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Old Aug 2nd, 2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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i5 Mac Mini seems to run a lot hotter than C2D server

I picked up the basic Core i5 Mac Mini at Fairview this afternoon because I need to replace an antiquated G4 DP server running our private email.

Just spent the past couple of hours setting everything up and noticed the top really gets hot, about as hot as the top of my 1st gen Apple TV! I'm starting to see why Apple might have skipped the quad core now..... I should have wandered over to a Mini that's been running since the store opened to see just how hot it was.

The Core 2 Duo Mac Mini server I'm setting up for our web hosting runs no where near as hot.
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Is the C2D server the full alum case or the older plastic one? I think the new machines are designed so that the case does get hot and act as a heat sync in order to dissipate the heat ...
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Mguretin is correct all the aluminum macs are designed to use the exterior as a giant heat sink, the iMacs get very hot to the touch.
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Is the C2D server the full alum case or the older plastic one? I think the new machines are designed so that the case does get hot and act as a heat sync in order to dissipate the heat ...

Hi, it's the full aluminum case like the new mini. The only difference appears to be the cpu on the motherboard the rest of the guts look nearly interchangeable, cases are exactly the same size. I picked up the server refurb off the online Apple store the day the new minis were released. For $10 less I could have purchased the older plastic one.

It qualified for a free upgrade to OSX Lion and server. The upgrade was kind of screwy in that I had to register the serial number under Mac Pro Server and not Mac MIni server. Then I got two codes, the first was for OSX Lion upgrade and the second for the actual OSX Lion server.

Figured the case is the heat sink too but man this thing really gets hot compared to the C2D server.
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I played with a new Mini (server) at the Apple Store in MTL this afternoon for about fifteen minutes and it was barely warm on top.

Since I've been considering getting one I have been reading posts on various forums - maybe your fan isn't running? Take a look at this over on Macrumors.
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Thanks for the link Doug! I popped off the bottom cover with it running and the fan is working. I wouldn't say it's as hot as the fellow in the link I can put my hand on the top and hold it there without burning myself, just feels hotter than my C2D server. I won't stack anything on it and it's going into a server room that runs very cold so I guess it'll be ok..... famous last words.....
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