Smash It In
Here I am butchering the thermal cooling pads to fit the size of the heat sink. I did a very bad good job but I hope it’ll do the trick.
Looking at the fan orientation, looks like the air flow is designed to draw hot air away from the Pi, and exhaust the warm air out via the side and rear ventilation holes.
The Pi 4 can run pretty hot under load so hopefully this strategy will be effective.
Fitting the board into the case is harder than anticipated. Everything is in a very tight fit.
The connectors on the daughter board is reinforced enough for me to apply more pressure with confidence. But getting everything lined up at the rear still took me about 5 minutes.
Kind of a worry for me as I am afraid of static. So be sure to ground yourself first before doing this. And remember to perform this operation carefully and slowly.
The biggest risk is killing something with static, not snapping your Pi in half. Do this slow and do it right.
Pay special attention to the GPIO pins on the Pi and make sure they fit correctly onto the ArgonOne. Obviously make sure you do not bend or break the pins when doing this.
The trick is to angle the boards from the rear so everything line up, make sure the GPIO pins are in place, and then snap everything into place. This method works for me but your mileage may vary.
You will know everything is lined up by looking at the rear IO ports, and the screw holes on the daughter board lines up with the case.
Secure the daughter board and Pi with the 4 short screws as shown (3 on the daughter board and 1 on the Pi).
These screws will now “anchor” the board into place.
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Comment from: bromf Visitor
Great review TK ! From what I have read elsewhere the plastic base ensures wifi connectivity
You can check the temps with… https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-find-out-raspberry-pi-gpu-and-arm-cpu-temperature-command/
Comment from: Member
Of course! For Wi-Fi. I am too focused in a complete shielding (and properly grounded) of the case, but in doing so will kill Wi-Fi as well. Be nice if they have an option for a metal bottom lid.
I believe the I need to install some packages for the fan to work. So far I think the passive cooling will do me good so will leave it for now.
I’m going to buy a second Argon one soon, will turn the fan on on the second one and then compare. Just looking for a seller with stock.
Also going to fire up the Pi and have a listen to see what needs tweaks work (or don’t). Stay tuned for a new article on that in the following weeks.