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A few days ago I was tired of having my Mi3 running on stock global dev MIUI 8, it was inefficient system with really bad memory management. On my experience, the MIUI tend to run out of memory. In some case, after a few hours of usage the system cannot reclaim the occupied RAM, thus making the system lags a lot and generate excessive heat!
Yes, MIUI is a feature-rich ROM, and the Mi ecosystem is a pretty mature ecosystem. However, those all greatness needs a lot of power to run on our 3 year old device. After a few research I decided to switch to CM13 ROM.
With efficiency in mind, I do my research and tinkering with my device to get the best setup possible without losing performance. The results are AMAZING! I can use my phone for a whole day without recharge in the mid day. All of this with huge improvement on performance, Real Racing 3 highest graphic setting without any noticeable lag! CPU and battery temperature are now significantly lower (43-47C idle / light tasks, 55-57C heavy gaming). Now that I've found the best setup, I want to share it with you folks! Here we go:
CM13 ROM snapshot build
CM kernel (automatically flashed while flashing CM13 zip through TWRP)
Screen resolution changed to 720x1280 use this guide
Modded interactive CPU governor (see screenshot below)
Undervolt (see screenshot below, this one really helps reduce CPU working temperature)
Noop I/O scheduler
Reduce aggresiveness of LMK (see screenshot below)
Thats all folks, hope this guide will get our Mi3 having another year of flagship-grade experience! Cheers!