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Keeping cool in a drawer

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wilspenbran Calculating status...
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May 9, 2012 5:54 PM



I am converting my old desk to a computer-friendly design   The idea is to drill a hole in the desktop and then put the mac mini, along with power brick for my apple cinema display, in the drawer underneath. Thus I have an uncluttered desktop with very few unsightly cables in view.


The thing I'm not sure about though is whether I will have a heat problem. I can put holes in the floor of the drawer, at the front, and at the back end of the drawer, thus  allowing an inflow of cooler air at the front and also allowing the mac mini's cooling fan exhaust to flow out the back, but the drawer is quite low - only about 30mm clearance above the casing of the mac mini. Also, I'd have the power brick for the apple cinema display in there, which will add more heat. It is quite a wide and deep drawer, about 400mm square.


What do you think? Will I be okay? I'm in New Zealand, where ambient temperatures don't get too high - say 25 C max in Summer, and of course cooler than that inside the house.



Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,555 points)
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    May 9, 2012 7:05 PM (in response to wilspenbran)

    Use smcFanControl to regulate the internal fan to make sure that it is drawing enough air through the mini to keep things cooled down.


    '09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    May 9, 2012 7:10 PM (in response to wilspenbran)

    If it is in an enclosed space, I would create a windtunnel for cooling:


    • Buy 3 or 4 of the $10 fans that would go into a power PC and an inexpensive 250 W power supply.
    • Superglue the 4 fans into a "hurricane wall" that pulls fresh cool air through the wind tunnel to help keep the Mac power adapter and mac mini cool


    Has a "geek" factor, too.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    May 10, 2012 6:31 AM (in response to wilspenbran)

    Bigger airflow ... buy a fan that makes a wind tunnel.  My humble opinion.


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