What temperature is your mac mini usually at?

Bacong

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Since I find 1500 RPM to be too slow, I cranked my fans up to 3500 minimum, and max if it jumps above 70c, what do you guys usually sit at?

 

greythorne

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mine is set at 3000rpm using smcFanControl and hovering from 40 to 45 around there, but will go up as high as 60 when doing anything intensive like virtual machine etc etc.
 

voyager03

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How long was your mini on before you take that screenshot.
It's been 'on' for several days - but that was after it was awake for half an hour or so. Currently 39℃. Can't remember seeing it at much more than 45℃ since I put iStat on the menu bar and that was when using Handbrake.

The only thing that I wonder might help is that the mini is well ventilated sitting on a slatted metal shelf....?
 

Bacong

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It's been 'on' for several days - but that was after it was awake for half an hour or so. Currently 39℃. Can't remember seeing it at much more than 45℃ since I put iStat on the menu bar and that was when using Handbrake.

The only thing that I wonder might help is that the mini is well ventilated sitting on a slatted metal shelf....?
Mine is pretty well ventilated too, but as we all know Apple places more importance on silence than cooling, which is why these machines all run so quiet.
 

OrangeSVTguy

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Mine is usually around 110-120*F while browsing. It runs 24/7. I have the fan set to 2000rpms. I can start to hear it at 2500 so 2k is fine for me.

You can't set the fan lower than 1500rpms? How did you do it?
 

AV8TOR

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Okay I am new to Macs so can someone please let me know what are some good temp numbers and what to look out for? This is from my iMac

 

MultiFinder17

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My mini (2.0/4/120) is hovering around 130F these days, but that's probably because I haven't cleaned it out in months. It usually idles around 115-120 or so when it's properly cleaned. I leave it on 24/7.

Also, fun fact - I don't run any kind of fan control on it, and pretty much no matter what the temperature or load on the machine, the fan stays around 1500RPM. If it's under a heavy load for a prolonged period, it might kick up to 2000 or so, but almost never higher than that.
 

nden

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I'm wondering why I'm getting 47℃ on CPU by iStat. My Mini sit on a wooden shelf with a lot of space around it. My room temp is around 23℃.

Here is screenshot:
 

nden

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I just installed Fan Control and set all the lower/upper thresholds to 40℃ and 70℃ and set the fan speed 2100 RPM

What is this Fan Control does anyway? Does the fan rank up its speed when the system getting hotter? or it stays at one constant speed?
 

Bacong

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I just installed Fan Control and set all the lower/upper thresholds to 40℃ and 70℃ and set the fan speed 2100 RPM

What is this Fan Control does anyway? Does the fan rank up its speed when the system getting hotter? or it stays at one constant speed?
You should ramp it up to 3500.

It allows you to set a base speed (which you have) and 2 temps, one of which if the computer hits it will gradually increase the fans, becoming max speed once it reaches the 2nd number.
 

Raima

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You should ramp it up to 3500.
LMAO @ 3500 rpms. You know, there is a threshold when the fan over rotates, it's unable to push the air through it's fins as efficiently. Once the threshold is crossed, you'll only be increasing temps and decreasing the life of the fan bearings XD
 

Bacong

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LMAO @ 3500 rpms. You know, there is a threshold when the fan over rotates, it's unable to push the air through it's fins as efficiently. Once the threshold is crossed, you'll only be increasing temps and decreasing the life of the fan bearings XD
LMAO XD except 3500 isn't even max LMAO XD