52Pi brings extreme cooling and color to the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit with the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan
Buoyed by the success of its ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan for the Raspberry Pi, 52Pi has returned with a version for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano. If you are unfamiliar with the Developer Kit, then it is based on NVIDIA's Maxwell microarchitecture and packs a GPU with 128 CUDA cores capable of pushing up to 472 GFLOPS of performance. The board, which currently retails for US$99, comes with a pre-attached heatsink that passively cools its GPU that reportedly reaches 85 °C under sustained load.
While it remains unclear whether this threshold causes thermal throttling, the ICE Tower is on-hand for those who like to keep their systems running as coolly as possible. According to Seeedstudio, the ICE Tower will bring core temperatures down to between 45 and 47 °C, a drastic reduction from the level at which the Jetson Nano operates with its stock cooler. The fan is controllable via PWM and has a power rating of 0.5 W at 5 V/0.1 A. The cooler integrates a huge passive heatsink, through which 52Pi has placed two 5 mm copper tubes to dissipate heat.
If the ICE Tower is not your thing, then Seeedstudio also offers other cooling solutions like a comparably priced aluminium case for the Jetson Nano that includes two Wi-Fi antennas. There is also a US$9.90 version that has a small fan on the top of it, rather than within it as is the case with the more expensive version. The ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit ships globally for US$24.90 from SeeedStudio.