Clearly, BAPCo isn't too happy with AMD's decision to pull out of the consortium and disparage the new SYSmark 2012 benchmark. The consortium has issued a stinging statement that explains its side of the story and slams AMD for yesterday's announcement:
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was, until recently, a long standing member of BAPCo. We welcomed AMD's full participation in the two year development cycle of SYSmark 2012, AMD's leadership role in creating the development process that BAPCo uses today and in providing expert resources for developing the workload contents. Each member in BAPCo gets one vote on any proposals made by member companies. AMD voted in support of over 80% of the SYSmark 2012 development milestones, and were supported by BAPCo in 100% of the SYSmark 2012 proposals they put forward to the consortium.
BAPCo also notes for the record that, contrary to the false assertion by AMD, BAPCo never threatened AMD with expulsion from the consortium, despite previous violations of its obligations to BAPCo under the consortium member agreement.
BAPCo is disappointed that a former member of the consortium has chosen once more to violate the confidentiality agreement they signed, in an attempt to dissuade customers from using SYSmark to assess the performance of their systems. BAPCo believes the performance measured in each of the six scenarios in SYSmark 2012, which is based on the research of its membership, fairly reflects the performance that users will see when fully utilizing the included applications.
Of course, while BAPCo points the finger at AMD in particular, the chipmaker isn't alone. SemiAccurate broke the news two days ago that Nvidia and Via have also pulled out, and AnandTech now says it received confirmation from Nvidia that the firm has indeed left BAPCo. "No reason was given," AnandTech adds. So far, though, AMD has been the only one to come out publicly against SYSMark 2012.