Budget 4K Video Editing Hackintosh

September 16, 2019 posted by

Do you want budget Hackintosh for 4K video
editing? Built from brand new components and ready
for massive future upgrades? Then this video is the right for you. Hi, I’m Teresa from morgonaut.cloud and
I help people to save money on their Hackintosh builds, I help them simply to build a perfect
Hackintosh. If you are new here, then please click that
subscribe button and hit the bell next to it, so you won’t miss any of my future videos. The people who are in touch with me already
for some time knows, I build hackintoshes of all categories, from ultra cheap based
on old components up to monster brand new top specs builds, like now my last build as
this Intel Core i9-9900k Hackintosh monster. But I’m getting lot of comments about how
to build really affordable Hackintosh for 4K video editing, which users can easily upgrade
in the future even to the mentioned i9-9900k. So I decided to build such a cheap Hackintosh
based on brand new components just for purpose of this video, but than I felt in love with
it and now I use this Hackintosh primarily for all my video recordings. So now let’s jump straight into the specs
and what components I chose and recommend. I chose the Asus Prime Z370-A motherboard,
because it is by my opinion one of the most compatible mainboards for any Hackintosh build. And it even supports Thunderbolt 3. You can expand RAM up to 64 GB and CPU support
goes up to Intel Core i9-9900k. So you are absolutely not limited by this
board in any aspect and the same board you can reuse for your next upgrade to a monster
Hackintosh sometime in future. For CPU I chose the Intel Core i3-8350k, which
is the cheapest easy overclockable CPU with 4 cores and high frequency and Intel HD 630
integrated GPU which will help with encoding acceleration using Intel QuickSync technology. Now I can hear you – Core i3 CPU for video
editing? Are you kidding? So wait till I show you it’s real life performance
later in this video. What surprised me, was a fact, this Core i3
CPU has about 60% of performance of my Intel Core i7-8700k, but for just about one third
of the price. So I started to use this machine also for
all my video encodings. Yes, again you can hear right, i3 CPU for video
encoding. Am I a looser? So those are the most important parts. For RAM I chose just two 4GB sticks of some
cheap 2800MHz memory so in total 8 GB of RAM, and yes I can hear you again – whaaaat?? Only 8 gigs of RAM for 4k Video editing? As I said – wait 🙂 Yes, you’re right, it
is really recommended to have at least 16 GB of RAM for video editing, in my main production
machine I have 64 GB of RAM, but we are talking now about BUDGET 4K video editing Hackintosh
and this little baby can handle it even with only the 8 GB with ease. And finally for storage I chose very affordable
Samsung 970 Evo 250 GB NVMe M.2 drive. And I forgot to mention GPU – I chose again
very affordable Sapphire AMD RX 580 8GB Nitro+ version which is 100% compatible with macOS and is running
great in the latest macOS Mojave. BTW if you want to build also similar system,
just look at this video description, there you can see links to all components I used. And because I always try to make Hackintosh
easily available to all people, even absolute beginners without any knowledge how to build
a Hackintosh, in this video description you can also find link to already prepared and
tweaked EFI Clover folder, so all you need to do is to just follow my tutorial (link
is again under this video), install macOS on your disk and then just copy my whole prepared
EFI folder into it’s EFI partition. That’s all. You can have your own perfect Hackintosh up
and running in just an hour. First I will show you some synthetic benchmarks
and then I will show you the point of this video how it performs in 4K video editing
and some conclusion. So, synthetics benchmarks. First let’s have a look at About This Mac. Latest macOS Mojave, 4 GHz Intel Core i3,
8 GB of RAM and RX 580 GPU. Onboard audio is fully working, as well the
Intel Ethernet, RX 580 Metal supported Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 disk drive, all USB ports
correctly mapped and working on advertised speeds. So let’s run now the Geekbench benchmark. 5461 single core performance and 17090 multi-core
performance. Let’s check now the GPU compute benchmark
in OpenCL. 143080 points OpenCL score. Let’s check the Metal performance now. 142252 Metal score. Now let’s go to Cinebench benchmark CPU
and GPU. 668 points is not so impressive, but the strength of this CPU is somewhere
else then 3D rendering, you’ll see that later in this video. Let’s check now the OpenGL benchmark. Quite 125 fps, that’s very good. So I enabled back all my monitoring utilities,
which I disabled to not influence the benchmarks. Intel Speedstep working, so power management
is working OK, also sleep and wake is OK. All sensors and monitoring tools completely
working. Also the same for GPU power management. So let’s open the DaVinci Resolve. I prepared some 4K test project based on RED
files, which are converted from their 6-8k resolution to 4k. So when you look here, all files are exact
4K footage and they are in 4K timeline. All clips have some colour correction applied
and added a LUT and some of them have few more nodes with additional corrections. So, scrubbing in timeline is absolutely fluid
with not a single slowdown. You can look at the GPU usage and also check
the CPU usage at the same time. Absolutely no dropped frames. Realtime playback exactly at 24 fps, that
means realtime. CPU usage around 44%. So let’s render it out. Most of you will publish to YouTube, so I
choose YouTube and H.264. And now, that’s interesting. As you can see the CPU usage and the GPU usage
are at it’s maximum, that means we are fully utilising both at the same time, so there
is no bottleneck in the system. Rendering is twice as fast as real time playback. So this build is what I would called a perfectly
balanced system. So let’s try export it into ProRes 422 HQ and again, same scenario, absolutely maxed out every portion of this build. CPU temperature stays in high fifties even
with the cheap air cooler. I absolutely love this build. Nice performance for cheap, and also the low
power consumption is a very nice benefit. Now back to what I mean by the “perfectly
balanced system”. Absolutely does not matter if you have top
spec high end CPU, high end GPU, but poor disk. The same in reverse, it’s pointless to have
the best GPU but the rest not on par. The key is BALANCE. The whole system must be balanced so any of
it’s components is not a bottleneck. So as you could see, none of the components
in this build was a bottleneck. Better GPU with this CPU would not help in
any way and also better CPU with this GPU would not help too. This is what I call perfectly balanced budget
4K video editing Hackintosh. So again, just a reminder, links to all components
used in this Hackintosh and also already prepared and tweaked EFI Clover folder configuration
you can find now in this video description. So as you could see you absolutely don’t
need to spent thousands of Dollars on a Hackintosh, to be able to edit and render 4K videos, even
with a low budget, you can go and buy brand new components and build of it a perfect Hackintosh
for 4K video editing. And you can easily upgrade it in future. So I hope you’ve found in my todays video
some new inspiration, if so please click on the Like button below, share my videos anywhere
you can, so more people can benefit from it. Subscribe to my channel and hit the bell next
to it, so you won’t miss any of my future videos. And don’t forget I don’t have only one,
single video, I’ve done lot of useful videos and tutorials already, so watch them too before
asking. You can also join my Hackintosh and Macintosh
groups on Facebook, Reddit or my website, links are again now in this video description. So that’s all for today, thank you for watching
and see you next time my Hackintosh friends.


