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This tower heatsink promises a 40-degree drop in Raspberry Pi 4 thermals

This cooler also promises RGB support

This tower heatsink promises a 40-degree drop in Raspberry Pi 4 thermals

This tower heatsink promises a 40-degree drop in Raspberry Pi 4 thermals

Need some extra cooling for your Raspberry Pi? Perhaps to overclock the unit beyond its reference specs or to ensure that thermal throttling is negated. You might not need to look any further than the Blink Blink ICE Tower CPU cooler from Seeed Studio. 

This cooler design is effectively the Raspberry Pi equivalent of the Cooler Master Hyper 212, albeit miniaturised. This cooler uses a single heatpipe to cool a relatively large aluminium heat stack, which is, in turn, cooled using a small 40mm fan. This cooler is designed to keep the Raspberry Pi 4's (and 3 model B/B+) main SoC cool under load. In Seeed's retail listing, this heatsink promises to lower the Raspberry Pi 4's load temperatures from 80 degrees Celcius to 40 degrees. Not bad for a sub-$20 CPU cooler. 

Perhaps the only downside to this cooler is its support for "Blink fan" RGB lighting. Thar said, it is worth noting that an older, blue LED model of this cooler is also available. 

This tower heatsink promises a 40-degree drop in Raspberry Pi 4 thermals  
Sadly, this cooler is not available for direct purchase from UK-based retailers. This means that purchasers of this cooler will need to acquire it via foreign importers. This cooler is currently available via Seeed Studio

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02-09-2019, 08:19:10

tgrech

02-09-2019, 08:25:13

dazbobaby
Quote:
Originally Posted by tgrech View Post
It wont work, that noctua fan is 12v and the pi headers are 5v.




This is the one you'd need
https://noctua.at/en/nf-a6x25-5vQuote

02-09-2019, 08:39:31

tgrech
Tbh I always power my Pi projects with a cheap 12V to 5V buck and you'd need a breakout for the fan header anyway, it's super useful having a 12V rail if you're attaching much else to it and all that spare power since you get an easy 6A at 5V with even a £5 buck and average 3A 12V adaptor which can go a long way beyond the usual 5V 3A USB adaptors with the 3B and 4 models.Quote

02-09-2019, 09:09:21

g0ggles1994
Neat idea, but couple other downsides I can think of:
  • You're limiting what HATs you can use on the GPIO since it restricts access to the board, you may be able to use a GPIO breakout but then you'll still need to find a way of mounting the HAT as you would on the Pi normally.
  • Also, you have no conventional way of securing the Pi down since the cooler uses the mounting holes and screws in from the underside as well.
Overall, I like the concept. It would be great for RetroPie setups like my Pi TV but that lack of being able to secure the Pi down normally is an instant dealbreaker for me.Quote
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