Contribute
Register

Hackintosh Pro $4000: i9 (8 cores), AMD vega 64, LG 5K, mojave 10.4.x

Joined
Nov 19, 2018
Messages
12
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Classic, Color Classic, iBook, iMac, LC, Performa, Power Mac, PowerBook, Quadra, Workgroup Server, SE/30
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS, Other
Do you have a recommendation? or experience with the same components? thanks.

I buy components for a new Mac, with this configuration, to do maybe little better from the iMac Pro (basic model).
OS: macOS 10.14.x

The last change of this configuration is at the bottom of this post
direct link
: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/hackintosh-pro-4000-i9-8-cores-amd-vega-64-lg-5k-mojave-10-4-x.267842/#post-1877514

Processor: i7 with 8 cores (16 virtual cores)
INTEL Eight Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz up to 4.90 GHz
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/processors/core/i7-processors/i7-9700k.html
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/processors/core/i7-processors/i7-9700k.html
Motherboard:
ASUS ROG Strix Z370H GAMING
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-STRIX-Z370-H-GAMING/
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-STRIX-Z370-H-GAMING/
RAM: (only 16Go after maybe 32Go)
2x 8Go 4000Mhz KINGSTON HyperX Predator RGB
https://www.hyperxgaming.com/us/memory/predator-ddr4
https://www.hyperxgaming.com/us/memory/predator-ddr4
WaterCooling:
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Liquid-Cooling/Single-Radiator-Liquid-Coolers/Hydro-Series™-H60-High-Performance-Liquid-CPU-Cooler/p/CW-9060007-WW

Case:
BE QUIET! Silent Base 801
https://www.bequiet.com/en/case/1610
https://www.bequiet.com/en/case/1610
Power supply:
CORSAIR RM650x 80 Plus Gold
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Power/Plug-Type/RMx-Series/p/CP-9020178-NA

Graphic Card: (AMD)
SAPPHIRE - RADEON RX VEGA 64 NITRO+ 8G HBM2
http://sapphirenitro.sapphiretech.com/en/Vega64LE.html

SSD:
2x SAMSUNG M.2 PCIe SAMSUNG 970 Evo NVMe 1To
https://www.samsung.com/fr/memory-storage/970-evo-nvme-m2-ssd/MZ-V7E1T0BW/


Monitor: 5K
LG 34WK95U-W 34" (5K 2K WUHD, Resolution: 5120 x 2160)
https://www.lg.com/us/business/commercial-display/products/desktop-monitors/lg-34BK95U-W

Price: ~ $4000 (Hackintosh $2500.-- + monitor $1500.--)
 
Last edited:
Joined
Nov 19, 2018
Messages
12
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Classic, Color Classic, iBook, iMac, LC, Performa, Power Mac, PowerBook, Quadra, Workgroup Server, SE/30
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS, Other
hummm....
I have pre-ordered this configuration, but I realize, maybe the RAM with this processor will not go faster than DDR4-2666Mhz and I have pre-ordered 2x DDR4 8Go @ 4000Mhz. Right?

Or it's possible to overclock to 4000Mhz? thanks
 
Last edited:
Joined
May 12, 2018
Messages
107
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 7
CPU
i7 8700k @4.9GHz
Graphics
GTX 1080
Mac
MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS

pastrychef

Moderator
Joined
May 29, 2013
Messages
13,316
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming
CPU
i9-9900K OC'd @ 5.0GHz
Graphics
Radeon VII
Mac
MacBook, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
iBook, Power Mac, PowerBook
Mobile Phone
iOS
I'm not sure the CPU cooler you chose will be enough to cool the i9-9900K.
 
Joined
Nov 19, 2018
Messages
12
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Classic, Color Classic, iBook, iMac, LC, Performa, Power Mac, PowerBook, Quadra, Workgroup Server, SE/30
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS, Other
Your RAM Module is not listed on the Motherboards Support List:

https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/...912.654089524.1545412913-199984646.1539519420

You can try overclocking it, but if you still can, switch them with 3200Mhz G.Skill or Corsair RAM. 3200Mhz is fast enough.

The Corsair H60 might not be enough if you consider overclocking the 9700k.
Which cooler would be the most efficient?
maybe this cpu is max 2666Mhz with RAM or works efficiently with 4000Mhz? price make big difference for the RAM...
 
Joined
Dec 4, 2011
Messages
133
Motherboard
GA-Z370 G 7-F11
CPU
i7-8700K OC 5.0 GHz
Graphics
RX 570
Mac
MacBook Pro
The 9700K does not feature hyperthreading. If you want 16 threads as stated in your post you have to get the 9900K. In some applications thread count is key. For this reason, the 8700K is still looking pretty good, too.
I second the recommendation to get 3200 Mhz RAM as it has been the price/performance sweetspot for some time. You won't save much money by buying slower RAM, but faster RAM gets crazy expensive for neglectable performance gains.
 
