Raspberry Pi4 is an extraordinary device, this SBC is so small that its application is vast. From home automation, miniature camcorder, AI assistant, arcade box, media box, motion capture, and more. On my end, I normally use it as a media box and a centralized PC monitoring across my multiple PCs at home (see my implementation on premetheus & grafana on raspi – HERE).
I was looking for a case for my raspi4 – my main requirement was simple, it should look cool and should be durable. All other features are just a want rather than a need for me.
From searching lazada and shopee for days, found a case that really looks cool – “Argon ONE M.2. Case“, aside from looking cool it has a bunch of features :
- Cooling fan
- Power button
- 2 full-sized HDMI
- GPIO pins are accessible on the top of the case
- M.2 SATA SSD Compatible
First, if you are interested in this case – I advise you to use the M.2 SATA SSD as your OS disk. You will be surprised by the performance of M.2 SATA SSD compared to an SD card. Installation was surprisingly easy, I installed the OS on a normal SD Card and used the raspbian OS SD card copier app to copy the SD card to the M.2 SSD. Once the copy is completed just remove your SD card and it should boot into your M.2. SSD.
Now, in terms of temperature, my raspi4 is around 43-48 °C – getting 2-4 °C less compared to a bare raspi4. Per my experience on using the argon case – the fan will not kick in until 55 °C and the chase gets a bit hot. I had to manually change the fan config to be triggered at 45 °C. Below are the steps:
curl https://download.argon40.com/argon1.sh | bash
I also created a simple code to track the temperature of your raspi4, see my other blog post here.
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