Hardware

I don’t want to even get started on why Hackintosh. So let’s look at the HW straight away. Installing it is a breeze, just check one of the vanilla instructions like here. I use this machine mostly for various development work, some of it quite CPU intensive.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3900X 12 core

MoBo: Gigabyte ab350m gaming 3 # best buy of my life - 100$ MoBo 3 years ago

GPU: Radeon RX 580 # waiting for RDNA2

RAM: Team Group 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz # hackintosh clocked it down to 2133 MHz for whatever reason

HDD: Samsung SSD 960 EVO 500GB

WiFI + Bluetooth: ABWB 802,11 AC WI-FI + Bluetooth 4.0 PCI-Express BCM94360CS2 # easy to find on Amazon

I love it. Everything works - Handoff, AirDrop, Wi-Fi, Sound. Not just that, but the core count alone makes the differense for lots of I/O intensive parallel tasks like asset compilation.

The only problem I had as a professional developer is using Docker. Solving it through VirtualBox is not fixing the lack of true Hypervisor, but given enough resources like RAM & core-count to the VM, it does the trick.

macOS AMD virtualization with Docker Machine

  1. Enable Virtualization in Bios. You know how.
  2. Clover Specific Add dart=0 flag to Clover boot arguments As Docker Desktop does not even try to install on ryzen macs, we need to install what we need one by one.
  3. Install docker-machine:
    brew install docker docker-machine
    brew cask install virtualbox
    
  4. Skip the vtx-check when creating VMs like this ‘default’ machine here:
    docker-machine create -d virtualbox —virtualbox-no-vtx-check default
    docker-machine env default
    eval$(docker-machine env default)
  5. We need docker-compose too:
    curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.25.5/docker-compose-`uname -s`-`uname -m` >~/docker-compose
    chmod +x ~/docker-compose
    sudo mv ~/docker-compose /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
    

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