Steam Download heat issues

  Kernel: 5.15.12-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
    root=UUID=007e6c2b-018b-40d5-bc8d-2bd7b4a51a26 rw [email protected]
    quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
    systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3
  Desktop: GNOME 41.2 tk: GTK 3.24.31 wm: gnome-shell dm: GDM 41.0
    Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: Apple product: MacBookPro11,5 v: 1.0
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 9 v: Mac-06F11F11946D27C5
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Apple model: Mac-06F11F11946D27C5 v: MacBookPro11,5
    serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Apple v: 428. date: 10/27/2021
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 78.6 Wh (99.6%) condition: 78.9/97.2 Wh (81.2%)
    volts: 12.7 min: 11.3 model: SMP bq20z451 type: Li-ion serial: N/A
    status: Charging cycles: 29
  Info: model: Intel Core i7-4980HQ bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Haswell
    family: 6 model-id: 0x46 (70) stepping: 1 microcode: 0x1C
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
    L3: 6 MiB desc: 1x6 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 3122 high: 3862 min/max: 800/4000 scaling:
    driver: intel_cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 2794 2: 3062 3: 3862
    4: 3853 5: 3167 6: 2785 7: 2724 8: 2735 bogomips: 44695
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf
    mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: spec_store_bypass
    mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
    IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: AMD Venus XT [Radeon HD 8870M / R9 M270X/M370X] vendor: Apple
    driver: radeon v: kernel alternate: amdgpu bus-ID: 01:00.0
    chip-ID: 1002:6821 class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org compositor: gnome-shell driver:
    loaded: ati,radeon unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa
    display-ID: :1 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 2880x1800 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 762x476mm (30.0x18.7")
    s-diag: 898mm (35.4")
  Monitor-1: eDP res: 2880x1800 hz: 60 dpi: 221 size: 331x207mm (13.0x8.1")
    diag: 390mm (15.4")
  OpenGL: renderer: AMD VERDE (DRM 2.50.0 5.15.12-zen1-1-zen LLVM 13.0.0)
    v: 4.5 Mesa 21.3.3 direct render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:8c20
    class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: AMD Oland/Hainan/Cape Verde/Pitcairn HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 7000
    vendor: Apple driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1
    chip-ID: 1002:aab0 class-ID: 0403
  Device-3: Broadcom 720p FaceTime HD Camera driver: facetimehd v: kernel
    bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:1570 class-ID: 0480
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.12-zen1-1-zen running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.42 running: yes
  Device-1: Broadcom BCM43602 802.11ac Wireless LAN SoC vendor: Apple
    driver: brcmfmac v: kernel bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:43ba
    class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Apple Bluetooth Host Controller type: USB
    driver: btusb,hid-generic,usbhid bus-ID: 1-8:3 chip-ID: 05ac:8290
    class-ID: fe01
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: down
    bt-service: enabled,running rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes
    address: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 931.84 GiB used: 28.85 GiB (3.1%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Apple model: SSD SM1024G
    size: 931.84 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B
    speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: SA0Q scheme: GPT
  ID-1: / raw-size: 931.54 GiB size: 931.54 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 28.85 GiB (3.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
    used: 576 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 931.54 GiB size: 931.54 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 28.85 GiB (3.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 931.54 GiB size: 931.54 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 28.85 GiB (3.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 931.54 GiB size: 931.54 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 28.85 GiB (3.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.5 GiB used: 22 MiB (0.1%) priority: 100
    dev: /dev/zram0
  System Temperatures: cpu: 76.0 C pch: 59.5 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon
    temp: 75.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 375 Uptime: 4h 40m wakeups: 2 Memory: 15.5 GiB
  used: 3.83 GiB (24.7%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
  gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 13.0.0 Packages: pacman: 1569 lib: 487 Shell: Bash
  v: 5.1.12 running-in: terminator inxi: 3.3.11

I am wondering why when I download anything from Steam my system runs so hot. I have noticed that my fans spin up and i run at over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This does not appear to be a Garuda Linux issue, it appears to happen in multiple distros Arch or Debian. I am not sure if anyone can't fix the issue but I was just curious.



Note: As you will see in my inxi -Faz I am running Garuda on an older (mid 2015) MacBook Pro. I have replaced macOS, Linux is just far more superior.

Are you using wifi or Ethernet? Is there a difference in temperature if you use the other?


I am using WiFi, I've noticed that CPU usage fluctuates a lot when I am downloading in Steam. Unfortunately I don't have a wired connection for my laptop. It just doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Have you checked your CPU/swap/memory utilization stats when temp jumps?

Sorry, just noticed your last comment.

CPU utilization is generally high, above 50 percent and it sometimes reaches 100 percent. I have no swap file but it generally lists the zram usage at 100 percent. It does not do this in anything but steam, my VM's don't use more than 5 percent CPU and 45 percent memory. I think steam is just poorly written. It does this in other distros as well and even macOS and Windows. At least that has been my experience.



Thank you, I am sure it is merely a steam issue. At least it's good to see I'm not crazy and that there was not something wrong with my laptop.

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It sounds like steam needs to add an option to delay decompression until download completion.

Glad that helped.

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Yes I think that would be wise. Thank you so much for reaching out with assistance.

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@jbonez50 does/did Steam crash when this temperature issue happened?

No it did not crash

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