Mac Mini Server with ATI video

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by thepanos, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. thepanos macrumors newbie

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    Is it possible to upgrade the video card on the server machine, or are we stuck with the Intel 3000 ?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The GPU is most likely soldered onto the logic board so upgrading or adding a GPU is impossible.
     
  3. srf4real macrumors 68040

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    Anyways you could probably cook toast and eggs on the top of it were it possible.
     
  4. Edge macrumors regular

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    The GPU is definitely soldered onto the logic board so upgrading the GPU is impossible.

    However, should an aftermarket Thunderbolt-based GPU appear (like the custom Sony Thunderbolt GPU dock) adding one will be possible.

    For the server model, the added GPU would be unnecessary, however I was disappointed to see no option for the Quad i7 with the 6630M. Heat is the most likely and logical explanation. The fan in the Mini already runs constantly at a minimum of 1800RPM, which I find noisy.
     
  5. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

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    Is that because of your HDD change? Or is it like that on an Apple drive too?
     
  6. kerplunknet macrumors regular

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    There are no temperature sensors on the drives anymore, so one can only assume that it is not related. Also, SSDs run cooler than HDDs, so that should have only helped the situation.
     
  7. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh I know that :), run SSDs in all my machines!

    It's just with all the fan temperature sensor problems with hard drive replacements on the 2011 iMac I was wondering if something similar was causing Edge's issue.
     
  8. thepanos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I share this sentiment.
     
  9. TA031 macrumors newbie

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    Because that tiny heat pipe cant conduct that much heat.
     
  10. Edge macrumors regular

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    SMC fan control indicates 1800rpm is the minimum fan speed set by Apple. To find out whether the fan is always on at idle, I'm going to reinstall the 500GB drive and unplug the DualDVI Adapter -> 30" Display to rule out the discrete 6630M GPU as the trigger for the fan being always on.
     
  11. NZed macrumors 65816

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    you mean the Sony LIGHT PEAK dock? Only Apple is aloud to call Light Peak Thunderbolt

    Your ears is very very sensitive!
     
  12. japtor macrumors regular

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    Intel owns the name, and Sony's implementation isn't Thunderbolt because it's not following the specification...such as not using the Thunderbolt connector.
     
  13. auth17 macrumors newbie

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    max resolution with 30" CD and new Mac mini

    Do you know if we can use the 2560x1600 resolution on 30" Cinema display with new mac mini from mini-display port adaptor ?
    Thanks
     
  14. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes


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  15. auth17 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks you !

    For that I just need to connect a mini-display/DVi adaptor on thunderbolt port ?
    Do you know if Apple expect to release this adaptor with thunderbolt ?
     
  16. nOw2 macrumors regular

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    Available here
     
  17. Edge macrumors regular

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    There are two types of mini-displayport adaptor; the passive type which costs USD$29 and will only display up to 1920x1200, and the active dual-link adaptor which costs USD$199 and outputs 2560x1600 when connected to a 30" Cinema Display or equivalent.
     
  18. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Sony's is called light peak because they followed the original concept which involved using fiberoptic cabling instead of using electical cabling.
     

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