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Samsung Caught Cheating on Galaxy S4 Bench-Mark Testing โšซ๐Ÿ”ดโšซ๐Ÿ”ดโšซ๐Ÿ”ดโšซ๐Ÿ”ด

July 30, 2013

โ˜… Samsung Caught Cheating on Galaxy Bench-Mark Testing. For years now, people have been using benchmarks to analyze how devices compare to each other in terms of raw power. As most people know, however, benchmarks donโ€™t usually mean much in terms of real world performance. According to a new report from AnandTech, Samsung has been performing some trickery to make its devices perform better during benchmarking.

โ˜… Samsung, essentially set the GPU of the Exynos 5 Octa Galaxy S4 variant to run at a higher frequency when being benchmarked than during normal, day-to-day usage. Samsung sets the device to run at 533MHz during benchmarking tests, as opposed to the 480MHz during normal usage, as AnandTech tested this and found the fraud.

โ˜… Samsung’s same trickery also appears to be true when it comes to the CPU speed. While running the GLBenchmark 2.5.1, AnTuTu, Linpack, and Quadrant benchmarking apps, the device was set to use the Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.2GHz. When using the GFXBench 2 app, which is apparently not subject to Samsungโ€™s benchmark trigger, the device ran at the lower 500MHz speed.

โ˜… Finally, the report also points to some interesting "illegal-code" within the Galaxy S4, dubbed โ€œBenchmarkBoosterโ€ that essentially orders the device to automatically kick-up the Galaxy S4’s clock-speed when specified bench-mark Apps are being ran on the device.

โ˜… It really all comes down to knowing that you should never base your purchase of a smartphone on benchmarking. However it sure would be nice if Samsung was honest in its representations of the Galaxy S4.

โ˜… It really only matters how the device runs in day-to-day usage, not in benchmarking. However, cheating is cheating. Wouldn’t it be better if Samsung actually built a faster device, rather than tricking the public.


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