We already knew that the T-Mobile G2X was blazing fast thanks to its NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor but it looks like the guys over at XDA have managed to give the handset a speed boost. Using a custom kernel, G2X users can now overclock their processors to an eye-bleeding 1.5GHz.
While there are similar kernels for G2X users on Gingerbread, this kernel in particular is for Froyo only. Whether you’re on the stock build that ships with the phone and you’ve rooted, or you’re running a custom Froyo ROM, this kernel supports a nice chunk of them. Installing the kernel is easy enough, as you flash it like any other ROM or kernel through ClockworkMod recovery.
As you can see from the above benchmark, overclocking the Tegra 2 makes it stupid fast. That said, stressing the CPU this much will likely have a negative effect on battery life, and it’s not the safest thing to do with your shiny new Android phone. Nonetheless, we’re happy to see the Tegra 2 strut its stuff.
With the Tegra 2 clocked at 1.5GHz, Quadrant scores average at about 3000, Linpack around 55 MFLOPS, but Neocore remains relatively the same at 76 FPS. The latter is a bit odd to see, as I has tried another kernel and overclocked the Tegra 2 to 1.1GHz, and Neocore scored 80 FPS. C’est la vie.
This kernel is relatively new and still in its beta stages, so if you;re looking for a worry-free experience, look elsewhere. That said, I’ve experienced no issues using the kernel so far and updates are on the way to make it more stable. We’re excited to see what comes of this kernel later on down the road, as this could only be the beginning.
If you’re ready to turn your G2X into a speed monster, head over to the XDA thread below to read up on this custom kernel.