Anandtech, arguably the most reliable benchmarking website, dug in to reports that Samsung was juicing its processors to perform better in benchmarks. While researching Samsung’s “optimizations,” they began to run similar diagnostics on other devices.
Long story short, every manufacturer that isn’t Apple or Motorola includes optimizations and other tweaks to try to gain an edge in certain benchmarks. Samsung, HTC, and LG all use tweaks to boost voltage and clock speed when certain benchmarks are detected.
It’s important to note, however, that Google is also apparently opposed to this practice, as their Nexus devices — which are current being built by Samsung and LG — do not exhibit such behavior in benchmarks. Similarly, it seems that the blame lies squarely with the actual OEMs, and not chip makers.
But, perhaps most importantly, it highlights just how silly it is to use an artificial score to decide where to spend hundreds of dollars.