Tonymacx86 is without a doubt the most useful site around for anyone who wants to build a Hackintosh. The site is chock full of useful tools that will help speed up the process of building your dream Hackintosh.\nBut what happens when a writer decides to forego the tools at tonymacx86 and wing it when building a Hackintosh?\nJeff Benjamin reports for 9to5Mac:\n\nIn a previous article, posted shortly after Nvidia announced its new Pascal Mac drivers, I briefly discussed my plans to build a new Hackintosh. I\u2019ve been planning and working on the machine for over a week, and I\u2019m finally at the point where I can share the results of my journey.\nThis isn\u2019t my first Hackintosh build, but it\u2019s the first build where I decided to go about it without the assistance of the excellent tools over at tonymacx86. I\u2019ve been long interested in building a Hackintosh using just the Clover EFI Bootloader, and that\u2019s exactly what I did for this build.\nGoing about it this way allowed me to learn more about the process, and helped me to see that the entire premise, while tedious at times, is actually fairly straightforward. In this initial post, I\u2019ll talk about some of my reasoning behind my hardware choices, and share some initial experiences and benchmark results.\n...this Hackintosh is faster than any Mac that Apple currently sells in some respects, with single core CPU scores besting the 2015 iMac with similarly-equipped 4 GHz Intel 6700K i7 processors, and multi-core scores besting every Mac outside of a handful of 12- and 8-core Mac Pros.\nNeedless to say, I\u2019m satisfied with this Hackintosh build. There are some things I\u2019d like to change, such as introducing a faster NVMe boot drive (These SATA SSDs are slow by today\u2019s standards) and adding more RAM, but those are largely trivial items.\nMore at 9to5Mac\n\nAs you can tell from the article, Jeff did a great job putting together his Hackintosh on his own. And it clearly offered some significant performance boosts when compared to official Macs put out by Apple. The fact that he did it without making use of the tools from tonymacx86 is just icing on an already sweet cake.\n9to5Mac readers shared their thoughts in the comments section about Jeff\u2019s Hackintosh, and some expressed serious skepticism about the benefits of building a Hackintosh:\n\nUser3468: \u201cI've always found Hackintoshs to be not worth the hassle, but that's just my opinion and if you can live with it who am I to judge.\u201d\nSahil Malik: \u201cI agree. The stability isn't there, and to get iMessage and App store and app submission working is a hassle, and it can break anytime with an update.\u201d\nBrandon Coppin: \u201cLOL definitely worth the hassle. I built a machine that would have cost me nearly $4,000 for only $1,200 that is also easily upgradable.\u201d\nRCC: \u201cWhy bother? It's practically the same performance as non-overclocked iMac.\nBut it's illegal and iMessage doesn't work.\u201d\nBrandon Coppin: \u201cThe iMac does not even come close to this. And it is not illegal. The only thing that would be Illegal would be to sell them. And yes, actually iMessage does work. Do your homework.\u201d\nPascal G: \u201cCPU performance, sure, but GPU is not comparable to an iMac at all.\nAlso note that the iMac used for comparison is the top-end one, 5K with all BTO options. That computer is $4k and building a hackintosh of equivalent performance, including a 5K display, is around half that price.\niMessage does work if you set it up, which takes around 5 minutes using Clover Configurator.\nI can understand hackintoshes aren't for everybody, but let's not act like an iMac is equivalent and that there aren't gaps in Apple's current lineup making hackintoshes attractive for a niche of users over real Macs.\u201d\nWigby: \u201cI still don't understand the core professional argument for hackintoshes in the first place. If it's a hobby or educational, then that's fine but pros will argue that hackintoshes somehow fit their workflow. Meanwhile, there are so many caveats and support issues, I don't understand how anyone can reconcile those as a professional with clients. When you make money using your computer, saving a few thousand dollars shouldn't even be a factor unless it's so much faster that you can justify possible downtime with the overall speed increase.\u201d\nPascal G: \u201cI agree that a hackintosh is not a viable option as a professional computer if your job depends on it. The tinkering part should be a hobby for you, something you do for fun in your spare time. If you count the set up \/ maintenance \/ troubleshooting as work hours, then a hackintosh is likely not a cost-effective solution, and reliability issues could get you in trouble if you work on any project that's minimally time-sensitive. I'm really not defending hackintoshes for use in a work environment, they're a cool project to leave at home IMO.\u201d\n1stNTenderbits: \u201cDig what you're doing Jeff. The DIYer and tinkerers spirit is still alive. Nice build.\u201d\nEric Stanfield: \u201cRan a hackintosh for about 18 months after giving up on Apple ever coming out with anything close to the specs I could build myself at a fraction of what they would charge. Ultimately I retired the thing because every single OSX update would break cloud related apps like iMessages and you'd basically be s.o.l. until someone 'out there' came out with a patch or complicated set of hacks to restore the functionality.\nI don't know if that's been addressed, but considering how much of Apple's ecosystem is dependent on icloud it really sucked at the time.\u201d\nMore at 9to5Mac\n\nOverpriced and underpowered Macs are why people build Hackintosh computers\nThe fact that people like Jeff are building Hackintoshes at all does not speak well of Apple\u2019s treatment of the Mac in recent years. To put it bluntly, the company has screwed up royally by not providing more powerful Macs at more reasonable prices.\nApple recently admitted that it goofed with the design of the trash can and promised that a new Mac Pro is being worked on, and also noted that a pro version of the iMac is on the way. However, this mea culpa is really too little and far too late.\nApple\u2019s obsession with \u201cthin and cool\u201d led it to some disastrous design decisions for the 2013 Mac Pro. The neglect of the Mac mini, and unpredictable updates to the iMac also helped give the company a black eye with Mac users.\nThus the Hackintosh was born and it has become an important option for those who wish to use macOS as their operating system but who cannot live with Apple\u2019s substandard Mac hardware.\nCan Apple be trusted to update the Mac regularly?\nDespite Apple\u2019s stated plans to release an all-new Mac Pro, and to update the iMac with pro level hardware, the company still faces a great deal of skepticism from some Mac users. Even if Apple releases great new hardware, will it keep those Macs updated regularly? Nobody knows.\nApple\u2019s unreliability when it comes to Mac hardware updates means that folks like Jeff will probably still be building Hackintoshes, even after a new Mac Pro comes out. Apple abused its monopoly on Mac hardware, and the end result was that some users gave up on Apple's official Macs and built their own.\nReleasing new Mac hardware will be easy for Apple, but regaining its reputation among Mac users will be much more difficult. Hackintoshes aren't going away any time soon. The process of building one is getting easier and easier, as you can tell from Jeff's experience.\nApple should be worried.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.