Alfadaz wrote:Even then i have read on the forums that the Pi doesn't really get near its max operating temp.
I think it depends on what you're doing.
I've seen one 512MB Pi, in a case, overclocked to 1000/500/600/+4/+2, get up as high as 82.5C while running OpenELEC (scanning media library, etc.) - just 2.5 degrees off the thermal max temp.
However another identically overclocked 512MB Pi, using the same case, but running headless server duties, struggles to hit 60C when running at full chat.
So if you're not overclocked and/or not using the core/h264/gpu components you're unlikely to have temperature issues, but if you are overclocked and
using those additional SoC components then yes it is entirely possible to get close to (if not actually hit) the thermal max.
For what it's worth, I'd estimate a 5-6 degree rise in temperature after moving to a case. I bought a box of Enzotech BMR-C1 RAM heatsinks after noticing the increased temperatures, and also realising that the XBMC-running Pi might actually hit 85C without further assistance. So far they seem to be doing the job of preventing any thermal throttling by helping to reverse the 5 degree case-induced temperature increase. I didn't bother installing heatsinks on the headless server as they're not necessary.