Samsung boosts graphics in Exynos Galaxy S4 to manipulate benchmark scores

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the best selling Android smartphone of all times and it’s scored tremendously well in benchmarks…
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19. TechEnthu

Posts: 19; Member since: May 08, 2013

Sorry Samsung... No cheat codes here :p

23. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

i think we have gotten to the point where the little benchmark boost in score means nothing. it all now depends on the user experience and battery life.

25. dmat3889

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I get that the clock speed isnt true to real world speed but people can also OC thier phones to be at that amount. Now whats the difference between this and say when another phone is released with the processor clocked high just so it can claim to perform faster?

68. Jaeel

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

The another phone wouldn't be clocked higher just for the benchmark, but also for your everyday apps.

34. ThinkDifferent

Posts: 6; Member since: May 31, 2013

Galaxy S 4: splastic Slag!!! S cheat:)) s fire What is the next ???:))

40. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Every manufacturer cheats in their own way. Samsung with the benchmark test. Apple with the antenna gate Motorola with the real autonomy of their batteries Every single business in the world is telling lies in order to sell more merchandise and make more profit. Samsung isn't different from any other.

43. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Oh so thats why Exynos can have great score on benchmark but there is no advantage in real life performance. i guess thats why Snapdragon become the king of mobile processor less gimmick and BS, just solid proof in performance with great battery and thermal efficiency.

51. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Nothing to see here, move along, It had the best hardware at that time and blew everything out of the water, it was clearly stated that it runs 533MHz, so stop hating because the platform/phone you support is inferior and scores less in benchmarks. 480MHz is to save you some battery juice and still run your games smoothly, simple logic

55. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

If they downclock it to save battery anywhere else I don't see where is the cheating. If theire GPU is basically at 533Mhz, how can we call this 'overclocking' because the basic speed is 533.. No cheating, just good logic.

76. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's only 533MHz in some benchmarks. Nowhere else does it perform at 533MHz unless you run a custom kernel. It's RATED for 533, but performs at 480 for everything but benchmarks.

81. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nothing stopping them from releasing lines of code that allows other apps to run it at 533. Of course you rate it the highest for marketing even if you decide it is best to not go that high for thermal and battery life reasons. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with it since everyone does it. It is just that these morons like believing Samsung is the only company doing this.

52. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

If you ain't cheatin, you ain't trying.

54. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Oh dear all these pointless fanboys having there day in the sun .....idiots!

56. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Well they had to come up with something to wow people because it certainly wasn't their latest iteration of Touchwiz.

59. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Pay students to talk behind HTC's back, trying to "fake" scores...this is why I will never buy a samsung

66. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Just more dirt and shame, not surprised. Looks like a cheat, feels like a cheat and can't be used for your own use, it's a cheat.. yeah this reeks of deception and shame.

67. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Oops!

71. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I don't get it. Is overclocking a gpu considered a bad thing?

79. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

check the Anandtech overview on this case. Once you read it you will get why this is such a cheap move

72. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

My initial reaction is that this is a pretty underhanded move by Samsung. Then I thought about all the under underhanded moves by other companies, and I'm left with this thought: "Dear God, we're all gullible, aren't we? They all just keep nickel n' diming us, bending us over, lying to us... And we've got people here defending their favorite offender's honor? Man, they all certainly got us by the short hairs, don't they?"

73. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

What's the big problem? The same story happens with desktop GPUs, one should not trust synthetic benchmarks as they can be easily cheated. This alterations are necessary for benchmark addicts in order to satisfy them. There are people who don't even play games but cherish benchmarks. If you want to measure graphics performance, play and experience it for yourself.

77. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

So someone clarify this for me: Benchmarks are used to show what the phone is capable of at its most powerful right. So how are the results cheating (serious question)? It is shady that Samsung would pull something like that when most of it's phone users won't ever be able to get that sort of scores from their phones. How big of a difference are we looking at between benchmarks and actual GPU performance?

78. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

buy a CrapDragon S4

80. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Are people really this fricking retarded or is this butthurt HTC, Sony, and Nokia fans? This s**t is common sense and everybody does it but even worse. Apple is actually the worse. They market a dual core 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of ram, a below 720p screen, and a 1400 may battery as high end. How do they achieve this? Through IOS being so closed and IOS is just lines of code like this bench boost. If you want to catch someone red handed. Look at the Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z, and HTC Droid DNA. This is common sense. EXACTLY the same specs as the Nexus 4, S4 Pro, 2gb ddr2 ram, similar battery sizes. So how does the Xperia tablet Z, xperia z, and droid DNA absolutely crush the Nexus 4 in benchmarks while having the exact same internals while pushing a lot more pixels? Only answer is cooked benchmarks. They all have the exact same brains and only difference is screen resolution yet they all vary in benchmarks. That should tell you something. Geez people here are so stupid. The GS4 has the exact same cpu/GPU as the HTC One and Lg Optimus G pro but it is clocked higher and has faster ddr3 ram. Plus the bigger battery will allow the GS4 more power wasting leeway. That is all you need to know. There is no magic tricks here. Hardware is hardware. Qualcomm doesn't make a special cheating Qualcomm s600 for Samsung and a non cheating, upstanding Qualcom S600 for HTC, nor do they make non cheating S4 pros for Sony and cheating ones for Samsung. Specs are specs. You can't lie about them.

82. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The GPU is rated at 533 because it can...um...reach 533. If they were being lying and underhanded, they wouldn't be able to reach 533, not even in benchmarks....... You mean Samsung is not letting us use the full power of the Exynos 5 Octa? How dare they! They should just clock everything as high as possible and give us the choice to have a phone that lasts 10 minutes before recharging but runs the GPU at 533 and run all 8 cores at once. Those bastards....Shamesung

85. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Samsung and there lies Lol.

87. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Not suprised at all but how come only now people knew about this? Oh wait, are you guys thinking that only Samsung does benchmark optimisation and other don't? AndreiLux (Andrei F) is the person who discovered this benchmark optimisation in GT-I9500 and also a top developer in XDA forum. By the way, he owns the GT-I9500.
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