100 Replies to “Budget 4K Video Editing Hackintosh”

  1. Yang Xu says:

    Great video! Really appreciate all your work.

  2. Salva says:

    Great video! Do you think it will work with a different GPU? I have a Vega 64 (ASUS Radeon RX Strix Gaming OC) also an old ATI Radeon HD 4870. Thanks, Theresa.

  3. Erick Vicente Agrazal Lopez says:

    Hey @morgonaut amazing video!, I just subscribed.
    I'm thinking on buying a computer very similar to yours. But I've got a question, Would this motherboard: https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Z390-Motherboard-LGA1151-Gigabit/dp/B07HCY7K9L/ref=dp_ob_title_ce be the same as the Z370 you showed in the video? It seems to be just an update of it but as always with Hackintoshes, I'm afraid of it make my hackintosh less pleasant

  4. Moshiko_AZ says:

    how about hackintosh for ios development

  5. Susanna Remec says:

    So awesome!!

  6. massimiliano andreucci says:

    Hi Theresa just a little question, when installing MacOS is the graphic card installed or not? Thanks in advace 🙂

  7. Roberto Ambrosi says:

    thank you! an excellent solution to export in ProRes

  8. mlhm5 says:

    Love your channel – A+

  9. Marcel Gavalier says:

    ASUS PRIME Z370-A II is the same supported as ASUS PRIME Z370-A ? Because mark 1 is not available in our country Thank you

  10. Geoff Wise says:

    Thanks for the excellent guide. I am thinking of doing this build but with an Intel Core i7-8700K and a Samsung MZ-V7E500BW 970 EVO 500 GB V-NAND M.2 PCI Express Solid State Drive that I have been given. Would I need to change any of the bios settings or Clover settings from the ones you have given?

  11. Anthony Blando says:

    One of the best explanations of why the set up works great – Balance – It would be nice to see a list of priorities on what you would buy if you had a little more money – For example – water cooling – more ram – faster hard drive etc

  12. DIRECTED BY RASI says:

    is it possible to do one that shows case selection keypoards fans. basically all the parts needed to build computer

  13. NEXT Studio HD says:

    Ciao Teresa, i have installerò My hackingtosh with your guide! How can i install novizia drivers? 1080

  14. SS Music Official says:

    Respected Mam, how to create a bootable Hackintosh pen drive in windows?

