Author Topic: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?  (Read 2023 times)

omnitrix152 (OP)

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Hey Guys

Im starting my own yt channel based on the XD plus but more towards actual android gaming and not emulation, I had the 1.10 firmware already installed when I got it and I checked the gpd website they have released newer updates - https://www.gpd.hk/gpdxdplusfirmware


MY question is, is it worth updating as far gaming performance goes even in the slightest? If its not this brings me to my second concern.

I have heard apps that need root access like developer tools and gfx tools I think its called, allow you to spoof your device but also relieve the cpu lock in other words allowing the gpu and cpu to run at full speed? so the XD plus would be able to run at its full 2.1 GHZ or more? Confused?

Also I come to understand the best custom rom for the XD plus is cleanrom - http://xdrescue.com/frequently-asked-questions-faq/#stock-rom

On this linked page it says it comes rooted so thats convenient but also relieves CPU lock allowing to run at 2.1 instead of 1.8 which stock does, what about the gpu ?

Sorry if I sound like a tard I probably do but im learning as I go and my overall question is, taking all the specs into account that affect gaming performance maximization would the best option for me to install cleanrom? To utilize maximum gaming power of my XD plus? and if there are any cons to consider please dont hesitate to say.

Sorry its long I just had so much info to get out there to configure the next course of action.

Thankyou guys please do help.

PsyOps

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2019, 05:51:20 am »
Its a long answer, one in which i am probably not the best to answer hehe.

I am trying to move everything over from sectioneight.net and xdrescue.com over to GPDCentral.com. Its a lot of work and I havent had the time. My youtube is also youtube.com/c/sectioneight

If you want to get started in getting answers look into CleanROM and "xd+ refresh bug", where cleanrom has fixed it.

Ill try answering more when I get some time.

This is also a good resource: https://old.reddit.com/r/gpdxd/

foxsevent

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2019, 11:36:06 am »
Installing CleanRom is worth it if just to remove the bloatvare that's taking space and may run in the background, it also fixes sone serious issues like the refresh bug.
Performance wise there's little improvement, that being the CPU unlocked to work at it's native 2.1GHZ
GPU wise there's no change it's already working at it's native specs, dunno if it can be overclocked.

omnitrix152 (OP)

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2019, 07:57:01 pm »
Sorry guys one thing I didn't make clear is that I absolutely want to root my XD plus now for superuser purposes, unlocking higher speed and playing incompatible games and so on, thats why im more inclined towards an actual new firmware like cleanrom that already comes rooted instead of just a basic root if you know what I mean?

Bloatware are stock apps like google play music and shit? and some others that take up ram in the background correct? so the settings are set at 2.1 GHz for cleanrom are these settings changable with the firmware installed? and also what is TWRP? is that like device spoofing apps like gfx tools do allowing you to make certain apps think your using a different device?

I know im asking alot im just very confused so would be appreciative if you guys can answer all my questions? is cleanrom like my best course of action forward now?


foxsevent

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2019, 03:15:06 pm »
Sorry guys one thing I didn't make clear is that I absolutely want to root my XD plus now for superuser purposes, unlocking higher speed and playing incompatible games and so on, thats why im more inclined towards an actual new firmware like cleanrom that already comes rooted instead of just a basic root if you know what I mean?

Bloatware are stock apps like google play music and shit? and some others that take up ram in the background correct? so the settings are set at 2.1 GHz for cleanrom are these settings changable with the firmware installed? and also what is TWRP? is that like device spoofing apps like gfx tools do allowing you to make certain apps think your using a different device?

I know im asking alot im just very confused so would be appreciative if you guys can answer all my questions? is cleanrom like my best course of action forward now?

Just install CleanRom then flash Magix to get root access.
Here's a guide for everything.
https://gpdcentral.com/tutorials/installing-cleanrom-v2#

TWRP is a recovery menu that allows you to flash ROM without a PC.
As for bloatvare I mean the Chinese installed crap like happy chick and few others.

Sorry for the late reply, this section seems to be a bit dead lately.

omnitrix152 (OP)

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2019, 06:47:49 am »
Sorry I know im asking alot im just wanting to learn and have nowhere else to go, however the link I provided says Cleanrom already comes rooted? here look - http://xdrescue.com/frequently-asked-questions-faq/#stock-rom

Yeah once I install it im not fussed about bloatware id get rid of all that crap. Also guys you can all answer this, would my XD + plus run much faster if I moved all my games and data to my external 128GB micro SD? Because right now its all on 32GB internal storage and almost full.

And also does Cleanrom installed allow you to alter settings like the clockspeed of the processor in the settings? or do you have to download external apps for that such as developer tools?

Thanks

foxsevent

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2019, 11:36:30 pm »
Sorry I know im asking alot im just wanting to learn and have nowhere else to go, however the link I provided says Cleanrom already comes rooted? here look - http://xdrescue.com/frequently-asked-questions-faq/#stock-rom

Yeah once I install it im not fussed about bloatware id get rid of all that crap. Also guys you can all answer this, would my XD + plus run much faster if I moved all my games and data to my external 128GB micro SD? Because right now its all on 32GB internal storage and almost full.

And also does Cleanrom installed allow you to alter settings like the clockspeed of the processor in the settings? or do you have to download external apps for that such as developer tools?

