Hackintosh will challenge the might of Apple’s new Mac Pro

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Break out the tools everyone! It's time to build a Mac Pro hackintosh.
Break out the tools everyone!
Photo: Linus Tech Tips

Apple’s upcoming “cheese grater” Mac Pro promises to max out at 28 CPU cores. However, all that power comes at a jaw-dropping price, especially at the top end.

For that reason, the folks at YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips set about trying to build a “hackintosh” that can achieve the same specs — before Apple releases the Mac Pro.

Check out their video below.

Mac Pro hackintosh: A wild ride

The video is only part one of a series, but it promises to be an entertaining ride. They’re just getting started right now. Their Mac Pro hackintosh already runs macOS (with a few exceptions). Still, there’s plenty to do.

While the hosts stress that the video isn’t a tutorial, it should definitely give a few ideas to anyone who needs a high-spec computer like the Mac Pro, but doesn’t have that kind of cash to spend.

Apple’s own Mac Pro will go on sale this fall.

Why is the Mac Pro so expensive?

Unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple’s upcoming Mac Pro starts off at $5,999 for the base model. On top of that, you’ll have to spend money on a monitor (and maybe Apple’s $1,000 monitor stand).

That’s a pretty pricey home computer. But then, Apple didn’t design the Mac Pro for your average user. It’s for folks who work as video editors, 3D artists and other creative positions, who are ready to spend more cash for some extra computational firepower.

Where things get crazy is at the high end. Apple hasn’t given a top price for the computer yet. According to one report, however, a fully kitted-out Mac Pro could set you back as much as $45,000. Granted, few people are ever going to do that (and Apple hasn’t confirmed that price), but it’s a staggering figure if accurate.

Either way, we’re fascinated to see how the Linus Tech Tips project goes. We’ll make sure to follow along here at Cult of Mac. Hey, if you’ve never built your own DIY Mac, it could prompt you to break out the tools…