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tav.one

Life is Good
I'm slowly getting interested in this as well.
After watching CH's latest Vlog video, I started considering the iMac Pro, but when I checked, the base model costs $6,400 in my country as compared to $3,999 in US
The difference is ridiculous & I can't wait until 2019 to get the new Mac Pro (which as I can expect will also be 1.5x the price in my country) to replace my tiny 2011 iMac.

Is Hackintosh easy enough to build these days and are they as stable as Apple's?
 
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synthpunk

synthpunk

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I found every time I researched it the only conclusion I could come to was can of worms (American slang). Happy with my 6 core vader helmet for now, will probably get some extra years out it by upgrading the processor one day.

I'm slowly getting interested in this as well.
After watching CH's latest Vlog video, I started considering the iMac Pro, but when I checked, the base model costs $6,400 in my country as compared to $3,999 in US
The difference is ridiculous & I can't wait until 2019 to get the new Mac Pro (which as I can expect will also be 1.5x the price in my country) to replace my tiny 2011 iMac.

Is Hackintosh easy enough to build these days and are they as stable as Apple's?
 

tav.one

Life is Good
I found every time I researched it the only conclusion I could come to was can of worms (American slang). Happy with my 6 core vader helmet for now, will probably get some extra years out it by upgrading the processor one day.
Getting a refurbished 6 Core Vader Helmet would be better than Hackintosh, in your opinion?
I just want it to run my (almost) all Spitfire orchestral template.
 
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synthpunk

synthpunk

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For me it is fine, yes. You might look at a 8 core for some extra future proofing. And yes, the Apple refurb store is the way to go IMO.

Saying that and as you probably know Christian just went to a Imac Pro 10K model as his vader helmet 8 core was slowing down (who knows for what reasons). But he does run Logic along with PT and video on his main setup usually.

Getting a refurbished 6 Core Vader Helmet would be better than Hackintosh, in your opinion?
I just want it to run my (almost) all Spitfire orchestral template.
 

jmauz

Active Member
I've been running several hackintoshes...the oldest one has been running strong for 4 years now. I can count on one hand how many crashes I've had. The newest one is an 8 core with 128 gigs of ram. It cost me about half the price of a comparable Mac Pro. It does take a little time and tinkering to get to work properly but it's really not difficult.

Here's a list of hardware (you would use this to avoid compatibility issues):
https://www.tonymacx86.com/buyersguide/february/2018/

Here are the instructions you would need to follow:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/unibeast-install-macos-high-sierra-on-any-supported-intel-based-pc.235474/

If you want to take the plunge and need help feel free to get in touch. :)
 

gsilbers

Part of Pulsesetter-Sounds.com
I've been running several hackintoshes...the oldest one has been running strong for 4 years now. I can count on one hand how many crashes I've had. The newest one is an 8 core with 128 gigs of ram. It cost me about half the price of a comparable Mac Pro. It does take a little time and tinkering to get to work properly but it's really not difficult.

Here's a list of hardware (you would use this to avoid compatibility issues):
https://www.tonymacx86.com/buyersguide/february/2018/

Here are the instructions you would need to follow:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/unibeast-install-macos-high-sierra-on-any-supported-intel-based-pc.235474/

If you want to take the plunge and need help feel free to get in touch. :)

last time i tried (5+yrs ago) having to play connect the dots on which driver, or app worked or didnt work w the hakcingtonsh version i had was a hassle. is that still a thing?
 

jmauz

Active Member
last time i tried (5+yrs ago) having to play connect the dots on which driver, or app worked or didnt work w the hakcingtonsh version i had was a hassle. is that still a thing?
If you use the buyers guide you shouldn't have driver issues. I never have. In terms of apps working, IME if the app is compatible with the OS version you're running it won't be an issue...same as if it was running on Apple hardware...
 

tav.one

Life is Good
I'm also seeing a lot of successful Hackintosh builds with Ryzen CPUs, does anyone from Audio/Music world have any experience with Ryzens and can elaborate if its better for our usage?
 

FriFlo

Senior Member
I am building one right now. Just waiting for the wifi card to finish it, but so far, everything went well, except for one thing I overlooked. Luckily, the guys at tonymacx are really helpful - way better than Apple care! :-D
And to be clear: building that thing I just stuck to what others wrote! I am by no means very knowledgeable about PCs or hacking ... follow one of the „golden builds“ and you’ll be fine!
 

FriFlo

Senior Member
I'm also seeing a lot of successful Hackintosh builds with Ryzen CPUs, does anyone from Audio/Music world have any experience with Ryzens and can elaborate if its better for our usage?
Nothing is impossible, but unless you want to become a the best Mac hacker (or whatever that is called) and rather want to get back to work quickly ... stick with one of the golden builds! Currently, Z390 Motherboards (combined with an i9 9900k in my case) is your best bet. You may even buy 128gb Ram. This is you limitation, if you want a working system, quickly: You cannot build a comparable machine to the upcoming Mac Pro (with 1,5 tb of ram and 28 cores, etc.) easily, as you would need to use AMD or Intel i9 X-Series or even Xeon for that kind of system. This is only something for the hackers! But if you want that kind of power, you can build a PC VEpro machine next to the Hackintosh ... the Hackintosh will be very good for running Cubase/Logic and lots of Plugins, while the slave machine(s) will run thousands of voices on Kontakt. Way better performance this way than one top line Mac Pro is going to posses! - for a fraction of the price ...
 

Jack Weaver

Senior Member
People are already running beta Catalina successfully on Hackintoshes. So Logic 10.4.6 and beyond should be OK. My other DAW is now Bitwig and it'll pretty much run on anything.

My heavily upgraded Mac Pro 5.1 is starting to run into upgrade dead ends. (Just found out about Massive X not working on them, etc., etc.) I might see how far I can go into all the possible fixes in the next couple months just to keep it somewhat happening. Then I will have to make a decision on which way to go when the new Mac Pros actually show up and we can see features/pricing.

I've seen impressive Hackintoshes that equal 14 core iMac Pros. That would be a difference of $3K to $9K for the iMac Pro. Will the new Mac Pros make me feel comfortable enough to spend maybe $12K as opposed to $3K? I don't know yet. I'd definitely use a pro builder to put it together and that way I'd have a resource if things get sticky.

Heavily considering Hackintosh especially since you can get multiple Thunderbolt 3, HDMI and USB 3.1 variants on motherboards now.

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