Samsung shenanigans inflate Note 3’s benchmarking scores by up to 20%

“We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: it scores really, really well in benchmark tests—puzzlingly well, in fact,” Ron Amadeo reports for Ars Technica. “A quick comparison of its scores to the similarly-specced LG G2 makes it clear something fishy is going on, because Samsung’s 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 blows the doors off LG’s 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800. What makes one Snapdragon so different from the other?”

“After a good bit of sleuthing, we can confidently say Samsung appears to be artificially boosting the US Note 3’s benchmark scores with a special, high-power CPU mode that kicks in when the device runs a large number of popular benchmarking apps,” Amadeo reports. “Samsung did something similar with the international Galaxy S 4’s GPU, but this is the first time we’ve seen the boost on a US device.”

Amadeo reports, “We also found a way to disable this special CPU mode, so for the first time we can see just how much Samsung’s benchmark optimizations affect benchmark scores.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: For Samsung, no low is too low to stoop.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lexguy” for the heads up.]

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28 Comments

    1. Do you honestly believe this?
      Back in the early days, Microsoft optimized the hell out of

      for i=1 to 1000
      next i

      Because they knew that would be the first benchmark people would run when they loaded (often from paper tape) their brand-spanking new Microsoft Basic interpreter on to their shiny new 8080 microcomputer they just built.

      It was quite impressive how fast they executed empty FOR loops. I remember comparing Applesoft BASIC (MS) against Apple’s integer BASIC (on an Apple II). Applesoft blew integer basic away. Of course, once you put something into those FOR loops, the tables changed quite rapidly.

    1. They won’t, because very simple tests not even involving benchmarking apps could be used to show that battery life is greatly diminished, etc. Things that really matter to people when they buy a phone.

      There will be the Android geeks who want to crow about how their Galaxy phone is faster than an iPhone or LG or Moto, but most people don’t care about benchmarking tests. Most people care about real world perceptions, but also things like battery life.

      However, it is further evidence to show that Samsung will go to any lengths to win and sell its devices, regardless of the ethical s**t pile it lies in.

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