2018 Mac mini ITX Tower - Phanteks Evolv Shift X
Awesome idea! Congratulations
@omardesu Totally! The silver casing and ketchup/mustard cables don't go well with other components at all. I had that spare SFX when I swapped out the PSU in the Mantiz Venus so that it could handle the RX Vega 64 LC.
Wow, cool build. I wish the Mac Pro wasn't so expensive but maybe I should look into something similar like this build here. 😀
@scott_brookes, The RAM slots sit at an angle and takes up a lot of space on top of the CPU. With the metal shield on, it's too little room for a water block.
I'm looking to do a similar case mod, with a different case. Should be a fun project! I do have a question for you. With the Mantis Venus PSU and fan connectors, are they able to automatically turn off when the computer goes to sleep mode? I'm looking to hook up a handful of PWM fans that are included with the case, but I want them to turn off when the computer goes to sleep. Thanks, and great work.
@grady_galbraith, This is a tricky question that has no real definitive answer. Each Thunderbolt firmware dictates the behavior of components such as the fans during suspend mode. In my particular Mantiz Venus TBT mainboard, I connected the fans to the two headers and sleeping behavior was fine for the most part. The odd behavior was likely due to macOS sleep mode. You can also try a USB fan adapter or a fan controller.
Thanks for your response! When I posted my question I realized the last reply was from two years ago I wan't holding out hope! Just to clarify, you experienced the fans staying on with macOS sleep mode? That's too bad, hmm. I don't suppose you happen to know if the SATA power stayed on? Also, google doesn't seem to know if the USB ports on the Mini 2018 turn off when the machine goes to sleep. As long as they do, I can always just power the fans off of USB, knowing that power will be cut right from the mini. So in your experience, do the USB ports turn off in sleep mode?
Thank you again, my friend.
@grady_galbraith, I didn't really investigate the USB ports in sleep mode, but the USB ports through the Mantiz Venus daughterboard don't provide power when the host computer is OFF/sleep. You can try both and see how they work. My observation with macOS in recent years is that the system would run certain tasks during sleep. This may trigger the connected peripheral/fans to kick on.