Components

following sections describe details about certified hardware components for this setup but also alternative components which can be used as well.


CASE

Alternatives

PSU

MOTHERBOARD

Chipsets used on the GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2.0 Motherboard:

ICH10R chip

ICH10R = Southbridge

  • 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  • Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

JMicron JMB362 chip:

via Southbridge:

  • 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel sup- porting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD

GIGABYTE SATA2 chip

via Southbridge:

  • 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  • 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_8, GSATA2_9) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD

Marvell 9128 chip

via X58 Northbridge:

  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, and RAID 1

USB 3.0 NEC D20200F1

via X58 Northbridge:

  • Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel

IEEE 1394a Firewire

  • 3x Texas Instrument TSB43AB23

Network RTL8111E

  • 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Audio ALC889 chip

  • Realtek ALC889 codec , High Definition Audio , 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, S/PDIF In/Out

Alternatives

http://www.tonymacx86.com/wiki/index.php?title=Motherboard_Database

Chipset Motherboard Audio Network
X58 GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 ALC889 RTL8111E
X58 GA-X58A-UD5 1.0 ALC889 RTL8111D
X58 GA-X58A-UD5 2.0 ALC889 RTL8111E
X58 GA-X58A-UD7 1.0 ALC889 RTL8111D
X58 GA-X58A-UD7 2.0 ALC889 RTL8111E
X58 GA-X58A-UD7 2.0 ALC889 RTL8111E

Current Gigabyte Versions: http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=6214

CPU

  • Intel Core i7 Processor 950 3,06Ghz 4 cores
  • Intel Core i7 Processor 930 2,8Ghz

CPU COOLER

Alternatives

  • Noctua NH-U12P SE-2
  • Scythe Mugen 2

RAM

Alternatives

  • OCZ 6GB Triple Channel Kit DDR3 1600 MHz PC3-12800 → hard to get in EU and :!: OCZ quits DRAM business, focuses on SSD !
  • G.Skill Ripjaws 6GB (3x2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 Triple Channel RAM

GPU

Alternatives

http://www.tonymacx86.com/wiki/index.php?title=Graphics_Card_Database

  • Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 FANLESS (GV-R5777SL-1GD)
  • HIS 5770 1GB (H577FK1GD - Juniper XT)
  • XFX 5770 1GB (HD-577X-ZNFC)

ATI vs NVIDIA

http://macmanx86.blogspot.com/2010/12/graphics-card-support-and-mac-os-x.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=8512&hilit=ati+vs+nvidia&start=50

why ATI 5770 and not NVIDIA GTX460:

  • pick a gfx chipset that Apple actually use themselves
  • well supported by community (Tony, MacMan, Kabyl, etc)

The ATI/AMD 5xxx cards are finally easier to install. This has more to do with the GraphicsEnabler technology used within Hackintoshing, Kabyl's boot loader and ATY_Init. Even then you are limited to what cards are supported Out Of BOX (OOB) by Apple. → works OOB right now, no need to care about GraphicsInjections anymore :!:

  • ATI5000Controller.kext
  • ATIRadeonX3000.kext

Current state is that in high end applications on OS X, in photography, in editing or 3D applications work much better on ATI cards. It seems to be a decision made by Apple for some reason.

DVD

Alternatives

Firewire PCIe

we need FW800 (state of the art full compatible PCIe card needs to be discovered,…) as result of my research I came to the point that it MUST be a Texas Instrument Chipset. referring to some support forums from manufactures of firewire audio devices, they all strongly recommending TI chipsets. eg. some issues reported with Agere (LSI) chipset :!:

currently, confirmed to work out of the box without driver but partly impossible to get in Europe:

Alternatives

PRESONUS recommendation:

http://www.presonus.com/media/pdf/hardware_compatibility.pdf

Manufacturer Chipset Type
TI XIO2213 PCI Express
TI XIO2200 PCI Express
LSI (Agere) FW643 PCI Express

Texas Instruments chipsets that are most commonly working are the following:

  • TSB43AB23 → :!: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R ONBOARD ;-)
  • TSB43AB22A

Digidesign-Qualified FireWire/1394 HBA Cards for Mac OS X [352639]

outdated → http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=352639

FireWire/1394 Controller PCIe (PCI Express) Card:
SIIG FireWire 2-Port PCIe

  • NN-E20012-S2 (RoHS compliant)
  • NN-E20012-S1 (discontinued)

FireWire Drive Requirements on Mac Systems [352655]

HD

  • SATA II Samsung SpinPoint F3, 1 TB, 32MB Cache, 7200rpm

…, or any other newer or better hard disk, haven't yet seen any sata disk that is not supported ;-)

additional supported Components