Description

Hopefully a bit future-proof

One M.2 SSD for Win 10, and the other M.2 SSD for OS X El Capitan

Primarily built for grading with Davinci Resolve, hence the choice of Titan X over 980 Ti (additional 6GB VRAM), plus I plan to add another Titan X later in the year. As a gaming rig it's no slouch either

Update 26/04/2016

Successful dual-boot installation. Overclocked CPU to 4.5GHz (recognised by both OSX and Win 10), and flashed GPU bios to get 1291 MHz (it was already 1190 MHz) and memory 1950 MHz, also recognised by both OSX and Win 10.

Push-pull fan configuration for both the GPU and CPU. 9 fans in total.

Thunderbolt port works, outputting to a Blackmagic Design Mini Monitor I/O box, which in turn outputs to an Eizo CG247 calibrated reference monitor (via HDMI) and a Blackmagic Design Mini Recorder (via SDI), which connects to the iMac via Thunderbolt for scopes.

Wifi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, etc. all work fully on both set-ups. PS3 controller automatically recognised and functions via Bluetooth dongle.

Both M.2 drives give @ 2.5GB/s read and 1.5GB/s write speeds. Both OSX and Win 10 fully boot in less than 10 seconds.

Audio took a while to work with the Hackintosh, but eventually full multichannel HD was achieved.

Despite the flashed GPU bios, the Titan X still runs faster on Win 10 than OSX. Cinebench score is @200 fps in Win 10, but only @150 fps in OSX.

OSX Geekbench v3 is @ 28200 multicore 64bit.

On Win 10 the GPU is still not quite 4K ready, but not far off and is very stable. Struggle to get temps over 60 Celsius, even when benchmarking Unigine Heaven 4.0 or Shadow of Mordor.

Gaming works great, and I use my 120" screen and 1080p projector for that, along with a 9.1 sound system (5.1 with an extra speaker on top of the surround speakers).

Hackintosh took a full 7 days to properly learn and implement, but it's a valuable set of skills and I've quite the machine to show for it. Further down the line I hope to add another Titan X, more RAM, and storage by way of the additional 3.5" bays (5) and SSD slots (3).

Part Reviews

Storage

Very impressed. The extra cache really helps, and files up to @4TB transfer almost instantaneously, before normal speed of @ 180MB/s resumes. A little bit pricier than a regular 4TB hard drive, but well worth it IMO. I foresee ordering more down the line.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 8 points

i7-5930k, H110i, X99, 32GB RAM, 1TB M.2-2280 SSD, Titan X

not bad for a first time build

Yeah, no ****.

In all seriousness, great build. You got a nice beefy computer that will serve you well for years to come.

Maybe more pictures of the inside? (:

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

******* oath +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Maybe a few additional pictures as well as a better description on your choice of hardware. Some benchmarks or temperatures would be nice as well. And another thing.. what had you decide for a Titan X rather than a 980ti?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

This is exactly what I was thinking.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Make your bed!!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

@people who wonder why Titan x instead of 980ti, he said its supposed to be a bit future proof, current 4K games can take up 6GB of VRAM as of right now so in the future it's not hard to imagine them starting to take up more than 6

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks cool, definitely need some more pictures though.+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I too would love to see the inside as well but I was wondering how well this is working for OS X ?

Great parts but can you elaborate as to why you picked the Titan X

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHAHA I LOVE that face of the person in the background also plus one for the build bro

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't pass up a good 780t build +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

£3k first build.W0W

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Added a couple more fans, and updated the description. More photos added too.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey great build!!!! How do you manage to install macos on the m.2 ssd? i'm building a pc with the same ssd, but i don't find any video explanations on youtube on installing the software on that kind of drive and i'm having second thoughts. Do you have a link explaining the process?

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

why put in a titan x over a 980 ti??? the rest is pretty ok though, i dont know why you would need 4 tb hdd tho especcialy if you have 2 ssd's? and you probably dont need a 1000w psu. study up before you build man.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Because over time, games will start to take up more VRAM than 6 GBs.

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

Seems like u wasted a a couple hundred on some useless overkill parts but if u have the money go for it who cares