The electronic board PINE64 is an open source platform from both hardware to software. It is similar to the Raspberry pi except that it is shipped with a quad core ARM 64 bit processor clocked at 1,2 GHz with 1 or 2 GB of RAM, a Gigabit ethernet port, HDMI, USB…

It has been launched with a crowdfund campaign on kickstart for a price starting at 15 $ ! With shipping fees, the total price is about 31 €.

The complete description of the board is available as a picture here.

Top View of the PINE64 : Top View of the PINE64

I offer one card to the maintainer of deb-multimedia, Christian Marillat, in order to help him in building Debian packages of multimedia application like vlc, mythtv, kodi, mplayer, ffmpeg… for the debian arm64 port.

First compilation tests show stability problems due to hoverheating of the processor :hot:. Monitoring the frequency of the proc with its temperature during a ffmpeg compilation showed that the temperature was as high as 80°C (176.0 °F) whereas the frequency did not exceed 750 MHz (the max is 1,2 GHz).

Here is the diagram of the temperature and frequency over time during a ffmpeg compilation. The governor used is conservative.

Frequency over time

Temperature over time

Then, I bought heatsinks from an online auction website for a few dollars in order to cool compounds more effectively :

  • Processor : 20×20 mm
  • Regulator : 9×9 mm
  • RAM : 14×14 mm

Processor 20x20mm   Regultor 9x9mm   RAM 20x20mm

Those heatsinks are shipped with a thermal pad which allows an easier attachment to the IC.

Here is the PINE64 with heatsinks mounted on it : PINE64 with heatsinks

New benchmarks in the same conditions as previously have been realised. Here are the charts :

Frequency over time with heatsinks

Temperature over time with heatsinks

The board doesn't hang anymore and the temperature is lowered of 10°C (50°F) :cold:. As the processor is less hot, the frequency can be higher and stay more stable to around 820 MHz. =).