Items tagged with BAPCo

AMD is making a stink about SYSmark, a popular benchmarking program that's been around for many years, and one the chip designer says is not reliable. Rather than provide meaningful results and information, AMD claims SYSmark unfairly favors Intel products and puts too much emphasis on strict CPU performance above all else. John Hampton, director of AMD's client computing products, explained in a four-and-a-half-minute video posted to YouTube why SYSmark itself is an unreliable metric of performance. He even brought up the "recent debacle" involving Volkswagen as proof that "information provided by even the most established organizations can be misleading." It wasn't an outright claim that Intel... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD's decision to leave BAPCo, the Dell XPS 15z ultralight notebookm, Alienware's killer M14x notebook, and Logitech's sweet Z906 5.1 channel speaker system. We also talk a bit about our on-going "Dads and Grads" giveaway, which is in its final hours... Show Notes: 01:10 - AMD Gives BAPCo the Bird, Chirps About Unfair SYSMark 2012 Benchmark 05:17 - Dell's XPS 15z Ultra Slim Notebook Review 09:12 - Logitech Z906 Speaker System Review 11:47 - Alienware M14x Sneak Peek 15:20 - Final "Dads and Grads" Contest Plug... Read more...
AMD went on the offensive against BAPCo yesterday when the chip maker not only announced that it was quitting the consortium and wouldn't be endorsing BAPCo's SYSmark 2012, but also by laying out all the reasons why it feels the benchmark is flawed. It didn't stop there. AMD also said that BAPCo threatened to ban the chip maker from the consortium if it didn't shut its pie hole. Heavy stuff. BAPCo, your response? "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... Read more...
In a shocking move this morning, AMD bid the BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corporation) consortium a not-so-found farewell and stated it will no longer endorse SYSmark 2012 (SM2012), a benchmark that historically has been accused of being pro-Intel. Among other things, one of AMD's chief complaints is that SM2012 virtually ignores GPU performance, a particularly egregious offense in AMD's eyes given the chip maker's infatuation with Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). "SM2012 doesn’t represent the evolution of computer processing and how that evolution is influencing average users’ experience," AMD's Nigel Dessau wrote in a blog post. "SM2012 focuses only on the serial... Read more...