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TouchPad Overclocking Benchmarks: Which Kernel is the fastest?

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Thu, 01 Sep 2011 5:10 pm EDT

For some users, overclocking on webOS devices has always had some bit of mystery to it. It is easily understood that overclocking mostly allows for a more stable and faster experience on the TouchPad, but then why is there a need for so many different kernels when they all basically serve the same purpose?

The simple answer is that they do not all serve the same purpose. New kernels are not built by the WebOS Internals team (specifically uNiXpSyChO) just to push the processor to faster speeds; they serve a far better purpose than just that. We won't get into all of the details here about how the different Kernels work, but if you take a look at the conversations in our forums about each of these kernels, you should be able to get a good view of what they all have to offer.

That said, the number one reason, by far, that users install new kernels is to overclock their processors to faster speeds (thus giving themselves a better device experience). With current devices you can install the well-known UberKernel using Preware and bring your processor speeds on the TouchPad up from the default 1.2 Ghz, all of the way to 1.5 Ghz and beyond. Some experimental Kernels go even faster than that, overclocking devices up to 1.9 Ghz in both cores. That is insane.

The question that remains, of course, is which kernels perform best at each individual level? If you test five kernels all at the same processor speed, which one will run more optimally? Also, if each Kernel was set at its highest overclocked speed, would there be enough noticeable difference in the benchmarks to justify using one over the other?

Using nBench and webOSmark to get his testing results, PreCentral member ghostinator has been thoroughly testing each of the Kernels to see how they react under different settings. He's published his results in the forums with charts to make it easier to follow along, and even provides the settings that he uses to keep his device running at its best. By looking at his charts, it's pretty obvious that overclocking your device, no matter which Kernel you install, is going to improve performance.

If you want to see his other charts and try your hand at testing these kernels yourself, head to the forums through the source link below to join the thread that ghostinator has started to see the activity that's already going on. This isn't just good for the practical use of seeing which Kernel will work best at different levels, but it's a great learning tool as well (overclocking newbies should check this thread out - you'll learn a lot).