Droid Overclocked to 1.3Ghz; Now Faster than Nexus One

Folks over at AllDroid have managed to overclock the Motorola Droid phone to 1.1Ghz, hence making it faster than the “stock” Nexus One which is powered by 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. The test was carried out by testing Droid with different clock speeds (800Mhz, 900Mhz, 1Ghz, 1.1Ghz) after which it was found to be running most stable at 800Mhz.

Droid overclock

Here are 3 intirim releases I used when compiling the info in this post, where the 600MHz slot was replaced with 800MHz, 900MHz, and 1GHz respectivly. 800MHz seems rock solid, as did 900MHz, 1GHz was only tested for 5 minutes. 1.1 seems a touch unstable so it’s going to be left for when cpufreq and etc get more slots added.

Benchmarks from the test are as follows.

7.646 Mflops/s on linpack
3054 on BenchmarkPi
8.367 Mflops/s on linpack
2695 on BenchmarkPi
?? Mflops/s on linpack
2661 on BenchmarkPi
9.254 Mflops/s on linpack
?? BenchmarkPi

If you are feeling adventurous, follow the steps below to overclock your Droid to any of the mentioned clock speeds. Make sure you perform a full nandroid backup first before following any of the steps mentioned below.

Warning Note: Overclocking may result in damage to your phone components, loss of life expectancy, or even frying them. Overclocking is done at your own risk and we take no responsibility for any damage you inflict upon your phone.

Step 1: You’ll need to first root your Motorola Droid. Follow the step by step guide posted here to root your Droid phone if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Make sure that you have flash_image on your system, in /system/xbin/ or /system/bin.

Step 3: Enable USB debugging on the phone.

Step 4: Download evilboot8.img to overclock Droid to 800Mhz, evilboot9.img for 900Mhz and evilboot1g.img for 1Ghz from the source link here.

Step 5: Now reboot into sprecovery mode and select mount options as follows.

mount /system
moust /sdcard

Step 5: Now run the following adb command from your PC.

adb shell /system/xbin/flash_image boot /sdcard/evilboot8.img
(where xbin is xbin or bin depending on location of flash_image file on phone)

Step 6: Now unmount in the following order.

unmount /system
unmount /sdcard

Step 7: Reboot your phone.

That’s it! You should now be running Droid on higher clock speed, making it faster and snappier than ever before.

UPDATE 1: As pointed out by our readers in the comments below, the dev’s have now managed to overclock it to 1.3Ghz, but the kernel for the said speed wasn’t released because Droid was not stable at that clock speed.


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