  15. Karl Anko says:

    Hi, can I use an 7350K instead with the same motherboard?

  16. саша саша says:


  17. TheMiguelBi says:

    Interesting video!
    I also wanted to see the BruceX 5k test (FCX)

  18. Andrew Osei says:

    1:30 🤔 will the vga work without the 8pin power connector?

  19. Stuart Lefkowitz says:


  20. Stuart Lefkowitz says:

    I think your videos are great. I've been thinking for a while that I would like to build a Hackintosh to replace my old Mac Mini. I still want a small form factor computer. Could you create a video on how to Hackintosh an Intel NUC 8 Mini Desktop Computer. I know your videos take a lot of time and effort but I think there would be a lot of interest in this build.

  21. Beast_od says:

    Hi! Audio working after sleep in your build? I have same motherboard and my audio not working

  22. { ThePeaceFullMan } says:

    Thank you so much.
    I would like to see some Laptop Hackintosh tuts.

  23. Daniel D. says:

    You also don't need to spend thousands of dollars on software if you go Linux ☺️

  24. Marek Stepanek says:

    I love your tutorials. So intelligent and funny! Did you mentioned the price of this perfectly balanced Hackintosh? Best greetings and thank you for your work!

  25. Blended Kopi says:

    As always nice video , I wonder if I need to change Any efi config if I change the GPU to Vega 56 or 64

  26. Julien M says:

    You're the best Teresa, thanks for all the precious tips and advices

  27. t lech says:

    How about using a( Latte Panda )SBC as a HackingTosh with external video card

  28. Gerhard A. E. Uhlhorn says:

    There are two boards: ASUS prime Z370-A and ASUS prime Z370-A II. Is it also possible to take the Board II?

  29. Tameem Paknehad says:

    Hi Morgonaut!
    I just saw your video now, I loved it!!!

    I have an Acer Nitro 5 Laptop Computer with 500GB og Samsung Nvme 970 EVO, 32GB of RAM, Geforce 1060, Intel Core i7 8th Gen.

    Model name is: Nitro AN515-52 and you can find the link here (https://www.acer.com/ac/no/NO/content/support-product/7572?b=1&pn=NH.Q3XED.025&sn=NHQ3XED025827092C53400)

    Can i Install Mac OS on it?

    Thank you

  30. SIBNATH SARKAR says:

    Hi Mam,Atfirst give u a great thank for this channel and your help.
    Mam I am a small video editor and i used final cut pro 7 for video editing.I want to build a hackingtosh for my personal use.Please give me a balanced hackingtosh hardware list for 4k video.i want to used i5 processor.i already make a hackingtosh on i3 processor and mac os sierra.but that build is not good performance.plz give me a better hardware list like this one that is in the video

  31. Jorge Manuel Saraiva Moreira says:

    Hi . Is there any special specification to a DAW Hackintosh ? Can i use this Budget 4K as a DAW. Thanks in advance.

  32. Julio Ribeiro says:

    Thanks a lot for the video Teresa, love you builds. Can you recommend any mATX motherboards? Ou even a ITX? I want to build a small rig and want to know your opinion on a good board for the build.

  33. techygrams 2017 says:

    well i see another build for me very soon. Thanks

  34. Arnaud says:

    Hello Teresa from Morgonaut, audio is not actually working with the native codec . I install VoodooAudio and you can use Jack’s output to connect with a speaker or monitor . How you can fix it ( Hdmi only ) , have you any idea ?

  35. Ilfir Soultanov says:

    Hey Theresa – good work on the videos and EFI configs! Wondering how to fix my audio. Not recognized after I did a Time Machine restore from my old mac pro. I had sound working before the TM restore. Googling did not turn anything up. Ideas?

  36. Ermanno Perinotto says:

    Great your video Teresa: But excuse me, now I know all about component, but what about to construct the hackintosh, how I have to do to build it? And to install the mojave? Please enlight my poor experience. Many thanks

  37. Tanveer Singh says:

    Watching again… waiting for a mini-itx hackintosh

  38. Mad Monk says:

    Brilliant! Your the Real ‘Apple’ Genius.

    I want to build a hackintosh / Windows 10 machine that can run Unreal Engine 4 for VR gaming development but also for Adobe After Effects. Any advice would be appreciated.

