The Tiny, Fanless, Mac mini KILLER!

Why buy a Mac mini when you can build a much better PC that's dead silent for half the price?! Let's see if everything is as great as it sounds...
Intel NUC8i7BEH NUC -
Akasa Turing Case -
16GB 260pin RAM -
Intel 660p 1TB SSD -
Vanilla install (recommended) -
Helper tool install (good for beginners) -
Helper tool install (10.15.4 update IMPORTANT) -
ISO install (not recommended) -
Tip: Ensure BIOS version matches guide (most require 0059) and downgrade if needed
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  • This whole video begs the question-- WHY? Why would you want to build a crippleware fake of a third-class product that isn't as good as a basic Linux machine?

    corbett coburncorbett coburn17 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Just run Linux and be done... lol

    Grey GhostGrey Ghostวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Bought a NUC and an Akasa Case, failed to install macOS on it. Here I am now with a new mini desktop computer that runs MS Windows now. Last time I had a Windows machine goes back to the previous decade. Thanks, Snazzy Labs.

    Nomaan AhgharianNomaan Ahgharian3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Fk Apple

    dbltrplxdbltrplx3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I don't understand why so hung up on MacOS. NUCs run linux perfectly, and there are some very friendly and easy to install distros out there. Elementary OS comes to mind.

    Stephen CollinsStephen Collins6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • What are you running Elementary on? I've used unix for over 20 years and never found a os like macos, but Elementary looks nice. Will have to try Elementary. I have tried probably 35 types of linux and I just don't like them too much.

      Angel HessAngel Hess2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey @Snazzy Labs, I am trying to replicate this build, I have the NUC8i7BEH. Recently, I accidentally updated my BIOS to the latest version (75). I have a 56 ROM, which is apparently the best version for Hackintoshing, but no matter what I do, I cannot downgrade to any earlier version. I have literally tried every possible way of downgrading the BIOS, including removing the BIOS jumper, but I cannot seem to downgrade it. I have been working on the Hackintosh literally for the whole entire day (I had a PA day earlier), and the reason why the install is hanging is because of the new BIOS. Any help would be great! Thanks. Edit: Do you also mind sending me your EFI partitition, because I think I may have the wrong config.plist, kexts, and UEFI drivers. THANKS!

    Ethan CawseEthan Cawse7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So thunderbolt does not work properly, I must use a USB WiFi dongle that messes us with sleep, all of this to save $100-150? No thank you. There are better options for a hackintosh.

    Buford "Mad Dog" TannenBuford "Mad Dog" Tannen11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • APPLE is just like HP, you are paying 4 the name

    joe bennettjoe bennett12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • is there anyway to add wifi and bluetooth on this NUC?

    Jorginho AraújoJorginho Araújo14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The NUC is $590 now.

    mntbighkermntbighker15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • But the i7 Mac mini has a 6 core....

    Arnis ZargarianArnis Zargarian16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hello Snazzy team!! How is this build going today? Was it capable of upgrading to Catalina ?? Thanks in advance :)

    Lexxi SLexxi S19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Would you reccomend this route for music studio/recording?

    Nate DixonNate Dixon19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why do you say about mac os x air port compatible third party wireless cards if there is no place in Intel NUC to put it? Wifi card is not swapable! Is there any possibility to use it?

    HMACpl - PC / Mac / HackintoshHMACpl - PC / Mac / Hackintosh23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I like your sweater.

    Harry HalfmoonHarry Halfmoon25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 8:46 multi-pass?

    Rene Orion SalmonRene Orion Salmon26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It uses a sata drive and not an ssd? Can you say sleepy time? Have some snacks while you load rofl.

    [JAFO] Orbit Corkra[JAFO] Orbit Corkra26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Use a Hades Canyon instead.

    The Deviant DeveloperThe Deviant Developer28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Too much thermal paste.

    Gladimir SavinonGladimir Savinon29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Eh to the hackintosh portion of this build... But that Case/heat sink is oh so sexy combined with the Nuc... I my needs were less that requiring an gaming video card on a media setup, I really like to get this for the sheer sexiness.. but it would really just collect dust for on my media shelf.

    J VJ Vหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Perhaps someone below already brought this to your attention, but I'll mention it again in case no one has: A 'silent,' fan-less machine w/decent specs would be quite wonderful in a home/project studio environment, esp. in situations where desktop space is at a premium, there is no separate control room or some recording is done regularly in the same room w/the computer. In my case, I have a 2014 Mac Mini. It's way under-powered compared to the NUC and takes up a noticeable chunk or real estate. (Having something like this project would be AMAZING for me. I'm hoping to get funds together and build one in the next year or two.)

    FoxTale Studio: SportsFoxTale Studio: Sportsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Oh no. The dumb killer serie is back.

    Claudio MatteoloClaudio Matteoloหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I would guess that Intel placed thermal pads on those two outer dies because they can't guarantee that all three dies will have exactly the same height / angle to the horizontal.

    Felix O'KeefeFelix O'Keefeหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Still love my MM2018

    Jake RobertsJake Robertsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Yes lets use 10 times more thermal paste than required.

