[Progress] Project Icarus - Core i7 4930K, Sabertooth X79, 32GB RAM, GTX 970 - Creative Build

May 3, 2015
Asus Sabertooth X79
Asus ROG STRIX Geforce GTX 1070
Mac Pro
[Success] Project Icarus - Core i7 4930K, Sabertooth X79, 32GB RAM, GTX 970 - Creative Build

Project Icarus Build: Core i7 4930K - Sabertooth X79 - 32GB RAM - GTX 970 FTW


ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 4930K Extreme Hex Core CPU - Socket 2011, 3.40GHz, 12MB)

Crucial Ballistix BLS4C8G3D18ADS3BEU Sport XT 32GB (8GBx 4) 240 Pin DDR3 PC3-14900 1866 Memory Module Kit

Corsair AX Series AX860 860W Platinum Power Supply

Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX 240mm Extreme Performance All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler

Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - White

Hackintosh Apple BCM94360CD BT4.0 Wifi Card & PCI-E Adapter With Antenna

Sony Optiarc 8.7GB High Speed SATA DVD RW Burner Drive DVD+R DL Overburn - Black

NZXT Aperture M Card Reader USB 3.0 13.3 cm / 5.25 Inches Black

Already Owned

EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 Graphics Card (4 GB, GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, Display Port, 256-Bit)

Crucial CT256MX100SSD1 256GB MX100 SATA 2.5 Inch


I've been a Mac user now for about 7 years now, and I currently own a 2008 Mac Pro 3,1, 2x 2.8ghz Intel Xeon.

After upgrading it as much as was worth it (256GB SSD, 16Gb of RAM, EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW GPU), The Mac Pro was starting to show its age.

I never really liked the dustbin that the Mac Pro has now become, I much preferred my big upgradeable Mac Pro. I think I stumbled upon the idea of a Hackintosh while looking at possibly upgrading my Mac Pro internals with that of the 12 core 2012 Mac Pro. I had only ever looked at Hackintoshes once before back in 2007, and then it was very buggy and only for the extreme tech savy, of which I wasn't, and am still not. It seemed that Hackintoshes had come along way in those 7 years, and that now it was not only a viable option, but it could be almost as reliable as a genuine mac.

I do a lot of creative work, from writing music with Logic Pro, editing video with FC and After Effects, photo editing with Photoshop, 3D rendering and Animation with DAZ Studio, and 3D creation with ZBrush, so I needed an all around powerful machine to continue doing everything I was on the Mac Pro, only a lot faster.

I set my self a budget of £1000 ($1500 USD) and I was firm that I wouldn't go over that budget. I sourced most of my parts from eBay, a few from Amazon Used, and the rest were Amazon New.

What Works:

CPU (although system info says its an Intel Xeon X5), Ethernet, Nvidia GTX 970 with the web driers, USB 2/3 Ports, Firewire, Wi-fi, Bluetooth and Card Reader.

What Doesn't Work Yet:

On-board ALC892 Audio doesn't work. Its not the biggest deal, because my Fireface 400 works just fine, and I primarily use that for Audio, and its one of the reasons I went for the Sabertooth X79, because it had a Firewire port. But when I'm not doing audio work, I prefer not to use my 300W speakers and switch to a pair of 30W Logitech Speakers to save on electricity of course :p! I will have to research further to find out what the issue is.

Yosemite Installation

Since this was my first Hackintosh build, and first time doing anything this complicated, I went with UniBeast and made a bootable USB.

Trying to get the installer to boot was the hardest part of the entire build. After trying ALOT of things, these boot flags allowed me to boot into the installer: NPCI=0x2000 NV_disable=1

After finally installing Yosemite and installing the Nvidia web drivers, I noticed the RAM didn't show up correctly in the System Info, and adding UseMemDetect=No to the boot flags fixed that. I also had to add -f to the boot flags, as I it wouldn't let me enable Trim.

MultiBeast Configuration for Yosemite

I didn't really know what I was doing for the MultiBeast settings, so I just copied what both Erik and Robbie used for their same builds.

If anyone can suggest a better setup for MultiBeast with Yosemite and My hardware setup, I would greatly appreciate it :)!


The first Geekbench test I did only returned 19852, which I thought was lower than I should be getting. Then I read that the system definition can have an impact on the Geekbench score. I had it set to 6,1, so I switched it to 3,1 and the score immediately shot up:

I eventually plan to overclock the CPU, but for now I just want to learn more about the Hackintosh and get everything working correctly.

I want to Iron out all the creases, and if anyone can make any suggestions to improve my set up, It would be greatly appreciated, as I'm really new to all this, and still don't really fully understand it all yet!

Thank you!

UPDATE 06/06/2015

Did a complete reinstall of Yosemite using a 10.10.3 install instead and I now have everything working properly. See Post Below
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