The New HTC One Has a High Performance Mode Just For Benchmarks

HTC has confessed that its new HTC One is able to detect benchmark testing tools and throw more resources at them, although rather than fudge the issue as Samsung did when it was rumbled pulling the same trick, HTC says this "High Performance Mode" is actually a feature. » 3/31/14 5:00am 3/31/14 5:00am

The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks: Everybody's Doing It

Samsung has been blamed before for fudging the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3 in order to make the phones perform faster than it does naturally in benchmarks. But Anandtech has run the numbers and found that pretty much every smartphone maker is cheating. » 10/02/13 1:44pm 10/02/13 1:44pm

Ugh, Samsung Rigged the Note 3 to Perform Better in Benchmark Tests

After pulling the same dirty trick with the Galaxy S4, Samsung has been caught rigging the Galaxy Note 3 to perform better in benchmark tests than it does anywhere else. It's like all Samsung phones are on performance enhancing drugs or something. » 10/01/13 11:42pm 10/01/13 11:42pm

iPhone A7 Chip Benchmarks: Forget the Specs, It Blows Everything Away

We just ran benchmarks on Apple's new iPhone 5S, revealing that, yup, this is the dopest smartphone silicon ever made. This thing freaking churns, crushing every other smartphone out there on both computational power and graphics. But if you look at common specs like core-count and clock speed for the hardware, you'd… » 9/20/13 2:31pm 9/20/13 2:31pm

Samsung Denies Trying to Artificially Inflate Its Benchmark Scores

Yesterday, it was reported that Samsung had rigged the Galaxy S4 to perform better in benchmarks. Today comes Samsung's terse response, which answers some questions, but leaves others flapping in the wind. » 7/31/13 10:04am 7/31/13 10:04am

In Theory, This Is How Xbox One and PS4 Graphics Compare

There’s no doubt that on paper, the way Sony’s designed the PS4 and the AMD components it’s selected offer 50 per cent more power in the GPU department over the Xbox One. But does it really make any difference when you get down to playing a game? » 7/31/13 8:27am 7/31/13 8:27am

Samsung Rigged the S4 to Unnaturally Perform Better in Benchmark Tests

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a damn fine phone. It's fast, it's big, it's thin and it's completely deserving to be in most people's pockets. But apparently that's not enough for Samsung. Samsung has gotten caught cheating benchmark tests to make itself look better. Basically, the S4 is specifically tweaked to be better… » 7/30/13 11:44pm 7/30/13 11:44pm

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has a Face-Melting GPU

While most high-end Android phones currently sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600, there's another chip announced earlier this year waiting to hit the scene: the Snapdragon 800. Now, the first benchmarks of that new chip are in—and its GPU promises to smoke the competition. » 6/19/13 4:51am 6/19/13 4:51am

MacBook Cheat Sheet

Anyone looking for a full breakdown and comparison of the entire MacBook lineup: I've put together a pretty comprehensive comparison between every model, every option, specs, etc. with information from Apple and around the internet. Screenshot shown and public Google doc linked here: » 6/15/13 6:38pm 6/15/13 6:38pm

How to Overclock Your Video Card and Boost Your Gaming Performance

Overclocking—or running your hardware at higher speeds than it was designed to run—is one of the best ways to boost your gaming performance. Here's how to overclock your video card and get faster, smoother games without spending a dime. » 6/11/13 4:52pm 6/11/13 4:52pm

Olympus Officially Made the Worst Lens In the World

Here it is, ladies and gentleman, the worst camera lens in the world. The benchmarking authority, DXO Labs, has spoken, and the new Olympus 15mm body cap lens is the worst lens it has ever tested. It scored just a 4/40, earning the ranking of "Poor." Its official rank amongst all the lenses ever made: 2872. » 1/30/13 10:09am 1/30/13 10:09am

New Mac Mini Torn Down and Benchmarked: Ivy Bridge Kicks Ass

The folks at Mac Mini Vault have benchmarked and torn down the new Mac Minis. The Mac Mini's $600, 2.5GHz Core i5 Ivy Bridge configuration racked up a Geekbench score of 7433 straight out of the box. That's impressive considering last year's Sandy Bridge i5 Mac Mini refresh has a standing average of 6323 on the… » 10/24/12 4:42pm 10/24/12 4:42pm

DXO Labs Rates the Nikon D600 Sensor the Third Best Ever

The gurus of camera benchmarks at DXO Labs just published their review of the Nikon D600, rating its 24-megapixel sensor the third best of all time behind the two different versions of the Nikon 800. Where's the top Canon? All the way down at number thirteen. Ouch. » 9/19/12 6:20pm 9/19/12 6:20pm

The Incredibly Detailed Art of Benchmarking the Canon 5D Mark III

Every time a camera comes out, nerds keep a close watch on DxO Labs to see how the image sensor will measure up to others in the camera benchmarker's battery of tests. DxO just released its ratings for the most anticipated camera in years: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III. CNET was there to document the whole process. » 4/20/12 3:40pm 4/20/12 3:40pm

iPad Test Notes: Speed (Versus Tegra 3) - UPDATED

Apple made some bold claims about its new A5X chip, claiming it would give a 4x graphical boost over Nvidia's Tegra 3. At the same time, the Tegra 3 is a powerhouse of computational processing. So lets put 'em to the test. » 3/16/12 2:34pm 3/16/12 2:34pm

Don't Believe How Fast Apple Says the New iPad Is

During Apple's Super Tablet 16 this week, Tim Cook boasted of processing performance that kicks Nvidia's Tegra 3 in the face. By a factor of four. Don't believe the hype—ever. » 3/09/12 9:33am 3/09/12 9:33am

PC Gamers, Get Out Your Penis Rulers: The Next 3DMark Is Coming

Futuremark, arbiter of all synthetic benchmarks that upend message boards and LAN party envies around the globe, is ready to make you feel bad about your rig all over again: 3DMark for Windows 8. But there's a twist! » 11/14/11 11:27am 11/14/11 11:27am

iPhone 4S Test Notes: Browser Benchmarks (Versus the Fastest Android…

The iPhone 4S is faster than the iPhone 4. How much faster? And how much faster than its non-Apple kin? We did some benchmark bench pressing to find out. Feel the burn! » 10/14/11 6:19pm 10/14/11 6:19pm

If These Early iPhone 4S Benchmarks Are Legit, It's Pretty Fast

AnandTech has dug up some apparent benchmarks for the iPhone 4S, which they found around different benchmarking sites and believe to be true. Judging from the numbers, it seems like it'll be one of the most powerful mobile devices around. » 10/11/11 10:19am 10/11/11 10:19am