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  • #368

    blu
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    Let’s get some cooling fan discussion going!

    Note: temp sensors in /sys one can just cat for degrees Celsius are located at:

    /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp
    /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone1/temp
    /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone2/temp
    

    My experience so far with a 80mm, 12V, 350mA, 4800RPM fan is mixed. Fan does its job well – it keeps the sensors at not much above 40C when CPUs are busy at 2GHz and DDR4 is at 2400, but it’s the loudest thing in the room by far (45-ish dB).

    Any quieter solutions are welcome.

    #402

    blu
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    I came across another 80mm candidate for a cooling fan for the macchiatobin:

    CoolerMaster A8015-20CB-3BN-F1 (a leftover part from a CoolerMaster mini-ITX box) – 12V, 120mA – an extremely quiet specimen! My macchiatobin is finally quieter than my desktop ; )

    But most importantly, temp stays in the low 40s C under various stress tests @ 1.3GHz (same tests otherwise can go to 80C without active cooling).

    #404

    nanasi
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    Some of the easily overlooked heat conditions are:
    – Prompted wait of u-boot.
    – UART BOOT fallback of on-die BootROM.

    #409

    blu
    Participant

    Indeed, that u-boot prompt is a real heat hazard on the macchiatobin. The highest temp I’ve ever read on the mcbin was in the u-boot prompt – tsen reported 89C, after I had left u-boot prompt unattended for some time, under passive cooling.

    #447

    slimsamu
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    All,

    I’ve just ordered a cooling fan myself. I found that the passive cooling simply was not sufficient.

    I’m running Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (as per the macchiatobin wiki) and my system is quite hot even when idle:

    thermal_zone0 = 70 c
    thermal_zone1 = 66 c
    thermal_zone2 = 66 c

    I’m concerned to run anything heavy as I do see the temperature go up very rapidly when there is anything CPU/memory intensive for example. Of course heat is the enemy in this case – so want to avoid damaging this board.

    Any suggestions? I hope to have the cooling fan in the next few days.

    #451

    blu
    Participant

    Hi slimsamu,

    Apparently board’s passive cooling was designed for ambient-t-controlled environments, and most developers’ workbenches clearly do not qualify. So active cooling is the way to go, and the purpose of this thread ; )

    Re fans, in my experience 80mm-diameter fans are perfect for positioning right by the edge of the board, blowing at the SoC’s heatsink (incoming ascii art warning):

       --N-N-N-N-N----
       | I           |
       | I           |
    F->| .  ###      |
    F->| .  ###      |
    F->|             |
       | DDDDDDDDDDD |
       ---------------
    
    Legend:
    N  - network connectors
    I  - PCIe3.0 x4 slot
    .  - missing JTAG connector
    F  - 80mm fan
    D  - DIMM
    #  - SoC
    -> - airflow
    

    Clearly, a solution where the fan is positioned right on top of the heatsink would be optimal, but the board does not provide any attachment means for such contraptions.

    #452

    slimsamu
    Participant

    Hi blu,

    Thanks for your reply. I have a fan on order and will scale back the tests I started performing – which led to:
    kernel: armada_thermal f06f808c.thermal: Overheat critical high threshold temperature reached

    -Gabor

    #498

    travisg
    Participant

    FWIW they seem to be shipping with an actual little cpu fan on top of the heat sink.

    Sadly the fan is *incredibly* noisy, and I think mine is failing after a few days of running. Will need to measure and get a replacement somewhere.

    #500

    krovetz
    Participant

    I had one of these laying around. It’s a drop-in replacement for the stock fan and is nearly silent.

    http://www.mini-box.com/Noise-Blocker-XM2-40x40x10mm-Case-Fan

    To stress test, I’ve set my MacchiatoBIN to run at 2GHz and have four instances of this cpuburn running

    https://github.com/ssvb/cpuburn-arm/blob/master/cpuburn-a53.S

    After 60 minutes the temperature hovers around 67C (up from 50C at idle) in a room that is 23C. Power consumption is 19W (including 4GB RAM, 120GB SATA SSD, and 1Gb ethernet). There’s been no thermal throttling.

    #515

    travisg
    Participant

    I ordered a nice little silent 40mm fan for mine, a ‘Fractal Design Silent Series R3 Black/White Silence-Optimized 40mm Case Fan’ from newegg.

    Almost imperceptibly quiet and keeps the thermals just as well as the stock fan.

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