Following a long serie of tests with the Archos Gen9 4.0.6 beta firmwares, Archos is now shipping their final ICS 4.0.7 firmware. This release provides GPU performance improvements, together with Wi-Fi, hard disk support and audio fixes.
According to the release information, the detailed changes are the following:
Version 4.0.7 – June 19th, 2012
- Applications: fix no audio when launching video capture impacting applications like Skype
- Display: graphics performance enhancements
- Hard drive based products: avoid potential loss of hard drive when 3G USB port is switched on with no peripheral attached
- Wi-Fi: fix some more disconnect cases happening on some access points
GPU performance boost
We have measured the claimed performance boost for the GPU on our test device (Archos 101 G9 Turbo 1.5 GHz, 512 Mb RAM), comparing latest firmware 4.0.6 with the new 4.0.7 release. It looks like the PowerVR SGX540 GPU integrated in the TI OMAP 4 chip has received some faster clocking Our tests benchmarks show an increase in performance between 20 and 25%.
|4.0.6 firmware||4.0.7 firmware|
|NenaMark 2 v2.2||21.1 fps||26.2 fps (+24%)|
|Qualcomm Neocore||47.3 fps||57.0 fps (+20%)|
Archos G9 4.0.7 Firmware download
Firmware update procedure at Archos.com
|AMAZON USA||Usually ships in 3-4 business days||$ 161.99||AMAZON UK||£ 135||AMAZON DE||125.24 EUR||AMAZON FR||148 EUR|