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2009 MacMini — RX560 eGPU — Case Mod

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Very happy with my 2009 Mac mini Hackintosh, I made a small sacrifice of not completely closing the top to let Tt E27 breathe more easily, more gaps and vents for air to move freely. Although I didn't achieve getting it to play BotW, it does dual boot easily into Windows and can be happily used for light gaming without fear of it catching fire. I can fit a BT dongle in the front USB3 port and use my Mighty Mouse and BT keyboard. There's also enough room to access the USB C/TB3/mini DP port at the front, when prices start to fall for eGPU enclosures than I'll consider it, but right now this build is great and thanks to @Charlee78 and @phunguss for their input.

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Mounted the SATA expansion card to the underside of the cover, its fixed via screw to a 4mm standoff fixed with epoxy resin. The mini dual boots Windows 10 and macOS Catalina, I like the RGB reflecting off the surface it's a nice effect.

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Just wanted to attach my new EFI folder for this build, I reinstalled macOS with Clover after attempting and failing at using OC. Before, the progress bar would fill with stutters and pauses, with the new EFI it starts up much faster.
I used the same EFI from my Skylake WIP build and altered a value for the graphics, I changed it from HD530 to HD630. Just noticed ig-platform-id is different from what I entered yesterday for the OC USB installer, I entered 59160000, it looks like it should of been 59120000!.


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@craighazan I just wanted to follow up with you about the PCIE expansion options. I finally ordered a couple off eBay and was able to test this morning. Success! This one worked great: M.2 WiFi A.E Key with a variety of cards. I took a lot of photos, but don't want to flood your post, so I will add them to a new post. Cards tested in Windows 10 first, then all tested in HS/Mojave/Catalina without modding any kexts, not all booted in each OS, but with kexts or Clover configs I am sure they would. HD3470, HD6450, GT 730 1gb, R5 340X, RX 570 4gb (from bus power only), and R9 Nano 4Gb (external PSU) all worked fine. The only drawback with this adapter is its thickness (and I had to bend the cable 90 degrees to get past the chip heat sink). Mounting the M.2 SSD will cause a slight bend, not sure if that will incur long term effects on it or not.

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I could maybe smash the cable a little flatter, but I don't know the breaking point.
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This is very, very interesting!. So technically @Charlee78 idea of stacking 2 Mac mini’s, one for the computer and one for the graphics, is perfectly possible?. Great work Sir, I am buying that adapter.
 
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This is very, very interesting!. So technically @Charlee78 idea of stacking 2 Mac mini’s, one for the computer and one for the graphics, is perfectly possible?. Great work Sir, I am buying that adapter.

Yay!! I knew it was possible!
 
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Yay!! I knew it was possible!
I'm very excited about this, I already ordered the cable that phunguss linked to previously. I have a GT710 or an RX 570 to try it out with, though in order to fit inside a Mac mini case the best option would be an RX560. If this works I will look for another Mac mini case to put a 560 inside.
 
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I'm very excited about this, I already ordered the cable that phunguss linked to previously. I have a GT710 or an RX 570 to try it out with, though in order to fit inside a Mac mini case the best option would be an RX560. If this works I will look for another Mac mini case to put a 560 inside.

Ok! You are doing this now! Nice! Will you let us see that? You could also use 1050TI from evga, it's 5.7 inches (148mm) long and it doesn't require a power wire.
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Thanks @Charlee78, but you definitely get the credit for the dual mini's. I'm going to avoid the 1050Ti though as I currently have Catalina installed, I will buy an RX 560 but probably the MSI AERO, if I can find one at a reasonable price. The R53SR, M.2 WiFi A.E key converter to PCI-E 3.0 x16 to wifi akey, that phunguss linked to in #134, is on it's way. My only concern is, is the cable long enough?, and if not could I extend it using a riser cable?, we shall see. What would also be fun is 3D printing an enclosure for different sized graphics cards, but for now I'm going to stick with the dual minis. The fact that I could fulfill my original goal of getting BotW to play on this build fills me with joy!.
 
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Well, NOW things are getting interesting guys!
Very nice find @phunguss :clap:

@craighazan
You can get a MSI for 75€ here
Maybe it’s worth a shot depending on where you live.
 
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