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Use this guide to remove or replace the heat sink, or replace the thermal paste in your Mac mini Late 2014.

Don't forget to apply a new layer of thermal compound before reassembling your Mac mini. Follow our thermal paste guide for instructions on cleaning and preparing the thermal surfaces and applying a new layer of thermal compound.

This guide was made with a Fusion Drive Mac mini, and may have more connectors and components than your model. Don't be alarmed if you're missing a hard drive or SSD connector!

  1. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement, Bottom Cover: passo 1, immagine 1 di 1
    • The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.

    • Pry near, but not right on the screw posts.

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    • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.

  3. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 3, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 3, immagine 2 di 2
    • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

  4. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement, Antenna Plate: passo 4, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:

    • Three 4.1 mm screws

    • Three 1.9 mm screws

  5. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 5, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 5, immagine 2 di 2
    • Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable.

    • With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.

  6. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 6, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.

    • Be careful not to lose the washer when removing the screw.

  7. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 7, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 7, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.

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    • Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.

  9. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 9, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.

  10. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement, Fan Assembly: passo 10, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the two 12 mm T6 screws from the fan.

    • Loosen the 27 mm T6 captive screw–it will get removed with the fan assembly.

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    • The fan connector is trapped under the edge of the fan and cannot be disconnected until the fan is moved.

    • Do not attempt to remove the fan entirely.

    • Lift the fan straight up to free the captive screw from its hole in the logic board.

    • Pull the fan away from the SSD until you can easily access the fan connector.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  13. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 13, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the fan from the Mac mini.

  14. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement, Logic Board Assembly: passo 14, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the 2.6 mm T6 screw securing the SATA cable connector bracket.

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    • Remove the SATA cable connector bracket.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board.

  17. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 17, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 17, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket.

  18. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 18, immagine 1 di 1
    • The following three steps only apply to Mac minis equipped with a PCIe SSD. Skip the next three steps if your Mac mini only has a hard drive.

    • Remove the two 2.6 mm T6 screws securing the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

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    • Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

  20. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 20, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 20, immagine 2 di 2
    • Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket.

  21. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 21, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the single 16 mm T6 screw securing the logic board.

    • To remove the logic board, the two cylindrical rods of the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board.

    • Insert the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure the rods make contact with the case under the logic board before proceeding.

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    • Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case.

    • Cease prying when the removal tool makes contact with the opening in the rear case.

    • Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.

  23. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 24, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 24, immagine 2 di 2
    • Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  24. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 25, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement: passo 25, immagine 2 di 2
    • Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  25. Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement, Heat Sink: passo 26, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Heat Sink Replacement, Heat Sink: passo 26, immagine 2 di 2
    • Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:

    • Four 8.6 mm T8 Torx screws

    • One 2.9 mm T6 Torx screw

    • Be careful not to lose the springs held beneath each of the T8 heat sink screws, they may fall off of the screws as you remove them.

    • During reassembly, tighten these screws evenly to ensure the heat sink stays flat against the CPU.

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    • Remove the heat sink from the logic board.

    • If the heat sink appears to be stuck to the logic board after removing all screws, it may be helpful to use a spudger to separate the two components.

    • Don't reassemble your Mac mini without applying a new layer of thermal paste.We have a thermal paste guide to show you how.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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