Samsung denies cheating on benchmark tests

The evidence seems pretty hard to argue, but Samsung wants to try anyway. Multiple sources have found that Samsung (as well as most other Android manufacturers) artificially boost CPU frequencies when the system detects a benchmarking test running. Samsung is denying that its devices are trying to cheat the tests, and is actually putting the blame on the tests themselves...
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102 Comments

51. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Is Turbo boost on a desktop chip cheating? NO. Samsung should list though in the official specs what it actually goes up to.

56. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

is Turbo boost only active on certain applications controlled by the manufacturer or is it always on/on demand? There is a difference.

59. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It activates automatically just like Samsungs does when the CPU is nearing 100% use. The only smartphone apps that use 100% are benchmarks as far as I know. It does not target applications, if it did then go make a brand new benchmark and see if it targets it without a system update.

63. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's not the same in the case. Samsung only runs their "turbo boost" in their whitelist apps. Rename the benchmark app listed in those whitelist and it runs in normal mode.

69. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

He is a troll or a shill one of the two. Turbo boost is very different. It will only boost if the program need the extra amount of power. All program can have access to turbo boost. Now the Samsung boost is only for the white list app.

92. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So why doesnt it boost when the benchmark app is running under a different name? Same situation, other name and it should boost then too. No need to make a brand new benchmark.

8. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Well, benchmarks does satisfy most of the droid lovers out there. Its only natural for these OEMs to target that.

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

of course Sammy will deny it. what to expect from them? lol!!

10. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

double fault

11. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

BS. The CPU raises it's maximum frequency while running the tests

12. nestea unregistered

emmm silly fandroid, yes it goes for maximum frequency but they increase lowest frequency also. Try to benchmark your android with 200-1500mhz and then with 1200-1500mhz….

77. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it doesn't. It does ramp it up to it's max advertised speed for the duration of the bench, instead of letting the built in governor control it. It's like using performance governor on a custom ROM - it does the same thing, keeps the CPU at max speed always (except when asleep)

82. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

No the max CPU frequency gets raised according to anandtech

99. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, that's not what Anand stated. They clearly said that max supported CPU speed is never exceeded. They also stated that the effect is negligible, since these benchmarks should drive the frequencies to max.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Barrysung Bonds. S-Rod. Roger Sammens. Samsung Censeco.

57. rockblock123

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

darkdumasspple

72. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good one +1.

78. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hey, DJ. Nice wedding photo. Congrats.

79. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx Ted, appreciate the kind words bro. +1

14. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

Samsung are a bunch of losers.

17. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Are you 5?

21. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

No I'm 2... Any person with common spence knows Samsung's practices are low and desperate. How do you think they got where they are? Lie, lie, lie

93. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Welcome to the world of big cooperations. They all lie, that's how you make the big bucks. Some get caught, others don't. What is common spence?

23. Gigabinzle

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

are you the government ?

28. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

No just a person who educates themselves with company's who copies every idea from someone else. I see why you are a Samsung fan.. LOL

53. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

*himself *companies You should spend half of said education in grammar.

81. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why would you call them "a bunch of losers"? They're no different that any other company, build for low sell for high. The rep their product, and they should. It's fun to poke fun at them, just like it is to do it to apple, but in reality it's just big business.

94. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So very true. And everytime we poke at them, naming them, their brand name is mentioned ;) Sometimes I wonder if Apple and Samsung aren't working together in this. It's always Apple/Samsung and they do work together in some areas. You don't hear people talking sh#t about the HTC one max getting a fingerprint sensor and 'copying' Apple.

97. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You noticed that too huh? Just like the Pepsi/coke wars, the wars bring focus to just those two, and makes the rest irrelevant. I've said before, these two are not the enemies we all think they are. +1

98. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I agree, like that big trial that was going on, where Samsung had to pay hunderds of millions to Apple. Never heard anything if they paid it or not. And it's usually Apple and Samsung going to court. Guess those two have the last laugh. Btw, did you get married or something (your avatar changed)? If so, congrats on your marriage.
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