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Manipulated Benchmarks: Futuremark cancels various devices from their list

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Andreas Stegmüller

futuremarkSynthetic benchmarks are often used for comparison tests. Futuremark's 3DMark is probably among the most popular of its kind. Since this year, the software company also offers a cross-platform comparison. The tool is not only available for Windows PCs, but has been available for Android, iOS and Windows RT. At the start of the week there was a new update for the Android version. In the course of the released, Futuremark also published a press release in which they announced that a few some devices had been withdrawn from the benchmark comparison list. The devices include the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The results were not deleted, however; the values can still be be found at the bottom of the rearmost ranks and bear the marking "Delisted". According to Futuremark, these devices had yielded suspicious values.

Presumably this happenend in response to the accusation of sugarcoated benchmarks. It seems that the devices will automatically increase their clock speeds of GPU and CPU (over specification) when they realize that known benchmark programs are being started, and will thus perform better than the competition. This is not quite in accordance with the rules, say Futuremark. As of now, users of 3DMark can report suspicious devices themselves directly by e-mail to Futuremark. However, the manufacturers have the right to disagree.

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