Samsung is in hot water once again. According to ARS Technica, Samsung rigged the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to perform better on popular benchmarking apps.
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This is not the first time for the South Korean tech giant to face such accusation. In July, the company was also hooked to a scandal involving boosting benchmark tests on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
ARS Technica tested the device using Geekbench, a popular benchmarking app. ARS notes that the Note 3 performed very well, way better than the LG G2, which happens to sport the same processor - a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800. The difference in the results compelled ARS to experiment further by renaming the package of the app to Stealthbench.
Apparently they found out that the device has a special high-power CPU mode that kicks up each time it runs on a popular benchmarking app. Renaming the app did the trick. The special mode no longer worked and, this time, the results were close to that of the LG G2.
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ARS Technica states that the special CPU mode gives it a 20 percent boost by keeping all cores up and running. Even more interesting are the Java codes embedded within the CPU. A file entitled "DVFSHelper.java" contained the function "PACKAGES_FOR_BOOST_ALL_ADJUSTMENT" and below it the names of other popular benchmarking apps such as Antutu, Quadrant, GFXBench, and Samsung own benchmark apps.