My Hackintosh Hardware Spec

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Some of you have asked about my exact Hackintosh spec, so here it is.

I built my Hackintosh in March/April 2014, after finally deciding that the Mac Pro was too expensive and didn’t really fit my needs. The spec I was going to go for was an 8-core model, with 32 gigs of RAM, a 1 TB flash drive, additional external storage, two D700s, etc. The price was the deciding factor – at the time I calculated the Mac Pro setup to be around 9000 USD with the display I wanted and all the peripherals I would need. That was much too expensive and I didn’t really need the two GPUs, a Xeon CPU or ECC RAM. I decided to explore the Hackintosh path… I finally decided on a spec. The sum of all of its parts came out to around 4000 USD (SRP), but I managed to buy everything for a little under 3000 USD (though I did get the Eizo later, after finally ditching my 27” Dell).

One of the stages of building my Hackintosh — still missing a few parts.

My Current Hackintosh Spec

  • Display: Eizo EV3237 4K
  • Case: SilverStone FT03 (titanium)
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Gene
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K 3.5 GHz Haswell
  • RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 4 × 8 GB DDR3 2400 MHz
  • SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 480 GB (×2) (Striped)
  • HDD: Western Digital WD Black 3 TB (×2) (Mirrored)
  • GPU: Radeon R9 280X
  • Cooling: Corsair H80i
  • Fans: Noctua NF-S12A (×2) & Noctua NF-F12 (×2)
  • Power: Seasonic Platinum-760
  • Sound: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1
  • Other: Bluetooth LE & Wi-Fi PCIe Module

The secret sauce is in the PCIe module – its parts come from a 2013 iMac. This means that I have fully functional Handoff, iMessage, and other Continuity features. I imported mine from China, but the one linked above is the exact same model.

I have had no issues with this machine since 2014. Because its spec is carefully based on the 2013 iMac, I need no special kexts or anything else to get it running. So far, I just had to upgrade Clover once a year (EFI emulator), when a new macOS comes out. Other than that, I have no issues. I did choose to Stripe my SSDs, but I advise against that – macOS cannot create a Recovery Partition on a RAID volume, which means Find My Mac or FileVault doesn’t work (this applies to Macs as well, e.g. older Mac Pros). The solution is simple – buy a 1, 2 or 4 TB SSD and use it as a single drive.

Two Striped Kingston HyperX 480 GB SSDs.

As far as I know, it is currently almost impossible to build as clean a Hackintosh as this one. I am currently waiting on the new Mac Pro that Apple has planned and I will adjust my expectations and future plans as needed. Since NVMe support is currently a joke, I would just prefer to get the 2018-2019 Mac Pro, but perhaps it will be possible to build a Hackintosh based on its spec.

In the meantime, I am considering switching out my two SSDs for a single 2 TB drive, as well as selling my Radeon 280X and replacing it with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti or 1080Ti (they are very pricey!). No rush though — this machine is still as fast as when I bought it and it still flies through my tasks.

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20 Comments

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  2. would love to see some benchmarks on this

  3. Striped SSDs: 980/550 MBps.

    64-bit Geekbench 3 results:
    – single core: 4647
    – multi core: 18282

    Macs for comparison:
    Mac Pro late 2013 4-core – single core: 3585
    Mac Pro late 2013 6-core – single core: 3577
    Mac Pro late 2013 8-core – single core: 3568
    Mac Pro late 2013 12-core – single core: 3174
    iMac late 2013 i7 3,5 GHz – single core: 3903
    Mac Pro late 2013 4-core – multi core: 14473
    Mac Pro late 2013 6-core – multi core: 20687
    Mac Pro late 2013 8-core – multi core: 25637
    Mac Pro late 2013 12-core – multi core: 32776
    iMac late 2013 i7 3,5 GHz – multi core: 14742

    Luxmark v2:
    R9 280X – Luxmark – Sala, GPU only: 2402
    2× R9 280X – Luxmark – Sala, GPU only: 4787

    BruceX 5K:
    iMac 27″ i7 2.8 GHz 2009 12 GB RAM: 2m 25s
    Hackintosh: 25 s

  4. Edited previous comment to specify that I meant Luxmark v2.

  5. Do you remember how did it all cost?

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  7. Check the 2nd paragraph. 😉

    The sum of all of its parts came out to around 4000 USD (SRP), but I managed to buy everything for a little under 3000 USD (though I did get the Eizo later, after finally ditching my 27” Dell).

  8. Hello Wojtek,
    this is the nicest Mackintosh setup I have ever seen.
    This encourages me to look for a similar setup.
    Especially the cast look fantastic.

    But I have one question – the slot I see on the 2nd picture – is that for a CD-ROM?!
    Though this might be an outdated type of storage device, it would be nice to have it especially on Hackintosh.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best Regards, Markus

  9. Yes it is. It takes any ‘slim’ DVD, CD etc. drive.

    Thanks!

  10. What mouse do you use? Mm2 or something else?

  11. Wacom Intuos 4 + pen + Wacom mouse on right side of keyboard. Magic Trackpad on the left. 🙂

  12. Got an OCZ RD400 m.2 SSD (w/ Addonics PCIE 3.0 4x adapter) last week for my Z97 hack and it works OOB with 50%+ more performance:

    http://imgur.com/a/bmycB

    It’s NVMe but if you set the LBA sector size from 512 bytes to “Advanced Format” 4k [need to create a bootable linux drive utility from OCZ’s SSD Utility Windows app to do this] Apple’s NVMe driver is happy with it.

    Also, now that nvidia is supporting macOS again my GTX 950 card ($100 refurb from NewEgg) is driving my 2 4K 24″ Samsung displays (2 x $200 from NewEgg Black Friday) great.

  13. A few hoops but impressive performance.

    I really hope Apple supports standard NVMes in the next Mac Pro. It would make life so much easier. That and an off the shelf GPU and I’ll just spring for it.

  14. Just a word of caution – the 1080/1080ti are currently not supported by MacOS. You can find many posts written by frustrated Hackintosh users around the world stating that they only got a black screen after upgrading their GPUs to the 10xx series. I tried installing MacOS on my PC (6700K, 64GB DDR4 RAM, GTX 1080, both PCI and SATA SSD) with no success. After turning on the integrated graphics and disconnecting the 1080 the MacOS worked. I removed it though because I primarily use the computer for 3D rendering software, which only makes sense when I can use the discrete card to boost the performance.

  15. Apple has the power and resources to do anything, so I’m certainly looking forward to their next desktop.

    Nice having both a Haswell Z-97 and also a Skylake i7 hack as backups. Pop in a 1080ti and I’m golden for years.

  16. Since I’ve read this post I was intrigued to try again hackintosh. I decided to try and install it on my GameRig. It was not so easy on the beginning but with Tonymac86 community I was able to run it and now it’s working very well. I needed some kext to make it happen but 90% functionality at the moment is working flawlessly (10% probably will work when I would hve mac wifi/Bluetooth module). I’m starting to think about selling my iMac 5K and get back to 1 desktop setup. My LG 4K monitor it’s quite elegant even compare to iMac :)
    I have nvidia 1070 GTX and it’s working without any issues (only a bit more tricky to install). System I’ve used is Sierra.
    Thanks for the inspiration

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