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    Which Custom Car Computer System for this usage...

    Hello all. I'd like some feedback on which car computer systems sold here are best suited for hot environments.

    I'll be using the system in auto racing where the in-car temp can reach 115 F. I've been using a mounted laptop with lots of issues (not surprising). I see that the car computer systems sold here consistently say they are rated for 55 C (131 F).

    Are any of them better suited for this? Are any of them not? Should I be avoiding the fanless systems?


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    Hi haskett,

    Any of our custom car computer packages should work well in this application, even at 115 F. The Intel boards with heat sinks and fans (GCLF2D) might be a wiser choice, as moving air could help keep the temperature lower than non circulating air. One thing we've experienced (and something to avoid) is that mounting computers in the direct sunlight can increase the internal temperature of the unit beyond the 131 F temperature very quickly, even if the in car temperature is below 115 F. Normally this isn't an issue in an automotive install (i.e. install behind dash, under seat, etc.), but be sure the panel where you mount the computer doesn't have it's own heat source (i.e. engine, exhaust, etc.).

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

    Have a product you would like to sell on the mp3Car Store? PM me for more information.

    Have a car computer question? Ask me by emailing the store.

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