Best Hackintosh Laptops of 2017 – 2018

These Laptops will work as a Hackintosh that you can use for a Production environment.

 

1.Dell XPS 15 9550




  • Intel Core i7 6700HQ WITH TURBO BOOST UP TO 3.5GHz
  • 15.6-Inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdgeTouch Display
  • 16GB 2133MHz DDR4
  • 512GB NVME SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5
  • Bluetooth 4.1


How to build a 4K video editing Hackintosh 2017 8th Gen Coffee Lake






macOS is the preferred platform for my workloads, whether it’s writing articles using Byword; composing my novel on Ulysses; managing my Linux servers and systems from Terminal app or working on audio/video editing projects.
However, there was a slight change in my workflow recently. I purchased Panasonic GH5 that shoots in 4K. But my 2013 MacBook Pro can’t handle the 4K workload with multiple audio video layers, color grading and LUTs.
To be able to edit my videos, I custom built a PC, spent $200 on Windows 10 license to run Adobe CC Suite. I was heavily disappointed. No offence to Microsoft and Windows users, but Windows 10 has a lot of serious issues. It’s was a frustrating experience. After trying it for almost a month I gave up.
My only option remained a more powerful Mac.
On December 14, Apple started taking orders for iMac Pro and I am all set to get the maxed out 18-core iMac Pro with 128GB of RAM. But it won’t arrive until the end of February.
What to do? I need a system now.
I turned that Windows 10 PC into an experimental Hackintosh so I can continue to work on my 4K video till my iMac Pro arrives. I was pretty impressed with the performance. I will use it till my system arrive.
If you are in my shoes, waiting for your iMac to arrive and want to give Hackintosh a try, this tutorial will help you. Just keep in mind that even if Apple, supposedly, doesn’t mind Hackintosh for personal use, it’s not in any way an ideal solution. It’s purely for playfulness. Also bear in mind that a few things won’t work, such as iTunes. You can’t play movies and TV shows that you purchase or rent from iTunes Store. If you try, the Hackintosh will freeze, needing a hard reboot. Use Hackintosh only as a stop gap hack and as the final solution.
Once that part is clear, let’s get our hands dirty.


Hackintosh High Sierra 10.13.2 Update Guide


The macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update brings stability, compatibility and security to your “Mac”. This update is light on features and only has improvements to compatibility with usb audio devices, voiceOver navigation for PDF’s in Preivew, Braille in it’s release notes.
The update also probably brings a number of undocumented fixes, improvements and changes to macOS.

10.13.2 Update
High Sierra 10.13.2 has been released along with it updated Nvidia Web Drivers. It’s safe to update to after updating Lilu.kext and apfs.efi if you have an Intel Hackintosh and not using a RX graphics card. For those with the RX 560, RX 570, RX 580. 10.13.2 breaks sleep functionality. For Ryzen users a fresh install of 10.13.2 is required
This update is done a little differently and is not automatically. When the computer reboots you may have to select: Install macOS from “drive_name” to complete the update.



Before updating follow these steps:
1. Update Lilu.kext
Lilu.kext version 1.21 or greater(+) is needed to successfully use High Sierra 10.13.2. Replace Lilu.kext in EFI/Clover/kexts/Other of your mounted partition.
2. Apple File System Users
If you already have a HFS+ drive it wont be converted to APFS if your worried about that.  A new version of apfs.efi is out with 10.13.2 update to the latest version if you have  an APFS formatted drive, unzip it and place it  in EFI/Clover/Drivers64UEFI/
3. Nvidia Web Drivers Update
If you are using a Nvidia graphics card in High Sierra either update your Web Drivers to the latest version or unistall them before installing the High Sierra 13.2 update.
Nvidia 10.13.2 Web Drivers:
Remember to enable SIP  when you install the web drivers and then disable them again after installing.

Intel 8th Gen i5 8400 Hackintosh


After building my first custom PC, I decided to try to Hackintosh it since I was used to MacOS. I had experimented with it years ago but never really had much success.
I spent about two days researching and experimenting, and last night, I finally got it to boot and install.
Hardware specs:
  • MSI Z370 PC Pro
  • Intel Core i5-8400
  • EVGA GTX 1060 6GB
  • Samsung 960 EVO 250GB
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB-3000MHz
What works:
  • iMessage
  • Sound
  • Graphics
  • Ethernet (no wifi card)
  • USB connections
  • All six cores/threads
This was my procedure:
  1. I followed this guide to prepare my Sierra USB: http://hackintosher.com/guides/guide-installing-macos-kabylake-hackintosh-sierra/
  2. Since I'm using a 960 EVO, I needed to patch the correct kexts to install to it. https://pikeralpha.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/nvmefamily-kext-bin-patch-data/
  3. Set BIOS settings according to guide, with PEG as primary graphics and a digital (HDMI or DVI) connection. Don't remove the graphics card like some people say to do.
  4. After getting into the boot loader, I set the FakeCPUID to 0x0906E9 (Kaby Lake). Then I booted with safe mode, verbose mode, Nvidia web drivers, and nv_disable=1.
  5. It should boot to the installer. I had to format the entire SSD (even the Windows 10 partitions) in order to use it.
  6. Install it normally, then boot into the freshly installed OS. Install GeForce web drivers and Clover, then copy the EFI folder from your USB directly to the EFI partition of your SSD.
  7. Add FakeCPUID to config.plist (I guess I could've added earlier).
After this, everything seemed to be working. Cinebench results: https://imgur.com/cOFRtzN
You can get my EFI folder here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1I1htFjZQyOdFhLcDA2eWxzZHc
Edit: there’s one thing that’s glitchy, and it seems to happen to everyone else who has a GTX 1060. After waking from sleep, the screen glitches and flickers until I restart it or use the “hot corners” trick to make the display sleep and wake manually.
(Hackintosh Pascal) Nvidia latest-generation drivers now support MacOS for Pascal graphics

