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So most Android phones cheat at benchmarks

#1SpacewhizguyPosted 10/3/2013 12:53:33 AM
You may remember that back in July, Samsung was caught gaming benchmarks with their Galaxy S4. Well, it turns out that plenty of other Android phones do the same thing and target benchmarks:
http://anandtech.com/show/7384/state-of-cheating-in-android-benchmarks

If you don't know about what happened with the Galaxy S4, here's a brief summary. Basically, whenever the phone detects certain, specific benchmarks running, it'll overclock the GPU higher than the max that most apps can actually use, and it'll set the CPU to max frequency. The source code literally checks for benchmarks with certain names and then unrealistically speeds up the phone.

More details about the S4:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7187/looking-at-cpugpu-benchmark-optimizations-galaxy-s-4

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#2Lord_XandrosPosted 10/3/2013 5:01:23 AM
I really care about this so much.
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#3VIP_TimePosted 10/3/2013 5:09:22 AM
Lord_Xandros posted...
I really care about this so much.


Well, it is kinda pathetic...
#4SpazH3dPosted 10/3/2013 5:09:51 AM
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#5El_ZaggyPosted 10/3/2013 6:45:16 AM
because i buy a phone for gaming....
#6ShuraYukihimePosted 10/3/2013 6:49:28 AM
Not just Android phones but damn near everything. If the "test" can be "fixed" to make your product look better it will be.
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#7DV8ingSourcesPosted 10/3/2013 6:50:27 AM
Benchmarking phones is so interesting.

And imo, its hardly cheating. Its using the hardware to do the work. Its just a little misleading because some phones are now turning off all the battery saving features while other phones don't.
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#8ThePCElitistPosted 10/3/2013 7:18:24 AM
El_Zaggy posted...
because i buy a phone for gaming....


People unfortunately do. I play games sometimes on my phone but that sometimes equals to "Maybe once every few months".
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#9Trance_FanPosted 10/3/2013 10:43:42 AM
it's not really cheating as the phone is actually producing those speeds even if the clocks get tweaked

that's the phones true potential and you can overclock it yourself if you choose to
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#10MasterDonGeroPosted 10/3/2013 11:23:49 AM
DV8ingSources posted...
Benchmarking phones is so interesting.

And imo, its hardly cheating. Its using the hardware to do the work. Its just a little misleading because some phones are now turning off all the battery saving features while other phones don't.


It's cheating if the phones don't do the same for other programs. And they don't. The phones detect when certain benchmarks are started, and then they ramp up, and it's not the work of something like how SpeedStep works. Increased load doesn't raise the clocks--just the starting of one of the benchmarks they anticipated. This type of thing would be an outrage if it happened with PC hardware.

But, it isn't, so I couldn't give a s*** if I tried.
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