Category Archives: Apple OS X

Custom Built Mac iFive – Geekbench 3 Results

Custom Built Mac iFive with Intel iBridge CPU GeekBench Score



Bench Rig Spec here,  GeekBench Results  Browser  (Chart)

Photoshop diglloyd Speed1- Real World Benchmark

Hackintosh versus Macintosh
[ iFive vs. iMac ]

The diglloyd Speed1 benchmark uses a mix of the most commonly operations in everyday use of Adobe Photoshop CC. This test is a CPU-constrained test, generally needs 8GB of memory. It runs a mix of operations including Unsharp Mask, image resizing, image rotation, invert, Levels, Curves, Gaussian Blur, Shadow Highlight.

More about this test here,
Download this benchmark here




Read more about Hackintosh iFive @ 3.7 “Gee” (Hack Pro Rig) Test Configuration:

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 10.02.31 AM


Bench settings, typical workflow setup,  History = 30 and Cache Levels = 4, Cache Tile Size =1024K, Use GPU, RAM 12G)

Hackintosh vs Mac Pro – Real World Benchmark

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Benchmark
Hackintosh vs real Mac

PC vs Mac

Get benchmark image (5184 × 3456) 3.6 MB here, test your computer

Results and instructions are embedded into image which is also benchmark image
More info about this bench here

Result with my $800.00 Hackintosh Intel i5-3450 @ 3.7 GHz, 16GB RAM, Quadro FX 1800 – 31.2s

Result with  $3,399.00 Mac Pro 2013,6-Core Xeon E5,16GB RAM,2xAMD FireProD500 – 20.3s



Mac Pro vs PC

 Mac Pro 2013 is 1.54 x faster and cost 4.25 x more than Hackintosh


Hack Pro vs. Mac Pro, Cinebench Test









 Mac Pro 2014 Xeon E5  1650 is 1.86 x faster than Hack Pro with i5-3450 @ 3.7 GHz
[6/12 cores @ 3.5 GHz vs. 4/4 cores @ 3.7 GHz]

3D Fluff Cinebench 15 Database
Test Results Comparison Table

Hackintosh Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H, Hack Rig

Install Mac OS X Mavericks on a PC
with nVidia Quadro FX 1800

How to Install Apple OS X on a PC with Quadro GPU (Hack Pro Build)

nVidia Quadro Apple OS X

MBGIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H, BIOS F22, $138.77
Audio: VIA VT2021
LAN: Atheros GbE LAN chip
CPU: Intel ® Core™ i5-3450 Processor, $245.00
GPU: nVidia Quadro FX 1800$50
RAM: 16 GB RAM, 4×4 Mushkin DDR3, 1600 MHz, PC-12800, Blackline, $150
PSU: Seasonic S12II 520 BRONZE, SS-520GB  Power Supply, $80.34
Cooler Master – Hyper TX EVO – Dual Fan, $24
LC Power Triton Midi Case




1. Download OSX-Mavericks.dmg [5.2 GB] Niresh 10.9 Distro (a.k.a. Mavericks Zone)
2. Create USB (8 GB+) bootable drive in Windows with Win32 Disk Imager
3. Change BIOS (UEFI) -> enable AHCI
4. Boot & Install with USB thumb drive from step 2
5. During installation process create on HD partition: Utilities -> Disk Utility, GUID Partition Table, Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
6. After installation boot with Boot Flag “-X”
7. Post-installation process: with Multibeast select universal audio driver “WoodooHDA 2.8.2” 8. Boot normal without boot flags

8. Download & Install CUDA Drivers for MAC



Check your GPU Driver Verison in System Preferences > Other > CUDA

OS X GPU driver versions

Check your graphics card core capabilities with  CUDA-Z (OS X Alternative to GPU-Z on PC)

Your Hackintosh is ready.
Hackintosh with nVidia Quadro FX

Note: Don’t get confused with “Mac Pro – Early 2008” (see image above).
The main reason is my old GPU from 2008.


Update : Sunday, April 26, 2015
If you want to use Intel Turbo Boost Technology in Mac OS X
Disable ” CPU EIST Function “
Hackintosh BIOS Setup

You can overclock  your Hackintosh with I5-3450 up to 3.7 GHz,
Change “CPU Clock Ratio” from 31 to 37

Update: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Download & Install The OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update  [982 MB]
Download & Install Security Update 2015-004 [117 MB]

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