I've been installing Apple's OS X and macOS desktop operating systems since the Snow Leopard days with varying levels of success. My most recent installation was of macOS Catalina using the tools from tonymacx86.com. I used this method not long after macOS Catalina was released and it was a bit of a nightmare getting it installed, never mind configuring it to work like a real Mac. I eventually got everything sorted out but it was never stable.

Booting from cold resulted in one of my two display setup not working.  Restarting from macOS to Windows 10 and then back to macOS fixed the problem but that made no sense and drove me bonkers trying to figure it out. I initially blamed my MSI Z390-A Pro motherboard, then blamed those pesky aliens at Area 51 but eventually wiped the system and followed the tutorials made by Hackintosh YouTuber TechNolli.

He may come across like he's talking to a kindergarten class (might be a good thing for me) but he's easy to follow and his tutorials overall are on point. The method he used that I followed involved using the OpenCore bootloader instead of Clover and it took me around an hour or so to build a bootable USB, install and configure macOS Catalina to work perfectly on my system.

My system running macOS Catalina

Updates run flawlessy like a real Mac and it's stable in such a way that i'm actually using it to edit videos in Final Cut Pro X. The Clover based system I ran before was of such a nature that once it was running, I was too afraid to do anything with it in case I pressed the wrong button and it up and shagged itself.

What Works

My system consists of the afore mentioned MSI motherboard, 9900K CPU, 16GB RAM and a Radeon VII GPU. I purchased a genuine macOS WiFi+Bluetooth PCI-E card that sorted out my WiFi needs with the added benefit of supporting any genuine Apple peripherals that I might want to connect.

So, simply put, everything works. Airdrop, the App Store, iMessage, iCloud, Apple Music etc works exactly the same as on my real Macs. What I get that's better than my real Macs is the speed of the 9900K CPU combined with the awesome power of the 16GB Radeon VII GPU. It flies through Final Cut Pro X and makes my simple video editing needs a breeze.


The state of the Hackintosh is better than ever in 2020. The T2 chip that seemed to threaten the future of the Hackintosh has been fended off, for now. OpenCore has been a breath of fresh air that not only makes installing macOS on intel based systems relatively easy but it also has supported for AMD Ryzen CPUs as well.

If you are interested in building your own Hackintosh and was too afraid to try, I suggest that you follow TechNolli's tutorial videos and install macOS Catalina on your system (please use a seperate hard drive/SSD, you'll thank me later). You might be pleasantly surprised.