Description

About as tiny as a PC can get, Raspberry Pi 3 loaded with RetroPie. I am getting this for my sister as a xmas gift this year and I think she will love it. When we were kids we used to own some of the old consoles and we played it a lot then. Couple years ago our original SNES bit the dust so I wanted to bring back its joy. I know she already has a PS4 so she can use those controllers with this box just fine. Just to show scale of size I added a couple pics of it next to my wrist watch to compare.

I decided on getting a case that had a built on fan for it. Technically the raspberry pi doesn't need heat sinks on its chips and doesn't need a fan but I feel safer with it on. I plugged the fan into the 3.3v line instead of 5v line so the fan would make virtually no noise and I should not have to worry about this overheating at all. The 32gb micro SD card is plenty of room for my game library for consoles before the PS1. It has built on wifi and bluetooth with 4x USB 2.0 ports and HDMI out.

I would have made a thanksgiving joke with this build if I were in the US but I am in Canada and ours was back in october. I know the US has theirs in 3 days from the time I am posting the build.

Part Reviews

Custom

Super cheap all in one PC, has a quad core CPU, built in wifi and bluetooth.

Custom

Comes with added cooling to add to a raspberry pi with heat sinks and added fan that is positioned right above CPU heat sink for cooling. The 4 bolts that hold the fan in place had a 5th bolt and nut in the bag incase if you lost one. The USB power adapter has a built on switch since you turn a R-Pi on and off by plugging in power so with the switch you save the life of the port on the Pi. Super cheap price for what you get and the fan is virtually silent when powered at 3.3v and still much quieter than an intel stock cooler at 5v.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 9 points

Fps in Tomb Raider Max settings?

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

8k max settings has never dipped below 1000 fps. This thing blows any "high-end" system out of the water.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Did not think any less. Perhaps know how bitcoin fares?

  • 23 months ago
  • 6 points

Can it run crysis

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Being that this runs Tomb Raider at max settings at 8k, this can run crysis at max settings at 8k with about 750 fps. No issue at all.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an older Raspberry Pi and that thing definitely got warm, especially inside a case.

Nice work! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Well from my research this can get warm but not hot enough to damage itself. I just wanted the heatsink and fan as a reassurance that it will never overheat.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

protection from the SNES death curse :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait... Wait wait wait.........! Is this what I think this is!? Does this box replace every important console pre 1998?!?!?! Or just the SNES?.... Either way I need me one of these!

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

it's a computer, you can emulate whatever you want on it as long as it isn't too demanding

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I found you can emulate up to PS1 on it but N64 doesn't like to load for me, still troubleshooting and PS1 has a few odd audio glitches I need to work out. All other emulators I have tried work perfectly.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like to thank you for enlightening my soul.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

You can also get a nespi case from retroflag to make it look like a nes classic. http://retroflag.com/

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Good call on the fan. I have a similar setup and the Pi definitely could use the fan. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add a transistor and then control fan speed with a script. I have some instructions from my experience here

http://specterindustries.blogspot.com/2017/01/taken-by-strange-mood-part-4.html?m=1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of controller do you use?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

As it is going to be a xmas gift for my sister I know she already has PS4 controllers so she will be using those. I got my own PS3 controllers I use with my HTPC but it requires you to replace the bluetooth driver so it ONLY works with PS3 controllers so I am not adding that to this. I have been using an old USB controller for setting it all up.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

can it do quad sli and crossfire at the same time?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely unique that you have a raspberry pi system, I've always wanted one to use as a chromecast sort of thing for my TV, but I haven't got around to it, and spending $50+ for a system as of now is not a possibility for me, anyways, awesome build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the only game this thing can't handle is minesweeper.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

And any other game older than the gamecube

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to give an update this was a really big hit for xmas. I had it loaded with over 2700 different games for various consoles and the kodi plugin added into retropie. Worked flawlessly with her PS4 controllers and the kids were on it for hours christmas day.