OnePlus 5 caught cheating on multi-core benchmarks

Here we go again. again. The OnePlus 5 was caught cheating on benchmarks in order to achieve its chart-topping performance.

A detailed investigation by XDA-Developers discovered the mechanism of the cheat. Hit the source link for the full details, here’s the TL;DR version.

When a benchmark is detected, the 5 locks the “little” cluster of its Snapdragon 835 chipset at its highest possible clockspeed – 1.9GHz. This isn’t an overclock, but it does disable thermal throttling. The “big” cluster is not affected by this.

That’s enough to push the multi-core benchmark results as high as they…