Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:49

Overclocking phones is the next big thing

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Technology advances
Just a few years back, overclocking desktop CPUs, memory, FSB (in case you still have one) and of course overclocking discrete graphics card was (is) a big thing. This trend has continued and you still have many enthusiasts who are overclocking major parts of desktop machines, but in the least year or so, people started a new trend of overclocking their phones and tablets.

ARM based processors can be overclocked and we've seen Tegra 2 overclocked from original 1GHz to 1.5GHz and in some cases people have managed to overclock native 1GHz CPUs to even more than 1.5GHz. You do need to root your phone, get a super user access, which is a sort of hacking, and you need a special kernel that supports overclocking, and there is hardly a better place to find all the necessary information that XDA developers forum, where many hard working people find a way to override built in safety nets.

These guys have found a way to overclock Motorola Xoom and they did a good job in overclocking LG Optimus 2X from default 1.0GHz to 1.5GHz. Many will like the fact that overclocking your phone brings an option of under-voltaging where you can set lower voltage and run your CPU underclock or at the same stock level, and still save a bit of your battery life.

Overclocking phones definitely is becoming a big thing and more and more enthusiasts are toying with it. After all it’s all about the highest score. Some instructions of how to do it with LG’s Optimus 2X are here.


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+18 #1 123s 2011-06-22 11:43
OC´d my S2 to 1.425 and dont feel any difference besides the shitty battery time getting even shittier. :S
+2 #2 darkpulse 2011-06-22 11:47
Well, i am not really sure. While i can agree that people will try to overclock their phones, but i think there is simply not enough room. We may get a slight boost but not very significant enough to consider. And we might end up with a broken piece. Until mobile processors with large overclocking room are introduced, i think it's useless.
+12 #3 agent_47 2011-06-22 12:32
old news, i OCed my Desire Z to 2.15 Ghz from 800Mhz last feb

not only are you late, but your example is rather insignificant, trying to sing nvidia songs
+6 #4 dan 2011-06-22 12:44
Overclock a Tegra 2 device -- battery life goes from poor to absymal.
+6 #5 STRESS 2011-06-22 12:45
And I thought the later trend underclocking, would make more sense in phones (since the battery would last longer), but oh well.
+4 #6 123s 2011-06-22 12:56
More like undervolting but I guess the batterylife win woudlnt be significant enough just like the extra power from OC isnt.

Overall I feel like the current gen phones are pretty close to the limit of "needed speed"
Games always need more power ofc but that only makes sense on phones with hardware keyboard.
+6 #7 bardenck 2011-06-22 13:53
Just a few years back, overclocking desktop CPUs, memory, FSB (in case you still have one)

a few years case you still have one? uh.what?
+5 #8 Bors Mistral 2011-06-22 13:54
That's all cool and dandy, but unlike most desktop computers mobile phones have this thing called battery life...
-2 #9 bardenck 2011-06-22 13:55
Quoting dan:
Overclock a Tegra 2 device -- battery life goes from poor to absymal.

your spelling just went from absymal to abysmal.
+2 #10 trae32566 2011-06-23 02:14
I like how you fail to mention that XDA users have been overclocking for years. The Samsung Galaxy S variants can get in the 1.6 - 1.8ghz region. My captivate is currently @ 1.44ghz @ 1.325v.
To all those saying 'Battery life' Keep in mind that although you may overclock, any smart person knows that the CPU does not sit at the max clock forever, it typically switches between 6 - 8 states, and in overclocking, you can add more states, and undervolt them as well, creating amazing battery life. Think about it, how long does your phone do intensive tasks, where it needs to scale up to 1.4ghz? I get *WAY* better battery life with the full scale going up to 1.4, then I do bone stock.

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