Best graphics card for an OS X 10.7 Lion Hackintosh

If you’re about to build a new OS X 10.7 Hackintosh or to replace the graphics card in your current Hackintosh rig, you may want to consider the AMD Radeon HD 6870. Power-wise it’s a mid-range graphics card which comes with an affordable price tag. The big advantage of the Radeon 6870 is that it fully supports Quartz Extreme and Core Image (QE/CI) in OS X Lion out of the box, no additional kernel extension like ATY_y.kext needed. All you have to do is to set graphics enabler to YES in Chameleon’s com.apple.Boot.plist. If you don’t need a high-performance gamer graphics card, this is the one to go for!

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Series:
  Chipset Model:	AMD Radeon HD 6870 Series
  Type:	GPU
  Bus:	PCIe
  PCIe Lane Width:	x16
  VRAM (Total):	1024 MB
  Vendor:	ATI (0x1002)
  Device ID:	0x6738
  Revision ID:	0x0000

17 thoughts on “Best graphics card for an OS X 10.7 Lion Hackintosh

  1. Hi there I want to turn my Dell 490 dual processors intel Xeon 5160 into a Hackintosh and I want to replace my old graphic card Nivdia Quadro Fx3500 with Asus Amd Radeon HD6670 any thoughts on that.
    Thnx

  2. I just build a Hackintosh. I have a I7 950. with a Gigabyte x58 usb3 motherboard. Graphics is a EVGA gts 450. I keep getting random crashes. I have not found and Kexts for my video card. Would you guys have any suggestions?

  3. Hi Chris H,

    i bought a 6870 just recently thinking it would solve all my problems after a massive struggle getting gtx 470 to work (random freezes). how did you solve the blank screen problem? i know its a problem with the mini display port because when i plug my hdmi it works whilst my apple cinema display gets black screens. Did you happen to figure out the dvd player situation?

  4. Hey Andrew .. I also have same graphic card but I am not able to enable my graphic …. Unknow GPU in my system profile … Can u pls help me to fix … I tried more than 25 time to fix .. But I faild

  5. Hi Fatdust,

    I didnt get this sorted out, the video card I had was 6870 and it was supposed to be the most compatible however thats simply not the case. DVD player and Ableton would not work for me after getting this card in lion. I figured out how to solve blank screen at boot through a lengthyy process of trial and error but I had no luck getting the applications to work. I had been working on this for a long time and asking questions and receiving no help, so I went back to windows which will work with very little work. As for the card you mention the 6970, its not going to play nice with osx out of the box. You will have to do some modding of files to run it im guessing. the best csrd (APPARENTLY) is the 6870 as it used on the real MAC PRO so apple has included kexts for it in osx.

  6. CHRIS, Hi
    i want to build hackintosh and i want this card (6970)
    i’m producing as well, using maschine, cubase and reason… do u still got problems with GPU? how did you sort it out? thank you so much

  7. @jan or whoever can lend assistance

    Ok I have a Asus p6t Motherboard and until recently owned a gigabyte hd5850 which kicked the bucket (Everything working flawlessly up to). I bought a 6870 and in my boot.plist file for the latest chameleon I have graphics enabler set to “Yes”. Also i’m using the DSDT provided on this site.

    Now the problem is when I try to boot in this state into lion JUST before the desktop should come up…it doesn’t and im left with a “no input on my monitor”. But when i set the graphics enabler to “No” or use the Kernel Flag “PCIRootUID=1” I can boot but programs like DVD Player and Ableton won’t launch and I receive a “program unexpectedly quit” message.

    Any assistance would be appreciated thnx.

  8. Grüezi,

    ich werde mir am Wochende eine grafikkate bei amazon ordern (sorry für die werbung) ,es ist zwar nicht ein umittelbarer hackintosh bau geplant aber da ich eh eine neue brauche ziehe ich AMD Radeon HD 6870 vor.

    Meine frage muss ich auf irgenwas achten firmware revison oder ähnliches

    Gruss Alina

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