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Nexus 7 Overclocked to 1.64 Ghz, Destroys Tablets Priced 3x More

Steven Blum
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Today, the super cheap but oh-so-smooth Nexus 7 Tablet was overclocked to 1.6 GHz., which is incredibly impressive considering that's almost double the score of its closest competitor, the HTC One X. 

Developer Morfic and his friends installed the Trinity kernel on the device before they managed to get the Nexus 7's Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor up to an insane 1.64 GHz on Quadrant. Better still, battery life didn't suffer a bit!

There aren't any real-world tests that have shown the Nexus 7 is this fast in day-to-day tasks, but the fact is the Nexus 7 just won against a bunch of devices that cost THREE TIMES as much money.

If you're playing a game like Nova 3 on an overclocked kernel, you may see a SLIGHT difference in speed on the Nexus 7 versus the ASUS Transformer Prime. And that's a big, big deal for a tablet that is ostensibly geared towards budget customers. Google has set the bar really high here. I'm super impressed.

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  • Hussain Shah Aug 8, 2012 Link

    I don't agree one x is in no way a competitor of nexus 7. You comparing a smart phone with a tablet. However it is amazing when you look into the price factor.

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  • Brennan Yamamoto Aug 9, 2012 Link

    You really should already know this, but its really easy for a kernel dev to add in tweaks that "fool" quadrant into spitting out ridiculously high i/o scores. This is done all the time, and that disproportionately large green bar should give you a pretty good idea. I dont pretend to understand the specifics myself, but the bottom line is, outside of a handful of barely significant optimizations, theres very little you can do to improve the read write speed of a devices memory. There is no such thing as some magical software hack you can use to increase the i/o three fold like that. In short, its an artifically blown up score, and does not at all reflect the actual performance of the device. Frankly, im not even sure why quadrant even keeps the io score in their benchmark, its so easily fooled.

    I dont remember the specific model names of all the tegra 3 iterations (go look on wikipedia for them), but the nexus uses the cheapest version of the tegra 3, which is likely why its only overclockable only to 1.64 Ghz. Most other tegra 3 devices can be o/c ed to 1.8 Ghz and remain stable.

    Yes, the nexus 7 is a great device for the money (i have one) but by no means has it "won" out top of the line devices like the prime, one x, or s3. And frankly, when has a benchmark EVER been a reliable determination of which device "wins".

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  • Steven Blum Aug 9, 2012 Link

    Brennan, I agree and that's why I was quick to add that there is probably no real difference in day-to-day tasks and the only way you'd ever see a slight difference is by playing a demanding game like Nova 3 on an overclocked difference. Even then, the difference would probably be negligible.

    Benchmarks are like ages; they ain't nothin' but a number. That said, I'm still impressed that such a cheap tablet could win in this specific circumstance.

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