  39. Jorge Manuel Saraiva Moreira says:

    If i change the SDD to 1TB and the RAM for 2x8GB PC 3200, do i need to change the clover information for the build ? Thanks in Advance.

  40. Norman Seraidarian says:

    So happy to find you here. Needed a tech explanation on Hackintosh and specially from a person that loves the  ecosystem. I'm really thinking to change my MBP 2017 to one of this Hackintoshes.Tks and keep up a great work

  41. techygrams 2017 says:

    This is the build I am doing, could I use i7 instead of the i3?

  42. techygrams 2017 says:

    Have u ever done a ryzen build?

  43. techygrams 2017 says:

    What would be a good video editing software to start learning on? My grand daughter who is 10 yrs but very very smart wants to learn how to do it.

  44. Norman Seraidarian says:

    Teresa do you think I can fit these configuration on a G4 case instead of a G5?

  45. CologneRob says:

    Is it possible to build a Hackintosh from scratch with a budget of 500€ which is stronger as my 2012 i5 MacMini? In this list here are CPU+GPU+Mainboard. What about Ram, Cooling System, Case, Power Supply?

  46. Elshad B says:

    The video is great, I can't wait to build my first hackintosh, but the company you recommend in US for motherboard is bad! I had to wait 10 days for that motherboard and they send me used for a 146$, but I paid 260$ for new. It's your reputation. I'm just saying.

  47. EliteTrainingCenters says:

    Can i use the Asus Prime 370-AII and use the same kext files and directions you list or does it have to be the Ver 1 of the board? Thanks, great videos.

  48. Jesus Marrero says:

    Hello,this can be use for music production too, as it is?,thank you for your help.

  49. CologneRob says:

    Will this EFI Filed Hackintosh run with the onboard GPU only?

  50. Pavanjmj says:

    Great video madam, you haven't mentioned the psu and cooling system used. Can share those links please.

  51. Welly Dosen says:

    This is what I've been looking for! A budget video editing hackintosh.. thanks for the guide Theresa.
    Is the wifi & bluetooth works?

  52. Ahmad Hajjar says:

    Thank you for the great videos <3

    Have you ever tried an *Intel NUC* for a Hackintosh ?

  53. Santi Channel says:

    Use 4k video editing for good or not.

  54. Richi Rich says:

    Liked. You are truly amazing Morgonaut.

  55. Anant Shiva says:

    any issues with wifi? also, can I upgrade the CPU to an i9 instead without any problems?

  56. Christopher Smith says:

    Would it possible if you can do a hackintosh build in a itx form factor using a rx580 and i3-8350K? Love your videos as well, thanks.

  57. Ken Lee says:

    You are making the really amazing fantastic tutorial ever.

  58. Jonas Müller says:

    Is this build also possible with using only the iGPU of the CPU?

  59. Oleg Covian says:

    Great video! thanks master ! Do you think this will handle DaVinci Resolve with Raw 4k files ?

  60. Norman Seraidarian says:

    Teresa will I lose to much processor if I use an i3 8100 instead of the 8350k?

  61. Andrea Posarelli says:

    Hi Theresa, tnx for your videos, is always an inspiration, very clear and cut through the point…
    I was thinking after years and years of Macs to jump on an hackintosh system, mainly for costs.
    I see also some old Mac Pro 5.1 on ebay: they are really on a budget (500/600€ tops) and still rocking.
    What do you think about it?
    Mac Pro is still a right choice?
    Tnx in advance…!

  62. Nito Nascimento says:

    I Really love your videos and was goint to try this build, just got the needed hardware but i don't have a credit card for this patreon thing… can you help me? Thanks in advance for your time.

  63. Andy Blazer says:

    I wish you provided Amazon links for Australia. Love your videos but I haven’t decided to build yet.

  64. Cubebass says:

    Hi! What's the monitoring app runing on the top right corner on the taskbar? Seems pretty useful

  65. ericdrt says:

    Hi! Great Video! Just a question. Will this build support "4K" resolution in compatible monitors? Thank you!

  66. Waldemar Schneider says:

    Thank you very much for this great build! I do not see the cooler in the List of parts. What is important when choosing one? Do you recommend a specific one?

  67. Roopinder Pal Singh Randhawa says:

    What is your take on Radeon 7?

  68. ivan buriola says:

    Hi. Great video. Any suggestion to build a Mini-ITX Hackintosh? Thanks

  69. 风里刀 says:

    Does the thunderbolt3 port work?

  70. Will Mutt says:

    What did you get for wi-fi?

  71. Roberto Navarro says:

    Any help on getting the UHD 630 card to work. I'm getting no acceleration.

