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dufreyne
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in which country? Is there a proof document?

Macmini 2018 Core i7 32GB RAM


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howgoodminiiii
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what has been the conclusion of this op? and this topic?

this is for that person that understands what this thread is about well

so it seems that the op thinking that the mini does not run 'optimally' due to the design of the fans?

and because of this, the mini has decreased speed. if the mini has decreased speed, what is the % decreased speed? 

because without knowing how much effect, or the impact the decreased speed from 'optimality' the decreased speed is having

then there's no meaningful results to be gain without knowing exactly how it much it matters or doesnt matter

anyhow what has been the conclusion of this op? and this topic?

could just put into a new, much cleaner post, and just link it here

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To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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dia3olik
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You don't void the manufacturer warranty by replacing the RAM modules or reapplying the thermal paste on a Mac.

Are you sure about the paste?

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Posted by: howgoodminiiii

what has been the conclusion of this op? and this topic?

this is for that person that understands what this thread is about well

so it seems that the op thinking that the mini does not run 'optimally' due to the design of the fans?

and because of this, the mini has decreased speed. if the mini has decreased speed, what is the % decreased speed? 

because without knowing how much effect, or the impact the decreased speed from 'optimality' the decreased speed is having

then there's no meaningful results to be gain without knowing exactly how it much it matters or doesnt matter

anyhow what has been the conclusion of this op? and this topic?

could just put into a new, much cleaner post, and just link it here

There is no conclusion, replace the thermal paste and just DIY a custom cooling solutions as shown, if you think it's needed.

The Mac mini 2018 cooling system is not suited to deal with the new i5 cpu's (old i7), without even mention new i7/i9, it is a fact!
It's only an issues if one use the machine to its full extent, for hard professional workloads.
Not an issue at all for customers that use it as classy furniture.

Nothing more, nothing less.

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You can run your car stock or you can hot rod it and increase performance.  Same here.

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Digital Corpus
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I know I’n new here so please bear with me. This is my 3rd Mac mini, the only real thread I have found online regarding the thermal design, and I know at some time this year, I’ll likely pick up an eGPU.

I knew of the thermal performance issues from reviews before I got my mini, and its configured with an i7 and a 2 TB SSD and gigabit NIC. I’ve deliberately set out to analyse and possibly fix the thermal solution that Apple has created for this machine. All of my work and notes will be free. Through the advent of 3D printing and open source CAD, I strongly feel a DIY aftermarket solution is viable. If anyone wishes to comment, or help me test, please contact me. My progresss will remain available here:
https://hackaday.io/project/162873

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yesornofei
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just a think out of the box idea:

can I DIY a water cooled mac mini with the settings like this?

the tube is thin enough to go though the gap of the air exhaust,

if you use egpu anyway,

there should be space on your desk to place a water cool reservoir and radiator too.

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mac mini 2018 i7 egpu with RX580


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Squuiid
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Anyone having problems with the built-in Aquantia 10GbE chip overheating in Windows 10 1903 (BootCamp)?
Mine disables itself after a few minutes of use. Event viewer shows:

Event ID: 19
Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter: Hardware overheat detected! Please power cycle the system.

A reboot doesn't do it, I have to power it off and on again to restore network connectivity.
Works fine in macOS however.

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itsage
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@squuiid Sorry to hear. I'd recommend running a utility like HWiNFO64 and see if you can keep a log of the 10GbE chipset. If it keeps overheating, contact Apple for repair/replacement.

@yesornofei That looks cool but will definitely be a maintenance nightmare. I would rather mod the 2018 Mac mini logic board to reside in a larger case with more airflow.

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Squuiid
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The workaround to this overheating is to use MacsFanControl app in macOS and set the fan speed to 2800rpm or so. The setting gets saved in SMC so when you go into BootCamp the fans kick in and keep things nice and cool, as they should do. Fortunately 2800rpm its barely audible.

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