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Your best bet is to get a "approved" board if you haven't gotten one yet.

What do you mean by "approved"? Is there an official list somewhere for approved x299 boards?

Also, I understand that X299 is old in the tooth, but what are the other options exactly for someone needing more performance than a Z470 can offer? Building a Ryzentosh seems ill advised in comparison, and waiting for Intel to get their 10nm tech together is also a waste of time. It's a frustrating time at the moment to be looking at an OS X high performance machine, and Apple certainly doesn't seem to be in a hurry to offer M1x or M2 high performance options.
 
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What do you mean by "approved"? Is there an official list somewhere for approved x299 boards?

Also, I understand that X299 is old in the tooth, but what are the other options exactly for someone needing more performance than a Z470 can offer? Building a Ryzentosh seems ill advised in comparison, and waiting for Intel to get their 10nm tech together is also a waste of time. It's a frustrating time at the moment to be looking at an OS X high performance machine, and Apple certainly doesn't seem to be in a hurry to offer M1x or M2 high performance options.

Approved as in people who use it here.
 
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What do you mean by "approved"? Is there an official list somewhere for approved x299 boards?

Also, I understand that X299 is old in the tooth, but what are the other options exactly for someone needing more performance than a Z470 can offer? Building a Ryzentosh seems ill advised in comparison, and waiting for Intel to get their 10nm tech together is also a waste of time. It's a frustrating time at the moment to be looking at an OS X high performance machine, and Apple certainly doesn't seem to be in a hurry to offer M1x or M2 high performance options.
Well, Z490/Z470 and 10900K/9900K would give you basically the same responsiveness in general usage, X299 was worth if you needed for heavy multi threaded workloads. Ryzen tosh seem to have issues with adobe software and some other hiccups here and there but it's doable, no one uses ryzen in this thread anyway. X299 is dead, and for that matter, intel is dead overall in MacOS world, putting you in a dead spot. I think building an hack now, specially an expensive one (and X299 boards and cpus are still expensive), is pointless. I would just wait for M1X, if you really need a heavy multithreaded machine and you need it now, then just buy an Asus board, Prime X299-A (II) and WS Sage (standard, 10G, II) are totally ok to my knowledge. Also keep in mind that you need at least a 14 cores part to see some gains to the consumer platform, 10940X 10960X and 10980XE are floating at the same prices at the moment, so just buy the cheapest you can find. You'll also need a GPU, and boy they are overpriced now.

I would buy an M1 mac mini and sell / swap it for M1X as soon as they release, you'll loose much less money this way and M1 performances are on par with 10 core Mac Pro and 10900X / 10920X ( at much much much less power usage)
 
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Well, Z490/Z470 and 10900K/9900K would give you basically the same responsiveness in general usage, X299 was worth if you needed for heavy multi threaded workloads. Ryzen tosh seem to have issues with adobe software and some other hiccups here and there but it's doable, no one uses ryzen in this thread anyway. X299 is dead, and for that matter, intel is dead overall in MacOS world, putting you in a dead spot. I think building an hack now, specially an expensive one (and X299 boards and cpus are still expensive), is pointless. I would just wait for M1X, if you really need a heavy multithreaded machine and you need it now, then just buy an Asus board, Prime X299-A (II) and WS Sage (standard, 10G, II) are totally ok to my knowledge. Also keep in mind that you need at least a 14 cores part to see some gains to the consumer platform, 10940X 10960X and 10980XE are floating at the same prices at the moment, so just buy the cheapest you can find. You'll also need a GPU, and boy they are overpriced now.

I would buy an M1 mac mini and sell / swap it for M1X as soon as they release, you'll loose much less money this way and M1 performances are on par with 10 core Mac Pro and 10900X / 10920X ( at much much much less power usage)

Agreed with this.

Better off building a 10850K or whatever cpu they have and overclocking all cores than X299.
 
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that I'm stumped with what I've been reading here for some time :
- of course our platform is almost four years old and was updated with the X299X a little over a year ago
- we know that like the X99 platform before, our X299 will be discontinued in some time this year and the components will run out soon after
- but no other Intel platform offers more than 14 cores and also 48 PCI lanes...

