Samsung has responded to AnandTech's analysis and claim that the company is playing fowl with its flagship Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 Exynos 5 Octa version in GPU strenuous benchmarks by allowing the chipset to clock higher in some of the popular mobile benchmarking apps. AnandTech's report concluded that the PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU in the Exynos 5 Octa version of the Galaxy S4 clocked as high as 533 MHz as compared to its usual 480 MHz GPU clock frequency, leading to a 11% performance boost in synthetic benchmarks as compared to real world situations. Here's Samsung's response to the allegation.
Under ordinary conditions, the GALAXY S4 has been designed to allow a maximum GPU frequency of 533MHz. However, the maximum GPU frequency is lowered to 480MHz for certain gaming apps that may cause an overload, when they are used for a prolonged period of time in full-screen mode. Meanwhile, a maximum GPU frequency of 533MHz is applicable for running apps that are usually used in full-screen mode, such as the S Browser, Gallery, Camera, Video Player, and certain benchmarking apps, which also demand substantial performance.
The maximum GPU frequencies for the GALAXY S4 have been varied to provide optimal user experience for our customers, and were not intended to improve certain benchmark results.
Samsung Electronics remains committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.
What do you think? Is Samsung playing fowl or is it really innocent this time?