Vanilla AMD Hackintosh

Why vanilla?

It's clean

The AMD distros are designed to be ran on various different hardware combinations, while a vanilla install is made for your specific hardware. This means that your install will only have what it needs and no extra useless junk.

Tailor made for your hardware

A vanilla install doesn't have any unneeded kexts or modifications which could cause issues.

More instructive

Making your own install teaches you a lot more about how hackintoshing works which in turn makes it easier for you to troubleshoot any potential issues.

The good, the bad and the ugly:

What works

  • AMD Ryzen CPUs
  • Native USB
  • Native Audio
  • The latest version of macOS High Sierra
  • iCloud

So much works, that it is easier to say what doesn't so here we go:

  • AMD FX CPUs (I don't have one to use for testing)
  • Internal Graphics. Be it an AMD Ax CPU or one of the G Ryzen chips, the GPU will not work.
  • Lower GPU performance, more specifically:
    • About 10% lower on AMD GPUs
    • About 75% lower on Nvidia GPUs
      • I have been told that this is not the case. Performance varies a lot per model, but it is safe to assume it is a lot lower than on Windows.
  • IOMMU
  • iMessage, FaceTime
  • Siri

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