Hackintosh Recommended GPU List and Benchmarks 2018

Here, we’ve compared 15 of the best Hackintosh compatible graphics cards that are available to buy in 2018. You may notice that the majority of these cards are AMD. There’s a very good reason for this; since the official release of eGPU support in MacOS 10.13.4, OS X High Sierra and Mojave include native support for the majority of AMD’s current line-up of GPU’s. This makes AMD a far better decision if compatibility and performance in OS X is your priority.

However, if you’re running Windows as your primary OS, but still want the option of running OS X as well, a Nvidia card may be preferable as they offer better gaming performance at equivalent price points. To use a Nvidia card in OS X you’ll need to install Nvidia’s Web Drivers. Nvidia produce a new revision of the Web Drivers for each new OS update from Apple, so when an OS X update appears, you’ll have to wait for Nvidia to update their drivers before upgrading.

Note: At the time of writing, Nvidia drivers compatible with Mojave have yet to be released. If you’re looking for a card to use in Mojave right now, AMD is your only option.

Recommended GPU list

AMD Cards

These cards will work in Mac OS X High Sierra and MacOS Mojave using Apple’s own native drivers. They’re listed here in order of performance. There’s a performance jump of around 60% between the RX 560 based cards and the RX 570. Going from an RX 570 to an RX 580 only offers an increase of around 10%, but the two are priced very closely, so it may well be worth going for the faster card if you can afford to spend a little bit more.

The 8GB versions of the RX 570 don’t only have twice the memory of the 4GB versions. The memory is also clocked higher, giving an extra 8 to 10% performance increase.

RX 560 Graphics Cards


Gigabyte RX 560 Gaming OC 4G
4GB GDDR5.
WINDFORCE 2X with Blade Fan Design.
Supports HDMI 4K 60Hz and DisplayPort 8K 60Hz.
Hardware-accelerated H.265 encoding/decoding.
1300 MHz core clock in OC mode.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.4.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 22.9 fps
BruceX 5K: 29 seconds (Lower is better)


Sapphire RX 560 Pulse 4GB
4GB GDDR5.
Single fan design.
4K 60hz Output over HDMI.
1300 MHz Boost Engine Clock.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.4.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 23.0 fps
BruceX 5K: 29 seconds (Lower is better)

RX 570 Graphics Cards


Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 Gaming OC 4G
4GB GDDR5.
Wing-Blade Fans for up to 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance.
Aura RGB Lighting.
1310 MHz engine clock in OC mode for outstanding performance and gaming experience.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 40.8 fps
BruceX 5K: 18.2 seconds (Lower is better)


Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse 8G
8GB GDDR5.
Dual fan design.
1284 MHz Boost Engine Clock.
2x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, DVI-D. 4K 60hz Output over HDMI.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 44.1 fps
BruceX 5K: 16.8 seconds (Lower is better)

Gigabyte RX 570 Aorus 4G
4GB GDDR5.
1295 Mhz Boost Clock (OC Mode) / 1280 Mhz (Gaming Mode).
3x Display Port 1.4, HDMI 2.0, Dual Link DVI-D.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 39.3 fps
BruceX 5K: 18.5 seconds (Lower is better)

MSI RX 570 Armor 8G OC
8GB GDDR5
1268 MHz Boost Clock.
3x DisplayPort/ HDMI / Dual Link DVI-D.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 43.9 fps
BruceX 5K: 17.1 seconds (Lower is better)

RX 580 Graphics Cards


Sapphire RX 580 Pulse 8GB
8GB GDDR5.
1366 MHz Boost Engine Clock.
2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI, DVI-D.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 48.3 fps
BruceX 5K: 15.3 seconds (Lower is better)

Sapphire RX 580 Pulse 4GB
4Gb GDDR5.
1366 MHz Boost Engine Clock.
2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI, DVI-D.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 46.5 fps
BruceX 5K: 15.6 seconds (Lower is better)

Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+ 8GB
8GB GDDR5.
Dual-X cooler.
1411 MHz Boost Engine Clock.
2 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI, DVI-D.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 48.5 fps
BruceX 5K: 15.1 seconds (Lower is better)

RX Vega 56 Cards


MSI RX Vega 56 Air Boost 8G OC
8GB HBM2.
1181 MHz Base Clock / 1520 MHz Boost Clock
DisplayPort x 3 / HDMI.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 52.8 fps
BruceX 5K: 12.9 seconds (Lower is better)

RX Vega 64 Cards


Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64 8GB
8GB HBM2.
1373 MHz Base Clock / 1580 MHz Boost Clock.
2x HDMI 2.0b / 2x DisplayPort 1.4.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 69.5 fps
BruceX 5K: 11 seconds (Lower is better)

XFX Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB

8GB HBM2.
1546 MHz Boost Clock.
3x DisplayPort 1.4 / HDMI 2.0b.
Natively supported in Mac OS X High Sierra.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 68.8 fps
BruceX 5K: 11.3 seconds (Lower is better)

Nvidia Cards

These cards will work in Mac OS X High Sierra using Nvidia’s Web drivers.
At the time of writing, drivers are only available for High Sierra, but drivers for Mojave are in preparation.


EVGA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Single fan design.
4GB GDDR5.
HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 and Dual-Link DVI.
Not natively supported in Mac OS X but will work under High Sierra using Nvidia’s Web Drivers.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 47.8 fps
BruceX 5K: 52.3 seconds (Lower is better)

MSI Armor GTX 1060 3GB OC Edition
3GB GDDR5
1544MHz Base Clock / 1759 MHz Boost Clock.
2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link DVI-D.
Not natively supported in Mac OS X but will work under High Sierra using Nvidia’s Web Drivers.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 56.5 fps
BruceX 5K: 48.2 seconds (Lower is better)

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming 11GB
11 GB GDDR5X.
1480 MHz Base Clock / 1582 Mhz Boost Clock.
HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 and Dual-Link DVI.
Not natively supported in Mac OS X but will work under High Sierra using Nvidia’s Web Drivers.

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Extreme HD): 96.1 fps
BruceX 5K: 20.1 seconds (Lower is better)

If you’re on a tight budget, you may like to read our article Best Budget Graphics Cards for Hackintosh in 2018, where we compare 5 of the cheapest Hackintosh compatible graphics cards available for under $200.