Best Motherboard for Hackintosh

Best Motherboard for Hackintosh

Picking the top motherboard for Hackintosh isn’t the easiest task since Apple’s closed ecosystem can make it quite challenging to run MacOS on hardware that’s not bought directly from them. Luckily, it isn’t that complicated if you get the right hardware. 

Choosing the right motherboard is the most critical element of building a Hackintosh, considering that it’s the main component that all the other components are attached to.

Before continuing make sure to check X series motherboards and among them the top X370 motherboard, top X399 motherboard, top X470 motherboard, as well as the top X570 motherboard.

To make things a little easier for you, we’ve reviewed some of the best motherboards for Hackintosh you can get for the money. 

8 Best Hackintosh Motherboards (Our Review)

1. GIGABYTE Z390 DESIGNARE

GIGABYTE Z390 DESIGNARE

We’re kicking off our list strong with the GIGABYTE Z390 Designare. This motherboard is one of the most popular options for Hackintosh enthusiasts. 

Mac OS X runs flawlessly on the Z390, with most users reporting minimal errors or problems. Not to mention, it can accommodate the latest 8th and 9th-gen Intel processors for the ultimate Hackintosh performance thanks to the 12+1 VRM phases.

Jumping to the motherboard’s features, it boosts Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and thermal guards for overheating protection, allowing you to get fast data transfers with SSDs. Moreover, it supports Multi-Way Graphics with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design, enabling you to simultaneously use multiple graphics cards.

The Smart Fan 5 is equipped with several temperature sensors, in addition to hybrid fan headers with fan stop. This gives you a high level of control over the motherboard’s cooling system. 

And if you’re the type of person who likes to show off their rig with a clear-sided case, the Z390 DESIGNARE is equipped with full-colored RGB lighting that can give your Hackintosh a touch of coolness.

Connectivity-wise, the Z390 has an onboard Intel CNVi 160MHz 802.11ac 2×2 WIFI, coupled with a Dual Intel Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed. As for ports, this motherboard has a front/rear USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Headers and USB DAC-UP 2 with adjustable voltage.

Key Features:

  • 12+1 VRM phases
  • Dual-Channel Ultra-Fast M.2 with 4 PCIe Gen3 slots
  • Multi-way graphics with Dual Armor
  • On-board LAN+Wi-Fi
  • Thunderbolt 3 + 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports

Pros:

  • Compatible with 8th Gen and 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs
  • Runs flawlessly in Hackintosh setups 
  • RGB lighting
  • Excellent fan system for cooling
  • Overheating protection

Cons:

  • Below-average overclocking performance
  • Not the most budget-friendly choice

2. GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi

The GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Pro is a more affordable version of the Z390 DESIGNARE that borrows many of its features.

With the 12+1 VRM design, the Z390 Aorus Pro can accommodate 8th and 9th Gen Intel Core processors to give the best possible performance for a Hackintosh.

Moreover, Smart Fan 5 technology allows you to maintain your Hackintosh’s temperature while playing high-end games, making this motherboard a good choice for hardcore gamers.

What’s more, there are Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 slots that let you install fast SSDs with 2 Thermal Guards that prevent throttling bottlenecks. The motherboard is also compatible with Intel Optane Memory.

Additionally, the onboard Digital LED gives your motherboard a bold and shiny look. Not to mention, you can control the lighting using the RGB Fusion app.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the Z390 Aorus has an Onboard Ultra-Fast Intel CNVi 802.11AC 2×2 wave 2 Wi-Fi and Intel Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed. It also has 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 6 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 2 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and a USB Type-C header. The audio interface is an Alc1220 vb enhanced 114db(rear)/ 110db(front) SNR in microphone.

Lastly, the motherboard is designed for maximum durability with an integrated I/O shield, memory armor, and PCIe armor.

