OS X Configuration, Tuning & Utility Tools

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  1. WonkeyDonkey

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    Jul 30, 2014 at 7:46 AM #1
    WonkeyDonkey

    WonkeyDonkey Moderator

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    Nvidia GTX 760
    Mac:
    iMac, Mac mini
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    Since the early days of hackintoshing there has been a growing number of software titles we can use when building our rigs; software that helps us to install, tune and benchmark our systems, as well as carrying out housekeeping tasks like taking a backup, managing kexts & caches, and all manner of other little jobs.

    Here is a list of the most common software packages, together with download links, screenshots and a short description for each. I consider this collection to be my 'Hackintosh Toolbox' which I use to build and maintain my systems.

    Note I have not included Chimera, Multibeast or Unibeast as you should have already learned about these tools, and they are very well documented in the forum guides.

    Nearly all programs are free, or have free and commercial versions available.

    The two exceptions are TechTool Pro by Micromat and Carbon Copy Cloner by Bombich Software; both of these programs are commercial, although Carbon Copy Cloner has a free 30 day trial.

    Most of the attached screenshots have been taken on my Steambox Pro build, details of which can be found here, but it is currently using a GTX 650 Ti Boost GPU.

    AJA System Test
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    Download : Link
    Description : Used to test the speed & performance of your system drives. Particularly useful for checking out how your external USB drives are performing.
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    AppleIntelCPUPowerManagementInfo.kext
    AppleIntelCPUPM.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A replacement tool for MSRDumper, this kext is used to show CPU & GPU P-states.
    SS-AppleIntelCPUPM.jpg


    Black Magic Disk Speed Test
    BlackMagic.jpg
    Download : App Store Only Download
    Description : Another very good tool to test the read & write speed of your system drives, including HDD and SSD.
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    Carbon Copy Cloner
    CCC.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Mac OSX backup program that also allows you to copy the recovery partition if you have one. Free 30 day trial.
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    Chameleon Wizard
    ChameleonWizard.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A useful GUI tool to edit the Chameleon configuration file.
    SS-ChameleonWizard.jpg


    Clover Configurator
    CloverConfig.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A useful GUI tool to edit the Clover configuration file.
    SS-CloverConfig.jpg


    Cuda-Z
    CudaZ.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A simple program that shows basic information about cuda enabled graphic cards.
    SS-CudaZ.jpg SS-CudaZ2.jpg SS-CudaZ3.jpg


    Darwin Dumper
    DarwinDumper.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Creates a very detailed overview of an OSX system; has the ability to export to HTML.
    SS-DDumper.jpg SS-DDUmper2.jpg SS-DDumper3.jpg


    DPCI Manager
    DPCIManager.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Shows information regarding PCI devices attached to your system including ID, Vendor, Description and the associated kext(s). Can also be used to install new kexts and rebuild your system caches, as well as viewing p-states.
    SS-DPCIManager.jpg SS-DPCIManager2.jpg SS-DPCIManager3.jpg


    EtreCheck
    EtreCheck.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Displays a detailed list of system configuration and hardware which can also be copied to the clipboard.
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    FastTasks 2
    FastTasks.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Display of key system information, toggle hidden files, free up memory, remove login items and create a fast disk in system ram.
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    Geekbench
    Geekbench.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Well known tool used to benchmark the overall performance of your CPU and system ram, and gives an overall score. Results can be uploaded to the web.
    SS-Geekbench1.jpg SS-Geekbench2.jpg


    HexFiend
    HexFiend.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A simple but flexible hex editor for OSX. Not updated for a while but still very functional.
    SS-HexFiend.jpg


    Intel Power Gadget
    IntelPowerGadget.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Intel's own power usage monitoring tool, for SandyBridge and newer CPUs.
    SS-IntelPowerGadget.jpg


    IOJones
    IOJones.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A replacement for IORegistryExplorer, this tool can be used to view & save a snapshot of your system hardware, as well as carry out advanced searches. Required for support in some of the forums.
    SS-IOJones.jpg


    KextBeast
    KextBeast.jpg
    Download : Link (Requires free registration at www.tonymacx86.com)
    Description : A simple, no frills, kext installation tool; installs kexts to /System/Library/Extensions.
    SS-KextBeast.jpg


    LuxMark
    LuxMark.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Heavy duty OpenCL benchmarking tool.
    SS-LuxMark.jpg


    Machine Profile
    MachineProfile.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A new free program by Micromat; gives a simple but useful overview of your system hardware and OSX version. Great for checking your current system definition.
    SS-MachineProfile.jpg


    MacIASL
    MacIASL.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A native AML compiler with full IDE, used to patch, debug and compile SSDT & DSDT files; allows the use of external patch respositories.
    SS-MacIASL.jpg SS-MacIASL3.jpg SS-MacIASL2.jpg


    MemTest86
    MemTestX86.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Creates a bootable CD or USB that can be used to comprehensively test your system memory and report any errors.
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    Novabench
    Novabench.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : A simple and fast benchmarking tool for OSX.
    SS-NovaBench1.jpg SS-NovaBench2.jpg


    OnyX
    OnyX.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Comprehensive utility tool for OSX allows you to clean various aspects of your OSX system, tweak the user interface and change hidden settings.
    SS-OnyX1.jpg SS-OnyX2.jpg SS-OnyX3.jpg


    OpenGL Extensions Viewer
    OpenGL.jpg
    Download : App Store Only Download
    Description : View detailed information on OpenGL extensions.
    SS-OpenGL.jpg SS-OpenGL2.jpg SS-OpenGL3.jpg


    Pacifist
    Pacifist.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Allows you to open, view and manage OSX packages, archives and installer files. Can also extract files from the OSX Installer.app.
    SS-Pacifist.jpg SS-Pacifist2.jpg


    PlistEdit Pro
    PListEditPro.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Comprehensive editor to view & change any .plist file on your OSX system.
    SS-PlistEditPro.jpg


    ShowHiddenFiles
    ShowHiddenFiles.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Simple but useful graphical tool to hide/unhide hidden files and folders.
    SS-ShowHiddenFiles.jpg


    SuperDuper!
    SuperDuper.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Free Mac OSX backup program. This program does not restore the recovery partition. Requires a license for scheduled backups.
    SS-SuperDuper1.jpg SS-SuperDuper2.jpg


    TechTool Pro
    TechToolPro.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : ** Commercial-only ** A tool for advanced mac repair and trouble shooting. Includes a useful new tool to extract and view SPD data from your ram modules.
    SS-TechToolPro1.jpg SS-TechToolPro2.jpg


    Text Wrangler
    TextWrangler.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Fully featured text editor for OSX, including syntax colouring and file comparison.
    SS-TextWrangler.jpg


    Trim Enabler
    TrimEnabler.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Small utility to enable/disable trim support for your SSD and provides some performance information. The free version can be used to enable/disable trim without purchasing.
    SS-TrimEnabler1.jpg SS-TrimEnabler2.jpg SS-TrimEnabler3.jpg


    Unigine Heaven
    UnigineHeaven.jpg
    Download : Link
    Description : Heavy duty graphics testing using the 'Heaven' benchmark.
    SS-UnigineHeaven.jpg


    Note : This list is not an endorsement or recommendation, by the author or anyone associated with tonymacx86.com, to buy any commercial product. You should carefully review each one and decide if it suits your own specific needs. All credits to the respective authors.
     
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