Want to know which phone, tablet, or PC has the fastest processor? You might turn to benchmarking tests like Antutu or 3DMark. These tests don’t always paint a solid picture of real-world performance, but they can at least help you figure out which device performs certain CPU or GPU-intensive tasks the quickest.

Or at least they would if you could trust the scores… but unfortunately many device makers employ tricks to boost the performance of their products when running those tests.

The good news is that benchmark makers aren’t taking this sitting down — one of the biggest names in PC benchmarks recently started offering tools for testing mobile devices — and in response to rampant cheating, FutureMark is refusing to rank devices with fishy scores — including recent big name products such as the Samsung Galaxy Note III and HC One.

3DMark Delisted

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4 replies on “Lilbits (11-26-2013): Cheaters never win (unless they’re not caught)”

  1. Ehm i believe if everybody can live peacefully to each other then we can live much happier. Too bad now human are already very corrupted with those materialistic things. We are tend to kill our competitor so we can live longer.

    I do missed the old day when live was more simpler. No fancy gadgets and those high-tech. Everything was still manual, i loved it. Called me old fashioned but don’t care. I do missed those olden day.

    Nowaday we become too greedy and this is what happened if we only aim for profit. No more ethics and shamed. Sad really, the more we advance the more down “lesser human” we become.

    1. It’s the kind of thing that happens whenever there’s a competitive marketplace, rather than a monopoly. Compare with telecoms, energy etc. Plenty of scamming going on there too (e.g. misrepresentation of wholesale gas prices etc).

      1. You are sure easy to please. Monopolies are bad, competition is bad, what is good in your world?
        In reality ethics wins out and generally respect taking a lifetime to build can be lost in a minute. Result? Nobody trusts Android benchmarks anymore. 5 years from now people will still not trust Android benchmarks. Was it worth it? Of course not!

        Do you think the US will quickly gain trust for its Spygate scandal? NO!
        For that matter, does anybody outside New England believe the Patriots really earned the first few Super Bowls with their Spygate scandal? NO!
        Cheating is never worth it.

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