Anybody kicking themselves that they missed out on the Argon EON (opens in new tab) whereas it was nonetheless in Kickstarter has one other likelihood to leap aboard the DIY Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab) powered NAS prepare, as 52Pi has revealed a mini tower NAS package, as reported by Liliputing (opens in new tab).
There’s extra Pi than storage within the 3D printed case, nonetheless, because the tower solely accepts a single M.2 SSD (SATA, as much as 2TB), linked by way of a USB bridge, whereas the Raspberry Pi 4 (opens in new tab) board itself is cooled by an ICE Tower HSF cooler, which seems to be like one thing that ought to be on high of one of many greatest CPUs for gaming (opens in new tab) moderately than a quad-core Arm chip.
The case comes with clear side-panels so you possibly can admire the cooling fan in motion, in addition to a 0.96-inch 128 x 64 I2C OLED for very important data resembling how low it’s protecting the processor temperature. There is a slot within the facet for entry to the HDMI and USB Sort-C energy ports, however in any other case cable administration is neat and tidy, although the board is seated in what some will little doubt contemplate to be the mistaken place, with its USB and Ethernet ports dealing with the entrance of the case moderately than being discreetly angled towards the again.
This does at the very least take pleasure in permitting USB peripherals to be plugged in additional simply, however means you can find yourself with an Ethernet cable protruding the entrance of your PC. A right-angled GPIO extender is provided, permitting you to connect a ribbon cable that may attain out to your Raspberry Pi HAT based mostly electronics tasks, although one isn’t included within the package.
The package is offered with or with out an precise Raspberry Pi board, however the two choices accessible on AliExpress are for 4GB and 8GB fashions and virtually appear to be bargains given how laborious such boards have been to monitor down lately (opens in new tab).
Regardless of being billed as a NAS package, the 52Pi mini tower could also be higher at turning the Pi right into a workable desktop laptop – all that cooling means overclocking (opens in new tab) ought to be straightforward, and the presence of the SSD ought to assist with boot instances and basic responsiveness. It’s a very nice case and cooler combo that deserves to be seen, which makes the imperfections in its design more durable to bear. The case is offered from Amazon (opens in new tab) as a barebones unit, or AliExpress (opens in new tab) should you want a Pi board bundle.