How scratch resistant is nMP casing?

glas0203

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Just from putting the nMP back in the box in the styrofoam I can see minor scratches/marks that won't come off with a microfiber cloth. Either they were there prior or the styrofoam was the cause. Curious in anyone else noticed this.
 

CH12671

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Just from putting the nMP back in the box in the styrofoam I can see minor scratches/marks that won't come off with a microfiber cloth. Either they were there prior or the styrofoam was the cause. Curious in anyone else noticed this.
I was worried that it looked susceptible to scratches...

I think a sleeve of some sort might be in order. Something to knock the shine off of that thing, while also protecting it from scratches. Could just be real thin cloth....nothing that would have insulating properties per se.
 

glas0203

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I was worried that it looked susceptible to scratches...

I think a sleeve of some sort might be in order. Something to knock the shine off of that thing, while also protecting it from scratches. Could just be real thin cloth....nothing that would have insulating properties per se.
I'm sure in a couple months we'll know if this is normal
 

prowlmedia

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Um. Just don't scratch it. What do you people do on your desks?!!?

It's not a phone. It's not going in your pocket with your keys.

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I'm sure in a couple months we'll know if this is normal
...and seriously are you talking about a tea cosy for a MacPro?



I am shaking my head at you very slowly at the moment :)
 

glas0203

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Haha nice! Well I haven't even set I on my desk. I just out in back in the box but I always seem to want to take it out and look at it since it's so nice looking! Remodeling so I holding back to setup until everything is done in a few weeks.
 

wheelhot

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won't run without cover on.

would be kinda cool if someone came up with a clear cover to replace the black one. (the insides are so frigging beautiful!)
For this to happen, it'll depend on how Apple does their thermal flow.

Option A:
If the Aluminium casing is used to dissipate heat, and unless you can find a transparent aluminium or copper, then you'll be looking for trouble.

Option B:
If the thermal core + fan is able to control the temperature within the operating temperature then you'll be able to use a clear plastic/perspex to replace the aluminium casing.

Oh and it's possible to trick the nMP to run without its cover on but from Apple nMP marketing campaign, it needs to have an enclosed cover for the cooling system to work properly

Anyone willing to attach a thermal sensor to their nMP casing? :D
 

glas0203

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All I did was put it back in the box in the styrofoam. So either it came like that or the rubbing of the styrofoam made the scuffs.
 

AidenShaw

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Anyone willing to attach a thermal sensor to their nMP casing? :D
Just point one of these at it:


Instant readout of the temperature of about anything you point it at. (A front surface mirror will read the temperature of whatever is reflected in the mirror. A rear surface mirror will read the temperature of the mirror glass itself. Highly polished metal behaves like a front-surface mirror.)

I keep one of these in the office for measuring computer inlet/outlet temperatures and the HVAC outputs. Have one at home for all kinds of things (how hot is the tap water, is that red wine at the perfect serving temperature of 15°, is the oven thermostat accurate,...).

If you really want to be cool, get one of these guys:

 
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AidenShaw

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Option A:
If the Aluminium casing is used to dissipate heat, and unless you can find a transparent aluminium or copper, then you'll be looking for trouble.
My guess would be that any convection cooling from the outside of the tube is completely irrelevant compared to the forced air cooling inside the tube.

The case is warmed by air that's already picked up heat from other components - there don't seem to be any heat couplers from the chassis to the case. That hot air is on its way to the exhaust.
 

CouponPages

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Every Mac Pro I've seen so far seemed to be almost dull in appearance, with virtually no shine whatsoever.

I think it's because everyone wants to touch it to see how cool it is, and to try to feel the fan inside. I didn't see any scratches, but the fingerprints were literally over every inch.

Speaking of touching it. There's something eerie about touching one. It's made of metal, so your instinct tells you it should feel either cold... or hot, but it's kinda lukewarm, which is a temperature your body is not accustomed to feeling in a metal.
 

lemonade-maker

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Every Mac Pro I've seen so far seemed to be almost dull in appearance, with virtually no shine whatsoever.

I think it's because everyone wants to touch it to see how cool it is, and to try to feel the fan inside. I didn't see any scratches, but the fingerprints were literally over every inch.

Speaking of touching it. There's something eerie about touching one. It's made of metal, so your instinct tells you it should feel either cold... or hot, but it's kinda lukewarm, which is a temperature your body is not accustomed to feeling in a metal.
Huh? It's a computer. Use it, no need to touch it.
 

ScottishCaptain

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So let me get this straight... Apple takes a **** on you, as a consumer, by using the cheapest materials they can find to manufacture your computer...

And your solution to this problem is to wrap the computer up in some sort of scratch resistant coating? When did Apple manufacturing products that easily chip, ding, dent, and show signs of wear at the slightest provocation become the norm?

-SC
 

Rogifan

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So let me get this straight... Apple takes a **** on you, as a consumer, by using the cheapest materials they can find to manufacture your computer...

And your solution to this problem is to wrap the computer up in some sort of scratch resistant coating? When did Apple manufacturing products that easily chip, ding, dent, and show signs of wear at the slightest provocation become the norm?

-SC
Hmm..I'd love to see some pictures of these alleged scratches. I've owned several iPads and have an iPhone 5 and none of them had/have scratches. My iPhone 5 is in a case, but not my iPads.
 

glas0203

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Hmm..I'd love to see some pictures of these alleged scratches. I've owned several iPads and have an iPhone 5 and none of them had/have scratches. My iPhone 5 is in a case, but not my iPads.
Again, they are scuffs. Can't feel them with your fingers or nails, but are visible when the light hits a certain way.
 

Jiten

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Relax. One day your nMP will be outdated and you will buy another Mac to replace that tin can - by then you will not give a hoot if it is scuffed or not. Then again, its because of folks like you, I can get a second hand mac that has been meticulously maintained by the previous owner.
 

wonderspark

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It's all part of the big conspiracy (didn't you hear? :p) to make you buy a new one every year or two. They scuff like the iPhones and iPods did, and now that you're trained to replace *those* every year, your mind will not think twice about replacing nMPs as soon as the scuffs reach a certain level of annoyance.