5 cube mods: some under way...

Discussion in 'PowerMac G4 Cube' started by phunguss, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. phunguss

    phunguss

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    Mobo:
    iMac 27
    CPU:
    3.4Ghz i7
    Graphics:
    Rad 6970M 1G
    Mac:
    iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    Oct 4, 2017 at 6:55 PM #1
    phunguss

    phunguss

    Joined:
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    Mobo:
    iMac 27
    CPU:
    3.4Ghz i7
    Graphics:
    Rad 6970M 1G
    Mac:
    iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    I just moved, so digging everything out of storage, including my tools...

    First, a reference from old GeekBench2 on an original Cube:
    Geekbench G4 Cube.png
    There is no real comparison between versions of GeekBench either. This result was GB2, some of these are GB3 (inflated), and the final one is GB4 (realistic).

    I built my first Cube case mod back in 2012. Jetway motherboard and salvaged parts from all kinds of macs... sold it on eBay recently for dirt cheap so that I could focus on the other 5 cube cases I have laying around. Here are my parts lists so far, and various states of completion:

    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/coreless-intel-cube.121237/
    Hack Cube 1 (Franken mac 2012, --SOLD--)
    No guts, made from Plexiglass.
    P8700 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo
    8Gb Sodimm
    OSX 10.7.5
    HC1-internals.jpg

    Hack Cube2 (Gigabye GA-H61N-USB3)
    3.5Ghz Xeon E3-1270 v2 (4c/8t)
    8Gb DDR 3 1600
    GeForce GT 730 Silent 1Gb
    OSX 10.12.6
    Flex 270W internal power supply
    HC2-GB3.png

    Hack Cube3 (Gigabye GA-H61N-USB3)
    3.3Ghz i5-2500 (4c/4t)
    8Gb DDR3
    R7 250 2Gb
    OSX 10.12.6
    Flex 320w internal power supply
    CamoCube.JPG

    Hack Cube4 (Gigabyte GA-H97N-wifi)
    3.7Ghz Xeon E3-1241 v3 (4c/8t)
    32Gb DDR3
    GTX 750 ti
    still working out OSX install kinks. This mobo went out on loan to one of my sons, but I have the watercooling components for it as well.
    HC4_img_2308_disk_speed.jpg


    Hack Cube5 (Asrock X99E-ITX/AC) aka "The Monster"
    2.3Ghz Xeon E5-2696 v3 (18c/36t)
    64Gb DDR3
    R9 Nano 4Gb
    The intent is water cooling, I have the blocks for CPU/GPU and radiator.
    Have not had time to get OSX on this yet, but I know it is feasible.
    HC5-gb4_8gb18c36tWin7_cpu.PNG

    Hack Cube6 (To be determined...)

    With my Hack Cube builds, I like to keep everything internal, including the power brick. It can be done, but it gets tight. And I know the 36 thread machine will likely get hot, so I may have to go external radiator.
    HC3-modding.jpg

    --- I don't like the CPU/motherboard video, and I have tried several of those ribbon cable adapters and they have all failed. The ones I like to use have the USB3 cable connecting them. You can then put the video card anywhere you want.
    vid.JPG
    They tend to have the connectors go past the PCIE connector, so I have to change those as well.
    vid-mod.JPG


    I will post more pics as I go along....
    Happy Modding!
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2017

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