The Raspberry Pi is a very cheap single board computer, with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B costing just $35. However, you need a number of other parts in order for it to function as a PC, including cables, keyboard, mouse, storage, and a case.
The case certainly isn't mandatory, but the Pi 3 can run quite hot thanks to the BCM2837 system-on-chip it uses. So a case with cooling could be a wise investment, and as spotted by FanlessTech, that's exactly what Akasa is offering with its new Pi Aluminum Case.
The case is compatible with all versions of the Raspberry Pi Model B, but also the Asus Tinker Board. It offers full input/output support as well as having openings designed for GPIO, camera, and display connectors. There's also support for fitting an external antenna to allow a stronger Wi-Fi connection.
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It's the thermal solution where the Akasa case shines, though. The thermal kit consists of seven parts including two thermal modules and five thermal gap fillers. Once attached to the Pi, they draw heat away from the board and disperse it across the anodized aluminum case. So you'll have a warm case rather than a hot Pi and without any additional noise.
Akasa is actually offering two new Pi/Tinker Board cases. There's a more basic aluminum case without a thermal kit which is already available for $22.99. The Pi Aluminum Case with thermal kit isn't yet available in the US, but should be less than $30 (based on pricing in the UK) when stock becomes available.
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