Key Features:

  • Dual M.2 slots + 2 Thermal Guards
  • ATX form factor with 12+1 phases VRM
  • Smart Fan 5
  • Integrated I/O shield
  • Memory and PCIe armors

Pros:

  • Supports 9th Gen Intel Core processors
  • Reasonable price
  • Great cooling system
  • Durable design with RGB lighting

Cons:

  • A bit more expensive than similar alternatives

3. MSI Z390-A PRO LGA1151

MSI Z390-A PRO LGA1151

The MSI Z390-A Pro is an excellent value pick for anyone who wants to build a Hackintosh on a budget without sacrificing performance. This motherboard supports the powerful 8th Gen and 9th Gen Intel Core processors, ensuring a smooth performance on your Hackintosh build.

One notable feature of the Z390-A is its Core Boost technology that combines MSI’s premium circuit layout and digital power design to ensure smooth current flow to the CPU with pinpoint precision. Furthermore, the extended heatsink on top of the VRM provides excellent heat dissipation to prevent the CPU from overheating. 

The Z390-A is equipped with two M.2 slots that allow you to install an NVMe SSD with fast data transfer speeds that reach up to 32GB/s. It also supports dual channel DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 4400 MHz.

Moreover, with steel armor PCIe slots, you can install two graphics cards at the same time, allowing you to create an AMD Crossfire setup.

The motherboard delivers crystal-clear HD audio with Audio Boost, a technology that isolates the sound components from the rest of the motherboard’s circuitry for the ultimate sound quality.

Additionally, the Z390-A also has 2 USB 3.1 and 2 USB 2.0 front panel headers, in addition to Gigabit LAN support.

Key Features:

  • NVMe SSD M.2 slot and Dual-Channel DDR4 memory slots
  • Steel armor PCIe slots
  • ATX form factor
  • Core Boost with VRM heatsink
  • 2x USB 3.1 + 2x USB 2.0

Pros:

  • Compatible with 8th Gen and 9th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Two-way graphics with AMD Crossfire support
  • Undistorted CPU current 
  • Delivers high-quality sound output with isolated audio components

Cons:

  • No RGB lighting
  • No onboard Wi-Fi support

4. GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS ULTRA

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS ULTRA

The Z390 AORUS ULTRA is yet another premium motherboard from GIGABYTE with the potential to give you the most sophisticated Hackintosh experience.

This powerful motherboard can accommodate 8th Gen and 9th Gen Intel Core processors with GIGABYTE’s distinctive 12+1 Phases Digital VRM that regulates current flow to the CPU.

You can further install up to three NVMe SSDs using the Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 slots. The slots are equipped with Thermal Guards that prevent throttling and bottlenecks. And thanks to Smart Fan 5, you can control the motherboard’s cooling by having detailed real-time reports of the flow rate and temperatures.

And for those who care about details, the Z390 has RGB lighting that can give your Hackintosh a modern look and feel. You can even control the lighting with the RGB Fusion app and consider this motherboard as the top RGB motherboard.

It’s also worth mentioning that the AORUS ULTRA is protected with an integrated I/O shield, memory armor, and PCIe armor for longevity.

Connectivity-wise, the AORUS ULTRA supports Intel’s next-gen Wi-Fi with speeds that go up as high as 1.73Gbps. As for ports, it has 2 USB 2.0 headers. 3 USB 3.1 headers, and 1 USB Type-C header, giving you more options to connect all of your devices.

Key Features:

  • 12+1 Phases Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS
  • Next-gen Intel high-speed Wi-Fi 
  • Integrated I/O shield and memory/PCIe armors with Smart Fan 5
  • USB 2.0 + USB 3.1 + USB Type-C support

Pros:

  • Durable design
  • Supports 8th and 9th Gen Intel Core processors 
  • Fan controls
  • RGB lighting with RGB Fusion app
  • 3 M.2 slots with Thermal Guards for SSD installation 

Cons:

  • Overclocking performance could’ve been better

5. ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming

ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming

The Asus ROG Strix Z370-G isn’t only a good pick for a Hackintosh build but also for gamers. It’s designed to work with 8th-gen Intel processors for the ultimate performance. It’s also Intel Optane Memory Ready.

