Is there a point to use Nvidia GPU rather than Vega for Hackintosh?

hajime

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Hi, for people interested in building a Hackintosh, I read there are possible driver issues if using Nvidia GPU. If the driver issues are solved, any point to use Nvidia GPU rather than Vega?
 

mcnallym

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Assuming happy to stay on high Sierra rather then Mojave then no reason not to use Nvidia. Until recently then Nvidia seemed to be preferred, however with the amd support added the the rx580 and vega 56/64 seem to be preferred solution these days.

However same as with the cMP then will need to wait for Mojave drivers to come along for Nvidia, which doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon.

If you need CUDA however would need Nvidia anyway, but otherwise general consensus from new builds over at tonymac is that amd is the way to go.
 

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I read there are possible driver issues if using Nvidia GPU
Apple doesn't supply drivers for Nvidia, so there will be issues. AMD is Apple's GPU of choice and it makes little sense (at least to me) to try to make a hackintosh with nvidia. You're just asking for trouble imo

You've posted in the past how you've come to appreciate windows, why go back? Building a PC and loading windows will be easier and less problem free, especially if you're not accustomed to building machines.
 

hajime

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Apple doesn't supply drivers for Nvidia, so there will be issues. AMD is Apple's GPU of choice and it makes little sense (at least to me) to try to make a hackintosh with nvidia. You're just asking for trouble imo

You've posted in the past how you've come to appreciate windows, why go back? Building a PC and loading windows will be easier and less problem free, especially if you're not accustomed to building machines.
I want to have triple boot. If I can turn the workstation into Hackintosh, then I can sell my MBP 2010 17". Mac OS will not be my main OS but it is nice to have a clone of my 9 years old Mac/
 

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I want to have triple boot. If I can turn the workstation into Hackintosh, then I can sell my MBP 2010 17". Mac OS will not be my main OS but it is nice to have a clone of my 9 years old Mac/
Why not just buy a 2014 laptop? At one point during this past summer, you seemed prepared to walk away from macOS, what changed your mind? I'm not knocking you, because I chose the 2018 MBP to return back to the apple ecosystem.

I think a better solution is to run macOS in a VM, then you won't run into problems trying to run macOS on a GPU that is not designed to run.

I'm sure it can be done, but with apple only support AMD, I'm not sure its worth the effort. What will you be doing in macOS that requires a Nvidia card that you cannot do in windows?
 
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hajime

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Why not just buy a 2014 laptop? At one point during this past summer, you seemed prepared to walk away from macOS, what changed your mind? I'm not knocking you, because I chose the 2018 MBP to return back to the apple ecosystem.

I think a better solution is to run macOS in a VM, then you won't run into problems trying to run macOS on a GPU that is not designed to run.

I'm sure it can be done, but with apple only support AMD, I'm not sure its worth the effort. What will you be doing in macOS that requires a Nvidia card that you cannot do in windows?
That is a good option. If MacOS supports Nvidia card, then I don't need to buy an extra AMD card to run the Hackintosh natively.

If I recall correctly, I need a Mac in order to make Mac OS works under VM or make a Hackintosh. So it is worth to keep my MBP 2010 17"? Apple does not allow it to upgrade to the latest OS through.
 

Alaska_guy

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I have a gtx 1080 in my hackintosh on high sierra and I can't get Web drivers to work. Says it's not supported. My r9 280x worked natively.