When Samsung speaks, does anyone care anymore? Ron Amadeo on Samsung’s trickery to improve the Galaxy Note 3’s benchmarks.
We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: it scores really, really well in benchmark tests—puzzlingly well, in fact. 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. 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. 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.
Samsung rigged the Note 3 to score higher on benchmarks. That’s sad. But it’s also not the first time Samsung has been caught tampering with benchmark tests.
How do you say ‘cheater’ in Korean? Samsung.