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How to lower the heat on my mini?

 
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AT0MAC
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: How to lower the heat on my mini? Reply with quote

In the summer heat my mini sometimes goes bananas and skyrockets it's fan to warp speed = seriously noisy.

It usually happens when I work with video editing or play games.
Normally its audible in those conditions but not annoying like now.

When I use it for daily stuff, writing, listening, browsing etc. it's dead quiet.


I have the 2011 version with DualCore i7 and AMD graphics, upgraded with two SSD drives.


I am thinking either water cooling the alu chassis, replacing the internal fan or adding external fans to help the air intake - what would help the most?


Some time ago I have bought a RacMac mini from Sonnet tech as seen here:



So the 2nd. room in that could be used for some cooling equipment if needed. Also, it's steel plate surface would be fine to add things in for the mini, I don't want to screw directly in the mini...


More pictures of inside the rack here, and here. The mini fan can be seen here and without the fan here
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Bandit Bill
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would test the mini outside the MacRack to see how much impact the MacRack is having.

Are you currently using the air dam between the two bays? If yes I would speak with Sonnet and see what they suggest. Sonnet is a pretty cool company. Likely their engineers/support team will give you good advise.

P.s. that's some nice equipment you have


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice rack! (first time I've said that to a guy...)
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