People kicking themselves for missing Argon EON (opens in new tab) Here’s another chance to hop on a DIY Raspberry Pi while it’s still on Kickstarter. (opens in new tab) Powering the NAS train, as reported by 52Pi revealed a mini-tower NAS kit. Relipting (opens in new tab).
However, the tower only accepts a single M.2 SSD (SATA, up to 2TB) connected via a USB bridge, so while the 3D printed case has more Pi than storage, the Raspberry Pi 4 teeth (opens in new tab) The board itself is cooled by an ICE Tower HSF cooler. This looks like something to put on his one of the best CPUs for gaming. (opens in new tab) Not a quad-core Arm chip.
The case comes with transparent side panels so you can watch the cooling fans in action. And a 0.96-inch 128 x 64 I2C OLED lets you see important information like how well you’re keeping your processor cool. There are slots on the side to access the HDMI and USB Type-C power ports, but cable management is otherwise neat and tidy. The Ethernet port faces the front of the case, rather than being deliberately angled towards the back.
This has the advantage of at least making it easier to connect USB peripherals, but it means the ethernet cable may stick out the front of your PC. Although not included in the kit, it comes with a right-angle GPIO extender so you can attach a ribbon cable that can reach your Raspberry Pi HAT-based electronic project.
The kit is available with or without the actual Raspberry Pi board, but the two options available on AliExpress are for 4GB and 8GB models, given how difficult it has been to track down such boards these days. Looks almost like a bargain, given (opens in new tab).
Despite being billed as a NAS kit, the 52Pi minitower could be better at turning your Pi into a workable desktop computer. Cooling means overclocking. (opens in new tab) It should be easy, and the presence of an SSD should help with boot times and general responsiveness.It’s a really nice case, a cooler combination to look at, and the imperfections in its design make it excruciating. Amazon (opens in new tab) as a barebones unit, or AliExpress (opens in new tab) If you want a Pi board bundle.