With the new year, we’re all thinking of housekeeping. Upgrading systems, lobbying for that new 5K iMac, and even hoping against hope that the boss will Spring for that Mac Pro. But there’s also the option of forbidden fruit… the Hackintosh. We’re planning on building one in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, the benchmarks from a Hackintosh not only outperforms that 5K iMac, but does it for almost half the price.
“Recently I built another Hackintosh. Why build a Hackintosh instead of buying an iMac or Mac Pro? Upgrades and cost. I can build (and upgrade) a Hackintosh for almost half the price of the 5K iMac or Mac Pro.” – Mike Gentilini of VidMuze
The benchmarks come from Mike Gentilini of VidMuze, and says there’s five reasons to build your own…
- Upgrades – with the iMac, you can only upgrade the RAM, and although it’s true that you could upgrade the MacPro, Apple has no real interest in doing so. So the Mac
- Easy of installation of OS X – with Yosemite, it’s gotten really easy to install on the Intel platform using a program called UniBeast.
- Cost – $2700 fully loaded for the Hackintosh, vs. $4200 for a well-equipped 5K iMac
- Hard drive connectivity – Yes, the iMac and Mac Pro have up to six Thunderbolt, but a Hackintosh gives you the benefit of an eSata option, as well as getting motherboards with Thunderbolt 2 ports.
- Cooling – While Apple has done a great job engineering the Mac Pro for quiet cooling, you have plenty of other cooling options for your Hackintosh.
And #6 … performance. With benchmark programs like Cinebench, NovaBench, and GeekBench, all three noted that a Hackintosh outperformed the iMac 5K by even a slight margin. However, when you point out that you get that performance boost for half the cost, you can easily see how building your own OS X platform is quite beneficial. While you don’t get the 5K benefit of the iMac, you can pick up a 4K monitor for far less.
But Gentilini does point out while it has gotten easier to install OS X on an Intel-based Hackintosh, you do have to spend some time ironing out and troubleshooting bugs (like sound issues) that can come with the platform. This may cause the casual user, or the user who likes to just plug and play, to shy away from the Hackintosh option. There’s also a problem with support. If an issue crops up with the 5K iMac or Mac Pro, you can easily make an appointment with the Genius Bar and iron things out.
But for those who like to tinker, the benefits of going with a Hackintosh platform are pretty evident. Meanwhile, stay tuned for my Hackintosh experiement!
Hat Tip – NFS