Hackintosh v2 – GPU, SSD & Monitor Upgrade 2020

Hackintosh v2 - GPU, SSD & Monitor Upgrade 2020

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GPU already used in my first Hackintosh (v1) is not supported by OS versions higher than High Sierra (10.13.6) and was outdated for a while.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.

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Optimise Your Hackintosh For Audio Production

Optimise Your Hackintosh For Audio Production

The two articles about Hackintosh, my first more general one from 2017 introducing the concept of “Hackintosh”, and my latest one from late 2018 about my music studio Hackintosh running with the latest Thunderbolt 3 version in combination with different generations of Universal Audio Apollo audio interfaces, were a big success. The present article focuses more on hardware and software/operation system optimisations regarding your already built or for the near future planned Hackintosh to get the best possible out of your audio workstation.

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Hackintosh v2 – Thunderbolt 3 & UA Apollo Interface

Hackintosh V2 Build - Thunderbolt 3

In my first Hackintosh blog article, I introduced the Hackintosh concept to my readers and presented the incorporated computer components in my music studio build. Because that build was done in September 2014, I already had plans for a future, new Hackintosh or how to upgrade the existing system to an up-to-date system supporting Thunderbolt. The missing Thunderbolt support of my current 2014s system was the only big downside of it, to be honest. Benchmark-wise, the old system can still cope with some 2017s original Apple devices like the iMac, and I never complained about a lack of processing power with regard to my daily music studio work until now. Because of my studio expansion that included additional analogue gear among others and my love to Universal Audio¬†audio interfaces which I do not want to miss in my setup, a Thunderbolt upgrade for my main studio computer was inevitable. Read in the following how I built a new Hackintosh music studio system with Thunderbolt 3 support, running UA’s Apollo interfaces.

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Hackintosh – Stay Flexible. Stay Professional.

Hackintosh

During my school days, I received my first Macintosh as a present – one of those, at that time innovative, chic silver iMacs. With it, everything began: my affection for the Mac OS and the DAWs like the old Logic 9. Someday, its processing power became too low for my needs and I informed myself about upgrade possibilities. Unfortunately, I had to realise that these “possibilities” were extremely limited and still are till this day. At the beginning, I was satisfied with a simple RAM upgrade – a performance enhancement was fairly noticeable. But after a certain amount of time passed, my old beloved iMac simply could not cope with my requirements. It actually limited my productivity and creativity enormously by its processing restriction. It was time for a new desktop computer and, thus, my search for a suitable solution began…
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