(Hackintosh Pascal) Nvidia latest-generation drivers now support MacOS for Pascal graphics

Nvidia latest-generation drivers now support MacOS for Pascal graphics

nvidia pascal macos drivers titanxp






Why it matters to you
If you run an old Mac Pro or a Hackintosh, you can now reap the benefits of the latest generation of Nvidia graphics cards.
Nvidia wasn’t kidding or just trying to curry favor when it said it planned to release MacOS-compatible drivers for its latest-generation Pascal graphics cards. Just a few days later, it has followed through on that pledge by debuting the first beta release of drivers that support the new graphics processors (GPU).
The list of Apple systems that can support add-in graphics cards is short and rather antiquated at this point — the last time Apple released an officially supported, upgradeable graphics card system was prior to the 2013 Mac Pro overhaul. However, those users and anyone running a Hackintosh now have the option of more powerful graphics, thanks to the new Pascal drivers.

Until now, the best that those users could hope for is Nvidia’s Maxwell graphics cards, which, while impressive, don’t hold a candle to Pascal in terms of efficiency and raw power. With the new Pascal drivers, they can make use of everything from a GTX 1050 right through to the latest top-of-the-line GPU, the Titan Xp.
Released as part of the WebDriver-378.05.05.05f01 package, the drivers add support for all Pascal cards and can be found at this direct download link, according to 9to5Mac. It could come in handy for MacOS gamers, as well as those who need additional graphical power for rendering 3D effects or video editing.
Alongside older Mac Pro owners and Hackintosh users, there is another group that will likely benefit from this release — those running external graphics cards. Reports of successful implementation with the Thunderbolt-connected Akitio eGPU system have already begun appearing on Reddit, so we may see newer Mac Pros running Pascal graphics cards before long.

Kaby Lake CPUs + 200 Series Motherboards Hackintosh Testing FakeCPUID Trick


 Kaby Lake CPUs + 200 Series Motherboards Hackintosh



Hey everyone, just thought I'd start a new post to discuss this week's freshly released CPUs and motherboards. Intel just released their 7th Generation CPU family called 'Kaby Lake' and manufacturers put out the supporting Socket LGA1151 Z270 and H270 motherboards. This time around Intel has decided that these new 7th Generation (Kaby Lake) CPUs will also work with existing 100 Series motherboards, and that existing 6th Generation (Skylake) CPUs will also work in new 200 Series motherboards. This should make upgrading much easier.

Early Adopter's Buyer's Guide: Kaby Lake CPUs + 200 Series Motherboards


Please note 7th Generation CPUs and 200 Series motherboards are NOT supported natively in macOS. At this point it's too early to determine future compatibility, however preliminary reports are that the CPUs require workarounds to boot.

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/kaby-lake-hd620-working.209598/

The majority of the motherboard manufacturers are using supported Intel i219-V, Realtek 8111H, or Killer E2500 ethernet. Many 200 Series motherboards also have Realtek ALC1220 onboard audio, which has not been tested. The platform also uses the same DDR4 RAM as last generation.

This post will be updated! If you have any information to share please let us know!

EDIT 1: Quick Kaby Lake / 200 Series Guide
Thanks to the early adopters and testers in this thread and around the net, the following info is known.

1.To boot, CPU ID needs to be spoofed. Go into Clover options at boot time and input the Skylake ID as FakeCPUID. Then just add the key and string in the KextandKernelPatches section of Clover's config.plist during post-installation.

Skylake CPUID: 0x0506E3

Code (Text):
...
    <key>KernelAndKextPatches</key>
    <dict>
        <key>FakeCPUID</key>
        <string>0x0506E3</string>
...
With this fix, I used UniBeast and MultiBeast to install in less than 30 min.

2. After successful installation, to get full graphics acceleration for Kaby Lake Intel HD 630, three fixes to Clover's config.plist are necessary. One, Intel Graphics ID must be spoofed to 0x19168086 under /Devices/FakeID/IntelGFX.

Code (Text):
...
        <key>FakeID</key>
        <dict>
            <key>IntelGFX</key>
            <string>0x19168086</string>
...

Two, install FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_Intel_HD_Graphics.kext to /Library/Extensions using KextBeast. Three, add the 'Skylake Glitch Fix' (AAPL,GfxYTile) to Devices/AddProperties/.

Code (Text):
...
    <key>Devices</key>
    <dict>
        <key>AddProperties</key>
        <array>
            <dict>
                <key>Device</key>
                <string>IntelGFX</string>
                <key>Key</key>
                <string>AAPL,GfxYTile</string>
                <key>Value</key>
                <data>
                AQAAAA==
                </data>
            </dict>
        </array>
...