Argon ONE M.2 Case (CE07434)

Apologies, total RPi newbie here (just got a RPi 4 8GB for Xmas!) and so looking for a case and this looked good, but just need to ask a few questions:


  1. I assume you can still access the microSD slot with this case? Or do you have to remove the cover to gain access?


  2. Interested in the performance/speed differences between using a well-suited microSD card and an M.2 SATA SSD with this case. The fact that it’s not a native connection and routed through USB 3.0 concerns me that it’d be just as easy to find a great microSD card because of (possibly a lot of comparative) added latency?


  3. Any links that people have found on microSD speed/performance comparisons and any other possible solutions like this case that offer an alternative to microSD?


  4. The “Built-in IR support”, is that apart of the Argon ONE M.2 case? Or is that native to RPi? Also interested in acquiring the mentioned ‘Argon ONE Remote’ but couldn’t find it on the store.



    Thanks guys for any help :wink:

a few links that may help …below… and yes this is an excellent choice of case for the rpi-4 i would recommend it to any new user .

welcome to core forum…
1: i don’t see the M-2 hdd can be accessed without taking the case open

2: i found the m-2 to be much faster than any sd-card
…i had my m-2 running long before core started to sell the argon m-2 case.
if you use a high speed ssd then i`m shore you will be way ahead of any sd-card even using usb 3
i found my wd-green much faster than my sandisk ultra thumb sticks or ultra sd-cards…

3: see 2
4: the remote control or infra red is a grey area not much is known i suggest you drop an email to the guy`s at argon.

https://www.argon40.com/argon-one-m-2-case-for-raspberry-pi-4.html

i like the full size hdmi outputs,very nice…very biasing,
to setup the fan trip temperature points you can use this via a command prompt as root user…
argonone-config
or you can edit the argononed.conf file in the /etc directory manually

also look here if your unsure about the fan setup and testing it out

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Thanks mate.

Yeh regarding 1. microSD card access, I know it’s an M.2 case, but it’d seem silly that it still doesn’t accommodate quick access to the traditional storage slot.

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this is interesting to note the standard argon40 rpi-4 case has a indented boss for the sd-card slot yet i cannot seem to tell this as yet on the m-2 argon40 case…yes i thought it odd myself …i did blow up the pics as much as the site allows

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Thanks @brian86770, some great tips there :wink:

Is it possible to ya reckon to run multiple partitions/boots off of an M.2 SATA SSD over USB 3.0?
The idea being that I essentially just keep a 16GB or so microSD with NOOBS on it in the slot and then basically run my various boots (one of Raspberry Pi OS, one of some other Linux distro, one of RetroPie etc.) off of the SSD?

I actually watched ETA PRIME’s video review today which answered a couple of things for me:

Is This The Best Raspberry Pi 4 Case? The New Argon One M.2 - Review

At 2:57 he talks about the “Built-in IR support” briefly but hasn’t got a remote to test it out.

At 5:53 he confirms what we suspected - the microSD is inaccessible with the bottom plastic casing on :upside_down_face:
I think I’ll just try and modify if needed when I buy one. Looks the goods eh :+1:

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from mem i am shore you can dual boot either on your sd-card or ssd … i don’t know if core have a tutorial for it
but post on the official raspberry forum…
im shore there is a thread for it and how to do it…
here is a link…
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/
just use the search tool firstly
as for using the sd-card as a boot loader …i had suggested and wrote a thread about it in a fashion using the spi bus and a memory chip… if your a good coder you could code it using petitboot onto the sd-card… but you most likely need a custom kernel…or a rewritten one …
but have not had time to go into the idea of using the sd-card as a secondary boot-loader for the m2 drive…really u need a grub loader on the sd card… but i am not an expert coder…
some links…

i would say if he had a remote for it …it would only replicate the power button switch

put another idea through to add a cd/dvd and extra usb-3 hub to the bottom of the m-2 to core via there messenger online…dont know if argon will do anything though…if it makes their r&d…prolly in the works though…no doubt

