Overclocking: 720 & 800 MHz Custom Kernels Now Available for Pre Phones on webOS 1.4 | webOS Nation

Overclocking: 720 & 800 MHz Custom Kernels Now Available for Pre Phones on webOS 1.4

by Jason Robitaille Thu, 25 Mar 2010 8:43 pm EDT

The big day is here, Palm Pre Overclockers: new custom 720MHz and 800MHz Linux kernels have been released by unixpsycho and caj2008. As you can see from the demo and installation instructions video above by SqyArc, the results have been quite amazing for some users. This new version of overclocking is purportedly faster and potentially safer than previous methods of speeding up webOS - but as always with overclocking it's caveat emptor. 

After going through a strict, detailed private testing phase (80 tester with release, and then 40 testers with the new 1.4.0 release), unixpsycho and caj2008 have determined that they believe this overclocking method doesn't result in excess heat. Caj tells us that heat problems actually can happen at any CPU frequency and that one especially hot time is when a Pre downloads massive 3D games after a wipe.

So what's the downside? Well, it's a generally accepted fact that overclocking will cut down the life of your device by some amount. There's no real long term testing, so exact figures are a mystery. There could also be some warranty-voiding action in your future. Overclocking any device also often tends to go hand-in-hand with a reduction in OS stability (though we can't say if that will be the case here). In addition, battery life has been observed to get a 2-4% hit. If you do decide to go ahead with overclocking of any sort, do it smartly. The homebrew BatteryMonitor app can give a temperature value of the battery, which will allow you to monitor how how you're letting your Pre get. If your devices gets too hot, let it cool down, or slow down on usage. Though really, that advice goes for non-overclock users too. 

Still here? Then head on into the forums and see the feedback, which ranges from mildly pleased to ecstatic.