Hey folks, I'm Electrofreak from over at the Epic 4G forums. I'm one of our hardware nuts over there (no, really, I'm not kidding
) and I'm trying to solve a little mystery.
As many of you may know, the Quadrant benchmark heavily favors Snapdragon CPUs and also badly skews I/O scores on Samsung's RFS file system. In short, it gives Galaxy S phones a bad score despite their cutting-edge performance.
Since I'm always blathering on about hardware, a friend of mine at work asked me to recommend him an Android replacement for his WinMo phone on Verizon. I explained that the Samsung hardware outperforms what the Droids currently offer (excepting the CPU in the Droid 2 Global) even if software updates have been few and far between.
So he went and bought a Fascinate, and since I've recently been advocating testing a new benchmark application, Smartbench 2010
on the Epic 4G, I had him download and benchmark his stock Fascinate.
The result was pretty dismal; where a stock Epic 4G on Eclair gets a Productivity Index (CPU) score of about 700 and a Gaming Index (GPU) score of about 2400, he was getting like 300 and 500... at most. The I/O test was taking forever, so we rebooted the phone, cleared running apps, and ran the benchmark a couple more times, with the result being the same each time. The CPU and GPU portions of the test actually seemed to complete fairly quickly however, and there wasn't any real appreciative difference in overall performance between our phones when slinging through application menus or using the phone in general. (And damn, while I like having my Epic's keyboard, the Fascinate is so freakin' thin!
Now, on the Epic 4G forums, we've tested this benchmark app on RFS and EXT4 file systems and the difference has been minimal (usually slightly in favor of EXT4). So I'm pretty sure it's not the RFS file system to blame unless there's something wrong.
Anyone else willing to download Smartbench 2010 from the Android Market (it's free, and designed by the folks at SmartphoneBenchmarks.com) and give it a shot on your Fascinate? I need to find out if it's the app or the phone that's to blame.
In advance, many thanks!
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