We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3:
it scores really, really well in benchmark tests — puzzlingly
well, in fact. A quick comparison of its scores to the similarly
specced LG G2 makes it clear that something fishy is going on,
because Samsung’s 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 blows the doors off LG’s
2.3GHz Snapdragon 800. What makes one Snapdragon so different from
After a good bit of sleuthing, we can confidently say that Samsung
appears to be artificially boosting the US Note 3’s benchmark
scores with a special, high-power CPU mode that kicks in when the
device runs a large number of popular benchmarking apps. Samsung
did something similar with the international Galaxy S 4’s
GPU, but this is the first time we’ve seen the boost on a US
device. We also found a way to disable this special CPU mode, so
for the first time we can see just how much Samsung’s benchmark
optimizations affect benchmark scores.
What a bizarre coincidence that a company as honest and reputable as Samsung would get caught doing this again.