  72. asrdm says:

    So I have a question: If I have the latest Mojave installer on a USB thumb drive (version 10.14.5), can I still use your clover version that is linked under your video or do I have to make changes because the Mojave version is different than the one you used in this video?

  73. Spencer Baron says:

    Great vid! Make a video about the g5/mac pro case please.

  74. Brandon Lee says:

    Thanks for all your help! I was wondering if you could look at my current component picks and let me know if they’re well balanced. Thanks!

  75. Brandon Lee says:

    Thanks for all your help! I was wondering if you could look at my current component picks and let me know if they’re well balanced. Thanks!

  76. Varun Sharma says:

    Hey.. love your videos.. is it's ok if I get sapphire rx 580 8gb nitro+ special edition

  77. TiPhoneA says:

    Hello, if I have an Aorus RX 580 it's the same Clover?

  78. Sohail Sheikh says:

    Hi, Teresa
    i have some hardware components

    Motherboard gigabyte h310m s2h
    Ram Adata 8gb 2400
    SSD Adata su600 240gb
    Hdd WD 1tb
    cooler master 650wats power supply

    please suggest processor perfect for hackintosh


  79. Samuel Irias says:

    What's the difference between z370a and z370 A-II

  80. Leslie Pugh says:

    Thanks T..So nice to hear the news.

  81. Luca Colombo says:

    Outstanding video 🤓 Is there a tutorial ti make a 4k editing hackingtosh using a form factor like Intel nuc ?

  82. Saro Root says:

    This is it. The best guide. Good Job!

  83. creatorivm says:

    If I change the CPU to Intel i5 8400, is it your clover file from the patreon still valid?

  84. Jillur Rahman says:

    What about WiFi?

  85. tutovirtual0 says:

    Teresa good afternoon, what is the program that shows you all the sensors, the one that appears in this video in the upper right.

  86. NG YEAN LOCK - says:

    Thanks for the video. What sites do you recommend? I mean top sites. I love Olarila.

  87. Manuel Gonzalez says:

    Is Icloud continuity working, like imesages from iphone showing up on hackintosh?

  88. V. Striemer says:

    thx thx thx !

  89. Rotten Gaming says:

    Love your videos. I'm thinking about a similar build, but using i5 9600 and rx590 instead (mainly because i can find those at basically the same price), would that work?

  90. Ari Magalhães says:

    Hi Teresa.. First of all many thanks for such great vídeo!!.. Please make another vídeo like this Budget 4k hackintosh, but using a micro itx motherboard instead of micro or full atx.. It will be very helpfull to me because I need to build a compact hackintosh to my wife!.. Brgds.

  91. Truly Mittal says:

    internal GPU not showing @ 5:05 and intel quick sync not working as seen @ 10:00 when exporting the data, Rx580 taking it all to render….why is it so?

  92. Mohd Shahran bin Daud says:

    This is really great. I wonder, will this work with i5 or i7 processor? Can the board support them? In case it can, which model of i5 or i7 that you can suggest. Thank you in advance.

  93. sangeeth shet says:

    the way of your teaching is wonderful now you also a teacher in my life thank you
    1 question I want to ask if I use Nvidia 1050ti how its performs I am using high sierra 16 gb 2400 ram i5 7400 cpu gigabyte b250-md3h mb

  94. Robert Palmer says:

    If I substitute an i5 instead of the i3 will the clover guide and everything still work the same?

  95. Uncle Bryan M says:

    It’s easy to see that you really enjoy what you’re doing! You are always smiling when you speak and that is very pleasant. I’m subscribed and really enjoy the content. Fantastic work on these videos! Cheers!

  96. Bas says:

    Hi Morgonaut, Pleasant to watch your videos, i would like to get a patreon subscription however i need to know if you can get the onboard LAN ethernet connection working of my ASrock h97 pro4 motherboard (High Sierra & clover efi bootloader). I read some other people dont have reliable ethernet connection and mine i cant get it to work as well. Other things i tested are: Wifi usb adapter works, PCIe network card doesnt work eighter. So if you are sure you can make my onboard LAN work I will get an extended subscription. Otherwise its probably a waste of time and money from both sides. Let me know. Thx Bas

  97. Fabián Flórez says:

    Did you use davinci resolve free or studio?

  98. ride on says:

    Hallo Teresa, did it work with FinalCut also?
    I do not have a mac, can you please make a video how to prepare it with a bought stick on win?

  99. Nicky Sheppard says:

    can you build this machine with all the same hardware but with the core 15 or i7?

  100. shane avlis says:

    What about Ryzen Hackintosh?

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