Modified Kernel Sees Google's Nexus 7 Hit A Toasty 2GHz

Who doesn't like a bit of overclocking to squeeze more grunt out of their hardware? The Nexus 7 is the latest piece of kit to get the modder treatment, with a new kernel offering to boost the internals of the recently-released tablet up to 1.8GHz, with an extra 200MHz on top of this looking like a distinct possibility.

The modified kernel can be downloaded from XDA forums. It originally started out as a 1.7GHz overclock, but now offers another 100MHz as of writing. Android Community mentions that an "experimental" 2GHz kernel has been developed, though it's yet to be made publicly available due to instabilities. You can check out the benchmarks here.

The current "Elite" kernel on offer from XDA also ups the GPU clock from 416MHz to 650MHz. If you're worried about turning your lovely Nexus 7 into a piece of molten plastic, tweaked versions of the kernel provide slower, but still better than stock, speeds of 484MHz and 520MHz.

Running the clocks this high brings an obvious downside -- increased heat generation and wear on the components -- but it's good to know the hardware has such a high performance ceiling.

[XDA, via Phandroid and Android Community]

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    I really don't see the point of overclocking tablets like this. I man really is it not fast enough already? 1.3Ghz is the stock speed and I daresay that's enough to run just about anything you'd want to.

    Once you start delving into overclocking territory you need to start figuring out ways to cool the thing, which on a tablet I don't think is too practical.

      Not sure about the GPU clock but I know that if you have the right governor, you will only hit the max CPU clock if you really push the cpu and it will rarely heat up. Otherwise you will be running below the maximum, you just have a higher burst frequency the cpu can rise to.

      Also as you overclock, RAM latency starts to become an issue for the cpu. It's all well and good being able to run the cpu faster but it will spend more and more time waiting for data to be delivered from RAM.

    Good point

    Nvidia neglected to include hardware ac3 decoding in the Tegra 3 so I kind of wish I had an overclock option to make videos with ac3 audio more smooth with software decoding but I probably won't bother and will find some app that transcodes the audio in real time on a PC instead. I don't want to go out of my way to rip stuff in a format the Nexus 7 will hw decode.

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