The Z370-G features a one-click overclocking and cooling system that allows you to optimize your rig’s components with minimal effort for the best overclocking performance. With Fan Xpert 4 and UEFI, the Z370-G gives you a high level of control over the fans and water pumps, allowing you to tune your motherboard’s cooling rate.

Another area where the Z370-G shines is its audio interface. It sports 8-channel HD audio coupled with dual headphone amplifiers and SupremeFX S1220A CODEC that’s only found on ROG top motherboard brand.

The motherboard is also equipped with Dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots that enable you to create a RAID configuration with 2 M.2 slots and 1 PCIe x16 slot for ultra-fast data transfer speeds.

Moreover, the Z370-G flaunts AURA RGB Lighting with a virtually endless spectrum of colors, giving your rig the looks it deserves. You can synchronize effects with other AURA-enabled devices and create your own gaming universe.

ASUS made sure that this motherboard is built to last, even with continuous, heavy gaming sessions. ASUS calls it the “Gamer’s Guardian,” indicating that the motherboard is filled with high-quality components, ensuring that it stays intact for a prolonged time.

As for connectivity, the Z370-G has onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN. Additionally, the motherboard supports USB 3.1 Gen2.

Key Features:

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots with PCIe x16 slot
  • 8-channel HD audio with dual headphone amplifiers
  • Fan Xpert 4 for controlling the fans
  • AURA RGB lighting
  • Onboard Wi-Fi and LAN support

Pros:

  • High-quality design with durable components
  • Excellent cooling system
  • One-click overclocking and cooling optimization
  • Intel Optane Memory support

Cons:

  • Doesn’t support 9th-gen Intel processors

6. Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Motherboard LGA1151

Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Motherboard LGA1151

Another gaming monster on our list is the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E. The Z390-E has several remarkable upgrades over the more-affordable Z370-G, most notably the addition of 9th-gen Intel processors support being the top gaming motherboard in this section.

With the AI Suite’s 5-Way Optimization, you can overclock your motherboard in a matter of minutes thanks to the revised back-end that overclocks your CPU based on smart prediction and thermal telemetry. 

Installing this motherboard is quite easy with the matte black pre-mounted I/O shield. Moreover, the ROG Strix Z390-E has the same Fan Xpert 4 and UEFI BIOS that gives you full control over your motherboard’s cooling system. Just like on the Z370-G, you get Dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, allowing you to install SSDs for the fastest data transfer speeds.

With dual PWM/DC fan headers for CPU coolers, a dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups, and a special header that can supply over 3A PWM or DC water pumps, this is one of the most sophisticated cooling systems ever made.

Additionally, the motherboard is equipped with the ROG Strix exclusive “Gamer’s Guardian” design that maximizes its longevity. And for the enthusiasts who like to show off their rigs, the Z390-E has built-in AURA full RGB lighting control to give your rig the aesthetics it deserves.

As for connectivity, the Z390-E has onboard Intel Gigabit LAN and Wi-Fi. It also supports USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Key Features:

  • ATX form factor with AI Suite 5-Way Optimization
  • Pre-mounted I/O shield
  • Dual M.2 slots
  • Fan Xpert 4 and UEFI BIOS
  • Gamer’s Guardian components

Pros:

  • Supports 9th-gen Intel processors
  • Sophisticated calling system
  • Smart overclocking capabilities 
  • Controllable AURA RGB lighting
  • Easy installation

Cons:

  • A limited number of VRM phases
  • RGB software compatibility issues

7. GIGABYTE Z390 M Gaming

GIGABYTE Z390 M Gaming

The GIGABYTE Z390-M packs an impressive set of features, especially for gamers who want to use their Hackintosh to hunt down their FPS games’ enemies.