Thanks

CleanRom is not rooted by default, but can be easily rooted with Magix, how to flash and install it is in the guide.
https://gpdcentral.com/tutorials/installing-cleanrom-v2#
You can move apps to an SD card, Android 7 even has an feature to use the SD card as an internal memory, but you won't be able to remove the SD card and use it on other devices without formating.
Games and apps will load fine from the SD card provided you get a good fast SD card, if you try making it as the internal memory Android will test if it's fast enough.
I myself have an 258gb card as internal memory, with plenty of space to spare.

With root you can change the clock speed among other things, thou currently there's a glitch which causes the CPU to always reset back to 2.1ghz.
You do have to use external apps.

omnitrix152 (OP)

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2019, 07:03:11 am »
So I guess the main key question remaining is whats the difference in gaming and performance overall if I was to just basically root it or install clean rom also? Even the slightest pros with cleanrom please do tell?

Ok this is a good point do I need to back up all my data if I root or even install cleanrom? It wont wipe everything will it? If so can I just move all my games to my SD card, take that out root it then once its done put my SD card back in and my games will remain right?

Have you used apps like gfx tools and gltools? How well do they work?

foxsevent

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2019, 12:08:18 pm »
So I guess the main key question remaining is whats the difference in gaming and performance overall if I was to just basically root it or install clean rom also? Even the slightest pros with cleanrom please do tell?

Ok this is a good point do I need to back up all my data if I root or even install cleanrom? It wont wipe everything will it? If so can I just move all my games to my SD card, take that out root it then once its done put my SD card back in and my games will remain right?

Have you used apps like gfx tools and gltools? How well do they work?
The boost in performance is minimal, it's just the 1.8-2.1GHZ improvement, the only other improvement is the fix to the refresh bug which cases stutters in certain games/emulators.

For the second I do not recall, I haven't flashed to CleanRom from stock in a while, refer to the guide I sent you earlier, but updating or rooting CleanRom will not delete any data.

As for gfxtools and gltools no I haven't used so I dunno.

omnitrix152 (OP)

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2019, 03:32:07 am »
Hey sorry for the late reply my man I appreciate your help. So you must remember when you rooted and flashed cleanrom it cant have wiped your data? I mean I think I might just root it like whats the difference between plain root and cleanrom? Idk other than the refresh bug?

foxsevent

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2019, 03:48:59 am »
Hey sorry for the late reply my man I appreciate your help. So you must remember when you rooted and flashed cleanrom it cant have wiped your data? I mean I think I might just root it like whats the difference between plain root and cleanrom? Idk other than the refresh bug?

CleanRom is a custom firmware that removes bloatvare and fixes some serious bugs that the official firmware has.
Root is a hack that gives you full control over the device, you flash Magix over the CleanRom
I dunno if there's a root hack for the official firmware, so you must have CleanRom in order to get root.

I don't remember if it will wipe all your data, haven't installed CleanRom in a while, just kept updating it, which doesn't wipe anything.

Again refer to the guide for flashing CleanRom and root I've posted.

omnitrix152 (OP)

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2019, 06:26:17 am »
Thankyou for your help friend, one last thing

I been doing alot of research and turns out the only and most safest way to root the XD plus after fw 1.1.0 (which I have) is to just go through the whole installation of cleanrom. The links you provided and other tutorials all say it will indeed format the device, so last question considering I can just move all my games to my SD card why not just do that? Meaning if I did that then installed cleanrom then after but my SD card back in all my apps will appear on the device again? in other words given the internal memory would have been formatted my app data being all on the SD card would cause the apps to re appear and be functional once I put my SD card back in correct?

Thrush1120

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2019, 09:31:39 am »
These guys don't know what they are talking about. What You need is the. Current.  Custom firmware from Black Seraph , here.  https://www.patreon.com/blackseraph

foxsevent

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2019, 03:07:14 pm »
Thankyou for your help friend, one last thing

I been doing alot of research and turns out the only and most safest way to root the XD plus after fw 1.1.0 (which I have) is to just go through the whole installation of cleanrom. The links you provided and other tutorials all say it will indeed format the device, so last question considering I can just move all my games to my SD card why not just do that? Meaning if I did that then installed cleanrom then after but my SD card back in all my apps will appear on the device again? in other words given the internal memory would have been formatted my app data being all on the SD card would cause the apps to re appear and be functional once I put my SD card back in correct?

Sadly no, you will lose everything, apps can't be completely new to the SD card, you would have to make a backup of them using app likely titanium, but that requires root and doesn't work with all apps.
These guys don't know what they are talking about. What You need is the. Current.  Custom firmware from Black Seraph , here.  https://www.patreon.com/blackseraph
That's what we've been talking about the whole time, CleanRom by Black-Seraph.

Alexkyriak

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Re: GPD XD Plus - Performance Improvement/Root advice needed?
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2019, 07:49:08 am »
Hi all, my first post here and new to the forums!

I have a new GPD XD plus arriving shortly. I am new to this system, but not to emulation on handheld, was into psp-1000 back in the day so know a bit about installs of firmwares, optimising setups, etc

My query: on the GPD XD plus  I want to do a clean install straight out of the box of cleanrom and then set up the device for just pure emulators with a frontend. I assume there is no significant difference to the procedure outlined below? Are there any different or better methods I should follow if I am doing the installs on a new system?

I do not intend to run any ?modern? apps or bloatware as it?s referred to below, I am intending for just emulation specific installs, to run everything up to Mame and N64

Any advice much appreciated guys :)
« Last Edit: July 06, 2019, 07:51:18 am by Alexkyriak »