The D.I.Y cooling system of my hybrid Mac Pro 2010 (12 cores)

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  1. solaris8x86, Jun 27, 2011
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    solaris8x86 macrumors member

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    Today, my Mac Pro 2010 has been upgraded as the follows:

    It is now with a front dust filter and 4 wheels. So it can be moved around the apartment more easily and sucking less dust. It is as heavy as a tank, you know...:D

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    It is now also with additional 3 x fans for the HDDs and PCIe compartment. Each of it has 10,000rpm which is 7.14 times extra-stronger than the original build-in fans (just 1,400rpm). The temperature of the hard drives has dropped sharply from 42'c to 34'c degree :D (hahhahaha, really cool. But a bit noisy. Not recommend if you place your Mac in your bed room).

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    1 x fan deployed under the HDD Bay-1 (front) to suck-in fresh air from the outside, like a RAM-Jet engine of the combat aircraft; and 2 more fans deployed under the HDD Bay 3 & 4. Which are used to cool down the both hard drives and the Areca RAID Controller. The whole compartment is now a Jet-stream tunnel. Note that I installed an additional black color dust-sink on top of each fan to protect the cable/wire; or my fingers not accidentally to be sucked it when the cover is open:D. They are 10,000rpm after all.;)

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    The stand of the fan is self-make. The cost of materials of this DIY solution used:
    • L angle metal stand (3 pairs) = USD$1.54
    • 3.0' inch 10,000rpm fan x 3 = USD$19.26
    • 3.0' black color dust filter x 3 = USD$3.47

    The constant temperature of the hard drives during normal operation has dropped -8'c degree totally. Their life time should be prolonged now:D.
    I recommend this solution to those whose live in South Pacific, South Arica or South America during extra-hot summer.

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  2. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    What are those enclosures that in the background?
     
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  4. solaris8x86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Enterprise Grade HDDs x 4 for per RAID-5 disk group.
    http://www.stardom.com.tw
     
  5. wa5655 macrumors member

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    How are the fans been powered? Are those 80mm or 92mm fans? thanks.
     
  6. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    Why do you wheel your computer around?

    Apple have these new portable computers coming soon, they're going to call them "laptops". I hear they'll be all the rage when they come out around 2002.
     
  7. solaris8x86, Jun 27, 2011
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    I made a "Y" power cord (that black-thin heat proof cable with the yellow head) and split off the SATA power port from the BD-ROM compartment. The power cord just gets behind the Backplane board and get out from the HDD Bay-1 beautifully. They are 3' inch fans (80mm at 10,000rpm).


    It is too heavy. I can't move it. I am so weak. So having these wheels are much more safely when I move it from Room-A to Room-B. Or from Room-B to the bath room.:D :D :D



    The wheel set for Mac Pro is here (outstanding, it comes with a hand-brake lever):D:

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  8. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    My point was, why do you want to move a workstation around? Workstations are designed to be taken out of the box, sat on the ground and never moved.

    Rolling it around is asking for a trashed hard-drive, loose CPU heatsinks, etc.
     
  9. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

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    The whole reason for the handles on the top of the Mac Pro/PowerMac G5, G4, G3 enclosures was to make it easier for them to be moved around. Steve Jobs has spoken about that in more than one keynote.

    I really don't see how a workstation being gently rolled around on those is going to lead to the problems you're talking about. It's not like it is being shaken.
     
  10. solaris8x86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Don't you understand. The era has changed. Mac Pro is not only for work but also for play, as a toy after the office hour. Like a horse. So I ride on it sometimes. :D:D:D:D:D
     
  11. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    I suppose this is fine if you can put up with the additional noise. But if you're working in an environment (like sound mixing) where extraneous system noise is a bad thing, well...

    Personally, I would have found a way to put the dust filter behind the front panel instead in front of it. But that's simply from an aesthetics point of view.

    But I do like how you did the casters on the bottom. Not something I would necessarily do, but it's very clean.

    Point taken, but when you take a Mac Pro and fill it to the brim with hardware, you're looking at a machine that weighs 50-55 lbs and the edges of those handles, while not sharp enough to cut you, dig into your hands rather uncomfortably. For that reason, I lift my Mac Pro from the bottom when I have to move it.
     
  12. woodbine macrumors regular

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    why not this?

    I have dust...everywhere....seems the universe is one giant dust bowl and a fair old % ends up in my computer room....:rolleyes:
    But I'd rather go for a clean-air box, that way I get clean-air to breathe, less allergies, less sneezes and a clean computer insides.
    I must dust my innards at least once every two months.
     
  13. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    Nice job. Can you provide a link for the wheels´ vendor/manufacturer? thanks.
     
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