Nigel Dessau has written a blog on why they think BAPco’s Sysmark 2012 is unfair. Well, that’s all well and good, but the arguments he gives are misleading at best.
For example, he says:
“Off the shelf, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, Office 11 and Movie Maker all use GPU acceleration – they come with it turned on. So does Adobe Flash.”
Yes, but really, does that matter? Should that have any effect on the buying decisions of a large corporation? I would say: Absolutely not!
Why not? Simple: even the simplest of GPUs (Intel’s IGPs) are adequate at these tasks. Browsing websites, playing 1080p Flash videos etc, no problem.
Then he tries to put the focus on homogenous computing and OpenCL. Yes, but where are the applications with OpenCL support? If there is any GPU-acceleration other than video encoding/decoding, it is implemented with Cuda, 9 times out of 10. At least, with popular business products such as Adobe Premiere or PhotoShop.
Sysmark 2012 may well be favouring Intel products, but if the reason would be homogenous computing, then it is nVidia who should be using these arguments, not AMD.