Heatsinks for the new Pi-3B+


#1

Evening all,

Apologies if someone else has already asked this and it’s been answered, or if it’s just a daft question, but are there any thermal/electrical/height reasons not to stick a pimoroni supplied 6mm heatsink on the new Pi-3B+'s? (My poor old eyesight can’t tell if the little circle on the top-left of the SoC is a vent hole to allow gas expansion inside the heat spreader, or just a bit of paint for use as an orientation mark).

Cheers in advance for the help!

J :)


#2

I believe it’s a sticker:


#3

Poking a small object into the tiny tiny circle confirms it is indeed a hole, and gas expansion would be a logical reason for it to be there. I’d be wary of sticking a heatsink over it, I’ll see if I can find any details.


#4

Aha! I’m told it’s probably there to allow gas expansion during reflow, and once the CPU has been soldered on. That makes sense!


#5

Thanks for the replies chaps, much appreciated. :)