- Feb 5, 2013
- Gigabyte Z490 Vision D
- 6800 XT
To follow on these thoughts, I’ve always liked having a real Mac as well as a hack; it satisfies having the ‘it just works’ aspect of the real Mac, as well as scratching the geek itch of making a Hackintosh. You get two macs for the price of 1.5, and the real one is great backup if something goes wrong on the hack… just my $0.016 (exchange rate)
Interesting....right now, my "real" macs are primary, and the hacks are backups (betas, mostly). My thinking is that I need to wait for the Apple Silicon releases next year to see how much they will cost. If they are reasonably affordable (I'm hoping the "small" Mac Pro will come in at about $8-12K or thereabouts), I would keep one of the hacks as a dual boot (Windows and Mac, maybe even Linux) backup, but I just can't see using a hack as a production machine. That's a risk I just don't want to take. Particularly for Video and Mograph (After Effects, etc), that's just a no-no, at least for me. Audio only, maybe, but Mograph Video and most Video applications, no way.
Anther thing: I don't know if this affects you or not, but for me and many other video and audio professionals, you have to think about license costs. Each "mac" real or not, typically needs licensing for most software. That's also a cost to consider as well. Yes, you can ignore on some cases (like Apple's software for the most part), but most pro software limits installs to 2-3, and then you must pay more if you want to install that software on another machine. So, there's that.