Jan 26 AT 6:48 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Droid overclocked to 1.3 GHz; Nexus One still faster

AllDroid forum user tasmanian_droid has been hard at work hacking his Motorola Droid and was able to overclock the CPU to 1.3 GHz. The Motorola Droid features a Texas Instruments OMAP3430 which Motorola had set at 550 MHz so this is an impressive overclock if true. The Droid is reported to be “rock solid” at 800 MHz, but that limit is still being pushed.

SetCPU for root users app.

Tasmanian_droid has posted some benchmarks for the popular Android apps BenchmarkPi and Linpack. He recorded a score of 10.848 Mflops /s in Linpack and 2078 in BenchmarkPi, which are both new records for the Motorola Droid.

However, these Droid scores are dwarfed by users with a Nexus One running the latest CyanogenMod v5.0. They have reported Linpack scores that are 64% faster and BenchmarkPi times that are half of the Droid (lower is better).

The Droid (TI OMAP3430 550 MHz) and the Nexus One (Qualcomm QSD8250 1 GHz) have different processors, but they are both based off the ARM Cortex-A8 core design. I’m not quite the technical expert to explain the differences between the two designs, but I am a little surprised to see the Nexus One lead by such a large margin at similar clock speeds. It could have something to do with the Nexus One’s 512 MB of RAM which is double the Droid’s (256 MB).

Update: Did some more reading and found out the Nexus One speed boost is due mainly to the new JIT (just in time) compiler for Dalvik that was included with CyanogenMod v5.0.

From GreeneComputing: From How does a 245% speed improvement sound?  Holy Smoke!  Almost 2.5X faster!!   How’s he doing it?  It looks like JIT can be turned on.  JIT is the Just In Time compiler for Dalvik.

Source: AllDroid

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  • http://alldroid.org tasmanian_droid

    Just wanted to let you know that 1.3GHz with jit was tested, results for linpack are 16.11Mflops/s.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That is more what I expected. I just tested my N1 with jit and got 17.633

  • http://Website mariano

    Wowwww i think i jizz in my pants xD hahahaha at least 800Mhz for my Driod!!!!!! Need thattt!!!!

  • http://Website David

    The only reason I have a bit of regret over my Droid purchase is that it seems there aren’t as many developers working on ROMs. I loved running Cyanogen’s ROMs on my G1, and I’m going to miss his work.

  • http://Website frasquitoelloco

    “How does a 245% speed improvement sound? Holy Smoke! Almost 2.5X faster!!”

    Nope…. 100% faster is 2X, 200% is 3X

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  • http://Website mhaedo

    Nexus One overclocked to 1113mhz, 19.472 linpack (stable). Overclocked to 1153mhz, 19.829 linpack (not yet stable).

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    i never had a nexus one but i ahve a motorola droid and i clock mys at 1.3 and i ahve to say thats very fast for a phone

  • http://www.freewarelovers.com/android Android Apps

    The stock clocking is an optimal choice for most applications. The video are played quite smooth too. Consider that overclocked core drains the battery faster, and really overclocked (> 800MHz in this case) can shorten the lifetime of the system. Don’t want to be a smart …, but no need to overclock it if you don’t really need it.

  • http://Website dan

    Been using the droid 1 for over a year, I used to be a computer tech guy, now a truck driver, I have wanted to root this thing for a year but I waited until the warranty was up and went wild with it the last week. Mine is overclocked using chevy1 rom and cpu set at 1.25ghz, rock solid!
    This phone is faster then my dual core laptop now when browsing the web. even the flash videos is faster then it pops up on my laptop.I have only modded my phone for a week so im not sure about long term but i use it when im driving to stream talk shows off i heart radio and the other radio app. never had it crash on me in a week yet.

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