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Why Samsung? Why? The S4 is a damn fine phone. Deserving of all the praise it’s been receiving. So we found it strange that Samsung would deliberately rigg the  S4 to perform better with certain benchmark tools. The news was released by AnandTech that found that the S4 games its GPU to spit out a 533MHz clock speed in certain benchmark tests (AnTuTu, GLBenchmark 2.5.1 and Quadrant) while most every other app and game performance is limited to 480MHz (some other benchmark apps show a lower clock speed too). 533MHz obviously sounds a lot more impressive than 480MHz.

 

Samsung Cheats on Galaxy S4 Benchmark Tests:

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

It’s gets funnier. Even the S4’s CPU spits out lies in certain benchmark tests. In GLBenchmark 2.5.1, the CPU clocks in at 1.2GHz and never dips below it. In GFXBench 2.7, the CPU can go to 500MHz (250MHz virtual frequency). Basically, when the S4 is in GLBenchmark 2.5.1 (and other benchmark tests), it’s allowed to run in a higher performance benchmark mode, an unnatural boost to make its numbers look better in fake situations while hiding its actual real life performance.

Anandtech found a string that shows the S4 is hardcoded to specficailly perform better in certain apps for benchmark testing, with “Quadrant standard, advanced, and professional, linpack (free, not paid), Benchmark Pi, and AnTuTu” being mentioned:

Hardcoded strings prove that the S4 is rigged to show better results with certain benchmark tools

Hardcoded strings prove that the S4 is rigged to show better results with certain benchmark tools

The S4 would probably beat the competition anyway, so the need to this type of shady cheating is really confusing. Perhaps it shows the uncertainty in which they find themselves regarding market dominance compared to others? This type of cheating does not make the world of difference, but it can be compared to an Hussain Bolt, the fastest man in the world being found guilty for doping during the Olympic games. Why? Are you not already number 1?