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Almost all manufacturers cheat at benchmark tests

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Samsung is falsifying benchmarks scores on the Galaxy Note 3. A survey by AnandTech found that almost all major manufacturers are rigging their benchmark scores one way or another.


Samsung was caught red handed boosting GPU clocks to 533 MHz instead of the 480 MHz on the Exynos 5410 variant of the Galaxy S4 back in June to achieve a higher benchmark score. It was also found that the S4 would boost its CPU voltage and frequencies as far as both could go as soon as the device detected that certain benchmark tests were initiated.

A similar situation was noted when Ars Technica found earlier this week that the Note 3 had a much higher benchmark score than the LG G2, although both devices featured Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC. It was found that Note 3 was also pushing its clocks to their highest values to achieve a higher score on certain benchmarks. When the Ars team decided to run the benchmarking utility under a different name, the benchmark scores dropped by 20 percent.

Now it looks like Samsung isn’t the only manufacturer that actively rigs benchmarks. According to Anandtech, the only two companies that don’t manipulate benchmark scores are Apple and Motorola.

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. Even the Clover Trail+ based Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 was found to be gaming benchmarks, and while chip manufacturers like Intel and Qualcomm do not like the idea of rigging scores, they do not condone OEMs for doing so in public.

The most obvious reason as to why manufacturers rig benchmarks is that they can claim that their devices are faster. But the advantages that they stand to gain from such a move would be negligible, as most high-end devices feature hardware that is too similar for them to be miles ahead of the rest. Considering that everyone else is gaming benchmarks, for one manufacturer to not do so would mean that their device will be found lacking.

But there is no need for manufacturers to do so. The Galaxy Note 3 in itself is a great device, and whatever gains it manages via a high benchmark score will not amount to anything when it comes to using the device on a  day-to-day basis. The same can be said of devices like the LG G2 and the HTC One. The amount of bad advertising these manufacturers are likely to get in light of these practices will not be worth the slight gains they managed to achieve on benchmark tests.


Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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