Last week Mac OS X was updated to version 10.6.8, with native kernel support for Sandy Bridge. It's now a snap to get these systems up and running with a retail Mac OS X Snow Leopard installation. At long last here are recommendations for fully compatible Socket 1155 builds running Mac OS X as the primary operating system.
All builds are fully compatible with the default iBoot + MultiBeast method. Each configuration has a pre-edited DSDT available in our DSDT Database. And best of all, upon the release of OS X Lion, all will be fully updateable.
All Builds Include:
Gigabyte LGA 1155 Motherboard
2011 Intel Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" Dual-Core or Quad-Core CPU
4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM
1 TB Hard Drive
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail DVD
USB Keyboard and Mouse
Wifi / Bluetooth
We've included all components besides monitor, keyboard and mouse, as any standard ones will do. You can use these recommendations as a jumping off point for further customization, or as a shopping list. Prices reflect lowest totals available on Amazon.com as of June 2011, and do not include shipping, tax, or rebates.
Sandy Bridge CustoMac Build #1
CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 with Intel HD 3000 Graphics - AmazonNewegg
Remember, when building your own rig, it's easy to get frustrated- don't give up! There are users with similar specs in the tonymacx86 Forum to help you out if you get stuck.
Oh, and don't forget, if you end up buying anything, click through one of the links above or in the sidebar. That way, you'll be supporting the site, as well as getting the best prices. Thanks in advance!
Today Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.8 the 8th (and final?) major update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. To update for any supported CPU, we recommend that you download the entire standalone Combo installer here.
HDMI Audio + Video can be enabled on Mac OS X for most graphics card and motherboard configurations without much hassle using the replacement audio driver VoodooHDA. Using the supplied AppleHDA.kext for HDMI audio is something of a challenge, but provides numerous benefits including native Mac OS X support, high quality digital surround audio and overall system integration.
Over the past few months, toleda has been exploring and experimenting using different methods, and has come up with what we think is a pretty definitive series of guides on the subject. Please note that this is an advanced process and is highly dependent on your exact hardware configuration.
Enabling HDMI audio via AppleHDA in Mac OS X 10.6.x is comprised of four guides:
Requirements - Determines if your system is capable of HDMI audio.
DSDT Edits - Configures your motherboard for HDMI audio.
We've done a major update to the DSDT Database, adding hand edited, verified DSDTs for all Gigabyte Socket 1155 motherboards. To clarify, based on weeks of testing with these motherboards, we've done only bare minimal edits to help enable sleep, Turbo/Speedstep/Power Management (without NullCPU), and audio using AppleHDA Rollback & ALC8xxHDA (without HDAEnablers).
Here's a list of the new DSDTs we've just added:
GA-H67M-D2-B3 - 1.0
GA-H67M-D2-B3 - 1.1
GA-H67M-UD2H-B3 - 1.0
GA-H67M-UD2H-B3 - 1.1
GA-H67MA-D2H-B3 - 1.0
GA-H67MA-D2H-B3 - 1.1
GA-P67A-UD3- B3 - 1.0
GA-P67A-UD3- B3 - 1.1
NOTE: All DSDTs are verified extracts from the latest BIOS versions.
Instructions on how to use with MultiBeast's UserDSDT are available here. A full explanation and list of the Minimal Edits for Gigabyte Socket 1155 motherboards will be posted on MacMan's Blog. Good luck, and let us know how it goes with these new additions to the DSDT Database!