I now have a supercharged Organelle
Before reading past this point - what I have done here, voids my warrant on the Organelle, could have caused serious damage to it, furthermore, there is still a risk of damage in long term running.
so I do not advise anyone else to do this, and certainly take no responsibility for them killing their own Organelle
Hope that is strong enough, as I dont want C&G to start getting users crying their Organelle has melted/stopped working.
so caveats done…
- 4 cores
- 2GB ram vs 512k
- Built in Wifi
Im really pleased everything worked ‘out of the box’ including the built-in wifi.
(the WIFI also a long enough internal antenna to place next to the USB ports, so a good signal)
So now I’m using internal wifi and internal sd card (for patches), so a connected Organelle with 2 free USB ports
I found the cheapest way to do this was to buy an Cubox- i4Pro ~ 150 euro, and swap its microSOM to the Organelle.
this has an added bonus, not only did I get a cheap upgrade, but the Organelle microSOM goes back into the CuBox, so another box to use.
Note: this cubox i4pro came with a v1.3 microSOM , rather than the newer v1.5, which would have meant the wifi would not have worked. I don’t know if this is always the case, or depends when it was manufactured.
as discussed elsewhere, most PD patches wont make use of the 4 cores - I would need to tailor them, though they will make use of the extra memory… so there may be a small performance gain.
However, Im also running other processes (MEC in particular) and the cores will help with this, as again will the memory.
also as a developer, compiling etc will be improved.
so only had a limited running so far, but as I said everything works as expected, but Ive not done any exhaustive performance testing… though no doubt I will run a few tests for fun, and compare to another organelle.
Currently, Im running without a heatsink, so Im going to keep a close eye on temperatures and again comparing to another organelle… initial tests, showed it running at 55c, so thats about the same as previously… but I need to check again when I put it under more serious load, and also run it for longer.
I suspect, even if temps rise, the cpu will automatically scale back… so preventing damage.
however, if core temps rise, Ive already noted there is plenty of space for the heatsink that was supplied with the cubox. (I just need some paste to connect it)
anyway, very happy… it was a bit of a risk, but it seems to have paid off handsomely.
ok, so been running for quite a while, with a patch running constantly, at around 45% cpu on both organelles.
the quad core is actually generally running about 6C lower than the factory unit.
I can only assume this is down to some of the cpu load being put onto other cores. (2-3% typically).
Ive also to be mean, been doing parallel builds on it to raise the temperature (interestingly its critical is listed at 93 vs 83C) and seemed to recover pretty quickly.
anyone know of a really heavy CPU patch, I want to run the factory organelle at really high cpu load so i can see what happens to the temp… I’m assuming it will reach critical and then scale back, but with the governor set to performance I’m not 100% sure!