- Oct 24, 2013
- Gigabyte Z590 Vision D
- i7-11700K OC @ 5.2GHz
- RX 6800 XT
- Mobile Phone
@CaseySJ @mm2margaret Regarding the future of Hackintosh, what we know is Intel appears to be coming back. Alder Lake appears to be a beast. But what we don’t know is if whether Alder Lake and Raptor Lake and the future lakes will continue to work with macOS. Theoretically the future lakes should be able to boot macOS just fine, but we don’t know whether the performance increases that come from mixing and matching multiple x86 architectures in the same chip will be there for macOS. For example, windows “allegedly” needed a new version with a new thread scheduler to take advantage of the hybrid architecture from Alder Lake… so even if Alder Lake is a performance beast on Windows, it could be gimped on macOS. Secondly, as Intel adds new compute tiles to its future architectures, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work in macOS. As an example, Intel Xe graphics in Tiger Lake and Rocket Lake are much better than their Gen9.x counterparts, but macOS has no drivers for them. This will likely only get worse with time.Well, I too, like many others have a new 14" M1Max Macbook Pro ordered and it is scheduled to be delivered in very early November.
I like the hacks I've built but they have been pretty high maintenance, and while part of me enjoys the challenge of making these work, another part of me feels that it distracts me from really focusing on my work.
However missed blessing that sounds, the $$$ for "real" macs keeps going up, and that too is a decidedly mixed blessing.
So, for me, I will be especially curious about two issues; the first is just how good is my new laptop, and next year when the "possible" new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon comes out, just how much $$$ will Apple charge us for the new Apple Silicon Mac Pro. If it is affordable, or relatively so, that might just say to me that "ready-to-use" trumps the potential savings that might come from a hackintosh.
And, this is strictly my opinion, but after all, time spent doing and re-doing EFIs is also a cost, is it not? I think my time is worth something after all.
EDIT: @CaseySJ: FYI: I have re-installed my Fenvi HB1200 in my Z490, and it's perfect (so far). It responds natively (best I can tell), and best of all, it only need two antennas, which I also like very very much. I just needed the BT for a short project, and BT works great in this hack. I will wait for the Intel BT drivers to mature for now.
To Each His Own.
And if Apple never uses newer x86 processors in new Macs again, then sooner or later the inevitable will happen when it stops supporting x86 builds altogether on new versions of the OS. Monterey was the beginning of a ruthless front to boot x86 from the Mac. Many Intel models that worked fine with Big Sur got cut off for Monterey. I only foresee that trend accelerating for all but the latest Intel macs. What could happen however is Sapphire Rapids Xeon or a Meteor Lake Xeon could convince Apple to use x86 in the next Mac Pro. But that’s speculative, given that Apple could also scale up the M1 Max design to add many more CPU and GPU cores to fit in the power envelope of a desktop chassis with a large power supply and appropriate cooling.
Our hobby may be on the way out. Very sad to see, I’ve been hacking for years. But such is life, the only thing promised is change.