- Jan 22, 2014
- Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI
- MSI GTX 760 ITX
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- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
I might end up having to go passive on this one myself.Bahah... yeh... that is true. I keep thinking about a totally passive cooled system so I never have to worry about pet hair clogging stuff up.
Doesn't really appeal to me….Have you considered finding another Mac mini case and doing a stacked design? Cut out the top of one and the bottom of another and mate the two for a double tall case?
It is a waiting game until my case gets here - no irreversible decisions until then! Just looking at the options right now.I think the risk to the motherboard is quite high if you intend to desolder components
Have you seen these sata cables, will they be small enough
Also I would consider, taking a right angle sata cable from PM G5 and trimming the plastic off the top to get extra headroom. You increase the risk of a cable failure, but this is better than MB failure.
If you do this would also remove any plastic on the connectors that locks the two connectors together, not needed, and will also stres the connector if you have to remove it.
So I took off and dismantled the original cooler with a view to seeing if the base of the cooler might be suitable to form the base of a new home brewed passive arrangement:
The "fins" of the heatsink had to be pulled off with pliers! and left this behind them:
So it was then a case of cleaning up the base plate to make it the starting point for a new passive heatsink:
Where the fins had been, heat from a heat gun loosened the solder and they could be removed, leaving a layer of solder:
and when that was cleaned off I am left with something that looks good enough for me to work with:
I then took a copper 3mm plate I have and drilled it to match the screw pattern of the base plate:
and that is where I am at right now.
The plan from here on is to use thermal adhesive to attach the 3mm plate to the original cleaned up base plate and use that as a heat spreader. This will then contact with a similar 3mm plate that I will fix to the inside of the Mini casing.
The reasons for the holes in the plate are to be able to access the heads of the fixing screws - which when the plate is glued in place will then be "captive" - so the holes will let me remove the assembly from the processor/board.