The Mac Pro is Apple’s professional desktop computer, aimed at those who require “state-of-the-art performance across the board”.
The black cylinder is packed with impressive hardware, including a 6-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors.
This does not come cheap, though, and the 6-core Apple Mac Pro sells for R74,099 in the iStore.
For those who want a powerful PC that runs Apple’s Mac operating system, but are hoping to save a few rand, “Hackintosh” website tonymacx86.com and YouTube channel createthis show you how to build your own Mac Pro using PC components which are compatible with the Apple OS.
The table below compares the main hardware components of the Mac Pro and the recommended Hackintosh system from tonymacx86.
Apple Mac Pro vs Hackintosh Pro
|Specifications||Apple Mac Pro||Hackintosh Pro|
|Processor||Intel Xeon E5 3.5GHz 6-Core||Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz Quad Core|
|Graphics||Dual AMD FirePro D500 – 6GB GDDR5||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti|
|RAM||16GB DDR3 1,866Mhz||16GB DDR4 2,400MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport|
|Storage||256GB PCIe flash||Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD|
|Ports||4 x USB 3.0 / 6 x Thunderbolt 2 / HDMI / Ethernet / Headphone jack||5 x USB 3.0 / 1 x USB 3.1 / 1 x USB Type C / DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI / Ethernet / Headphone jack|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0||802.11ac Wi-Fi|
|Dimensions||Height 25.1cm, Diameter 16.7cm||52.1 x 20.6 x 50.8 cm (Mid-Tower case)|
Below is the list of parts required to build the Hackintosh Pro, and what the system will cost in South Africa
Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz Quad Core CPU – R6,400
Corsair H60 CPU water cooler – R1,300
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming graphics card – R10,400
16GB DDR4 2,400MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM – R1,400