- May 11, 2011
- Gigabyte B550 Vision D
- Ryzen 5900X
- RX 6800
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
Whilst the M1 Macs are great for portables like Macbook Air and iPad Pros, it's still not ideal for users like myself who still need that extra bit of raw performance and prefer to use a dGPU for work - and let's not forget M1 still doesn't have any Thunderbolt eGPU support. That said I do think hackintosh still has a few years yet and think the next generation of Intel and AMD chips that are coming are going to be quite amazing. I for one cannot imagine what kind of performance we'd be getting with say Sapphire Rapids on macOS.How about iMac20,1 ? That's what I used with z490 and Comet Lake and the iGPU worked beautifully... both in headless mode as well as the primary GPU. But to use it as the primary GPU, I had to increase DVMT preallocated memory to 96 MB otherwise the system would crash (for 64 MB or 32 MB). Sleep even worked. I only used the iGPU because MacOS 11.0 to 11.3 did not work with my 6800XT.
I haven't tried activating the Comet Lake iGPU framebuffer with z590.
And regarding your point about the Age of Hackintosh probably fading away, I second that. What Apple has done with M1 is amazing, and it serves as a disincentive to the desire or even need of building a Hack.
I saw the new M1 iMacs in the Apple store the other day, I saw the excitement on people's faces, I saw how sleek they look and how beautiful the 4.5K screens look, and thought to myself, am I really going to continue building hacks indefinitely, or am I just going to get a high-performant Apple Silicon mac and call it a day? I like the Hack scene because I'm a tinkerer at heart, i've been tinkering since the 90's. I also like the ability to run Windows/Linux/MacOS on the same box, but unless Intel delivers the performance with Alder Lake/Raptor Lake/Meteor Lake/Lunar Lake there will be little point in me continuing to build a hack anymore. Look at the problems we've had with thunderbolt hotplugging on z590... and the beta bioses from Gigabyte or Asus with their quirks. Whereas macs work well out of the box with no major problems or issues for the most part.
Hackintosh was fun while it lasted, it's been years since I've been doing this, but moving forward, I think I am going to retire in a few years, and I will just build a mini-ITX build to game on in windows, and hook up an ultra-performance Apple Silicon macbook pro (m2 or m3) to my thunderbolt dock and monitors, and just call it a day... I'm waiting to see what happens with Zen4 and Alder/Raptor Lake... but I'm definitely getting a new m2 macbook pro for sure if it drops later this year. No question about it.