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by Damien, Sunday, December 30, 2018, 04:04 (83 days ago)

Would I need the small heatsinks that I've seen come with some kits or a fan for the Pi3B+ or would the standard board be fine in a case?

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by greyswisher, Sunday, December 30, 2018, 12:55 (82 days ago) @ Damien

Just my personal opinion. Heatsink and fan are a waste of money unless you are watching a lot of video, have overclocked the pi or the pi is constantly on all day everyday.

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by fastjam, Sunday, December 30, 2018, 14:31 (82 days ago) @ Damien

I can't imagine those tiny aluminium heatsinks making any vast difference to temps anyway unless your anal glands tighten over seeing a couple of degrees lower

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by yulver, Sunday, December 30, 2018, 17:54 (82 days ago) @ Damien

IMO heatsinks on the Pi are more of a placebo. A fan would be more Important but then you may get Irritated by the noise if you are susceptible to fan noise.

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by lornrider, Wednesday, January 09, 2019, 03:28 (73 days ago) @ yulver

Dude noise on these 30mm fans is so low I hardly hear it

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by Leicester Lad, Leicester, Midlands, Saturday, January 12, 2019, 01:04 (70 days ago) @ lornrider

I ripped my fan out because I couldn't stand hearing the buzzing noise during level loads and looking through menu's. Granted when you're playing with the game audio up high you don't hear it.

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by Damien, Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:37 (69 days ago) @ Leicester Lad

I fitted some heatsinks in the end but left the fan for now and all seems good, no problems.

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by Joe The Android Guy, Sunday, December 30, 2018, 22:34 (82 days ago) @ Damien

http://www.raspberryconnect.com/miscellaneous/item/317-raspberry-pi-cooling-cpu-heatsin... in essence no you don't need heatsinks and a fan unless you are doing Intensive work in which case a fan will help

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by Ginger1, Monday, December 31, 2018, 16:28 (81 days ago) @ Damien

If you are playing mostly ps1 games or using Kodi to watch movies then I would fit a fan and heatsinks. If you are playing just nes, master system and snes, megadrive era games then I don't see no point in fitting extra cooling.

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by Damien, Tuesday, January 01, 2019, 06:35 (80 days ago) @ Ginger1

Yes it's just Atari, nes, snes, megadrive, retro games. No N64 or playstation.

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by Swingtreeround, Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 03:35 (80 days ago) @ Damien

Yes it's just Atari, nes, snes, megadrive, retro games. No N64 or playstation.

Definitely no need

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by Nathan9000, Southampton, Monday, December 31, 2018, 16:36 (81 days ago) @ Damien

Damien why don't you just see how you get on without a fan or heatsinks for a couple of weeks. You can always add them later if you get temp warnings, its not a big deal to add them at a later date is it?

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by Damien, Tuesday, January 01, 2019, 06:37 (80 days ago) @ Nathan9000

Damien why don't you just see how you get on without a fan or heatsinks for a couple of weeks. You can always add them later if you get temp warnings, its not a big deal to add them at a later date is it?

I guess not :-dunno just that I was deciding whether to buy a bundle that would be slightly cheaper.

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by mathew, Thursday, January 03, 2019, 19:48 (78 days ago) @ Damien

The critical point on these boards is like 80 degrees. There is no way you will hit that playing just retro games.

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by Lof9102300, Sunday, January 06, 2019, 12:55 (75 days ago) @ Damien

Heatsinks are only a few pounds worth putting on.

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by wolsley 1000, Monday, January 07, 2019, 20:04 (74 days ago) @ Damien

Fitting a fan is just adding noise and its just another thing to fail in the future

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by tronisagoodmovie, Tuesday, January 08, 2019, 14:02 (73 days ago) @ Damien

I only fitted heatsinks for the looks as my case was clear and the board is visible

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by lighttensmo, Tuesday, January 08, 2019, 20:37 (73 days ago) @ Damien

If they needed a heatsink they would have been designed with one or came in the box with the board.

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by The Warlord, Tuesday, January 08, 2019, 22:53 (73 days ago) @ Damien
edited by The Warlord, Tuesday, January 08, 2019, 23:04

If you do go the route of heatsinks make sure the thermal tape applied to the heatsinks is not too thick otherwise you could end up making the chips even hotter than without.

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