I am a little confused about hackintosh graphics cards

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  1. diamondschwin macrumors member

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    I was interested in the lifehacker.com 900 dollar mac pro build and was just wondering how the graphics card functions since it is a PC version.


    Wouldnt you need to flash the card to a mac rom to get it running or is this handled differently because of the pc motherboard bios??



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  2. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    The reflash is to get the card to understand EFI instead of BIOS, so you would leave the card as-is on a hackintosh since the hardware uses BIOS.
     
  3. 300D macrumors 65816

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    $900 will not even remotely come close to building a "Mac Pro", just a low-end wannabe Hackintrash.
     
  4. CoryBoyUSA macrumors member

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    Other than it not being in a pretty case by Apple, if it meets or exceeds the specs of a Mac Pro, how does it not "remotely come close" to one? Please elaborate, 'cause I'm really curious to see the reasoning behind that statement.

     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you do know you can buy a lot of computer for 900 right...
     
  6. 300D macrumors 65816

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    For $900? Bull.

    Have you actually priced out the components of a real Mac Pro?

    With the computational power and build quality of a Mac Pro, no you can't. $900 will get you some low-end Core i7 powered heap of cords thrown together in a generic case. And it certainly won't buy you a Mac other than a Mini or a hacked :apple:tv
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    build quality?
    computational power?

    yes, you can....simply look at benchmarks.

    remember not EVERYONE needs a dual socket cpu mb either which really drives the cost nor server grade cpu's over desktop cpus or server grade ram when most dont need anything more than regualr desktop ram. server grade does not boost performance in terms of benchmarking

    but you also alluded to 900 being a low end hackintosh which is flat out false

    when you build your own system, you can control the build quaility of the components
     
  8. CoryBoyUSA macrumors member

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    Have I personally? No. Have you? Apparently you have some wisdom the rest of us do not, hence my request for you to elaborate, versus answering questions with questions. Please enlighten us with the breakdown of how we can't create a system that has equal or greater specs that runs OS X just as well.
     
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    Then buy a single CPU model Mac Pro, thats why they have them.

    What do you do if you can't afford an Audi? Buy a VW.

    No, I stated a fact that $900 will build a low-end Hackintrash.

    No you can't. You're stuck using consumer parts from a list of known compatible components.
    In addition, how about control of R&D? Component layout? Cooling zones? The OS being designed with your machine's exact specs and components in mind? Something that doesn't need gay lights and viewing windows to look cool?
    Didn't think so.

    It doesn't take a genius to use google.

    Not just wisdom, common sense.

    Thats extremely easy, OSX isn't licensed to run on anything but Apple-built hardware. Since you don't work on Apple's design team (you wouldn't be here if you did) it would be pretty darn hard to build an Apple machine.
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    lol you missed my point
    clever play on words. 900 is not low end for a hackintosh
    consumer parts? LOL, you do know that mac parts are consumer too right...

    ah apple defense at its best.

    R&D? cooling zones? component layout? what makes you think pc's dont incorporate any of this? lol

    oh and i dont use "gay lights" *gasp*

    oh nevermind that many of the same components macs used can easily be bought for a pc
    quite amusing

    regardless, the fact is that many hackintoshes outperform macpros is very easily found by google
    lol indeed. try it

    the claim was that a hackintosh cant give macpro performance and it can easily as evidenced by a simple search

    we arent building apple machines, we are making machines that run osx.
     
  12. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    How is a hackintosh when it comes to online software updates? does it work like a real mac? or are you stuck with the version installed?
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i have upgraded to every update

    sometimes kexts are broken but lately its been really seemeless as of late (10.5.5 on to SL that is)
     
  14. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    That's pretty cool!! *thumps up* :)
    Guess a 'hackintosh' is like a poor person's Mac?
     
  15. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

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    I can see this getting ugly real fast.
     
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i did it not for the money aspect, but for the fact that i wanted a challenge
     
  17. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Well, that depends on the indevidual and how they wish to take it. Personally I don't think it's a bad thing for users to build windows boxes to run MacOS. If anything it's all positive! After all, if there's a million hackintosh users out there, then there's a million more MacUsers - so to speak.

    Looking at your common Intel Mac machine, if you strip away all the custom casing/housing, it's essentially a PC anyway.

    Challenges are always fun!!!

    So can you use any board for a hackintosh box? Or is the mobo and components fairly sensitive?? ...as you can see, i know nothing about them.
     
  18. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    You need to pick compatible components. Just research the heck out of insanlymac when you decide to
     
  19. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    It will depend on the method you use, and what you may consider acceptable for "success". ;) :p

    For example, the EFI emulation + Vanilla Kernel will work on most anything to some degree. Every single part may be functional, maybe not, if there's no kext for it, and the ones built into OS X won't make some aspect (component) work.

    In researching the board we're both using for example, there's no solution to use the Marvell SAS chip on it. :eek: I can live with that. :D Someone else may not be able to though, as they want to boot off a SAS drive.

    It just depends on the specifics for the user IMO. ;)
     
  20. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    example?
     
  21. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    As you already have the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution, it would be easier to search out what you have already. :eek: :p

    Unless you want to do this with an entirely different system (that you haven't yet decided on parts). ;)
     
  22. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Oh, so you wanted the "challenge" of assembling parts made to work with each-other from a list of known "OSX compatible" parts. Skill busting.

    Apple is a hardware company, not a software company. It doesn't matter if a million people pay the $30 for OSX, Apple doesn't make any meaningful profit from it.
     
  23. Kristenn macrumors 6502

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    I don't have anything against Hackintosh per say. But I'm a little shocked that people are allowed to talk about this stuff here >>

    With it being mainly a Apple Rumors website. You think it wouldn't be allowed :confused:
     
  24. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Going by recent events, Apple's become a device/gadget company (iPods, iPhones, :apple:TV,...., i.e. portable devices in particular). These they still design. The aquisition of P.A. Semiconductor bears this out, as it will produce the silicon for such devices specifically tailored to Apple's product lines.

    The computers however, specifically the MP, and to a lesser extent the iMac are afterthoughts these days. Apple's even admitted this to some extent at least.

    Ive's designs the case. ODM's do the rest of it (Intel, Foxconn,...).
     
  25. goMac macrumors 603

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    For me, the problem with building an i7 is you can't do 8 cores and you can't do dual processor configurations. At that point, you might as well go Xeon, and you might as well get a Mac Pro.

    You could argue that not everyone needs 8 cores, but that still means a real Mac Pro will blow away a Hackintosh in benchmarks. They aren't comparable, don't pretend they are.

    It's a bit like someone saying that a netbook is comparable to a real notebook. They both have their uses, but it's plain stupid to pretend they are the same class of machine.
     

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