updated 09:17 am EDT, Mon August 27, 2012
Stability issues force release of lower 1.8GHz kernel
The Google Nexus 7's processor has been overclocked to run at 2GHz. Enthusiasts at the XDA-Developers forum have managed to make the tablet hit the speed after tinkering with the kernel, which pushes the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor far higher than its factory-clocked 1.3GHz state. Android Community tested the kernal, and found the overclocked Nexus 7 manages to beat out the Asus Transformer Prime by a hefty margin in benchmarks.
The kernel developer, going by the name of Clemsyn, has released a more stable version that pushes the tablet to 1.8GHz with few problems, but is holding off from putting out the 2GHz variant until stability issues are solved. A warning on the forum claims that setting the tablet at 1.8GHz will make it run hot, suggesting that a stable 2GHz release may not be on the cards without users having to perform some sort of hardware-based cooling on the handheld.