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Old 01-19-2021, 02:04 PM
Sugarnutz Sugarnutz is offline
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Default Re: Should we all just Hackintosh while we can?

In early 2019 I built a new PC for Pro Tools:

Gigabyte Z390 Designare
i9 9900K w/Noctua D15 cooler
64 Gb DDR 4
Crucial NVMe 1Tb boot drive
16Tb of assorted spinners
Gigabyte RX580 8Gb Video
Fractal Design case w/850W power supply

Originally I put Win 10 Pro on it and all was good for a minute until Windows did an update then all of a sudden my D-Command was no longer recognized. Did everything I could but nothing helped. I had tried to put macOS Mojave on this machine before with a separate 1Tb NVME drive but the motherboard was so new the install was flakey as hell. By the time Windows trashed my D-Command I decided to give OSX another go. The install guide and necessary kext/drivers needed were all good and I never looked back.

In testing with a 1KHz tone recorded I started enabling tracks in record with 10 CPU intensive plugins like Waves Abbey Road Plates & Chambers among others and made it all the way to 113 tracks in record before the playback of the 1KHz tone glitched. This was done with a 32 buffer on Pro Tools Ultimate 2019.12 using a HD Native Thunderbolt via an Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter & Avid Omni. I also ran a Geekbench 4 test and Geekbench kicked it back as being faked, slightly over 30,000 on the score. Used it all day yesterday programming drums along with a rough mix on an existing session and never had an issue or warning all day. Solid as a rock!

It must be noted that I'm a long term Windows PC guy, like all the way back to Windows 3.1 and DOS 4 in the beginning. Never again! In addition to this rig I now have a 2008 Mac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core/32Gb with HD6 Accel and a 2015 Retina MacBook Pro. I still build custom Windows gaming PCs for others but not for me.

A Hackintosh is a viable option for Pro Tools without a doubt, just look for successful install/build guides before buying components.


Below is the System Monitor capture from yesterday's session at a 64 buffer. Session is on an external 1Tb NVMe drive in a TB3 case which also has all my sample libraries on it.
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Gigabyte z390 Designare
I9 990K 4.7 GHz
64 Gb of DDR4 3200
Gigabyte RX580 8 Gb
MacOS 10.14.6 Mojave

15" Mid-2015 MBP 2.2 GHz i7 16 Gb RAM
512 Gb Flash Drive - OS X 10.14.6

Last edited by Sugarnutz; 01-19-2021 at 02:07 PM. Reason: Clarity
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