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The Right Graphics Cards For Your Hackintosh

Graphic card is the most important part of your Hackintosh after your motherboard Apple Mac OS X does not support many range of graphic cards  so it’s not always clear which graphic card is the good choice for your Hackintosh


Latest NVIDIA card are natively supported  on Mountain Lion
Supported by Mac OS X
  • Geforce 7000 series
  • Geforce 8000 series
  • Geforce 9000 series
  • Geforce 200 series
  • Geforce 400 series
  • Geforce 500 series
  • Geforce 600 series

In the above cards 8k,9k and 200 series cards it doesn’t need any

drivers because they support natively. and others just
need to install NVEnabler kext u can install it using Multibeast from
GeForce GT 640
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
GeForce GTX 670
GeForce GTX 680

These are the latest NVIDIA card which natively supported by MAC OS X
AMD Radeon Cards
All real Macs used AMD Radeon graphics from 2009 to 2011,
However, the newest generation of AMD Radeon graphic cards are still not working
Supported by Mac OS X
  • Radeon HD 4000 series
  • Radeon HD 5000 series
  • Radeon HD 6000 series (not including 6900 series)
  • Radeon HD 7000 series

The AMD Radeon 5000 and 6000 series are highly recommended for

any Hackintosh.but less popular cards like 64series 65 series
and 67xx series is less supported  & 69xx series are also not supported
AMD Radeon HD 7750, 7770, 7870, 7950, 7970 these also supported
Integrated Graphics Cards(INTEL)
Supported by Mac OS X
  • Intel HD 3000
  • Intel HD 4000
  • Intel HD 4500
  • Intel HD 4600
These are the natively supported by MAC OS X so need any kext (Driver)

Not Supported by Mac OS X
  • Intel HD 2000
  • Intel HD 2500
  • Intel GMA (all variations)
But you can use modified versions of kext for intel HD 2000 and intel HD 2500
and remaining about GMA which is now supported (not all) but very few like
GMA-950, GMA-X3100,GMAX-4500

Note:-These cards work on all recent versions of Mac OS X including Lion, and Mountain Lion If a card is incompatible, it usually means you can not get your desire screen resolution, and will not have graphics acceleration. Technically, the card will still be not usable (no QE/CI)

About the author

Pratik N Borkar

Every one Call him a Freak Smartass as tittle but no one knows that he is Avid Apple Fan & Technophilic who passionate about new techno kind a stuff and Apple’s new creation like OS X and iOS ,Also He would like to share blog with useful tips,techniques and resources for Hackintosh and Macintosh for Apple addicts.

  • Do you have kext for ati radeon 3100??? 😀 if u have it email me @

  • Which one you want tell me first
    Lion or Mountain Lion ?

  • hi pratik i am planning to buy HD7750 for some games and most important to install Mavericks.. tell me if that works

  • Yes it is works ,
    Apple give support for ATI 7xxx graphics after 10.8.3

  • gforce gt630 also work

  • Yeah it will work…….!

  • i cannot get my intel hd 4400 in i3 4130 to work.. any help please

  • yes i still can not get intel hd4400 to work with acceleration. Geforce 210 works perfectly and very cheap..

  • Try HDMI port because haswell have no support for VGA

  • Hi ! Can you please tell me whether amd radeon hd 8850m works with osx or not. Apple has added a new kext named ati8000controller.kext in developer preview of yosmite and people confirm that amd r9 gpus are working good. But I cant find information about radeon 8850m. Also please tell that whether nvidia 750m will be better here or should I go for radeon 8850m (considering the price difference). Thank You.

  • For AMD 8xxx GPU i Can't say till apple give us final release of OS X Yosemite and the laptop with nVidia Optimus like 635m,750m i guess they are never gonna work on Hackintosh because GPU switching technology of apple is not documented yet

  • Hi, I have the following configuration PC, kindly let me know if it will support Hac (Mountain Lion). Intel Core i3-2100 DH61WW board, 4GB DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GeForce 210 1GB graphics card. Thanks in advance


  • Yes

  • Thanks @PratikNBorkar for the quick response.

  • Anytime 😀

  • Hi, I have the following configuration PC, kindly let me know if it will support Hackintosh (Mavericks). Intel Pentium G2010 LGA1155 socket DL-H61-X1 board, 2GB DDR3 RAM, No graphics card. Thanks in advance

  • Perhaps u have gam which is unsupported 🙁

  • Thanks for the reply. Sorry I am new to this. What does GAM means? If I add a graphics cards will I be able to run mavericks on this machine?

  • Sorry its GMA graphics

  • Many thanks. Sorry for bugging you, If I add a graphics cards will I be able to run mavericks on this machine?

  • Yes but must have Supported graphics card 😀