Earlier today, many tech sites have posted a report from Anandtech that Samsung is not the only one to implement the “Benchmark Booster” code on its Galaxy devices, other manufacturers such as HTC, Sony, Motorola and LG are also doing the same thing to bump benchmark scores by fully unlocking all the cores of its device processor and maximizing the clock speed throughout the test. Our readers here should know that although we do provide benchmark results in the video, we always noted that one shouldn’t just a book by its cover, we reported real world usage speed and always trust our own instincts on using the device. And we think OEMs bumping up their scores in benchmarks isn’t actually a bad thing, and here’s why.

Benchmarks are meant to show your gadgets’ true potential

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Surely we always use benchmark applications to test our gadget’s performance, let’s start off by talking about benchmarking on PC. Assuming you have the latest and best computer processor and graphics card in your PC, one way to find out if its really capable of playing the most graphic demanding games or processing the most advanced 3D graphics in your 3D software, you will definitely rely on benchmarks to see if your PC is performing well at its fully loaded state and the benchmarking software will report the score of your PC.
Back to smartphones, smartphones are more like our handheld computers today, they perform advanced tasks and can even substitute your ordinary desktop computer or laptop, the problem on using smartphones is battery life. Processors play an important role in application processing as well as delivering power to the operating system, you may also realize that laptop computers today have their processor clock speeds underclocked when running on battery mode, so when you run something that requires a processor’s power, the clock speed immediately increases to the maximum frequency that it can to get your tasks done as fast as possible. Therefore, having the “Benchmark Booster” code added into benchmark apps isn’t really surprising as the OEM may just want to show the true potential of the processor it uses, if you are on the thought of why most apps don’t do this, here’s the answer – only when developers optimized their app for that particular processor, then you will see the true performance of the processor, take NVIDIA Tegra optimized games for instance.

Benchmarks are not meant to be taken seriously

Whoever writes benchmarking software is a genius, the developer needs to consider on what occasions that the processor should use its full power and when it should be using other components of the device, And there’s one thing we have to admit over here – human error. I’m not trying to say that those software developers are doing any bad by creating a benchmarking software, but humans always make mistakes when they do something no matter how careful they are. So, benchmark software is created by human, and there could be calculation errors as well in those results, that’s why we never take benchmark scores seriously in our gadget reviews and always try to push the phone to its limits by loading up apps that we use everyday and stress test ourselves to the max. So talking about stress test, benchmarking apps can’t do drop tests and waterproof tests, can they? You know the answer.

Verdict

There’s nothing wrong about OEMs cheating on benchmarks, the real world usage of the gadget tells its own benchmarks, and performance will always be affected depending on how you manage your storage, how apps are being loaded and programmed to use the available hardware resources and how much we use the app. Therefore, we advise you readers never take benchmark scores seriously whenever you purchase any gadgets. Now its your turn, does benchmark scores help making up your purchasing decision on the gadget you want? Share with us in the comments.

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