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Will a 2012 Mac Mini logic board fit in a 2010 model?

I am thinking about building/cannibalizing a Mac Mini(s) in order to make one functional Mac Mini with the 2.6Ghz i7 Quad Core Logic board AND optical drive in a 2010 model shell. I am aware of the inherent difficulties in such an endeavor. I've seen various posts stating they've done a 2010 - 2011/2012 model swap, but my main question is whether the 2.6 quad i7 will fit in a 2010 shell along with an optical drive. I've only seen a few low quality pictures of the logic board itself, and it appears to have large heat sinks that take up quite a bit of space compared to other boards. Price being barred of course (this is as much a project for me, as it is for the final product).

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Kind of similar to Can a 2011 Mac Mini fit in a 2010 case? but with some other minor alterations, as you have already noted.

The heatsinks themselves should not be in the way of the optical drive tray, but a capacitor seems to be required to be moved, which means soldering. and has more pictures with the 2012 as well.

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For reference here’s some better logic board images

This is the 2010

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And this one is the 2012

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You do need to use the 2012 heatsink and you might have mounting issues as the mount points do look a little off. The RAM SO-DIIMS are also different.

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