Joined
Nov 19, 2018
Messages
12
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Classic, Color Classic, iBook, iMac, LC, Performa, Power Mac, PowerBook, Quadra, Workgroup Server, SE/30
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS, Other
Okay thanks for your advices!
This is my new configuration :

Processor:
i9 with 8 cores (16 virtual cores)
INTEL Eight Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz up to 5.00 GHz
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/processors/core/i9-processors/i9-9900k.html

+ Thermal Compound:
GELID SOLUTIONS Thermal Compound GC-Extreme 10g / High-Performance / for all CPU [TC-GC-03-10G]
https://gelidsolutions.com/thermal-solutions/thermal-compound-gc-extreme-10g/

Water Cooling: (without the thermal Compound that comes with this cooler)
CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB
https://www.corsair.com/uk/en/Categories/Products/Liquid-Cooling/Hydro-Series™-H150i-PRO-RGB-360mm-Liquid-CPU-Cooler/p/CW-9060031-WW

Motherboard:
ASUS ROG Strix Z370H GAMING
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-STRIX-Z370-H-GAMING/

RAM:
DDR4 32GB [2x16GB] 3200Mhz C16 - CORSAIR Vengeance LPX Black
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Memory/vengeance-lpx-black/p/CMK32GX4M2B3200C16

Case:
BE QUIET! Black Base 700
https://www.bequiet.com/en/case/1203

Power supply:
CORSAIR RM650x 80 Plus Gold
https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Power/Plug-Type/RMx-Series/p/CP-9020178-NA

Graphic Card: (AMD)
SAPPHIRE - RADEON RX VEGA 64 NITRO+ 8G HBM2
http://sapphirenitro.sapphiretech.com/en/Vega64LE.html

SSD:
2x SAMSUNG M.2 PCIe SAMSUNG 970 Evo NVMe 1To
https://www.samsung.com/fr/memory-storage/970-evo-nvme-m2-ssd/MZ-V7E1T0BW/

Monitor: 5K
LG 34WK95U-W 34" (5K 2K WUHD, Resolution: 5120 x 2160)
https://www.lg.com/us/business/commercial-display/products/desktop-monitors/lg-34BK95U-W
 
Last edited:
Joined
May 12, 2018
Messages
107
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 7
CPU
i7 8700k @4.9GHz
Graphics
GTX 1080
Mac
MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
another thing to check is the Bios Version of the motherboard that it gets shipped with. As this is a z370 board it needs a newer Bios Version in order to work with the 9900k. So ask the retailer if it is already updated to support 9th gen CPUs or if they can update it for you, cause I am not sure if you can update the BIOS of this specific motherboard without a CPU installed.
 
Joined
Nov 19, 2018
Messages
12
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Classic, Color Classic, iBook, iMac, LC, Performa, Power Mac, PowerBook, Quadra, Workgroup Server, SE/30
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS, Other
another thing to check is the Bios Version of the motherboard that it gets shipped with. As this is a z370 board it needs a newer Bios Version in order to work with the 9900k. So ask the retailer if it is already updated to support 9th gen CPUs or if they can update it for you, cause I am not sure if you can update the BIOS of this specific motherboard without a CPU installed.
Yes! thanks SebErr

For the Core I9-9900K, if the BIOS version of this motherboard is smaller than version 1704, it must be flashed.
The latest version of Bios available for download is 1801.

Source from the support of Asus:
CPU: Core I9-9900K, Validated since BIOS for the ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING: 1704
 
Joined
Mar 6, 2011
Messages
173
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 TH
CPU
Core i5 6600K @ stock
Graphics
Gigabyte GTX670 Windforce 3 OC
Mobile Phone
Android
Corsair LPX works just fine for me since early 2016. At 69€, 2 x 8GB of 2667MHz were a steal, by today's standards. And 3200MHz is more than enough. High speed memory are overpriced, and DDR3/4 speed have little impact on performance, as LinusTechTips proved on his YouTube channel. It was another story with DDR2.
I do agree with SebErr about the all-in-one watercooling. A 240mm model is the way to go if you do mind about temps and noise. 120mm models are kind of useless, compared to a big heatsink. I bought a Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5 years ago, and it's inaudible at stock voltage, even at night. I'd recommend WC over 1,3V, though.
I'd buy Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound. It's the best price/performance ratio and it never dries out, not even after several years of use.
I bought a 500GB Samsung 970 during Black Friday. Surprisingly, High Sierra doesn't boot any faster than my 2012 Intel SSD 330 with 470MB/s read times, but copies are insane: Mojave image disc took less than 2s!
On my side, I just regret opening Pandora's box, since I'm not happy with High Sierra's Finder (files disappear 20s after being batch-renamed), and I now need an AMD graphic card for Mojave, and more aspirin for headaches. Improving the Finder should be a priority for High Mojave…
I might just buy a used Mac, 'cause Clover's a nightmare for amateurish hackers like myself, even with a decade of experience. I miss Chameleon's simplicity, when my Z68 motherboard could stay weeks without a restart. It just had to reboot for OS X updates, basically.

No, I've nothing better to do, if you wonder. But merry Christmas to you all.
 
Top