Why use a heatsink and a case, when you can use a heatsink case?! This black, anodized aluminum case for the Raspberry Pi 4 will give you 10-15°C of passive cooling under a full CPU load. This case is great for situations where you want completely silent cooling, like home media centers.
It comes with a thermal pad to provide thermal contact between the CPU and top case, and a handy Allen Key and set of hex bolts to attach the case together.
The case gives you access to all of the ports, pins, and connectors. You can just about get away with using low-profile HATs and pHATs (those without bulky components on the underside) using one of our tall headers, but be extremely careful not to short any components on the metal top case!
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Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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The case as received did not allow the video cable to be inserted into the connector on the Pi 4. The aluminum cross bar had to be cut out and both fins on the left and right off the connection had to be notched out also. With the addition of a 5 V. 2" sq. fan mounted on the top and a silicon rectifier diode in series in a power lead to lower the operating voltage the whole assembly is almost whisper quiet and only 6 deg. above ambient temp. !! I can supply a photo of the surgery result in required.
I was TOTALLY unable to peel the paper backing off of any of the heat sink material, and it wound up crumbling in my fingers. Now all I have left is basically a paperweight. You guys really need to come up with a better heat sink material.
If you need to use your display header, be advised once assembled it cannot be opened. The camera ribbon, while technically accessible, is practically the same. Also, the thermal material shreds when you so much as look at it, and is basically impossible to apply.
Also, I'm not sure how I'm supposed to mount this to anything without drill and tap work.
Otherwise, I love it. A slab of finned aluminum. What else did I expect?
My son told me what to order and I ordered this. He says it does exactly what it said it would.
Case works well. Dissipates heat effectively. Thermal pads work well in conducting heat away far as I can tell. Much better then pretty much all of the other cases I've seen; the case/heatsink combo works quite well.
Only downside is mentioned in the info - underside of HATs can short to the case and you lose access to the screw holes on the Pi if your HAT had standoff's to mount it securely. It would be nice if they drilled holes out on the top side of the heatsink/case here, but it's really a minor detail. For now, I just stuck a small piece of cardboard in between the two to prevent shorting until I think of something better.
On installations where I'm not using a HAT, I might take an old IDE or floppy drive cable and cut off the ribbon cable, leaving the empty header and put it on the GPIO pins, just so they aren't exposed to ESD when handling. All of the other traces/pins/etc are covered with the case.