    Jo BlowJo Blowหลายเดือนก่อน
  • be awesome if there was a fan stand for the bottom to suck in air and push it across the fins, could even look pretty cool.

    Thomas MartinThomas Martinหลายเดือนก่อน
  • So this thing doesn't have a working wifi?

    Some argentinian guySome argentinian guyหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I wish I understood this.

    Chang NoiChang Noiหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I cannot say I am keen on the idea of the CPU die and heatsink only being kept in one position by gravity and the I/O shields. Little surprised the Akasa Turing didn't provide screw mounts from the underside, as the motherboard is compatible with three screws to mount the original fan. Maybe I am being pedantic!

  • Why bother with the $140 boat anchor passively cooled case? I have an i5 gigabyte brix that is essentially silent that I use as a VM server. When taxed at 100% CPU I've never heard it's fan from less than 6 feet away. Just not sure I understand spending $140 on a case that only adds cost, is significantly larger, takes away a microsd slot with extremely little benefit in regards to lowering what already is a very quiet product.

  • A thermal pad over an m.2 sticker.....🤔

    John DavisJohn Davisหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'd love to see you try Linux.

    My ReviewsMy Reviewsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • A moment of silence for the animator who didnt eat... (shame on you for the red X!)

    Paul ClarkPaul Clarkหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Do they have a version of this case for the Skull canyon NUC ?

    Kyle NorrisKyle Norrisหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I would prefer original Mac hardware but without this bad and loud fan design. As in using the original Mac's Hardware of the Mac Mini but then putting this inside a completely silent case like this shown one here :) This would make updates, usability and compatibility just perfect, as with any normal Mac. It would completely behave like a normal Mac then. But it would be completely quiet (silent 0dB of noise) :D That would be a nice Mac then... Sadly Apple prefers weird design above features... And so it comes that Mac Mini is a noisy fan screaming machine X.x

    Clarissa 1986Clarissa 1986หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I bet Apple invented the T2 chip just to ban Hackintosh systems in the future. By making newer Mac OS versions T2 mandatory. As in needing the T2 chip to boot or otherwise refuse to boot. Just like the T2 chip brings DRM for batterys and stuff, so that you cannot change those components... It's sad how Apple becomes more and more butthurt, instead of open... Mac's were so open back in the past, where you could just switch parts and repair stuff... Back when Apple was truly green and not just claimed it... Because things were much easier serviceable x.x If Apple would just sell their Mac OS system and would allow a boot on any system, it would be so much better and it could even attract people to get a mac hardware if those people love the ecosystem and grew into it. It would give new people or custom builders a chance to use Mac OS and Apple could earn more money with their store apps. At the same time Apple could polish their public image alot... I really don't get it why Apple is locking down Mac OS so hard...

    Clarissa 1986Clarissa 1986หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Out of interest, do you use a hackintosh as a main computer or a genuine Mac?

    Chorley PrintChorley Printหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 6:49 no, actually it's pretty fast cit. the verge

  • Great video - I love these hackintosh builds, despite the fact I've given up on them and just gone for second hand macs - yes, the almightly cheesegrater. Having said that, hackintosh got me there. Whilst I've been using high spec macBook pro's supplied by my work for years, I never wanted to outlay the crazy amounts of cash for personal use that a macbook pro demands. So, on the hackintosh "Is 2 hours a year a significant problem to maintain it" - no, but that is assuming everything runs as expected. I ran a hackintosh for a year, pre tonyMacOsX days, when it was significantly harder - it was ok, but wiFi was always an issue. Often the sound would just stop working. I built and ran a few others, including following a tonyMacOSX recommended hardware guide - again, it was OK, but once more, there were those subtle issues usually related to sound and networking that I just got sick of fiddling with. (Then again, I do have an wiFi dongle for the cheesegrater, as the wiFi that shipped with the 2010 mac is terrible - the range is about six feet at best. It too can get a bit fiddly from time to time ;) When my 2010 cheesegrater finally gives up the ghost (I've just upgraded the ram, CPUs and video card), in a couple of years, I'll probably go the hackintosh route, as by then, the new Mac Pro (less finally grated cheese cheesegrater) will still be absurdly expensive and will be the only mac you can actually upgrade. sad times.

    Matthew TrowMatthew Trowหลายเดือนก่อน
  • What a shame, assembling all this incredible hardware to build such an awesome machine and then completely ruining it all by forcing it to run the horrible bloatware that Microsoft calls an OS...

    Monochrome ArtsMonochrome Artsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I would totally do this kind of build if Thunderbolt would support full GPU bandwitch.

  • I built one of these and I absolutely LOVE it. Thanks for the video and inspiration!!

    • Cheers! Glad you like it.

      Snazzy LabsSnazzy Labsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • спасибо!

  • You could also install GNU+Linux on this, right?

    Ryan HelinskiRyan Helinskiหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I mean, if you wanted to spend a couple extra bucks you could pick up a 256gb micro sd card and install it into the slot before you load it into the case just to have a nugget of extra storage.

  • I'm not Interested in hackintosh, I'd like see it with E-GPU capability. If it's worth it.

  • I think you're a great channel!

