Samsung reportedly altering benchmark results

31/07/2013

Samsung Reportedly Altering Benchmark Results

Evidence indicates that Samsung may have been adjusting its benchmark results for its Galaxy S4 to get better performance statistics for the mobile phone.

The latest benchmark tests for the Exynos 5 Octa processor version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have revealed figures which may have been achieved through foul play.

According to AnandTech, Samsung has rigged the graphics system and processor in this version of the Galaxy S4 to make it run at a higher frequency in the tests. 

Normal usage would see the graphics achieve 480MHz, but when it was put through benchmarking tests such as GLBench it recorded 533MHz. When the processor was tested it achieved similar results of 1.2GHz, compared to just 500MHz under normal conditions.

The site tried to get to the bottom of the inconsistency and found some code called "BenchmarkBooster". In the code, it suggests that the phone is set to push harder when it recognises the benchmarking test software.

Samsung has yet to respond to these suggestions, but it doesn't show the Korean manufacturer in a very good light.

Posted by Samantha Green

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