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Freezing A Raspberry Pi 4

Made by 314Reactor

About the project

It's summer time; so it's time to cool the new Raspberry Pi 4 in a crazy way!

Project info

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Estimated time:

2 hours

Published:

1st July 2019

Items used in this project


Hardware components

Pimoroni Micro Dot pHAT w/Red LEDs x 1
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B x 1

Story


Why??

First off do not try this at home – it may damage your Pi or cause things in your freezer to thaw if the door is left ajar in anyway. This is a joke experiment, do not replicate! I take no responsibility for damaged Pi’s.

Anyway – it’s summer time at the moment and I just got my new Raspberry Pi through with a case from Pimoroni – and it looks so nice:

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But even with the big new heat sink on it still gets pretty toasty – especially around summertime.

Last year I did an experiment with using cooking oil to cool a Pi – while not exactly practical it certainly did the job in cooling the Pi down a good 22 degrees or so compared to passive air while running Quake 3.

So this year I thought about how I could one up myself with an even more ridiculous experiment – putting the Pi in a freezer!

What I’m using:

How?

For this experiment I’m going to:

  • Run the Pi on air idle and get the temperature results – using the temperature script from my Oil-Cooled Raspberry Pi project.
  • Run 4 instances of the Pi calculation script from my Raspberry Pi: Old vs. New post alongside GLXGears for 30 mins and get the temperature results.
  • Put the Pi in my freezer and get the temperature on idle.
  • Run the above tests again for 30 minutes and see get the temperature results.

And here’s the freezer that will being doing its best to cool the Pi:

High-tech.

I put the Pi in the quick-freeze department:

Quick freeze.

Results

As in the video – you can see it cut the under-load temps down by about 30 degrees; which is pretty decent; however not really worth the effort.

For comparison, my Oil Cooled project dropped the load temps by about 22 degrees; so not the greatest improvement.

Here’s the results from the freezer vs air:

Conclusion

As I say; this is more of a joke experiment just to see how the temperatures would drop in the freezer – it’s not meant to be a practical cooling solution. So again, don’t try this, especially not with a brand new Pi!

While the cooling results were pretty impressive, dropping the load temps to below the air idle temps; it wouldn’t be possible to have this running all the time.

It does, however, make me think about those super sub-zero coolers I’ve seen people use on desktop PC’s when overclocking – like this:

And makes me wonder; just how cool could you get a Pi?

Stay cool and see you next time…

Credits


314Reactor

Technology loving nerd with a passion for trying to bring SciFi to life.


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