Personally, I have never used SYSmark, so it's a bit difficult to have an opinion on this. Something tells me there's a problem, though, if three big companies like Nvidia, AMD and VIA decide to stop supporting the benchmark.
To be continued, I'm sure ...BAPCO has turned into a bad joke, so bad that Nvidia, AMD, and VIA just quit. Yes, that leaves Intel as the only semiconductor maker still in the consortium, and there is a good reason for this.
The short story is this, BAPCO makes the SYSmark series of benchmarks, and several others. SYSmark in particular has been long seen by everyone but Intel as a joke, it is so skewed that it is laughable, it really doesn’t measure anything but Intel or non-Intel CPUs. With the release of SYSmark 2012, things got even worse.
In the end, BAPCO and SYSmark 2012 is now an official shame, not just one in name only. Anyone using it seriously should be immediately suspect for both motives and technical awareness. If a salesperson comes to your company and mentions the suite, you know who they are pushing, it is that bad. For some reason, BAPCO itself is going to great lengths to keep all this quiet, I wonder if that was an open vote too? One thing for sure, the silence is deafening.