Note 3 benchmarking scores artificially increased

The Note 3 is a very impressively specced handset with a 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM so you would expect it to be towards the top end of all the various benchmark applications and it does. However it appears that like with the S4, Samsung have been artificially increasing the various scores on the benchmarking apps.

It turns out that when running a benchmark app the Note 3 stops the CPU cores from idling and also boosts performance by keeping all cores active and keeps everything running full power. If a benchmark app is renamed the phone treats the app like 99.99% of apps so cores are allowed to idle and the phone runs things at lower power to save battery.

Note 3 benchmarking scores artificially increased

The differences are quite staggering:

Note 3 benchmarking scores artificially increased


The strange thing is that even without the benchmark increase the Note 3 still comes out higher than every other handset so why would Samsung feel the need to artificially increase them. Personally I’m not bothered about the actual scores on benchmarks, as long as the phone runs smoothly and I can have several apps running at once without any problem then I’m happy. I know manufacturers always want to be able to brag about having the fastest phone on the market but is it worth cheating to do it?

Source: ArsTechnica

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  • patrick

    ian you may not be bothered about the scores but you have to be worried samsung are doing this ??

    what else are they misleading us on…

    If apple did this the site would be jumping up and down ..

  • Ryan Waring

    it does seem a little unfair, its like car manufactures testing mileage in perfect conditions to increase cars official MPG, they wouldn’t do that would they?

  • Martin

    This is not a Samsung thing, other Android phones do the same thing….as per Anandtech:


    I should mention that the Note 3 (like many other Android devices – SGS4, HTC One) detects certain benchmarks and ensures CPU frequencies are running at max while running them, rather than relying on the benchmark workload to organically drive DVFS to those frequencies.

    End Qoute.

    Have you seen the competitiveness with benchmarking across all platforms? There are competitions where guys cool CPUs and GPUs with liquid nitrogen.

    TBH this is a bit of a non-story, benchmarks are an indication of how a device will perform, they aren’t the be all and end all. If they were, no-one would buy anything other than whatever is sitting at the top of the chart.

    I’m running an SGS2 and Transformer Prime and am pretty happy with the performance of both yet they don’t even show on benchmarking tables anymore because they are so old and slow :(

  • weirdstuff

    Benchmarks in the current tech environment are almost meaningless. Anything above 2 cores can handle most games or apps with ease. The nature of the current architecture means the very occasional bottleneck of ram, slight pause while the phone composes itself, is also inevitable. Putting numbers on top of that doesn’t mean much. All seems a bit pointless really…