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Why you should build a Hackintosh
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-08-07 22:49:44

Fast forward 5 years and Apple still doesn't have a solution that satisfies customers that have extensive need for customization and specialized workflows. During the time of trash can Mac Pro, I worked on a 5K iMac, because I really liked the hi-resolution display. But hiding away all those cables was a chore. After Apple showed us the future of professional hardware with the iMac Pro, I was fed up with the situation and I started to investigate the possibility of building my own Hackintosh. Putting all the hardware together was the easy part, making macOS work was tough, but I did it.

I honestly don't believe a 'Hackintosh' is a suitable machine for any mission-critical environment, but if you're willing to deal with the risks and minor headaches, it's a not-as-hard-as-you-think way to get your hands on a very powerful macOS machine for a very reasonable price - with a lot more options and choices than Apple will ever give you, even if you take the hypothetical, vapourware new Mac Pro into account.

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Best option
By cmost on 2018-08-07 22:54:22
I've built a few Hackintosh workstations for people who were tired of waiting for Apple to update its hardware. My own workstation, an HP Z800 with dual 12 core 3.6 GHz Xeons makes a fine Hackintosh out of the box which I played around with for a few weeks before I realized that I prefer Linux. If Apple wants to get lazy with its hardware development and focus on its iPhones and iPads then I can't understand why it can't partner with a few trusted hardware vendors such as HP or Dell to produce Apple blessed workstations that run macOS. I'd pay for one (assuming it wouldn't be the exorbitant prices Apple currently charges for what amounts to out of date hardware.)
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I'm doing the opposite
By Dasher42 on 2018-08-08 00:45:44
I've just spent a busy evening putting Kubuntu on an old upgraded 2010 Macbook Pro. I have two of those, and given an SSD and 8GB of RAM, they're still really solid machines. They're not a cinch to open up and switch the keyboard on, but they're much more serviceable than what's coming out of Apple these days, and if you can stomach hybrid GPT/MBR partition tables and a bit of tinkering to get drivers working, it's good stuff.

It's funny to be running against the crowd.
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RE: Best option
By adkilla on 2018-08-08 00:47:00
It's been a while since I looked at this, is it possible to build a decent hackintosh laptop? It would be great if I could get MacOS running on a high-end gaming laptop.

The other limitation with hackintoshes, is that you can't use any of the Ryzen chips on offer. It's Intel only.
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RE[2]: Best option
By cb88 on 2018-08-08 01:21:48
Yes you can... https://download.amd-osx.com/inst...

Note: only the high sierra installer works with ryzen out of the box.

Edited 2018-08-08 01:22 UTC
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Apple still doesn't understand the need for expansion
By dark2 on 2018-08-08 03:39:04
Last time I looked at updates, Apple was reportedly going with an external GPU solution for their future Mac Pro replacement, ignoring the possibility of other expansion cards like sound that might exist. Going with external thunderbolt/pci express means hardly anyone hardware maker will support expansion cards, leaving the pros in the exact same situation as before.
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RE: Apple still doesn't understand the need for expansion
By Drumhellar on 2018-08-08 06:53:55
They were promoting external GPUs for the iMac Pro.

They haven't given any specifics on the supposed next gen Mac Pro that's supposed to come out early 2019
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RE[3]: Best option
By adkilla on 2018-08-08 07:09:05
Looks like there is no Ryzen iGPU support. This would mean desktop only for now. Also, lots of bugs are still being worked on for general AMD support.
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I liked the "tough" link!
By avgalen on 2018-08-08 08:27:27
Basically the only reason to build a HackinTosh are:
* You want to experiment with macOS on real hardware
* You like macOS, but Apple doesn't sell the kind of hardware that you want/need

From https://martinhering.me/post/0/ev...
In summary, I would never recommend to anybody to build a hackintosh unless he has the time and energy to make it work. I can say, a hackintosh is not about the money, it's about the challange to make it work. If you need a machine for your professional work, get an iMac or an iMac Pro.
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A batter choice for Pro environment
By rener on 2018-08-08 09:15:09
Because you can custom configure it to your need, fix it in timely in case something fails, and upgrade components at any time you want, too. Try that we an Apple Mac, they can't even service or repair their own iMac Pro thing, ... not to mention constantly outdated and not user upgradable / serviceable rest of the line, ..!
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RE: I'm doing the opposite
By rener on 2018-08-08 09:17:14
yeah, too bad Apple constantly does non-standard things and running OtherOS like Linux harder than necessary on the Mac hardware, been there, done that, … not motivated to buy Macs anymore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O...
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