Overheating and the resulting drop in performance and throughput has been one of the major drawbacks associated with using the Raspberry Pi. Several solutions have been developed to provide active or passive cooling solutions for it. One of the most recent solutions is the third generation of the PiRyte developed by Pod Bay 3.
The PiRyte is a Raspberry Pi add-on that provides ATX-style desktop PC power supply to be used as a power source for the Pi and a mounting space for a 40mm fan (to be provided by the user) which can be used for active cooling of the Pi. Describing the product on its Tindie page, Tom Tibbetts of Pod Bay 3 said,
This third-generation Desktop/Server ATX Power Supply Expansion Module and Soft Switch allows you to power your Raspberry Pi and add-on project boards using inexpensive desktop power supplies while keeping your Raspberry Pi cool with an off the shelf fan that you provide.
Some of the features of the HAT as listed on the Project’s Tindie page include;
- Uses inexpensive off the shelf ATX desktop supply. Works with 24 pin ATX connectors.
- Enables the operating system to perform a controlled shutdown and reboots to minimize disk file corruption.
- You can program the Mini ATX PSU-Cool so that it will automatically reboot after a power failure if it was previously turned on.
- Back powers the Raspberry Pi with a dedicated 5 VDC line.
- Compatible with common 40mm X 40mm fans with 4.2mm diameter mounting holes on 32mm centers.
- PCB is 1oz copper with ENIG finish.
- Uses high-quality Samtec and Molex connectors.
- Conforms to the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s HAT footprint.
- 40 Pin GPIO stacking header allows the use of other HAT conforming boards.
- I2C signals brought out so you can plug in external modules such as a real-time clock
- It comes as a DIY kit to keep costs low. Assembly required