AMD and Nvidia to Intel: Go dodo yourself
AMD and Nvidia both quit BAPCo, which was the SYSMark benchmark organization headquartered within an Intel building.
AMD's reason for quitting is simple: the benchmark is rigged, and AMD does not have enough say to correct it, so just let BAPCo play its game by itself.
For instance, AMD points out, SysMark uses outdated applications, and distorts scoring. On a 35000 line spreadsheet, a $155 AMD CPU lagged behind an $295 Intel CPU by 7% in terms of speed, but AMD's score given by the SysMark was 40% lower than the Intel one. This is like giving someone who scored 100 raw points an A, but someone at 93 a D.
AMD also points out that the SysMark benchmark uses outmoded applications without HTML 5 support, and does not show the benefit of parallel computing. Obviously, AMD stands to gain if such newer technologies are included in the benchmark.