This adorable cooler for the Raspberry Pi supposedly drops temps by up to 40C

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Is your Raspberry Pi 4 running a little hotter than you'd like? The Raspberry Pi Foundation issued a firmware update in July that was supposed to lower temps and reduce throttling, but if you want kick things up a notch, check out the new Blink Blink ICE Tower.

Seeed Studio is accepting preorders for what's essentially the RGB version of its previous ICE Tower cooler. It runs $19.90 and, according to Seeed Studio, can reduce the temperature of a Raspberry Pi from 80C all the way down to 40C.

It's not entirely clear what specific scenario would yield a 40C drop—the only thing Seeed Studio mentions is seeing that kind of reduction when overclocking.

I did some digging and found a review of the non-RGB version when used with a Raspberry Pi 4. The review noted the Raspberry Pi 4 would idle at around 65C and ramp up to well above 80C under load without a cooler attached. With the ICE Tower, idle temps dropped to 37C and load temps hit 46.2C.

Those are impressive results, if accurate. The ICE Tower certainly looks stout—sort of like a smaller version of Cooler Master's Hyper 212 Evo, one of the best CPU coolers for a standard PC. The numbers are also roughly in line with what YouTuber ETA PRIME saw.

There are plenty of things you can do with a Raspberry Pi, such as building your own Steam box or a computer for your car. Of course, not every project requires or would benefit from using a cooler, and attaching a tower cooler limits your chassis selection.

Head to the product page on Seeed Studio to check it our and/or place a preorder. If you don't care about RGB lighting, the regular version is in stock, for the same price.

Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).