Without Kernel Source, HTC EVO 3D, Sensation 4G Get Overclocked to 1.7GHz Stable

Whoa! Well, no, let me stop – we already knew the EVO 3D’s and the Sensation’s chipset could do at least 1.8GHz stable. What we didn’t expect was that a hobbyist developer would do it so soon, and without the kernel source or S-Off, no less. Coolbho3k has done just that, teasing the EVO owners with a mere image of his phone overclocked to 1.7GHz inside his application, SetCPU. While he hasn’t had a Sensation to show this off with, he says it should work for that phone as well.

You rooters already know how trustworthy and talented this guy is so you’re free to get as excited as you want. This is a loadable kernel module so all you’ll need is temporary root, something that’s already been made possible thanks to the folks behind Team Win. I’ve seen this chipset in action at 1.8GHz and I can tell you that you won’t be able to contain yourself once you apply this overclock. We look forward to more details. Follow his Twitter account to stay up to date on latest developments. [Thanks Patrick!]

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  • mikeclee

    How you do that? :P

  • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

    Details will be coming soon.

  • JulianZHuang

    do we really need that high?

    • jroc74

      Thats the question.

      With all these new dual core phones coming out, I dont think so. It will be more of a want than a need. In some cases with my Droid 1, it was a need.

      More ram, better ram, better cpu’s…..its more of a pissing contest now. Ppl that have a 4G phone, 4G will help with web browsing.

      In the past, it coulda been a need. Now, not so much.

  • NYCHitman1

    Pretty sure that S-off and unlocked bootloader are the same thing lol.

    • Dj hawkins

      there not, like the Nexus S it was Soff but the bootloader was locked down. But the difference is that a locked bootloader is different than an encrypted bootloader which the Motorola phones have as well as the Sensation and 3vo 3D has

      • NYCHitman1

        So basically S-off only refers to the secuflag? I thought it was in
        reference to the bootloader only. Learn something new everyday.

  • Andrew torres

    Now give out the kernel source, sprinkle CM7 goodness into it, over clock to 1.8 with HAVS and SBC, put on Vipermods Program to lower voltage intake for the evo and you got power with low battery drain….Cant wait till they unlock this…if they do and manage to make some awesome looking custom roms, im trading in my E4G and quick…

  • http://twitter.com/austinbos Austin Haspany
  • neoterix

    I believe the actual maximum spec for the MSM8660 is 1.5Ghz, not 1.7Ghz stable.

    • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

      1.5 is what they tested it at, but that doesn’t mean its not stable at 1.7 ghz. Obviously it is since he’s running it there and I believe they were said to be overclockable to 2.0

      • neoterix

        I’m sure there’s some capacity for overclocking and that 1.7 may not even scratch the surface of potential, but if we’re talking the published specs and OEM materials of the MSM8x60, the chip is definitely spec’d at 1.5Ghz and that number probably represents a minimum “safe” number for overclocking — it’s unclear why they underclocked to 2.3, but I’m hoping it’s because of improvements to battery life versus binning/lower yielding.

        • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

          More than likely it was for the battery because the way it runs at 1.2 is light years ahead of how the Evo 4g ran out the box. Im not even temp rooted yet, and im getting a good 20 hours on a charge at moderate usage. Only way im even contemplating overclocking is if they get it undervolted and running CM7.

          EDIT….he’s up to 1.8 and stable. Sweet!!!!

          • Dj hawkins

            If your getting 20 hours from a smart phone it simply means you aren’t utilizing the phone to its full potential. Why waste 200 dollars on a phone that you have set to not sync at all the screen time out is probably 10 seconds i wouldn’t doubt it if you set the internet data to 2g speeds? No widgets? Underclock it? Display on lowest possible setting? Like not to be an ass hole im just being real if your getting 20 hours out of your phone either you have a super battery or you are taking drastic measures just to have battery life which isnt neccasary.

      • Brian Casserly

        Yeah, but I wonder if it’ll burn out faster up in the .7 – .8 range.
        I’m good on the factory setup.

  • http://twitter.com/jigglesone Francisco Cordova

    It needs this overclock! I literally just a few minutes ago played with the Evo 3d for the first time. Kinda disappointed. The 3d is a plain gimmick, laggy ui, and the feel of the device is plasticy & plain generic. Expected better from HTC. The speed is what I was most let down by. Idk if it’s Sense 3.0 or the cpu speed but it just didn’t cut the cake when it comes to dual core. My G2x ran circles around this thing and it’s clocked even lower at stock 1.0ghz.

    • NYCHitman1

      How long did you play with it for? Sounds like all of 3 seconds. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about.

    • kstagg

      At first I ragged on the EVO3D like you. Guilty as charged. I had the EVO4G and admittedly, I find 3D in general whether it be in movies, gaming, or smartphones should be labeled “gimmicky”. While I’m not a huge fan of 3D, I didn’t buy the phone for this reason. I bought it for the other featureset:

      – dualcore 1.2GHz snapdragon
      – 1G RAM
      – 4GB ROM/Storage
      – 1730 mAh battery
      – Sense 3.0
      – Made by HTC

      But the EVO3D is a damned good phone. The EVO4G was a great phone for me and I flashed that thing to no end. I’m thinking I’m going to keep this puppy pristine however, I love the Sense 3.0 that much and won’t root it. This is so much faster than it’s older brother the EVO4G, it just hums.

      Plasticky? Really? Did you expect it to be made of adamantium? I like the looks of this phone and the display on the screen is solid. OK, not Super Amoled Plus “solid”, but an advancement from it’s predecessor all the same. The EVO3D is essentially the Sensation but with 2x the ROM and with dedicated camera button, larger battery, etc.

      It really is a solid phone. Trust me on this.

      • http://twitter.com/jigglesone Francisco Cordova

        @NYCHitman1 & @Kevin Stagg Got a good 1/2 hour on it from my co-worker . I believe this is one of those devices either you like or don’t like. Guess I’m on the unpopular side of that fence lol. Not meaning to step on anyones toes with my comment. In the end it is a very solid phone your’e absolutely right. HTC has always made fantastic phones & would never doubt their relevance in the Android world especially with build quality or features. I just expected more after all the hype the Evo3D has had so far. As for the plasticky part I should have gave some insight. After playing around with my cousins Inspire 4g, my other co-workers Nexus One, & the new HTC Sensation I kinda made out that this phone would have the same type of aluminum unibody construction. That’s just what I’ve been expecting from HTC and I can honestly say that’s a fair usumption on my part. It felt like a premium device but nothing to brag about. More plastic that metal. I guess your both right to a degree..I should spend some more time and get to know the Evo3d.

    • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

      LOL yea right. There is nothing laggy about that phone. Trollers will troll i guess.

    • duong ngo

      Dude is a troll, Laggy UI my ass.

  • donrhummy

    I’ve read about the phone overheating for a number of users without the overclock. With it, will the thing fry?

    • Dj hawkins

      thats my same concern

  • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

    My Galaxy S2 is underclocked to 800MHz.

  • DarthPugz

    This should do the battery some favors. :-)

  • http://www.giquegear.com GiqueGEAR_Todd

    Man, the hacker/user community that Android has is crazy talented ! How cool is this?