It was time for a few changes regarding my Hackintosh (v2) used for the professional music studio work. Since today, my build is a very reliable and extremely stable machine, and it definitively meets all my requirements relating to processing power. However, the old GPU already used in my first Hackintosh (v1) is not supported by OS versions higher than High Sierra (10.13.6) and was outdated for a while. Consequently, I planned a significant GPU upgrade, add another SSD to my system and get a long-awaited ultra-wide, dual QHD 49" curved monitor. Now my system is ready for current Mac OS updates, and I have a fantastic overview of a large number of channels in Pro Tool's mix window without scrolling.
|Graphics Card (PCIe)||Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5||New|
|Monitor||Samsung C49RG94SSU Curved Monitor (5120 x 1440, Dual WQHD 32:9, 120Hz, 4ms)||New|
|SSD 4 (Recording Sessions)||Samsung 860 PRO (1TB)||New|
The Setup - Summary
Let us talk about the new GPU in particular. I found out that the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX580 is natively supported by Mac OS since High Sierra 10.13.6 and above. Users even use it to upgrade their old original Mac Pro 5.1 workstations successfully. Therefore, I was quite confident that I can get this piece of gear running in my Hackintosh build as well.
Being an NVIDIA GPU user in the past, it was essential to uninstall all Nvidia related drivers (Nvidia Web Drivers), kexts and additional Nvidia software that is possibly installed. Afterwards, all related settings in my Clover config file (see "Graphics" and "System Parameters" section and search for Nvidia options) were deleted or deactivated. Because I was also running a fairly old Clover bootloader version (2.4) without using the Lilu or Whatevergreen kexts that are required when running, e.g. the RX580, I was forced to update Clover to the current 2.5 in combination with the kexts mentioned above. If you need more details, feel free to read through my Tonymacx86 build post that describes the steps more in detail and also points at additional useful sources within the Tonymac community. With the latest Clover version (currently r5119) my build is now booting significantly faster and increased slightly in performance in general. Thankfully, the Clover version update succeeded with no further work required.
Now it was finally time for inserting the new GPU after shutting down the system and unplugging the power cable. A minute later, I was turning on the system again and voilá! My Hackintosh was booting flawlessly and launched Mac OS without any issues or any BIOS setting changes applied. It was the first straight plug-and-play experience for years! Till date, the Radeon RX580 is working perfectly in combination with the mind-blowing Samsung monitor in Mac OS or Windows 10. I quickly recognised how much needed and overdue the GPU and monitor upgrade was for working without graphic lags and minimal graphic processing power. The new combination of an 8GB GPU and a 49-inch curved monitor resulted in a significant boost in productivity and efficiency. Even if you are a pure music guy as I am, I can certainly tell you that upgrading your GPU and monitor DOES have a noticeable impact on your daily work.
Updated System Information
Thanks to the new, and by Mac OS natively supported GPU, I am finally ready to update my Mac OS High Sierra to the latest (stable) version available. I will do that after I finished all the current running studio projects, so I do not take the risk to endanger a project and the related release plan by not having a smoothly running system in place in the worst case. People with a Hackintosh history and experience know what I mean ;)