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I want to tell you about my first experience with Hackintosh. biggrin.png

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Last week I've successfully installed N{censored} Mavericks(10.9) on my computer. Let me tell you about my config first and then we'll talk about more:

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  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4570 @ 3.2GHz
  • Memory: 1x8GB Kingston DDR3, 1333MHz
  • Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4
  • Videocard: MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Twinfrozr III OC, 2GB RAM
  • Harddisk: 1TB Western Digital 7200rpm, 320GB Western Digital 5400rpm
  • SSD: Kingston V300 120GB
  • Monitor: Benq GW2250 (22")
  • Case: Segotep SG Z2
  • Additional info: Hama AK 200 keyboard, Microsoft Wireless Mouse 600, a Bluetooth dongle that looks like this.

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After that, I've updated to 10.9.1 from Appstore. then the sound started to make problems. I've disabled the front audio from BIOS and installed ALC892 from MB{censored}. Now the sound works properly and it's more powerfull than in Windows.?

The videocard works perfectly, with nvidia web driver. OpenCL works, video power management works OK, but only before "turbo" freq is touched. After 1.12GHz step is used, the GPU clock doesn't go down to 324MHz, but it stays to the maximum non-turbo freq: 1.03GHz. Animations are working well, except a little framedrops when maximizing (by using the green button) the windows. That's frequency independent. It occurs at 300MHz or at 1.03Ghz.

My fonts look fatter. I have used Windows and Linux, and in the same sites, the fonts are clearer. Example from Hackintosh:

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Sleep works, but it takes 30 seconds to turn off the computer, and another 30 to wake the monitor. The first to go to sleep is the video card, and the last to wake is also the video card. It boots faster than that, so 30 seconds to wake it's a little to much. (darkwake=10 doesn't do much)

I can't make iMessages to work. I still have to struggle a bit, but I think I can make them to work.

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TL;DR:

N{censored} Mavericks updated to 10.9.1 from App store.

What works: everything except iMessages. Appstore, iTunes, bluetooth, video card, sleep ( if 30 seconds isn't too much to wake ).

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If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask.

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LE: Added some benchmark pictures.

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Yes. I am planning in buying another 8GB RAM module, but the price grown with 25$ at the model that I have right now. I bought the first stick in summer, at 75$, now it costs 100$. For what I am doing right now ( I use Photoshop more than video editing), I don't require more RAM. Also, i've lowerded the RAM latency from 9-9-9-24 to 8-8-8-24.

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