Choosing a graphics card for your Hackintosh

People who are video creators, gamers as well as people want more performance out of their hackintosh could get a graphics card. The graphics cards available for a Hackintosh can be much faster than what Apple offers in their systems. You’ll need a graphics card in your hackintosh if you want working sleep/sleep wake. I recommend everyone getting a graphics card to have the ability to sleep there hackintosh as well as the increased stability over an Intel iGPU.

Why get a Graphics Card?

  • Sleep & Wake Work
  • Greater Performance
  • Retina / 4k / 144HZ Display Support
  • Plug and Play Multi-Monitor Support
  • Easy to get Working

Compatibility

  • 10 series cards require Sierra 10.12.4 or later & Nvidia Web Drives (GTX 1050-1080)
  • 9 Series cards require Nvidia Web Drives (GTX 950-980)
  • 7 Series cards require Nvidia Web Drives (GTX 750-780)
  • 6 Series cards work natively in macOS (GTX 650-680)
  • AMD Graphic Cards require Sierra 10.12.6 or later for native support with a minor tweak

If you a cheap graphics card I’ve compiled a list of the latest budget graphic cards that work in macOS Cheapest graphic cards available to hackintosh in 2017

Cheapest graphic cards available to hackintosh in 2017

AMD vs. Nvidia

It’s definitely worth picking up a graphics card for a hackintosh because this eliminates some of the issues with integrated graphics such as sleep/wake not working properly, while greatly boosting graphical performance of your computer.

AMD cards have much easier to setup and get working  ever since Sierra 10.12.6 came out with native support for the latest RX graphic cards. They are supported in High Sierra and work more reliably than Nvidia cards because of the native support, If you plan to go the AMD route I recommend sticking with the RX 560, 570, 580 as these are the easiest to get working. Some have also had success with the high end RX Vega cards and older AMD cards. In older versions of macOS AMD cards require framebuffer editing, which can be tricky to understand for a beginner.

Nvidia cards can be gotten working using Nvidia’s Web Drivers or work natively if you have an older card such as a GTX 6XX. To support more recent hardware like Pascal/Maxwell based Nvidia cards you will defintely need the Nvidia Driver for graphical acceleration.

In High Sierra 10.13 AMD RX cards are easier to get working then Nvidia card’s because of the Nvidia SIP problem. Also you can count on AMD to have reliable sleep/wake. On occasion with Nvidia card’s there’s been instances where the computer woudln’t sleep for whatever reason.



 

AMD Graphics Tutorial

Follow this separate guide to get AMD graphic cards working. You will need to be using 10.12.6 for native support with some extra kext files added to your EFI partition for hardware detection.

How to hackintosh AMD graphics cards in Sierra 10.12.6+

Nvidia Graphics Tutorial

For Nvidia cards you will need to install web drivers as well as adding graphical detection in your EFI partition folder.

How to get Nvidia Graphic Cards working on a Hackintosh

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Michael N
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Michael N

Thank you. Spent a while trying to figure this out. Never had any issues like I did this time around. I will share any updates I find useful.

Daniel
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Daniel

you do the install with the GPU connected?

Artur
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Artur

Many thanks for your article! I eventually explains me why my GTX 1050 card not work with 10.11.6 but works with 10.12.5 🙂 Have to buy next card, it seems first hacks builds are always so (expensively) informative 🙂

Taariq
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Taariq

So i followed all the steps, but once i install web driver and restart. It goes to clover select harddrive then it loads with apple logo till about halfway and display turns off. I have 10.12.5 with a 1050ti.

Taariq
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Taariq

Thanks for your help, i had integrated graphics still enabled which caused the issue.

Taariq
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Taariq

I’m currently on 10.12.5, is it advisable to let mac upgrade, will it affect my current setup?

lves
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lves

I followed all the step to install osx 10.12.5 but there is not recognize my graphic card of gt1050ti. There is 5MB of graphic that in the information.
I am using Msi H110m pro VD plus
Graphic card: Msi GT1050ti
CPU: G4560

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So Good Idea I try for finish.
GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-Gaming 7
ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme Core Edition 11263mb. SLI
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
32 gb. DDR4 Corsair

cdcoolc
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cdcoolc

Hi,

So i tried following your guide to the T and everything is dandy until i start installing nvidia web drivers. After the mandatory restart, the apple logo loads to about half way and then the screen goes blank.

I’ve taken your advice on earlier comments and it has not helped me. My BIOS settings are the same as you have in your guide.

I have a Asrock mini ITX mobo
Sandisk SSD and nvidia’s 1050ti for gpu

any help would be great.

thanks

Rageshmax
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Rageshmax

Sir, which is the cheapest graphics card for sierra. I need work with fcpx, thanks

Angel Ballester Pane
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Angel Ballester Pane

hackintosh, no reconoce nvidia geforce gt 1050 ti 4 gigas, con los ultimos drivers

placa Ga-207Z-hd3p

sierra 10.12.6
que puedo hacer

Angel Ballester Pane
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Angel Ballester Pane

perdon la placa GA-Z270-hdp3

Francesco Martina
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Francesco Martina

Many Many thanks !!! Using this guide I succeeded to use the web NVIDIA driver on my GTX 780 Ti over a X79 platform with CUDA working perfectly! Thank you very much

Menuka
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Menuka

My Graphic card is an asus gt 1030 . Is this competible with high sierra?
Thanks…