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smblackledge

RPi4B case fan?

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I know people are busy, but my question shouldn't take much time or effort to answer.

I really like my Flirc case. Its one of the sexiest cases on the market and the fact that it is its own heat spreader gives it a partial solution to the heat problem. It doesn't seem to have a lot of air flow, though. Has Flirc addressed this problem?

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I think the question is what do you consider a problem. From simply a heat dissipation standpoint it does a really good job cooling the CPU. Does the case get fairly warm yes, but it does do a great job cooling the Pi4 which is really about just moving the heat from the CPU to something else that can facilitate dissipating the heat. Because of the size of the case it does a really good job of pulling it off the CPU and then getting rid of it. 

My FLIRC case is connected to a PI4 that has been running Seti@home for a few days now straight. Before the case i couldn't run one thread for more then a few min before the CPU was thermal throttling. Since installing the case I have had 2 threads running with the CPU going at 1.5ghz the whole time. The system hasn't broken 64 degrees when i have been monitoring it.

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Thanks, mavrrick,

I posted the question because the case was, well, not hot, but getting there.  Perhaps I let my fears ("Warning, Will Robinson!") get hold of me.  "Fears" is really too strong a word.  I make it a habit to pay attention to the pi.  Because it is not running cool, I thought it deserved a question on this forum.  I'm really glad you mentioned your Seti@home experience.  That shows me that I'm right to be watching, but panic is not appropriate.

Really, though, there's no harm in asking if a case with a fan is in the works.  As I said above, I really like the Flirc case and have no regrets about getting it. 

Just wondering.

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Smblackledge,

I went ahead and opened up seti@home to get all it can from the pi in my flirc case. It does run a bit warmer with all 4 cpu's chuging full speed. but even with that it is hovering around 72 and 73 with an occasional hit at 74 Degree's. Since thermal throttleing starts at a little above 80 this should be really good news from the standpoint of not overheating. 

There are a few things about this. I suspect just a little air movement would make a huge difference. The area I have this pi the air is pretty stagnant. This also speaks a ton to the thermal transfer of the case. It is amazing that it can funnel all of this heat into it and with just convection keeping that processor cool enough not to throttle. 

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