Last week we detailed an article covering MediaTek’s seemingly widespread default inclusion of a benchmark whitelist in their chipset BSP (board support package) – a mechanism that enables more aggressive performance tuning of a device’s power management once it detects that a benchmark application is running. Yesterday, UL, the developers of the PCMark and 3DMark benchmarking suites, have followed up on our investigation and analysed a wider range of devices, and have made the decision to temporarily delist all devices powered by a wide range of MediaTek SoCs, a list of over 50 devices from over 25 different vendors. We had worked with UL early on in the investigation, with them providing us alternative anonymised versions of the benchmarks which bypass the whitelist detection, thus exposing...

UL's PCMark 10 Adds Battery Life Tests

One of our favorite benchmark suites is PCMark 10 from UL, and today they are announcing that the latest version of their testing suite is gaining some new battery...

0 by Brett Howse on 5/27/2019

UL Delists Huawei Devices Due To Inaccurate Benchmarks

A few days ago we published our article addressing Huawei and Honor’s inaccurate benchmarking behaviour. In a nutshell, we had found out that this year’s devices had introduced a...

33 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/6/2018

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