Here Is A $5 Fix To Cool Your Raspberry Pi 3

Written by Michael Larabel in Raspberry Pi on 9 March 2016 at 07:54 AM EST. 32 Comments
Over the past week of running benchmarks on the Raspberry Pi 3 we have seen how warm this new $35 quad-core ARM 64-bit developer board can get and it's significantly hotter than the Raspberry Pi 2.

Some have claimed their Raspberry Pi 3 SBCs even get hotter than 100C under load, but I haven't seen quite that extreme with my peak during monitoring being 80~90C. While raspi-config currently doesn't allow overclocking on the Raspberry Pi 3, if you were to OC this quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC you would certainly want at least a passive heatsink if not an active cooler.

Our friends at have seen the Raspberry Pi 3 get around 100C under load:

Ouch! But fortunately they do have a $5 USD passive heatsink they are selling that fits on the Raspberry Pi 3 as well as the Raspberry Pi 2.

That small passive heatsink is able to drop the SoC temperature almost in half. If you are interested in this $5 heatsink for the Raspberry Pi, you can find it at is also sending out an ODROID-C2 so I can run some hands-on comparison tests with it to deliver more data than my brief ODROID-C2 vs. Raspberry Pi 3 benchmarks. It should be fun especially as Pine 64 sent over one of their cheap 64-bit ARM SBCs.
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