    Mike GarganMike Garganหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I built this exact setup. Silent but too hot. Runs 65-80C at idle. Not stable all (video glitches, CPU 29-35% load at idle). Waste of about 4 hours and $800.

  • I rather buy a refurbished older mac than do this and if i want a home cinema i would leave the NUC just the way it is and maybe fit it to the back of a tv or a monitor on the vesa mount. I still use a late 2011 macbook pro, i just upgraded the ram and ditched the hard drive for an SSD and works like a charm even with FinalCut, i have High Sierra installed as it is the top one that they allow to install.

    Cirnu Flavian IonutCirnu Flavian Ionutหลายเดือนก่อน
  • that was super cool!

    victor noagbodjivictor noagbodji2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • This is frustrating as a person who isn't versed in computers. One site says Mac is all you need and another site is saying a Mac is nothing. It's hard to understand who's being a salesman and who's giving the truth. The Mac must be okay due to the amount of people trying to create their own computer to beat it...I don't know SMFH.

    222222e222222e2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • are you wearing a Halios Seaforth Roldorf Edition??

    Daniel MaisonetDaniel Maisonet2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'm looking to buy a Audio Workstation Mac OS based system.. Any advice, on this ? Thanks again

    V4D2V4D22 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hi, thanks for the video. Pretty helpful ! i'm not that worried about the hackintosh anymore.. i am kinda tired of it.. so i am leaning towards the Mac Mini. What concerns me though... is that THERMAL THROTTLING, on the Mini. 100ºC !!! Damn!.. that's pretty bad.

    V4D2V4D22 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Just run Windows. macOS isn't that far ahead of Windows 10. macOS hasn't materially improved since Snow Leopard in my view.

    RoastBeefSandwichRoastBeefSandwich2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Adrien Samuel Raj sure but there are very few Mac apps that have no equal on Windows in my experience.

      RoastBeefSandwichRoastBeefSandwich2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Exclusives exist tho

      Adrien Samuel RajAdrien Samuel Raj2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • hi there, interesting build. What is the highest ram and clock speed? The heat sink for ssd is it bought separately or included with the case? can I instead use this build for windows 10?

    Lusitano do MediterrâneoLusitano do Mediterrâneo2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • My Mac Mini is sitting under the TV at home, un-killed. I just checked the CCTV.

    Paul KeatingPaul Keating2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Intel NUC's are ****. I've had 6 and they all failed. Just junk in a square box. Well that's my opinion, what's yours? BTW, an Intel engineer said to me 106 degrees is fine for a NUC. Yeah after 65 degrees though it's on it's way out faster than rust!

    Clive BennettClive Bennett2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • aside from from the excellent content, you must pay attention to your posture.

    Glenn MalcolmGlenn Malcolm2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • He’s really tall. Most of the really tall guys I know were very self conscious about it when younger and still have a stoop because of it.

      Cam BarCam Bar2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Falls at the first hurdle, doesn't run MacOS. My Mac can run Windows (I have three versions plus Ubuntu on mine).

    p1xelpp1xelp2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Can you please provide a link to the little NVME heat sink and adhesive strip? Thanks

    Mike BrelerMike Breler2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Cook is all about the $$$. Gone is ANY "innovation".

    Breeze SmithBreeze Smith2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I don’t understand. Why did he need to change the case?

    Robert LuggRobert Lugg2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Because the new case is fanless and dead silent. And it's looks cool i guess.

      Никита ТкачукНикита Ткачук2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I only subscribe to "pretty bad channels" so this works for me. :)

    Johannes BeckerJohannes Becker2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • grow up and run linux.

    mark hahnmark hahn2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Counterpoint: No.

      adalazaadalaza2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • How do you have 600k subs and only 300 views on this video? Weird.

    YoutubeComment20342341YoutubeComment203423412 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • I love small computers. I have an alienware alpha, hp elite slice and dan a4 sfx. Cool video. Btw how loud was the stock fan inside the nuc?

    Ronald San PedroRonald San Pedro2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Awesome. I don’t have the cash, but sounds like a great build. Never made a Hackintosh, that part sounds the scariest; having looked around in sites like Tony Mac, it does your head in a bit. Didn’t know you could get heat sinks for SSD sticks, though. I love silent computers, having spent altogether too much time with noisy PCs in the past, which left my ears ringing long after. One of the things I appreciated Macs for. I put together a NUC for my dad a couple of years ago, as he wanted to learn to draw and paint digitally in his retirement, and wanted a small PC to run a 27” Cintiq. Seeing as Wacom used Mac Minis in demonstrations, I figured a well-configured maxed-out i5 NUC could handle it. And it did, he’s still using it to this day. Personally I’d like to upgrade my Mac Mini media centre some day, it is getting long in the tooth, though it still serves up streaming movies via Plex well, but it only has USB2, and I doubt it can run the latest OS.

    Martin AndersenMartin Andersen2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Although I would never do this as a lifelong PC guy, it is very useful to understand how to do so. Thanks!

    The British IndianThe British Indian2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Would you do a video of putting a real Mac into a silent case? :D

    Philipp BlumPhilipp Blum2 หลายเดือนก่อน
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