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The Raspberry Pi 5 is the most powerful single-board computer from Raspberry Pi to date. But it can be even more powerful if you overclock the computer’s BCM2712 quad-core ARM Cortex-A76 processor to run higher than the 2.4 GHz frequency it officially supports.

Of course, overclocking can increase the amount of heat generated, which can cause the credit card-sized computer to overheat and slow down. That’s where Seeed Studio’s Water Cooling Kit for the Raspberry Pi 5 comes in.

According to Seeed Studio, this kit provides enough cooling to keep the temperature of a Raspberry Pi 5 at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) while running at normal speeds, or 55 degrees Celsius (131 degrees Fahrenheit) when overclocked to 3 GHz.

The kit ain’t cheap though: at $120 it costs more than the computer itself. And it’s not particularly small either, you could fit several Raspberry Pi 5 computers in the footprint of the water cooling system.

But the kit provides much more cooling power than a typical passive heat sink or even spinning fan. That’s because it includes a water pump and spinning fan that connect to two silicone hoses attached to a radiator that you place atop the Raspberry Pi 5’s processor. This allows cool water to be moved toward the computer, while hot water is pulled away and cooled off before being recirculated.

Seeed Studio says the Water Cooling Kit can also be used with multiple Raspberry Pi 5 units simultaneously, allowing you to cool a whole cluster. But you’ll need to buy additional hoses and radiators, as the basic kit only comes with enough parts for a single Raspberry Pi 5.

This isn’t the first water cooler we’ve seen for a Raspberry Pi computer. Way back in 2013 we reported on a DIY “Wet Pi” liquid cooling system for the first-gen Raspberry Pi Model B.

via MiniMachines and Overclock3D

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  1. This looks like something that is going to get purchased by wannabe tech-Youtubers to display on their LED-illuminated Ikea Kallax shelf in the background.

  2. Seeed Studios is a horrible company that doesn’t back their hardware. I got one of their SBCs that was DOA and they wanted me to send it back. It costs the price of the SBC to return it to China. Now I have a $300 paper weight. Don’t buy from Seeed Studios.

    1. Here I was thinking the entire time that this product was a practical joke.

  3. Did anyone see how kinked the hose is in the picture featured in the article? How did that make it out to the public?

  4. A great way to one-up the other geeks in your posse. I’d call this mostly aesthetic. Maybe they know something about RPi5 overclocking that the rest of us don’t, though…