Raspberry Pi Heatsinks: Are They Effective?
by Clayton Lambert
Raspberry Pi heatsinks sounds ridiculous right? If you’re just the average Pi user you’re not very likely to run into heating issues. However, if you’re like me and enjoying cranking up the clock speed and squeezing every bit or performance you can out the Pi, they’re not so ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous, I have a new project coming soon, let’s just say it involves the Pi, about a gallon of mineral oil, and a fish tank.
Let’s how these heat sinks perform on the Raspberry Pi overclocked @ 1 GHZ. I will run a few different tests, one just air, one with the heat sinks on, and then also run stress tests on each.
Before I did these tests, I already had a pretty good of how well these heat sinks would work on the Pi. Across the board in almost every review people that purchased these observed a ~5(C) drop in temperatures. In my tests I received similar results with and without a stress test running on the Pi. Honestly, I cannot complain about their effectiveness, Raspberry Pi heat sinks have a small but noticeable effect on CPU temps, especially at higher overclocks.
If you want to crank up your clock speeds, or overall just want to change the aesthetics of your Pi, heat sinks may be a good purchase for you. I mean look at this Raspberry Pi… it’s beautiful!