Different case for MacPro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sgunes, May 25, 2009.

  1. sgunes macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    This may sound like blasphemy here but I was wondering if anybody took a MacPro and put the parts in a different case.
    I have a Thermaltake Armor which has very good harddrive cooling and overall cooling and lets me put some 12 3 1/2 inch hard drives in it.
    Is the MacPro motherboard regular ATX or eATX? How difficult would it be to transplant all the innards to the new case and sell the MacPro aluminum case?
    Has anybody done that?
    I know that I can buy external HD cases... but that is not the question.
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    No, its not ATX and as far as cooling goes, the Mac Pro's about as well engineered as they come. You'd better off getting an eSATA card and a big external case just for all your extra SATA needs.
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Enjoy losing your proper airflow and overheating your components.

    Oh, and trashing the hardware with an inferior design.

    Buy an eight bay external case and deal with it.

    HERE: http://www.cineraid.com/nabspecial.htm

    It even looks proper.
  4. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Flamer thread in the making...

    Epic fail!

    Sorry I won't say as it's already been said to as why.

    Oh and I guess I can add something. You can always get a Drobo.
  5. sgunes thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    Looks like some people think it is blasphemous to even think about it.
    I cannot imagine that nobody ever put a MacPro in a different case.
    My case has 3 front intake 120mm fans and multiple 120 and 140mm top and rear exhaust fans. I have a bunch of HDs running 24x7 and did not have one fail on me in over 4 years.
    There is no magic pixie dust in the MacPro case.
    It a well engineered aluminum case but to think that nothing else comes close, you have to drink plenty of kool-aid.
    This was not supposed to be flame-bait.
    I really have better things to do than get Mac fanatics angry.
  6. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    My MacPro is awesome and silent...
  7. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Get a couple of eSATA cards and turn that other case into an external hard drive enclosure.
  8. filmweaver macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2008
    From a 40 year machinist's standpoint I love and appreciate the design and construction of the Mac Pro (2008) Alum case. I've never seen a case that even comes close to the quality of the Mac Pro's.
  9. seisend macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2009
    Switzerland, ZG
    Why do you want to change the case? I know Thermaltake has very nice cases with a good airflow. But I would never do that with a Mac Pro. The case concept fits perfect to the hardware. Well, fancooling isn't all ! The calculation, the more fans you have, the better airflow is totally wrong.Important is, that the cold air comes in and goes out on the other side well. This is what the Mac Pro does perfect ! I would ONLY TRY to change the mac pro case if you totally hate the design. Otherwise, you won't get better results with your thermaltake case, no matter if you have a harddrive cooling system ! I would rather try to get a Water cooling system in your mac .... :D .... ( You could push your mac in to a river, that will cool your mac pro perfect and your harddrives )..
  10. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    LOL... Thermaltake? Even in the PC modding world from whence I came Thermaltake is considered bottom rung. You are funny! :D

    Now, if you said a Lian-Li case, then I might take you seriously :p (well, maybe not!)

    Have you even looked closely at a Mac Pro case? How would you improve it?
  11. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Or, you could put all the drives outside the case and fill it with mineral oil.
  12. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    For a start the Mac Pro does not use a standard ATX motherboard (or any other standard), and is custom designed to fit into the case - try having a look yourself, and you'll see the logic board is a completely different shape. I doubt you could ever physically get one to fit in a PC case.

    The Mac Pro case is specifically designed to keep the hardware as cool and as quiet as possible - this doesn't always mean simply increasing the number of 120mm fans either. It's perfectly designed for the Mac Pro, and that is exactly what it's used for.

    Whilst your Thermaltake may have a massive number of fans in it, pushing high volumes of air to achieve cooling, it'll be noisy and won't have dedicated air "channels" - PCs operate by throwing air in the back, and sucking it out the front/top via any route. Mac Pros have dedicated channels for airflow, with a single fan serving a single "area" rather than the whole case.

    As for your hard drives not breaking, that's nothing to do with cooling. I've had a hard drive die within 3 days of running it.
  13. o2xygen macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    Wow he asked a question, and everyone just moaned and bitched. It might be in his best interests to build a external HDD enclosure but hes curious if anyone has tried it, and Im slightly curious as-well (Im not a fan of the fatness of the MacPro case, its heavy and has a huge rear).
  14. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    And a full tower is any smaller?
  15. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
    i doubt youll get a smaller case for such processing power, that wont be loud as hell or hot as hell
  16. voyagerd macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2002
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    I've heard of people using a Power Mac G5 / Mac Pro case for 3rd party components, but not the other way around.
  17. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    If you recall the research Google did with 100,000 commercial harddrives two years ago, you would know that the temperature (sans extreme temperatures) is not really an important factor for the longevity of any given harddrive.
  18. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    People who use G5 and Mac Pro cases for Hackintoshes go to great pains to fit relatively small PC boards into the Mac cases. They still have considerable cost to make all the case connections and replicate the functionality.

    Doing it the other way round sounds a really difficult proposal. Not only would you have to re-engineer all external connections, you also face the task of getting the huge logic bord with the proprietory lay out into the new case. That will probably necessitate changing all peripheral systems around.

    Have you had a look where the PSU sits in a Mac Pro and what kind of juice it pulls? I would rather go Hackintosh all the way but try this.
  19. Glen Quagmire macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    The rear of the case is the same size as the front of the case. Would you prefer a triangular computer? Or perhaps a cylindrical one?

    The Mac Pro is small in comparison to the two Lian Li full-sized towers I owned before switching to the Mac. It's quieter, looks much better (no blue LEDs - yay!) and has more or less than same expansion capabilities (alas, no floppy drive).

    Unfortunately, that Thermaltake case is ugly as sin. It may have better cooling, but it looks hideous.

    Incidentally, the Mac Pro motherboard is eATX, or thereabouts. I wouldn't put it past Apple to have a non-standard motherboard size, though.
  20. sgunes thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    That's the first good suggestion.
    If they do not decrease the MacPro prices (or give you the next faster CPU for the same price) soon, I may go for the hackintosh once I know which combination works best with 10.6.
  21. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    I've been thinking about putting my Mac Pro in an Antec Open Air case or building something similar to it.


    I don't care what form factor it supposed to be for nor what the Mac Pro is. A drill and a few stand-offs will remedy anything like that. :rolleyes:

    Also the Mac Pro case is NOT "an extremely well designed" case. It's fairly average and it's lacking in several areas. None of that is important to me tho - the Mac Pro case works fine and the lacking areas don't bother me nor are they detrimental to operations. I just wanna play around with a new and interesting case. And also I wanna play with different and bizarre looking CPU coolers. :D

    The only thing that looks at all troublesome to me are the rear fans. They socket directly into the motherboard. So I will have to make a socket plug to pull those leads external in order for SMC control of those two fans - if I want use of them. Other than that everything looks fairly straight forward to me.
  22. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    It's beyond me why someone would pay AUD$4000 or more for a Mac Pro and then hack it into some PC case. :eek:
  23. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    I paid $2600 for my 8-core Mac Pro. It's out of warrantee. And I'm board with nothing to do. Does that answer it 4 u?
  24. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    I have the coolermaster stacker, the original which was widely accepted as the best cooling case you could have.

    It is *NOT* better than the MP.

    The way the cooling in the MP works is quality.

    Changing it would simply be utterly stupid.

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