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May 8, 2015

Loongson MIPS Box

Loongson very generously donated a MIPS box with “ICT Loongson-3A V0.5 FPU V0.1” CPU, 500gb 7200rpm WD Caviar Blue HDD, 4gb RAM and a power cable with Chinese plug to FFmpeg. Picture of the inside of the box:
Quick power meassurments show

  • ~1W when OFF
  • ~44W when IDLE
  • ~48W when running fate tests

Quick FFmpeg build benchmark with gcc (GCC) 4.8.3 20140624 (Red Hat 4.8.3-1):

  • 4m49.192s for time ./configure --enable-gpl --enable-pthreads --samples=/home/loongson/fate/ --enable-nonfree --enable-version3 --assert-level=2 --cpu=loongson3a --enable-loongson3
  • 19m31.114s for make -j4
Filed under: FFmpeg,Hardware — Michael @ 4:00


  1. FYI, the red sticker on the right says:

    System research

    Comment by Timothy Gu — May 9, 2015 @ 21:43

  2. ftp download source:
    the sticker is sticked on by admin when i bring it from storeroom. you are good at Chinese ^^.

    Comment by Chris Zhou — May 12, 2015 @ 4:18

  3. no cmos battery? pci slots?? :)

    Comment by compn — May 12, 2015 @ 14:28

  4. PCI slots are quite normal, this is not a X9001/GAMING.Killer1One sort of motherboard, after all :)
    Missing CMOS battery is funny, but I guess they just don’t bother with them since it is dev board or something.

    Comment by Fruit — July 16, 2015 @ 3:54

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