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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
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Hackintosh Performance Hardware Options
Hackintosh Components
Hackintosh CPU Performance
Hackintosh Video Performance
Final Thoughts

Hackintosh Performance Hardware Options

Recently I described my latest Hackintosh build, a mini-ITX system based on an Intel Core i3-3220 CPU, an ASUS P8H77-i motherboard, and an ASUS GTX660 video card. I had to work with what our vendors sent us for the project, but that doesn't mean that you do. In this follow-up article I'll explore the performance and price of some different CPU and video hardware options.

As Apple moves aggressively down the road towards making all of their products sealed, non-expandable, and non-serviceable computing appliances, the allure of the Hackintosh only grows. Apple started this with the original Macbook Air's soldered-in memory, and the iPhone's non-removable battery and lack of a card slot carried onwards to the iPad. The iMac is the latest product to be a glued-together black box, and I'm sure the next refresh of the Mac Mini will be a sealed slab of aluminum, too. Only the very expensive Mac Pro retains any semblance of expansion and service features.

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For readers of this web site, the appeal of a Hackintosh is that you can design a Mac work-alike machine exactly as you want it, and can easily upgrade it to boot, since it's just a PC hardware-wise. I've written three previous Hackintosh articles, covering the original X58-based machine in October, 2010, and the updated Sandy Bridge version in August, 2011. In between these two articles I covered the Hackintosh Experience in November, 2010.

In my most recent article, I showed you how to build a mini-ITX based system with a modern Ivy Bridge CPU and NVIDIA GTX650 video card. However, since I had a Core i7-3770K CPU available, and ASUS had generously supplied one of their hot GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 video cards, I thought it would be interesting to benchmark some alternative component configurations.



 

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# Nice updateMugsy 2013-06-07 05:04
Glad to see this update. As most readers seemed to note, last weeks report seemed strapped by relying only on the hardware provided for testing rather than look at more capable and/or compatible components.

I think the greatest draw of a "Hackintosh" is the ability to create a Top End machine without paying Apple's Top End wildly over-marked-up price.
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# You can build this machine for a little less.LWATCDR 2013-06-08 07:06
PCPartPicker part list: #pcpartpicker.com/p/14fDm
Price breakdown by merchant: #pcpartpicker.com/p/14fDm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: #pcpartpicker.com/p/14fDm/benchmarks/
Using PC parts picker to find the parts I did increase the drive to a 1 TB drive and switched to a bigger power supply from Corsair and memory from A-Data. You save enough that you could throw in an SSD for a fusion drive with almost no effort.
CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($132.66 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-I Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: A-Data 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $495.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-08 09:50 EDT-0400)
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# RE: You can build this machine for a little less.David Ramsey 2013-06-08 13:02
Excellent component suggestions!
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