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have a look at this thread regarding the remote for the argon case

@Lahmy88

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here is the boot-loader page official rpi-4 below …
my apology`s
if i forgot to add it earlier…very handy page…if you need to update the loader …and or modify it…

further thought was to just install a pre programed usd card physically permitting…you may need to modd the case, before assembly of the case.
it will boot from the sd-card by default…
no need to update the loader as this would give the sd-card priority boot and the ssd as storage…out of the box…

this case really pushes my buttons with its full sized hdmi ports…
It has done it 4 me however the price range on these cases seems a little out of a few hobbyist`s pocket
the nano sound is value 4 money why no m-2 variant on that it is a perfect candidate,4 the job …

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i would liket o know with the Argon One m.2 case, does this item come with a power cord?

What type of power cord wowuld i need?

welcome…
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no it does not come with a power cord…it uses the original raspberry pi-4 power pack which is extra…
nor does it come with the rpi-board…it is an enhanced case allowing for better options and or faster media…
the sd-card is not accessible unless you take the case apart…after assembly…

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Hi Jeremiah,

Brian is right, they don’t include a cable for power, and access to the SD-Card in the Argon One M.2 specifically is blocked once it’s assembled. You’ll want something with a USB-C connection for your Pi as if you were using it normally without the case such as this:

Please let us know if you have any further questions, all the best with your new case!

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One other question that i have is with the M.2
Does it accept both SATA and/or NVME?

it does not support nvme as far as i know only nand m-2 drives from mem…check the argon site it`s self
for the key type of the drive it should be on the core site somewhere in the specs on the original advert in the core shop site/pages…wd green is what i used…

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Hi Jeremiah,

Looks like it’s SATA only, I’ve attached a snippet from the product page below.

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What a great little box. (arrived yesterday)
All cables at rear of case, top of case acts as a passive hear sink, boots from M.2 SSD.

Highly recommend this product.

Would be nice if IR worked with any remote, yet to test that function.
Don’t want to buy Argon remote when I have a few that should do what I want. We will see.

Regards
Jim

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Great case, but the fan is a little too loud. I’ve sourced a fan with a higher cfm and a lower noise rating (MC035492, 3.7CFM, 15.7DBA), I have a couple of questions about installing it:

  • It’s lower profile, so the same screws can’t be used. What are the specs of the fan screws so I can order shorter ones?
  • What is the name/spec of the connector, so that I can install a new one on the new fan wiring?
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Hey Travis,

Re the fan screws, you’re probably best off just measuring them. I remembered seeing a good post on here a while ago from one of the Core guys about bolts and managed to chase it down:

As for the connector, there’s a pretty good article on identifying connectors here:

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6mm thickness, but the spec sheet says 6.5mm. If there are already screws for the existing fan, measure the mount hole depth and add to the width of the fan. For the actual width of the fan, it is better to measure with a ruler, just to be sure.

Looks like a JST PH2, from the link Oliver posted. Attaching an image from this link.

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Hey G177630 and Travis,

You’re exactly right, it’s JST-PH2 I’ve got a couple of these cases I’ve been using in my OctoPrint setups, so compared to the noisy servos the fan noise has never been much of an issue for me.

You can switch it out to a quieter fan of a similar profile with the same voltage rating. Although depending on what you’re using it for, you may be able to change the temperature activation settings for it and just rely on the passive cooling of the aluminium case instead, in order to keep the Pi from getting too hot, I do find that it does work quite well, particularly with some well placed thermal tape on your ICs.

Raspberry Pi OS Fan Control - Embedded Computing Design).

Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!

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needs a noctura fan 40X40X10mm ultra quiet fan modd physically
fan tripp points in config file adjusted accordingly if required will cool up to 30-50% better quiter and allow higher clocking of cpu

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