As soon as most people root a device they jump right in and go with a Cyanogen or a AOKP ROM for their phone. This can be for many reasons; to get rid of the system apps they dont want, to gain more features or to have a crisp version of Android.
I was one of those people, but when I got my HTC One X I went in a different direction. Mike1986 is a recognised XDA developer who has an amazing skill. He takes a stock ROM and makes it faster, more stable and gives it a much better battery life.
You may recognise the name. He was featured recently in a xda-developers post as this release is the first modified Sense 4.1 ROM for the HTC One X.
ARHD doesn’t allow much in the way of additional features or themes, but it does have one of the largest feature lists over the stock offering including:
Removed software (CPU) rendering – full nVidia Tegra 3 (GPU) rendering
Fully optimized and tweaked
ROOT (su + SuperSu Permissions – Thanks to chainfire)
System signatures check enabled for system security and safety
Improved virtual memory management
Enabled GPU UI rendering
Data, cache and system partitions mounting tweaks
Bloatware applications removed
All /system applications updated to latest available
All /data applications updated to latest available
Improved camera performance
Improved CPU governors performance
Most optimal system scheduler
Disabled kernel debugging for better performance
Zipaligned (Improved RAM management)
Zipalign on boot (for user applications on data partition)
init.d scripts (BusyBox run-parts) support
Auto init.d permissions set on boot
sysro/sysrw commands support
Excellent battery life!
Improved EXT4 performance
You can replace HTC boot animation with any custom one (or use ICS default)
4EXT Recovery (Thanks to madmaxx82)
Most up-to-date system files permissions
Adobe Flash Player support for Ice Cream Sandwich
Support almost 24h a day
This list and the amazing support from Mike and the community is the reason why it is my ROM of choice.
If you’re interested I recommend checking out the thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1562603