Samsung responds to benchmark-rigging allegations claiming it's innocent

Samsung responds to benchmark-rigging allegations claiming it's innocent
If you weren't around yesterday, here's what you missed: AnandTech has pretty much alleged that Samsung rigs benchmarks outright with a line of code on the Galaxy S4, which bumps its GPU clock from 480MHz to 533MHz, resulting in an 11% bump in scores.

While we've heard allegations like this before (HTC, we're eying you!), the level of scrutiny and the intensity of yesterday's testing actually painted a very plausible story.

Not so fast, however, for Samsung did not see it prudent to clam up and claimed innocence:

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1. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

good thing theres real tech sites that actually know something, and looks deep into tech. Not just internet repost sites like PA.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You can't blame PA for that, since there are many newbies here like Chris P. and Ivan S.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Their author might be newbies but not PA ! PA, has been like this ever since their inception ! Just like I can't blame your dad if you are a useless kid trolling every other article on PA by posting mind numbing fanboy comments. You can't blame PA for their 2 authors only!

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Are we really shocked that OEM's might be manipulating their numbers? Really?!? There is so much integrity in the mobile game right? Like no one EVER copies each other & no one ever tweaks their numbers right? This is a honest & a full of honor industry right? C'mon this has been happening since umm.... FOREVER!!! lol

35. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

AMD/ATI and Nvidia have been tweaking their drivers for desktops for years now, just trying to edge out the competition for a few extra points in 3D Mark or various other benchmarks. Why hammer anyone in the mobile scene for pumping up frequencies? Different means, same ends, we all win

49. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So why not say "clocked to 480MHz (turbo boost to 533MHz)"??

42. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

So let me get this straight, you all are on here complaining about how useless PA but yet you actively choose to come on this site and comment on the articles. That makes perfect sense (sarcasm). If you don't like it then why don't you go to some other tech site then and comment on their stories? No one is telling you that you have to go on here. And if you want to use a parent/child anaology, you are acting like a little child crying and screaming at his mother because she bought him the wrong action figure. In other words, you're starting to sound like a little brat.

43. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I typed this on my phone so I apologize there were some errors that I didnt catch until after it posted.

45. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Apology accepted ! ;) If would've read my comment no. 5 below you would realize I am not actually trying to bash PA. I use PA as my daily driver for tech news and there is no denying PA is the most informative of'em all ! However, that doesn't mean this site is perfect I only made my points to make this site a bit better, if at all it catches the eye of PA's authors. Infact, if you'd understood my comment you'll realize I was actually defending PA's authors. My point was, instead of copy/paste from other tech sites PA should also churn new articles themselves. Its quite obligatory if not mandatory for PA to post their own content especially them being such a global tech site. With regards to my analogy, it was meant sarcastically for xperiaDROID and had nothing to do with anyone/anything. Have a nice day ! :)

46. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I wasn't singling you out. I did say "you all" which would imply everyone above you that were going on about how PA sucks.

19. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

and you

3. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

It's a site for the masses

4. AngryAppleCustomer.

Posts: 30; Member since: May 01, 2013

I upvoted faster than Usain Bolt sprinting downhill on a speeding Lamborghini.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Agreed. No other site posts so much news as PA but hardly any material they post is theirs'. Every other website from time to time do their research & creative thinking and post something from their own head but sadly PA being such a pronounced website don't do that....smh Even their reviews (especially video) are boring. No editing skills and choosing careful words nothing unique whatsoever. PS - I dont wish to bash PA but they really need to lift their quality now as they are pretty well known !

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Don't blame PA, some news are even first on PA and late on other sites. Yes, for some things they need to pull up their socks and do great. BTW, Sammy smartly defended the argument.

13. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Anti-samsung fans are really starved these days, they'll take any negative and blow it up to huge proportions. They sure had a feast yesterday. Crazy hungry fans.

24. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

The anti-Apple fans have been doing the same thing for years. Now it's Samsung who face the wrath of these idiots.

6. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

There's your answer, it works at 533MHz in other apps too, 480MHz is to protect your phone, all that drama for nothing, suck it up.

32. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And you believe them? Anand found the list of applications allowed for 533MHz and all of them were Benchmarks, it's a white list, not a black list for games.

44. zack89

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Really? Do you have some proof of that? Look at Update on GPU Optimizations in Galaxy S4 on Anandtech :)

8. wendygarett unregistered

I will never surf Anandtech anymore, this site always against Samsung... And everyone know Samsung is innocent as always... Gsmarena done much better reviews than this anandturd

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I notice when you switch into I love Sammy/android mode your profile pic switches to that phone. When you switch back to I love apple/iOS, your profile pic switches to a pretty girl. Hmmmmmm

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009


25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't help but notice that WM LOL. Like clockwork bro.

47. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Bipolar disorder

31. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Your are the biggest idiot ever in the history of mankind. It's a good thing that you won't visit Anandtech. Anandtech don't need this kind of idiot. period.

34. wendygarett unregistered

You sir are so wrong!!! And my green thumb tells that, how many green do you have? What a shame...

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We've known for eons, that attention is what you crave. You're no techie, you're an attention insert expletive here _ _ _ _ _!

38. yudi.nemesis unregistered

That’s nothing wrong with anandtech because everything what they have said is also comes with solid proof. but i’m not suprised if you hate anandtech cuz samsung fanboy like you will never be able to accept the truth. and everybody knows that samsung mindless fanboys will always defend samsung no matter how much dirty move that samsung do. like it or not anandtech is one of the best site when it comes to detailed reviews.

58. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah, cuz Samsung has never done anything shady... AnandTech is an amazing website.

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