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  1. #1 DaVinci Resolve and GA-X58A-UD3R mainboard (Hackintosh) 
    I finally got my Hackintosh up and running sweet with 2 GFX cards. Here are my specs:

    GA-X58A-UD3R rev 2 bios FF
    12GB RAM (1600Mhz)
    Intel Core i7 3.07Ghz
    SSD main HDD
    Software RAID
    Decklink Studio card

    and either:

    2x XFX GTX 285 1GB RAM


    1 x EVGA 9500 GT (GT 120) 1 GB RAM
    1 x XFX GTX 285 1 GB RAM

    Installation method (from memory):

    1. Boot using iBoot
    2. Install Mac OS-X from Retail 10.6.3 DVD, reboot and boot with iBoot
    3. Run Multibeast to add FakeSMC.kext, reboot without iBoot
    4. Combo update 10.6.8
    5. Get DSDT file from
    6. DSDTSE to edit DSDT file and add support for dual GFX cards, builtin ethernet, compile and install in /Extra. Use the compare button in DSDTSE and load file 1 and file 2 for easy editing.
    7. Install latest Cuda drivers from
    8. Install any other kexts, but donīt install the updated GeForce drivers from Use the one thatīs in the 10.6.8 comboupdate.

    I donīt have any .plist file in the /Extra folder. No GraphicsEnabler. The OS is running in 64bit mode.

    Enjoy a sweet Hackintosh and Resolve. My Geekbench scores are about 10.500.

    Attached are two DSDT.aml files for this motherboard and bios revision. One is for a system where you put the GT 9500 card in PCIe x16 slot 1 and the GTX 285 card in PCIe x16 slot 2. The other one is for 2 x GTX 285 in either x16 slot. You always attach monitors to the card in slot 1.

    Enabling the root account helps if you do something wrong. Kext utility is nice to have. Google how to.

    Have fun!

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    Senior Member IAN SUN's Avatar
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    Hi thanks, what is the dollar cost of your build?

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    About $1800 (2 x GTX285) excluding:

    - Mouse/Keyboard
    - Monitors
    - Harddrives for the Raid (system SSD drive incl)
    - Blackmagic Decklink card
    - Resolve and other software
    - GT 9500
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    Dear Andreas,
    I have an Asus P7P55 D e Pro with a Nvidia 9500, and I want to add a GTX 285. Can you please help with the procedure?

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    Senior Member Scott Miller's Avatar
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    So... I am looking at possibly building a new system....

    What options would there be for using my Quadro 4800 in this system? Would you still recommend a second, consumer GTX285 grade card or similar?

    Thank you for the concise and super useful info!!

    (This would be a dual-boot system, with an SSD for Mac boot and a separate for Win7
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    Senior Member Doug Beatty's Avatar
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    Hi Andreas,

    Here's my Hackintosh (OS X 10.6.7):

    Intel Xeon W3680
    Mushkin 24GB Ram
    Intel X-25m 160GB SSD
    (2x) Hitachi 1TB 7200 HDD
    Antec Easy SATA
    Noctua NH-D14
    GTX 260

    I just bought a BFG GeForce GTX 285 OC+ and Nvidea GeForce GT120 and am balking at attempting this upgrade. Our MBs are close but not identical, but it looks like you are the only reduser that works with EX boards rather than P6T7 boards so it's really tempting to try. Want to avoid some headaches though!

    I have read that Resolve has issues recognizing GPUs that aren't paired (ie 2x 470s or 285s) and a lot of Hackintoshers are getting kernel panics with the 285 120 combo.

    I also edit in Premiere and would lose CUDA acceleration by having the 120 in slot 1, unless you have heard of a way to remap the 285 in slot 2 to be recognized?
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    Member Nick Noev's Avatar
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    stick with the exact same cards from the same manufacturers and avoid massive headaches. get gtx 480's - liquid cooled FTW! (470's & 460's will also work. 4xx generation is best on snow leopard 10.6.8 - fully supported with the latest CUDA driver)

    good luck!
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    Hi Doug,
    I've had no problems getting both Resolve and Premiere to work with two different cards in the machine (GT120 and GTX285). It's all about the DSDT edit. Have a look at my files and compare.
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