It can accommodate 8th Gen Intel Core processors, made possible with the 10*+2 phase PWM and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs design. Moreover, you can create an AMD Crossfire design with two-way graphics support.

The high-end audio capacitors deliver an outstanding audio quality to make your gaming experience more immersive than ever. Not to mention, the audio guards isolate the analog audio components from the rest of the motherboard to prevent audio pollution.

The motherboard has an external RGB lighting strip that looks pretty cool. You can choose the color you want, and it’ll illuminate instantly. Further, Smart Fan 5 has several temperature sensors and hybrid fan headers that give you full control over the motherboard’s cooling system.

Lastly, the Z390-M is equipped with 2 USB 3.0 headers, 1 USB Type-C header, and 1 USB 3.1 header, allowing you to easily connect all of your peripherals. It also has onboard Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed.

Key Features:

  • Micro ATX form factor with 10*+2 phase PWM and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs design
  • USB 3.0 + 3.1 + Type C support
  • Intel GbE LAN
  • Intel Optane Memory ready 
  • Smart Fan 5 

Pros:

  • High-quality audio performance with audio guards
  • Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors
  • Two-way graphics support 
  • Cool RGB lighting

Cons:

  • No native Wi-Fi support

8. ASRock Z370 Extreme4

ASRock Z370 Extreme4

The final motherboard on our list is the ASRock Z370 Extreme4, and we sure that it’s a special one since this is the only ASRock motherboard we’ve reviewed.

This motherboard supports 8th Gen Intel Core processors with Digital PWM and 12 power phases so you can run Mac OS X smoothly on your Hackintosh. Moreover, the Z370 offers support for NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX for unmatched graphics performance.

Further, the Z370 has 2 Ultra M.2 PCIe slots that allow you to install SSDs for fast data transfers and supports DDR4 4333 MHz memory. Not to mention, it’s Intel Optane Memory Ready. We were also impressed with the excellent audio performance backed by Purify Sound 4 support, DTS Connect, and 7.1 CH HD Audio.

The Z370 has plenty of ports, including 2 USB 3.1 Gen-2 ports, 8 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, and a USB 3.1 Type C port for connecting modern peripherals. It’s also equipped with Intel Gigabit LAN.

Key Features:

  • 2 Ultra M.2 PCIe slots
  • USB 3.1 with Type-C support
  • NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX support
  • Purify Sound 4
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready

Pros:

  • Can accommodate 8th Gen Intel Core processors 
  • Compatible with NVMe SSDs
  • Cool RGB lighting
  • Great audio performance 
  • Plenty of ports

Cons:

  • Doesn’t accommodate 9th Gen Intel Core processors
  • No built-in Wi-Fi support

Best Hackintosh Motherboards (FAQ)

Is It Legal to Hackintosh?

Building a Hackintosh is illegal since it’s a violation of Apple’s copyrights. However, many people do it, and Apple doesn’t seem to care about that. The reason is that most users who own a Hackintosh are Apple customers who use Apple’s profit-generating services like iCloud, Apple Music, and Apple TV.

Unfortunately the Hackintosh cannot be done with AMD CPUs but take a look at some B series motherboards such as top B350 motherboard and the top B450 motherboard maybe it will fit you for some other purposes.

What Hardware Do I Need for Hackintosh?

Here are all the hardware components you need to build a Hackintosh:

  • Motherboard
  • CPU
  • CPU cooler
  • Graphics card
  • SSD
  • RAM
  • Wi-Fi card
  • Power supply unit
  • Computer case
  • Computer monitor

Are All Motherboards Compatible With Hackintosh?

Most modern motherboards would work with Hackintosh. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • nForce motherboards with Nvidia nForce chipsets
  • VIA motherboards

Some motherboards were also reported to have issues with Hackintosh computers, like some of Intel’s 300 series, some MSI motherboards, and some ASRock motherboards with non-native USB controllers.

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