Does anyone have any experience with connecting bigger fans to Arria 10 eval kits?
Finding a place for this PC is very awkward as it can be heard all the way down the hallway...
This is a safety and health issue...
You can try with those small external USB fan that you can easily purchase in computer retail shop to blow on the dev kit board FPGA device.
It should be more quiet, just that I am not sure how effective it will be. It also depends on how much FPGA core logic that your design consumed. The more logic it consumed, the hotter FPGA will get, hence a better cooling system is required.
It's not about money issue here.
The proven thermal cooling solution from Intel is the one that comes by default on the dev kit board.
if you are serious about considering alternative thermal solution, I would recommend below proper design practice.
- in depth thermal solution analysis is something that tied closely with user own Quartus design power consumption. It needs to come from user
- Intel highly advised user to analyze Arria 10 FPGA device power consumption via below EPE spreadsheet. You will know how much cooling effect is required once you analyzed your design power consumption accordingly
Like wise you can wait to see if other user besides Intel had conducted similar thermal analysis and can share their finding here.