They did it before — and now they’re doing it again! Note 3’s benchmarking “adjustments” inflate scores by up to 20%:
Normally, while the Note 3 is idling, three of the four cores shut off to conserve power; the remaining core drops down to a low-power 300MHz mode. However, if you load up just about any popular CPU benchmarking app, the Note 3 CPU locks into 2.3GHz mode, the fastest speed possible, and none of the cores ever shut off. Stopping the CPU from idling shouldn’t in and of itself affect the benchmark scores a whole lot, so this was our first sign that something was wrong. Benchmarks exist to measure the performance of a phone during normal usage, and a device should never treat a benchmark app differently than a normal app.
…it’s clear Samsung is doing something to the GPU as well, though those clock speeds are more difficult to access than the CPU speeds…
The list of “boosted” apps:
com.aurorasoftworks.quadrant.ui.standard com.aurorasoftworks.quadrant.ui.advanced com.aurorasoftworks.quadrant.ui.professional com.redlicense.benchmark.sqlite com.antutu.ABenchMark com.greenecomputing.linpack com.greenecomputing.linpackpro com.glbenchmark.glbenchmark27 com.glbenchmark.glbenchmark25 com.glbenchmark.glbenchmark21 ca.primatelabs.geekbench2 com.eembc.coremark com.flexycore.caffeinemark eu.chainfire.cfbench gr.androiddev.BenchmarkPi com.smartbench.twelve com.passmark.pt_mobile se.nena.nenamark2 com.samsung.benchmarks
The fuck with Samsung. Oh, wait: Samsung becomes the founding member of a consortium dedicated to benchmarking phones. So that they can cheat and lie in full impunity.