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