DALLAS—Nvidia Corp. recently left PC benchmarking consortium Business Applications Performance Corp. (BAPCo), the organization now engaged in a war of words with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) after AMD exited the group earlier this week, according to an Nvidia spokesperson.
The Nvidia spokesperson confirmed in an email exchange that Nvidia recently left BAPCo, but said the company is not "providing more color or context behind the decision."
AMD provided plenty of color and context when it announced Tuesday (June 21) it was pulling out of BAPCo and said it would not support the SYSmark 2012 benchmark that the group publishes. This prompted BAPCo to fire back with a prepared statement saying that AMD supported more than 80 percent of the SYSmark 2012 development milestones and refuting an accusation that BAPCo threatened to expel AMD, which was made by Senior Vice President And Chief Marketing Officer Nigel Dessau in a blog posting.
SYSmark 2012 is the latest version of a benchmark that compares PC performance based on real-world applications, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat, WinZip, Autodesk AutoCAD and 3ds Max, and others. Previous versions include SYSmark 2007 and SYSmark 2004.
BAPCo's membership roster includes high-tech heavyweights such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, Seagate, Sony and Toshiba, among others.
CNET reported Nvidia's exit from BAPCo Wednesday. Semiconductor news site Semi Accurate reported earlier this week that Taiwanese microprocessor maker Via Technologies Inc. also left BAPCo, but that could not immediately be confirmed.