Larger passive heatsink

Mark New Member Posts: 5
edited November 2016 in Peripherals
I noticed an earlier thread from July mentioned that a larger 13mm passive heatsink was being developed for the Up Board (possibly giving ~90% max performance). The new heatsink should be a really good fit for my application.

Is the larger heatsink now shipped standard instead of the original 8mm heatsink? Or is it still planned?


  • Mark
    Mark New Member Posts: 5
    For anyone looking later, I've heard back from AAEON on this topic.

    The current board is using the original 8mm heatsink since few people were requesting the larger 13mm heatsink.
  • ilan
    ilan New Member Posts: 16
    Heatsinks are not an issue provided you have a Dremel and Thermal Pads (sticky both sides).
    I believe 3M have somthing relevant.
    and a cannibalized laptop's fan woul be even better.
  • Mark
    Mark New Member Posts: 5
    For my use case I'm only considering passive cooling - no moving parts (active cooling).

    Fortunately, from my tests the Up Board handles 100% CPU load on all cores (compression/decompression/compilation/common server tasks) with only a +12/13C increase, nowhere near the limit where it will reduce clock speed. Perhaps something designed to thermally stress the CPU might find the limit, but I haven't found it for my use cases. No active cooling required.

    I understand it's easier to find the thermal limit with CPU+GPU.
  • ilan
    ilan New Member Posts: 16
    90°C is the upper limit. so 50-60C would probably be the sweet spot.

    * It should be possible to track CPU Throttling , and worry when that happens too much.
    * The issue with cooling in the air flow.
    * Copper heatsinks and Heat Pipes are solutions too.

    I would try and connect the top and bottom heatsinks - heat bridge - and than to external heat dissipation plate. Thats the idea of heat pipe.
  • LemmingOverlord
    LemmingOverlord New Member Posts: 10
    edited February 2018

    My UP Squared is hitting the low 80s (Celsius) with all cores full blast... is this normal? It seems that users are getting very different results.