and Via Technologies confirmed on Thursday that they had quit BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corp.) due to disagreements over the scoring system of SYSmark2012 which does not take graphics card's role into account while measuring performance in applications that are considered by many as outdated.

"We have tendered our resignation to BAPCo. We strongly believe that the benchmarking applications tests developed for SYSmark 2012 and EEcoMark 2.0 do not accurately reflect real world PC usage scenarios and workloads and therefore feel we can no longer remain as a member of the organization," said Richard Brown, a vice president at Via Technologies.

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday officially said that it would not endorse SYSmark 2012 benchmark and will also quit BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corp.) that developers to PC performance measurement software.

The main concern of AMD, Nvidia and Via is that BAPCo SYSmark 2012 does not utilize graphics processing units (GPUs) for general purpose computing tasks (GPGPU) and solely relies on performance of central processing units (CPUs). According to AMD, such approach is misleading as many applications nowadays take huge advantage of GPGPU technologies, including Adobe Flash 10.2 (SYSmark 2012 uses 10.1), Microsoft Office 11 (SM2012 uses Office 10), Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (SM2012 uses IE8), Microsoft Movie Maker and many others. Besides, AMD accuses BAPCo of implementing unrepresentative workloads into the benchmark in order to favour AMD's competitor Intel.

"We have resigned [from BAPCo]," said Irina Shekhovtsova, a senior spokesperson for Nvidia.

"We hope that the industry can adopt a much more open and transparent process for developing fair and objective benchmarks that accurately measure real-world PC performance and are committed to working with companies that share our vision," added Mr. Brown.

 

Tags: Nvidia, Via Technologies

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What is this, mutiny against Intel?
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 06/23/11 11:00:24 PM]
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No, its industry experts from every major developer of data parallel processors making a statement saying that there is more to a household PC these days than CPU. More often than not, as most gamers know, it is not the CPU that is slowing overall system performance. Laptops with integrated graphics, for instance, its all driven by the memory speed. So who cares about a benchmark result if it did everything on CPU within the CPU cache?
0 0 [Posted by: FlavusSnow  | Date: 06/24/11 06:43:38 AM]
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What's "Microsoft Office 11"? According to Wikipedia the latest Office, Office 2010 is Office 14.
0 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 06/24/11 01:25:11 AM]
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A good question, ET3D.

It could be Microsoft Office 2011 for Macs. (I've no personal experience of it though.)

Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows won't use "GPGPU". (Future Service Packs might of course change that.)
0 0 [Posted by: PeSi  | Date: 06/24/11 08:23:25 AM]
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