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[libreplanet-discuss] Minifree's Libreboot D16 systems (server, workstat

From: J.B. Nicholson
Subject: [libreplanet-discuss] Minifree's Libreboot D16 systems (server, workstation) working normally under computationally intensive load?
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 02:30:13 -0600
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Have the Minifree's Libreboot D16 systems been tested under computationally intensive loads?

I'm particularly interested to know if the systems will shut down due to the CPUs running too hot for too long, or if the system will perhaps slow down the system to prevent the CPUs from getting so hot that they'd have to do a thermal shutdown.

I've tried a few completely free GNU/Linux systems with lesser CPUs (such as the "AMD FX(tm)-8150 Eight-Core Processor" as identified by /proc/cpuinfo in the model name field) and thermal shutdown was a real problem -- watching a high-res movie (say, a 1080P or 4K movie), running multiple FLAC encoding processes, or playing any 3D game would be enough to trigger the CPU fan spinning up a lot and then a few seconds later the entire system would shut down. The system had to be left alone for some minutes before it was cool enough to get all the way through the boot process and let users back on the system again.

I've seen videos showing the TALOS libre workstation doing computationally intensive things (playing 3D games and screensavers, running VMs, etc. even simultaneously) and this did not appear to be a problem, so I thought I'd ask about the Minifree Libreboot D16 systems.

Thanks for any feedback you can offer about this.

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