Top best custom kernel for Samsung Galaxy S3

Stock Samsung Galaxy S III kernel is good. However, using tweaked and optimised custom kernel for Samsung Galaxy S3 is better. It improves overall performance and has lot of features that can’t be found on stock kernel. For example, root access, insecure adb, custom boot animation support, overclocking, undervolting voltage control, multiple tweaked CPU governors, GPU overclocking, I/O tweaks, automatic backup of EFS partition, NTFS USB driver support and other more… So here are the top best custom kernels for Samsung Galaxy S3 that you can try.

SiyahKernel supports both Samsung and CM9/AOSP/AOKP with a single kernel image. Have features like auto-root, overclocking, undervolting, insecure adb, init.d support, triangle-away app support, automatic EFS backup, ExFAT support, NTFS automounting for USB sticks…

Ninphetamin3 Kernel
Ninphetamin3 Kernel supports overclocking up to 1800mhz, has CPU voltage control interface, GPU voltage and speed control interface. Tweaked deadline ccheduler by default. Compiler optimizations aimed at improving performance/battery. Removal of Debug overhead for performance/battery improvement and triangle Away compatible…

Which is the top custom kernel for Samsung Galaxy S3? Each person has his own usage of applications and style. The custom kernel that suite me might not be the best for you. So test them yourself to find out the best custom kernel for your Samsung Galaxy S3.

  • wirawan1234

    Hi Jayce
    May i know what kernel are you using right now?
    Off the record, some custom kernel like NEAK, franco, doesn’t support 64GB SDXC card (boot loop)

    • Using custom ROM and stock kernel now.

      • wirawan1234

        Me too πŸ˜€
        I prefer to use wanamlite 1.5 (because i feel wanamlite has better battery life than others), with stock LFB πŸ™‚

  • Projectgilda

    Siyah is my weapon of choice. With ex tweats you get so much control and even Voodoo sound booster (which in itself own form is incompatible with S3).

    With that level of control I can’t see how another kernal can be better πŸ˜‰

  • Seth

    Hi Jayce,

    Which kernel support custom boot animation?

    • Sorry Seth, I am also don’t know for the moment. Will write about it when I find one.

      • Seth

        thanks for the feedback…

  • How can i ROLLBACK to the original kernel?

    • Restore back to your previous CWM backup.

  • HassaN

    HI Jayce,

    Ive installed Siyal Kernel on my phone…… Seems to be working fine…. Could u kindle tell me (in your expert/professional opinion), the difference between the SiyahKernel and Ninphetemin3?????

    Im sure ull say its the users choice BUT I would certainly appreciate if u could kindly tell me which one would u prefer as far as the PERFORMANCE, OVERCLOCKING and the BATTERY LIFE is concerned….

    Thanks and Regards

    • Hard to tell the different because both of them improve from time to time. Adding new features…

      Personally, I prefer SiyahKernel. πŸ˜‰

  • HassaN

    Thanks for your reply Jayce…..

    I just had a question but didnt know where to post it;

    Just wanted to know the difference between a Custom Rom and Custom Kernel? Are they different and can they both be installed separately? Since now I have Siyah Kernel, can I install a custom rom on my phone (SGS3 i9300) as well????

    Plz excuse me if Ive posted the on the wrong thread…


    • ROM is like Windows. Kernel is the heart of Windows. Each ROM has its own kernel built-in.

  • HassaN

    Thanks for your reply…….

    In other words with Siyah Kernel, I cannot install as custom Rom or can I ??
    Also how can on find out what ROM is installed on their SGS3?

  • galaxy123

    How can i go back to stock kernel ??????? I dont know how to rollback to my CWM backup

  • galaxy123

    Hi Jayce,

    Thanks for replying on how to revert back to stock kernel. Just have one question. Is there any way to do an OTA update without unrooting and losing root access. Please reply.

    • No, as far as I know.

    • Mindu

      Mate you should try to go on YouTube and search for “Armando ferreira”..
      He made a video showing that….
      How I’ve helped you….

      • galaxy123


  • ProS3Gamer

    Hi Jayce,

    Can you make a list of top best custom ROMS for Galaxy S3 ?


    • Will do that when I am free…

  • Harrox

    Will they also work for the Metro Pcs model of the gs3?

  • Martin

    how can I fix if the vibrator doesnt work on my s3? changing the kernel will fix if? i need a little help here. Thanks (ive tried flashing back to my original backup but the vibrator still wont work)

    • Try to restore back to original stock firmware and kernel. Go to Samsung Service Center if still not working.

  • Greg

    My s3 is rooted and bootloader is unlocked. Will either of this work for me? I have not out a rom on it.

    • Greg

      Sorry, it’s the Verizon s3

      • Sorry Greg, these for I9300 only.

  • tyrus dsouza

    Hey Jayce is there a particular siyah kernel or any other overclocking capable kernel to flash over cm 11 snapshot m11 on i9300?

    • Sorry tyrus, I have no idea on CM11 ROM. You need to check with kernel developer to find out.