During their review, Ars Techinica discovered that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was performing much better than other phones with the identical Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC running at 2.3GHz. Digging deeper, they found that Samsung has programmed the Note 3 to detect certain benchmarking apps like Geekbench and make all the cores of the SoC run at full speed during the entire run of the benchmark. Under normal circumstances, phones shut off some cores and/or reduce the speed at which they are running in order to save on power which is what generally happens between benchmarks stressing the phones. When Ars Technica re-packeged the same benchmarks under a different name, the results appeared to be more in line with the rest of the devices.
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