Argon One Aluminum Multifunction Case V2 Stressberry Test

Disclaimer:

This guide is provided for information and as it is. Cytron Technologies will not be responsible for any damage or data lost during the installation process. Do backup your microSD card if you have any concern.

Hardware:

 

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First of all, why subject your Raspberry Pi to this level of stress? In the case of Raspberry Pi 4, the A72 CPU is so powerful that it can overheat if it doesn’t have enough cooling. This results with the CPU being governed (slowed down) to reduce the electrical energy being consumed, and in turn, reducing heat generation. The RPi 3B+ and predecessors could also overheat, however, it was less of a problem for the majority of use cases. A quick stress test, in this case, will reveal if your Raspberry Pi 4 can run at full CPU-load in its case/environment without overheating and not slowing down.

The goal of this tutorial is to create a chart which depicts:

  • A stabilization period at the beginning
  • A period of time for full-load CPU
  • View the CPU temperature
  • View the CPU speed (to witness if the CPU is being governed, or not)

There are a million ways to cool down your Raspberry Pi: Small heat sinks, specific cases, and some extreme DIY solutions. Stressberry is a package for testing the core temperature under different loads, and it produces nice plots which can easily be compared.

The run lets the CPU idle for a bit, then stresses it with maximum load for 30 minutes, and lets it cool down afterwards. The entire process takes around 45 minutes. The resulting data is displayed to a screen or, if specified, written to a PNG file.

 

 

Step 1: Enclosure installation steps

 

**Important: Please remove the Micro SD card first!

Connect Raspberry Pi to HDMI-Audio Expansion Board.

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Stick two Silicon Thermal Pad at the designated place on the case.

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Carefully connect Raspberry Pi GPIO to Power and Cooling Board.

Use shorter flat head screws to fasten Raspberry Pi and HDMI-Audio Board assembly to top case.

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Fix the bottom cover and use longer round head screws to fasten bottom cover and place rubber footings.

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The Raspberry Pi is now can be power ON. Do not forget to PRESS Power Button to turn ON.

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Installing Argon One Pi 4 Power Button & Fan Control:

1. Connect to the internet.
2. Open “Terminal” in Raspbian.
3. Type the text below in the “Terminal” to initiate installation of Argon ONE Pi 4 script

curl https://download.argon40.com/argon1.sh | bash

4. Reboot.

 

 

Step 2: Result for the stress test

I have overclocked and ran the stress test on the Argon One Case to observe how great the enclosure dissipates heat from the Raspberry Pi 4. The chart below shows the stressberry graph for the Argon One Case.

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From the chart, we can see that the Raspberry Pi can dissipate heat better with the case. From my observations:

Argon One Aluminum Multifunction Case V2– this type of enclosure applies both active and passive cooling mechanism. From the chart, it is obvious that this enclosure is super good at dissipating heat and keeping the raspberry pi temperature below 50 degrees Celsius with a fan ON. Not only that, this Argon One Case also good in dissipating heat even with fan OFF since the cover is made from Aluminum which is superb in absorbing and dissipating heat. It also comes with Power Button control, so you can just turn on and off you Raspberry Pi using the Power Button.

Overclock test – the Raspberry pi is overclocked to observe how far the clock frequency can be increased while maintaining the CPU temperature below 80 degree Celsius. The Raspberry Pi can be overclocked to maximum 2.1 GHz with this case.

 

Now you can see that enclosure for Raspberry Pi 4 is really important in dissipating the CPU heat. Interested in having this type of enclosure for your Raspberry Pi?

Let’s get the enclosure at our Cytron product webpage 😁.

 

 

Kindly refer this tutorial for the Stressberry test.

Stressberry Test on Raspberry Pi 4

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