Photo courtesy of wicho
January 3rd, 2009 – Following yesterday’s post where I said that I could always use more processing power when I mix, I’ve been thinking of building a hackintosh. For those of you who don’t know what a hackintosh is, it’s a PC that is running a hacked BIOS that allows it to run Apple’s OSX operating system.
Why would someone want that? Well for people like you and I, it means that we can run Logic Pro, which only is available for OSX, on PC hardware. This greatly reduces the costs of simply running the software. Technically this is a legal grey area, so if you do decide to run a hackintosh, it’s at your own discretion.
Personally the physical design of Apple products is a secondary consideration. While good looking hardware is a nice perk, what really makes me like Apple products is the operating system. I like OSX, and I’m familiar with Logic but I currently own two pieces of Apple hardware and can’t really justify paying the price differential for more shiny boxes. Lately, I have been on the look out for more processing power and have been thinking more and more of the hackintosh solution. Generic hardware prices, premium operating system. I already have full Logic and OSX install discs from my other computers so the software side is nice and cinched.
A nicely spec’d hackintosh tower can run around $800, while the Mac Pro I’d be imitating could cost almost five thousand dollars. That’s quite a savings for a computer which would be my processing workhorse. One thing I’m unsure of is how well hackintoshes run Logic. Most articles I’ve read seem to just be pleased to be running OSX at all, let alone benchmarking music software. An acquaintance of mine built his own hackintosh and has Logic installed, but wasn’t running genuine software, so when Logic updated, it kept asking for the software key. I didn’t get to see how it ran on his computer which is a pity since he has an Apogee Duet, which is what I want to run as well.
Have any of you run music software, Logic or otherwise, on a hackintosh? What kind of performance have you been seeing? Do any of you have an EFI-X dongled hackintosh install?