We bought the VIM4 about a year ago and have been using it quite frequently. The board itself is great, but updates are infrequent and Linux support is still lacking but that’s to be expected from a completely new SBC and not our issue today.
We have already tried lots of other SBC’s but the VIM4 seems to be the optimal choice for our use case.
Our issue is that there’s still no official case which allows the official fan to be installed as well. The community tried to remedy this issue by creating own 3D printed options but all of those are mediocre at best. Also there’s a great case made by KKSB, which is great for some applications which don’t require as much power. Unfortunately it’s no help to us, we tried it and the temperatures are just not acceptable.
Then there’s the Edge 2, which lauched with a case out of the box.
Which is why we would like a answer on whether or not we are going to get a official case with fan support.
Agreed! I picked up the KKSB case and it’s slick but as you mentioned temps get a little too high without heatsink/fan. And I don’t like, nor have access to, 3d printers to try some of the random cases I’ve seen since launch.
Give us a case that can work with heatsink/fan and take our money already haha
I made a video about this. I replaced the thermal pad with copper shims and it is not overheating anymore.
I’ve been in contact with them and they told me they’d make a revision where the contact surface of the case comes a little closer to the soc so a thinner and better thermal pad can be used. They told me they’d send it to me when ready.
Thanks for the response. It’s great advice but we can’t run a business based on guesses. We might go that route, but honestly with the amount of effort required to get a VIM4 running for our use case we might go for other options. Since we need lots of more SBC’s.
Just a little extra info…Did what NicoD suggested, thermal paste on cpu > 1.5mm copper heatsink > thermal paste > 1.0mm copper heatsink > thermal paste (to hit the block on the case). Initially did two 1.5mm copper heatsinks but that was just a little too much…will update/confirm my results here in a bit (Doing a fresh install just to be safe).