So depending on the use that the owners want to have, it is for the moment the only alternative apart from the AMD TRX40 platform.

We also know that Apple ditched Intel CPUs so that everyone is free to use the new Apple CPUs, but repeating it over and over again isn't very constructive and even a little sad.

Just my opinion, take care of you guys :wave:

Thanks @djlild7hina for continuing support for the moment :thumbup:

NB I haven't mentioned anyone
 
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that I'm stumped with what I've been reading here for some time :
- of course our platform is almost four years old and was updated with the X299X a little over a year ago
- we know that like the X99 platform before, our X299 will be discontinued in some time this year and the components will run out soon after
- but no other Intel platform offers more than 14 cores and also 48 PCI lanes...

So depending on the use that the owners want to have, it is for the moment the only alternative apart from the AMD TRX40 platform.

We also know that Apple ditched Intel CPUs so that everyone is free to use the new Apple CPUs, but repeating it over and over again isn't very constructive and even a little sad.

Just my opinion, take care of you guys :wave:

Thanks @djlild7hina for continuing support for the moment :thumbup:

NB I haven't mentioned anyone
I think I'm one of the "non mentioned" in your post and I want to be clear: I appreciate your work here and I respect your (or every one else obviously) opinion. I just think it's worth supporting whoever built an X299 platform in the past but spending money on it now is... how to say... subjective!? I jumped on hackintosh just a couple of years ago, I think it's sad too, but hey... let's hope Apple keeps up the good work on its silicon since it will be the only option in a few years. It's interesting to have different views and be able to share them in peace, one of the reasons this X299 group has been and will be so interesting to read even if our systems are 100% working :clap:
 
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I think I'm one of the "non mentioned" in your post and I want to be clear: I appreciate your work here and I respect your (or every one else obviously) opinion. I just think it's worth supporting whoever built an X299 platform in the past but spending money on it now is... how to say... subjective!? I jumped on hackintosh just a couple of years ago, I think it's sad too, but hey... let's hope Apple keeps up the good work on its silicon since it will be the only option in a few years. It's interesting to have different views and be able to share them in peace, one of the reasons this X299 group has been and will be so interesting to read even if our systems are 100% working :clap:
Ok, but do you have any constructive advice beyond get yourself a 9900k or an M1 (incidentally I own both)? If I have computing needs that surpass what my current machines can offer, what exactly are my options here?
 
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I don't know why there's always fighting/disagreements in these threads haha

Anyway, I think I am leaving too, I am not much help nowadays anyway, but I do try to chime in here and there.





Enjoy guys and hope for the best for all of you :wave:
 
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Ok, but do you have any constructive advice beyond get yourself a 9900k or an M1 (incidentally I own both)? If I have computing needs that surpass what my current machines can offer, what exactly are my options here?
In my humble opinion, I'll let my money stay in my pockets at the moment, but if u really need all that computing power and you need it now and money is no object, then build an X299 18 core + dual GPU (5700XT or VII) system, i think it's also possible to hack a Xeon W system (can't remember chipset name, maybe C340 but I'm not sure) which is the same platform than real mac pro. But all of it depends on your kind of workloads, CPU and/or GPU intensive?! More than 128 GB of RAM (ECC?).

You can also buy a real Mac Pro, but you're writing on an hackintosh forum, so that's not an option maybe :lol:
 
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Yeah, I'm not that wealthy. Plus I have this strange feeling that Apple is about to let a lot of Mac Pro customers down.

If Intel had an actual roadmap for high-end 11xxx CPU's within the next couple of months, I could see holding off and waiting. Unfortunately there is a good chance that they're not releasing any pro-grade CPU until this Summer at the earliest, and then there will likely be another crazy feeding frenzy with prices for the new processors skyrocketing the way the GPU prices are at the moment (which is absolutely insane).

Based on what I'm reading here, I think my best bet is the i9-10980XE for around $930, and the Asus Prime X299- A II that is going for around $390. For $1500 including tax and shipping, more than doubling my current cores doesn't seem like a horrible waste of money even if I'm buying into older technology (which is basically the entire Intel lineup right now).

Thanks.
 
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