Any Mac Mini cooling stands out there?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lilsoccakid74, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    Still have not been able to find something to cool my mini down a little bit, besides one case that stands it on its side. Anyone using anything to keep your minis cool? IMO 75*C + is just too hot.

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    SMC Fan Control, I use it to set a new minimum fan speed works very well.
     
  3. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    If it were my mini, I would be more worried about finding out WHY it is running so hot, rather than looking for a "cooling stand" (whatever that is).
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    what year mini? is it reaching 75 c on easy net surfing or what?
     
  5. G4er? macrumors 6502a

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    Because Apple is obsessed with cramming components tighter and tighter into smaller and smaller cases?
     
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    What he said. My mini is almost always cool to the touch. Sometimes the top warms up a bit, but I'm not sure of the particular app or process causing it. I just do office work and web surfing, with hopefully a little music through my stereo once my Airport Express shows up.
     
  7. lilsoccakid74 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The computer is running hot because of 3D gaming. Late 2009 2.26ghz 4gb ram 160gb hd. I do use smc fan control, was just looking for something to help give it a little boost.
     
  8. lilsoccakid74 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would love for them to make a model that is at least twice as large. I believe a majority of people buy the mini as the "economy" computer. I dont buy it cause its mini, I buy it because 2500 dollars for a mac pro is just not practical. Just give me something twice as large for the same price and I would be a happy camper.
     
  9. Dorkington macrumors 6502a

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    I highly doubt any cooling stand will have an effect on the cpu temperature of a Mac Mini. I'd look into other methods, its possible that something needs to be changed internally.
     
  10. philipma1957, Jan 30, 2011
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    I have done a lot of mini testing. to aid in cooling externally large fans are needed. op says he does very heavy gaming so 75c can and will happen. handbrake can push a mini to 90c. been there done that.

    I have used 15 or twenty external fans and you can drop the internal temp 4 to 8c with correct fan use. one of the best fans was a 6 inch industrial fan runs ac I used a variable transformer and can run the fan with over 225 cfm of air . here is a link to it


    http://www.galco.com/scripts/cgiip.exe/wa/wcat/itemdtl.htm?pnum=W2S130-AA03-01-EBM

    just give it 90 volts ac instead of 120 it runs slow and quiet it will move a lot of air at 90 volts about 150cfm. i used to put in t7600 intel cpus on 2007 minis I used a lot of fans to control temps just in case the new cpu was over heating. buying one of these can cost under 25 dollars on ebay but you need an ac voltage transformer and you need build a case. if he gets over 90cfm tossed at the bottom of the mini it will help.


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    of course make sure the mini has been dusted internally
     
  11. G4er? macrumors 6502a

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    Apple could take the iMac guts and put them into a mid size case that is easy to get into and I would pay the same price without a monitor that Apple wants for the iMac.
     
  12. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Which Mini are we talking about? Pre 2010 or later 2010?

    Cause for the 2010 Mini, external cooling is useless as the bottom is sealed. No way for air to get in there.
    The only possible way to let it run cooler is to use a fan adjustment software.
     
  13. MacHamster68, Jan 31, 2011
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    it certainly will even standing the mini on its side will drop the temps by about 5 degree (the minis with white top) because at the bottom is the heatsink , which means the cooler the bottom the cooler the overall temp , also changing the heat compound after a couple years use helps too

    apple sells design , you want a clean design without holes and such things you find on ordinary pc's ...e.g. big heatsinks , then you have to put up with some design flaws that come with apples spirit of making things smaller and compacter then the rest of the industry

    all i want is a good eye pleasing design and OSX hmm forgot i have that already my eMac 1.42 's ok its fan has already the size of a new mini and the heatsink with heatpipe would not even fit inside a mini , but it does not overheat :D
     
  14. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    it is a 2009 op mentions it. it has intakes on the bottom the 7 inch fan I told him to buy will do exactly what he wants.
     
  15. philipma1957, Jan 31, 2011
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  16. lilsoccakid74 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences/info. I will def be looking into this as an option.

    Thank you all for the input!
     

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