FrankenMac mini, it’s alive! Man rips apart Mac mini, turns it into PC

“I’ve seen a ton of articles around the web lately comparing the Mac mini to the near full size desktop PC.  What they fail to compare is the amount of computing power per square inch you get with the mini.  So, I decided to take it upon myself to create the fastest PC possible with the size constraints of the mini’s small form factor,” Kevin Rose writes for

“The Mac mini is a mere 6.5”x6.5”, so I had to find the smallest (and most powerful) motherboard possible.  I decided on VIA’s yet to be released Nano-ITX based boards.  Luckily VIA liked the project idea, and were able to ship us a pre-production version for testing,” Rose writes. “Feature-wise, the mobo is pretty impressive.  It has the VIA 1GHz “Nehimiah” [sic] Processor, SATA, Ethernet, integrated audio/video, two SODIMM slots, and most importantly it’s only 4.7 x4.7 inches.”

“Due to size restrictions, fitting a CD-ROM drive in the mini enclosure would be impossible with this motherboard.  Luckily, this motherboard supports pretty much every external bootable device, including bootable CD-ROM and USB thumb drives,” Rose writes.

Full article, complete with nightmarish pictures, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Kevin Rose currently hosts “The Screen Savers” on G4TechTV. There’s no word in his article about whether this thing actually works, but if it does, one thing’s for sure, it’s the only way to get viruses, adware, spyware, and worms into a Mac mini’s case. Ugggh!

Rumor does have it, though, that on initial boot up, instead of a chime, one can clearly hear this hideous Brundlefly-like device croak,”I am not a Frankenstein. I’m a Fronkensteen.”

Also of note, the VIA 1GHz “Nehemiah” gets beaten pretty badly by Intel’s Celeron (Tualatin) 1.3 GHz which, according to this comparison, is about half the speed of the Mac mini’s G4 1.25 GHz processor, to say nothing of the Mac mini’s available 1.42GHz G4. Also, this “FrankenMac mini” seems to have lost FireWire and it’s ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM with AGP 4X support with DVI output (traded for Integrated VIA Unichrome 2D/3D graphics!) along with it’s optical drive in the process. Yuck, what a mess!

We’ve emailed Mr. Rose a short message: “IT’S GOT A ROTTEN BRAIN! IT’S ROTTEN, I TELL YA! ROTTEN!” If this FrankenMac mini is capable of receiving our email, we fully expect Rose’s reply to be even shorter: “Ixnay on the ottenray.”


  1. He aims to “create the fastest PC possible with the size constraints of the mini’s small form factor,” yet he fails to get even the optical drive inside the case. Sounds like he failed right from the start. And, of course, all of the other things MDN mentioned just add to it. Figures (my magic word ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> ).

  2. My nominee for best of Stupid Hacker Tricks.

    This post was brought to you by the MacDailyNews magic word “number,” as in I was numb before I read this article, and now I’m even number.

  3. Dolt.

    He writes, “Luckily VIA liked the project idea, and were able to ship us a pre-production version for testing.” Translation: I was able to con VIA out of a free motherboard for this stupid ‘test’.

    He has nothing better to do with his time than to adulterate a perfectly good Mac with that god-forsaken P.O.S. It’s like putting a Yugo motor into a BMW Z4, just because ‘he can’.

    What a tool.

  4. The trick, while admirable in its audacity, is really a failure. Sure he fit the motherboard in the case, but guess what, he had to leavethe DVD/CD-RW drive out. This is an engineering masterpiece? It’s like ripping out the engine in a Ford, replacing it with a Honda, and then saying, “Well, in order to achieve this feat, we had to take out all the seats.”

  5. He doesn’t get it at all.

    It’s the OS, stupid.

    This post brought to you by the word keep, as in, you can keep your puny mini Windows Franken-PC and put it where the sun don’t shine… in a shoebox in a closet under a rock and a hard place.

  6. Just proves that a pc could never be a small as a mac. Just too much heat on the processors on the Wintel side of the computer world. Thats why mac laptops are that much thinner then any Windows laptop.

  7. PC Users-
    the inherent poor quality of their machines and software means they cannot concieve of a computer that might not need rebuilding. lets face it any half competent Microsoft user is going to eventually think “I could build a better One”. The next assumption is that all computers are the same.

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