One of the same tinkerers who earlier apparently overclocked the Droid 2 and Droid X to 2.0GHz now claims to have pushed his Texas Instruments OMAP chip to a seemingly impossible 3.0GHz, nearly three times its stock speed. According to Matt4542 of Team Defuse, the overclock is “somewhat stable,” although he says it has a tendency to “lag at times.” Haptic feedback breaks at speeds higher than 2.0GHz, states Matt4542, who had supposedly accelerated his Droid 2 to 2.5GHz earlier in the day. Benchmarking at this alleged speed seems to yield inconsistent results, with Quadrant scores reportedly ranging anywhere from 300 to around 2000.
It should be noted that such a drastic overclocking is somewhat unprecedented without some very serious cooling agents, possibly indicating a bug in the speeds being reported by the O/C tool. Until we have a chance to test this method for ourselves, it’s simply too soon to report either scenario with confidence.
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Overclocking Android devices has become the flavor du jour among smartphone hobbyists, with the Captivate, G2, and late-model Droid handsets reaching speeds well beyond 1GHz in the last few months. Palm Pre owners have also been gifted with 1GHz kernels, doubling the stock frequency of that first-generation product.