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





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


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


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:


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



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



  • 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



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


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.



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:


PRESONUS recommendation:

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 →

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]


  • 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