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Asus Eee Pad Transformer can be overclocked to 1.4 GHZ

The 10 inch Eee Pad Transformer, running on Android 3.0, has a 1 GHZ Tegra 2 dual core processor, which is the standard power horse for any decent tablet these days. But if you’re quite the adrenaline junkie, you might want to know that an xda developer overclocked the chip to a staggering 1.4 GHZ. The move is still very experimental and you’re wondering into very, but very uncharted territory with this one; you should back up all your data before proceeding with this.

The custom kernel is posted on netarchy’s profile page and you can try it yourself if you’re brave enough. You might totally compromise your tablet, as well as loosing your warranty, but the performance it promises is truly worth the risk. The same user posted another kernel a while back, which increases the speed to 1.2 GHZ, which is still a 20% upgrade from the stock speed, as well as being much more stable than the 1.4 GHZ stunt.

Also, netarchy said that an even bigger overclock might come our way from the community. Ideally, we should trust this user, as his kernels for overclocking other devices, like EVO, worked fine and are widely used by users. The xda thread dedicated to this overclocking is flooded with positive comments about the  1.4 GHZ overclocking, so this might be a little safer than it seems.

The overclocked Tegra 2 is obviously topping the tables

The overclocked Tegra 2 is obviously topping the tables

So what do you gain by taking the chance? Well, your tablet will be much more zappy than before, apps will launch and run faster, videos might play smoother and so on. As 1.5 GHZ dual core processors for tablets start making their way to the market (at least from Qualcomm), you can basically get the same type of performance, but on a tablet you already have.

As Nvidia will introduce quad core chips soon enough, overclocking a current dual core processor might be a good middle step between the current generation and what’s to come and might hint how fast a Tegra 3 tablet will move. Hopefully Asus will release Android 3.1 soon enough especially for the Eee Pad Transformer, so you can pair a faster CPU with a streamlined version of the OS, free of most of the bugs that made Honeycomb partly a frustrating experience.

So if you have a Transformer and you’re willing to root it with this kernel, let us know in the comments section below how it worked out (or if your slate now looks like an eclair left in the sun :) ).

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Last updated: May 24, 2011 | Published: May 24th, 2011
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  1. I ordered my Transformer on Friday and should be getting it tomorrow. Now I need to decide if I want to try to overclock it or just wait for the good ol’ 3.1 standard upgrade to come around… decisions, decisions…

    • Well, if you really know what you’re doing, you could upgrade to 1.2 GHz. But it’s on your own risk.

      I have my Transformer on preorder for nearly a month. Not sure when it’s going to get here :( The one i got to play when I reviewed it was a test unit so had to give it back.

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