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Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« on: September 24, 2008, 09:38:56 AM »
Hi all

I am building a panel for a digitizer conversion

Do I have to place the drives on a heat sink or can I just bolt them to the chassis plate of the panel and then have a fan blowing cool air over them ?

Thanks

Flash Gordon
Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008, 10:15:22 AM »
Flash,
     I looked on E-Bay, and found inexpensive ($10 each) Pentium/AMD CPU heat sink/fan assemblies.  They keep the Geckos nice and cool, and take up very little space.

Regards,
Ray L.
Regards,
Ray L.
Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008, 11:36:49 AM »
Hi Ray

Thanks for the reply. E-bay is out for me as I live in South Africa and as far as I know Paypal does not accept our credit cards something to do with fraud.
I already have a 220v electrical cabinet fan. Would this be enough to keep the drives cool.

Regards

Scott

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Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2008, 05:03:11 PM »
Should be fine bolted to the chasis.  The G202 that I have on my mill just fix to a plate on the side of my computer, no fans but then again Scotland is not exactly known for its heatwaves ;D

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Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2008, 07:42:05 PM »
FLASH GORDON,
Adding some heat transfer material before you mount the drives to a plate will help take away heat. Can buy from any electronics source or even a small tube from Radio shack will do if there is one around you neck of the woods.
RICH
Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008, 08:42:28 PM »
Hi Ray

Thanks for the reply. E-bay is out for me as I live in South Africa and as far as I know Paypal does not accept our credit cards something to do with fraud.
I already have a 220v electrical cabinet fan. Would this be enough to keep the drives cool.

Regards

Scott

I ran mine for several weeks with the Geckos bolted to a 3/8" thick aluminum plate.  No forced airflow at all.  They were quite happy like that.  So, bolted to your case, with some airflow, I suspect you'll be just fine.  Get some silicone heat-sink grease, and coat the bottom of the Gecko, so it has good heat transfer to the case.

Regards,
Ray L.
Regards,
Ray L.
Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2008, 07:24:21 AM »
Hey HOOD,
Just curious....what is this board ?
Thanks,
RC

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Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2008, 07:35:04 AM »
I-Pac keyboard emulator.

Hood
Re: Heat Sink for Gecko 340 Drives
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008, 07:49:39 AM »
Thanks Hood,
RC