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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:09 am    Post subject: Stacking four 2012 Mac minis? Reply with quote

Do you guys think it be okay to stack four 2012 Mac minis horizontally, or would this cause too much heat between them? We are getting them to set up as servers and don't really need a rack (unless someone can recommend a cheap one under $100). I guess we could always go vertical too, but it seems like they might be a little less stable sitting on their side.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would imagine that it should be ok so long as they are properly ventilated.

I thing resting them vertically would be better as they aren't riding a thermal stack. Maybe use some rubber feet you can get from a good office supply store, or a good hardware store, to raise them off the shelf a bit, and maybe some sort of vertical file to separate them.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I think those little rubber riser pads would be sufficient between the Mac minis. Just place them on the removable bottom for more clearance.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you'll be fine. I had two stacked for a while without issue. The heat transfer between them was minimal at best.

If you're worried though, there are rackable solutions out there in your price range. Here's one for $80...

http://www.macessitywebstore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MX4-V2
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thing resting them vertically would be better as they aren't riding a thermal stack


I agreed. I think stacking them with such a low clearance is going to be like pancakes at iHop (the center ones will stay pretty warm). Just saying.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:04 pm    Post subject: Stacking Reply with quote

DonCarlos wrote:
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I thing resting them vertically would be better as they aren't riding a thermal stack


I agreed. I think stacking them with such a low clearance is going to be like pancakes at iHop (the center ones will stay pretty warm). Just saying.
I agree with you they need some air to breathe or else they will be fried .
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We decided to sit them vertically on a shelf with these:

http://www.newertech.com/products/nustandalloymacmini.php

It's working out well so far. Thanks for the replies!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We decided to sit them vertically on a shelf with these:


*1 Excellent. I think they will look pretty cool that way as well.
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