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Nearly all Android OEMs found to cheat in benchmarks

By Scorpus
Oct 3, 2013
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  1. Yesterday, along with the first wave of Galaxy Note 3 reviews, it was revealed that Samsung once again had optimized their new smartphone for Android benchmarks. Through forcing the device's CPU to run at its maximum clock speed of 2.3...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,911   +362

    In other news, I just ate breakfast.
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  3. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Sons of bitches
  4. If it's only a marginal difference then what prompted AnandTech to do such an in-depth study to reveal this "Trickery". Fact is, it's faster. Maybe not when we get it, but complaining about it would be like complaining that a fast car has a governor chip in it.
  5. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Maniac Posts: 353   +40

    Ah... finally the truth revealed. Its been awhile since the first accusation against Samsung and just now someone finally decides, hey lets check everyone else too before running off to point the giant negative publicity finger at Samsung. So everyone or at least almost everyone that isn't running vanilla android is cheating with at least some of the benchmarks? Props to Samsung for being the most thorough in your cheating efforts. Seriously, if other brands are getting away with it, there is hardly any argument for blaming Samsung for following suit. At least, that is, not in this day and age of competitive marketing.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Maniac Posts: 1,141   +241

    Big woop stop acting like cry babies thought benchmarks were meant to test the device thats what its doing would you rather it show it at its "meh" time or at its "ye this is how the device is how powerful the device is" time.

    its not a cheat its just how stuff works I dont want to see a 790 doing 30fps on bf3 because its "not at its maximum" I want to test my hardware to the max so I know what it can do instead of what its not showing you it can do.
  7. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Rookie Posts: 119   +24

    AnandTech is trying hard to make their benchmark relevant in the marketplace.
  8. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I think the issue is less with the act of cheating and more with the expectation of performance that cheating gives. I deal with cellphones on a daily basis. I can tell you from my own experiences selling them that the customer doesnt give a rats *** about the specific specs. They want a big screen and lots of memory. Thats about all they care about. The only ones impressed with a phones individual specs are the technophiles. They are the ones truly impressed with the numbers. Unfortunatly, the technos are NOT the consumer base. The consumer base is ignorant and generally stupid when it comes to either the inner workings or their application and use in smartphones. Im not trying to be mean mind you. Just honest.
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Booster Posts: 380   +79

    Even before articles like this one started showing up, I think that everyone with some knowledge knew that this was happening. And it's not only the case with smartphones, but with PC components also. Nvidia, Intel and AMD are doing the same for their stuff.
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  10. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Rookie Posts: 119   +24

    I agree with you to a point, but how would knowing the true specs make the user less ignorant. If a user's expectations are met in regards to performance, wouldn't that be alright? Consumers don't necessarily look for or buy the fastest performing CPU'd phones on the market. They generally look at the eco-system that phone brings with it, Google Play, Apple's Appstore, etc. and the odd thing a user might want their phone to do. For even the technophile, how often are they maxing out the CPU cores that are available to them, and for how much of the day? In the end, they are probably the first to upgrade their phones before their contracts are up. Just saying.
  11. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Rookie Posts: 119   +24

    Yes, and what that does is make these benchmarks less to non-relevant. I don't buy a computer/device based on the benchmarks; I buy them based on meeting application requirements.
     
  12. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 396   +35

    The US government, like Samsung, is quite large. The US government, also cheats and lies. Coincidence?
  13. Well, the almighty apple do it, so why not....


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