Performance appraisal is not new as there are already several mobile manufacturers they had to forgive themselves, like Samsung in 2013 or OnePlus in 2017. And now the same has happened with MediaTek: the manufacturer raises the performance of its processors until the cellphone gets a bench.
Performance tests or benchmarks are usually tests used to know how much device power goes, and mobile. They are 100% reliable, especially as a tool for defining phone capabilities: benches do not show the normal functioning of the app, only the maximum point they can reach. For this reason, there are many companies that have been hunted down the benches to show that their products are more powerful, as has recently happened on MediaTek. And it reassures you: the processor installs the firmware on its controllers that increase power when the cellphone receives performance testing
If a bench tests a cellphone, should it use all its strength?
The beginning of all the controversy is found in an article made by Anandtech. In it, the media accuses MediaTek of tricking its processors so that phones can have them they give their best performance when they see the start of a rating application. And the key is found in the verb & # 39; trucar & # 39; (& # 39; Cheat & # 39; in English), a name protected by MediaTek. Because, if performance appraisal should be clear on how strong the phone is, shouldn't all available volume be used to determine the maximum value it can reach?
While the assumption is that performance testing should indicate how powerful the device is, it doesn't seem to make much sense for the processor to include an XML file in their dedicated control firmware. see shape schemes. As Anandtech pointed out, this XML file shows the benchmarks of the best-known bench test so that the processor can perform its maximum performance during testing. It should be obvious, the most sensible thing would be to increase the performance of the SoC as the application demands benefits, not to include high-quality processor just before the predefined applications.
MediaTek has defended itself in a statement, clarifying that maximizing processor performance during benchmark testing is a common industry practice. According to the said statement, manufacturers including MediaTek executives are aware of the change in firmware to modify bench testing; and that it is the producers who decide whether to put them in their clothes. This is the reason why some mobile phones get different scores on tests. without sharing the same processor
According to MediaTek:
We believe that demonstrating the full chipset capabilities in benchmark testing is in line with other companies' processes and gives consumers a more accurate picture of the app's performance.
Benchmark testing measures how mobile is taken to extreme performance, in theory the same thing happens when operating mode is updated to start a game like Fortnite. So, adjusting the phone to maximize numbers during testing may seem legitimate, but it is not much if those statistics are used to compare them to a phone that never used a conversion. Because, should manufacturers who decide not to use these methods on their phones have to be undermined?
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