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Ridiculous Xiaomi Redmi K30 Geekbench entry shows why healthy skepticism is a prerequisite when it comes to interpreting benchmark data

A Redmi K30 performing better a Ryzen 9 3950X? It's obviously fake. (Image Source: Gizmochina)
A Redmi K30 performing better a Ryzen 9 3950X? It's obviously fake. (Image Source: Gizmochina)
An anomalous Geekbench 5 listing of a Xiaomi Redmi K30 shows scores that are many times more than even a Ryzen 9 3950X. The fact that such a record exists in the official Geekbench database is the reason why buyers should exercise due diligence when considering synthetic benchmarks as a sole yardstick for overall device performance.

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Geekbench is a popular benchmarking tool used to assess the CPU strength of processors — both x86 and ARM. While there have been occasional instances of fake Geekbench records in the past that have taken even seasoned tech journalists for a ride, this particular listing trumps everything. Moreover, this record is still available on the official Geekbench 5 database, which makes it all the more concerning. 

The listing we are talking about is that of the Xiaomi Redmi K30. The Redmi K30 is powered by a Snapdragon 730G SoC, so one wouldn't really expect it to shatter any records when compared to phones of this generation. But this particular record shows the Redmi K30 as having a single-core score of 5,441 and a multi-core score of 16,245! Who'd have expected a smartphone and that too, one with a mid-range chipset to have 4.2x the single-core and 1.14x the multi-core score of an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, right?

We are not sure what could have caused such a large scoring. Even if we were to assume this is some sort of a device being mimicked on x86 hardware, such high scores are not possible when, in fact, the native performance of current mainstream x86 processors itself isn't that high. For perspective, a legit score of the Snapdragon 730G in Geekbench 5 would be around 543 points in single-core and about 1,727 points in multi-core.

We will check with Primate Labs as to what could be reason for this anomaly and update this article accordingly when we get a response. In the meanwhile, we advice readers to exercise due diligence while making judgements based on any single benchmark score. Androids OEMs face cut-throat competition across almost every price segment, so they often push high benchmark numbers as a differentiating feature.

While a high score in AnTuTu, Geekbench, or any such benchmark is definitely welcome, buyers should preferably adopt a holistic approach to evaluation before deciding whether a device is suitable for their use case or not. Remember that benchmark listings are not entirely fool-proof. In fact, this somewhat old but still relevant article from Android Pit shows how easy it is to fake benchmark listings.

Therefore, a little bit of discretion while reading news about benchmark leaks is essential similar to what we had shown before in the case of a fake Mi Mix 4 listing, for example.

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Anomalous Redmi K30 listing in Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench)
Anomalous Redmi K30 listing in Geekbench 5. (Source: Geekbench)

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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-07- 3 (Update: 2020-07- 3)