PfSense 2.3 on a DFI EC800-CD2041



  • Hello.

    I have pfSense running on a DFI EC800-CD2041 (Intel ATOM) based embedded PC. pfSense is running great, but the ATOM is idling at 57-59 C. I've turned on Power D and set it to minimal with no real impact on temperatures. I see that the pfSense devices (like the SG-2220) are also ATOMs. Do they run hot as well?

    Thanks!



  • What's the room temperature at your place? And what CPU are you using? (DFI's website saying there are D2550/N2800/N2600)



  • I have pfSense running on a DFI EC800-CD2041 (Intel ATOM) based embedded PC.

    What are you all running as installed packets and services?

    pfSense is running great, but the ATOM is idling at 57-59 C.

    Then you should cool it better as I see it right. What case is in  usage? What abilities you have to
    insert fans?

    I've turned on Power D and set it to minimal with no real impact on temperatures

    You should set PowerD to Hi adaptive otherwise the SoC or cpu will only run on the minimum cpu
    frequency and under higher load this can be not really enough to sort all services or functions you
    ware running, offering and using.

    I see that the pfSense devices (like the SG-2220) are also ATOMs. Do they run hot as well?

    This is in my eyes not able to compare against each other. Different CPUs and/or SoCs and also different
    cases with different cooling systems will be making this very incomparable.

    You should not be using that other systems to compare and what they have done and you not. You should
    in my eyes more have a look what you are able to do for a better cooling.

    And yes edwardwong is right if the room temperature is to high it can be based on that too on top.



  • @BlueKobold:

    I have pfSense running on a DFI EC800-CD2041 (Intel ATOM) based embedded PC.

    What are you all running as installed packets and services?

    pfSense is running great, but the ATOM is idling at 57-59 C.

    Then you should cool it better as I see it right. What case is in  usage? What abilities you have to
    insert fans?

    I've turned on Power D and set it to minimal with no real impact on temperatures

    You should set PowerD to Hi adaptive otherwise the SoC or cpu will only run on the minimum cpu
    frequency and under higher load this can be not really enough to sort all services or functions you
    ware running, offering and using.

    I see that the pfSense devices (like the SG-2220) are also ATOMs. Do they run hot as well?

    This is in my eyes not able to compare against each other. Different CPUs and/or SoCs and also different
    cases with different cooling systems will be making this very incomparable.

    You should not be using that other systems to compare and what they have done and you not. You should
    in my eyes more have a look what you are able to do for a better cooling.

    And yes edwardwong is right if the room temperature is to high it can be based on that too on top.

    The room is a cool 22C.

    The DFI case is a solid chunk of Aluminum.

    The only extra package is squid.

    pfSense is running 1 VPN and squid specifically for the VPN. Most of the time traffic is minimal. There is probably only a few hours a day where traffic is moderate to high. During those times the temperature of the ATOM is fairly flat only rising 1-2C for a total of 58-60C.

    I did have the case laying flat which cut off half the surface area for cooling. I have stood up on its end so that the two largest surfaces are now available to the open air. Temperatures have dropped off 6C to 51-52.

    In response to the other fellow, the EC800 I have uses the D2550 ATOM @ 1.86GHz.



  • add acase  fan or laptop usb powered cooler below (depending on the config)



  • Intel D2550 ATOM processor doesn't support Intel Enhanced Speedstep Technology, so it's a bit normal to see power/heat not really going down much when the system is idling. The N2600/N2800 should do much better.


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