Skip to comments.Michael Kammes Builds a Hackintosh - Was It Worth It? (includes how to video)
Posted on 06/20/2018 1:41:51 PM PDT by Swordmaker
FCP.co friend Michael Kammes decided to build a Hacintosh, a computer built from parts that runs macOS. He succeeded, but was it worth it and would he do it again? He benchmarks NLE performance including FCPX.
Macs can be expensive, but they work out of the box and we know that apps such as Final Cut Pro X are optimised for the machines.
However, for those who feel up to the technical challenge, it is possible to build a computer to run macOS for a lot less money than buying a new Mac off the shelf.
Michael Kammes got in touch to tell us about his latest YouTube video that he published. He decided to build a Hackintosh and after a lot of research and assembling the parts, managed to build a fully functioning machine.
But was it worth it and how does it benchmark with various NLEs against a Mac Pro and an iMac Pro. We will let Michael take up the story, we were quite surprised at the results and more importantly his conclusion.
How to Build a Hackintosh YouTube.
Should you want to find out more information about building a Hackintosh, Michael has very Kindly published a transcript including some very handy links.
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Why are there no MaClones?...................
If you agree that the value of a DIY project includes the learning, then the answer is always yes.
To me, the real reason to make a Hackintosh is to make a computer to your specifications.
Apple has not been very good to Mac hardware. xServe is gone. Mac Mini and Mac Pro are VERY neglected, and both are inflexible with expansion options. Not everyone wants to use the screen that comes with the iMac, and frankly, it’s been neglected too.
So, if you want a 21st century version of a Mac IIx, Hackintosh it must be.
I’ve done this years ago, just to see if I could get it to run the Mac version of World of Warcraft and CS5. I imagine the hacks are better now.
Is this more along the lines of Mr. Blandings builds his dream computer?
I’ve thought about it before, but find myself doubting it’s worth the bother. Maybe I’ll see if I can find an old macbook at a pawn shop or something instead if I really feel the urge to play around with one.
As it is, I’m looking to build a new PC so that I can play the next xpack of (franchise) in 4K when it releases in August. Should be good times. Maybe I’ll see if parts can be rigged so that it can be dual booted. ‘Tis a thought.
If I were going to hack Mac I would build this one.
$350 Budget Hackintosh vs $1,300 iMac!
I saw authorized Mac clones by UMax circa 1997 in Best Buy, when Apple was about to go down the tubes. Umax made some.
I saw authorized Mac clones by UMax circa 1997 in Best Buy, when Apple was about to go down the tubes (i.e., before Jobs returned to AAPL . Umax made some.Why are there no MaClones? - Red Badger.
Why are there no MaClones? Because Steve Jobs. And his vision of the Mac as an integrated hardware/software product.
If a PC doesnt work, you complain to the hardware vendor and he points at Microsoft, and Microsoft points at the hardware vendor. If a Mac doesnt work, you complain to Apple and there is no one for them to pass the buck to. Apple responds without finger pointing. At least in theory, and I think also in practice. Especially if you live within reasonable proximity of an Apple Store (which I no longer do).
The clone market just about killed Apple. Apple’s model has long been to be a hardware company that makes its own proprietary OS that seamlessly runs on its own hardware (it is really hard to compare OS’s built to run on specific hardware vs. an OS that has to be bloated to run on an insane variety of unpredictable components and quality (or lack of) build.
But at the same time - as Apple attempted to shift its model to the OS side of marketing - they dropped the ball several times. They hoped that licensing the OS to 3rd Party makers would help. Sadly - some major quality control and poor engineering plagued those makers - which further tarnished lackluster Apple’s “System Software”... Jobs came back, cleaned house, and picked Apple up and set it on a much better footing (returning to the great/desirable hardware model with its own OS as the model).
Big harry deal. The box I’m typing this from is a Linux Mint system with VirtualBox installed, beaucoup RAM and a CPU that supports 64-bit Virtualization. I have installed on it and can run authentic Windows 10, WinXP, OS/2, MS-DOS, OSX, and Android in VBox virtual environments, even alternating between them without rebooting.
Probably just generic PC hardware with some single ‘special’ chip added which that seller of Gold Plated Turds puts in the overpriced computers they sell to try to block similar production.
That chip likely has a secret code number which is used to secretly identify the owner every use on the internet (for the betterment of the customer’s computer-using experience OF COURSE ...)
TRACKING YOU FOR YOUR OWN GOOD ...
As an Apple outsider it seems to me that Apple’s big leap forward in desktop computers/laptops was moving to Intel processors. Big leaps #2 and #3 were iphones and ipads. Out of these three, iPhone was the leap that made and makes the most money (income) and profits.
This is pretty much in the past. It was very difficult and took years to perfect. But by now with Windows Ten and even before, Microsoft is ultra coordinated with the major computer manufacturers as far as the OS working seamlessly with the hardware. If Apple is at 100% due to being hardware and OS supplier, then modem MS Windows computers made by Dell, HP, Acer, Asus etc. are at 95% or higher. This had to be done or they would all die, especially with the smart fone onslaught. Windows Ten is almost a zero cost commodity. You can buy Win Ten keys for a few bucks on ebay (gotta do an ebay international search) for a build your own. I have done this.
There Orange pc’s but I haven’t seen one of those since the mid 80s. I think they were produced out of Taiwan, but I’m not sure. I saw a few on Guam and a friend of mine told me that he used to see them around Seattle during the same time period.
There once were Mac Clones, in fact there were over 140 different companies world wide making Mac clones. . . and they were killing Apple as a company until Steve jobs came back and killed the clone program. Now Apple does not sell it's OS, ever. It licenses it only for use with an Apple branded Mac computer.
The end user software license prohibits the OS's use on any computer not so branded. Apple will not go after any hobbyist who chooses to install it on a computer they've built themselves for their own use but will go after anyone who builds computers for retail sale that includes macOS. They have sued several such operations in Federal Court for copyright and patent infringement violations and won.
Whoop-de-doo, Paal. When I was doing a lot more consulting, to support my. clients, I routinely simultaneously ran NINE different operating systems in their own screens or windows on my primary desk top Mac, including three different Windows versions, MS-DOS, two different versions of Linux, the underlying UNIX, and two different versions of OSX. . . all in their own virtual machines. I also had available THEOS, Atari-OS, Amiga-OS, iOS, and emulations of C=64 and C=128.
This is true - with the caveat that it is now a relatively small leap from iPhones using non-Intel processors to Macs, small and big, using those same processors. Intel is on notice, Im sure.
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