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100 % Passive cooled Custom Mac

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I personally think Apple is executing a corporate grievance against Nvidia for previous failures. Apple is not a normal company, pretty much everyone agrees that.

Here is the deal even though this is off topic of the thread. AMD lets apple have full control of the driver. Nivida does not want to give apple control of the driver and Nivida does not want to make the driver per what apple wants. This does not bode well with apple so they told Nvidia to go F themselves and used AMD who said do what ever the hell you want. AMD does not write the driver for OSX the driver is apples own home grown driver. It is all about control and if apple can not control what you are doing with stuff in their hardware than they will choose not to need you.
 
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Remember "still air" is one of the best insulators. Not good for heat removal. The trash-can MacPro is a hybrid design of chimney and fans. In no way passive but it's power to quietness ratio is because of the design.

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Even when you got the fan going full speed it was still much more quiet then a standard CPU fan. I think there was a few 3d printed Trashcan Hacks but even those had a Fan or two.
 
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Remember "still air" is one of the best insulators. Not good for heat removal. The trash-can MacPro is a hybrid design of chimney and fans. In no way passive but it's power to quietness ratio is because of the design.
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This is a really interesting thread. One thing that occurs to me though is that the goal of completely passive is hard to achieve given the way a computer is built. The components may indeed be passive BUT air still needs to move through their heat-sinks, or over surfaces, to dissipate heat.
Thats why a bigger (than trashcan) chimney case supposed to work better.


So we need a temperature gradient to get air moving on its own. However hot components low down in a build will naturally warm-up everything else higher-up in the system
Maybe multiple zones ('chimneys') might help.
The gpu, cpu and psu get their own thermal exhaust (chimney) so that they can't heat up each other.
It would be interesting to experiment with the chimney effect and airflow and which dimensions are needed to get make it most effective without even a fan or at least a slow running or thermal activated.
 
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It looks nice. Do they have an AMD graphics option for these ?
I would not be enthused about buying this and then having to follow a 22 step unboxing and assembly guide.
If paying this much money I'd expect it to be ready to use out of the box.
I asked them if they plan to offer a fullsize atx build, they answered that it is already designed and that they hope to launch an ATX version end of the year.
 
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