MaQboard, your Mac OSX system on a budget

There is the unending debate on which is the better system, Windows vs Mac. To each his own, both operating systems have their own pros and cons. But why choose when you can have both?

Iontech provided us with a pre-built “œHackintosh” system. For those of you who don’t know, Hackintosh is a coined term for running Mac OSX on a Non-Apple system. Why not just buy a Mac? Let’s face it, not everyone can afford a Mac and if you want to experience using a Mac OSX, read on.

MaQboard 04

I don’t have a tutorial on how to install Mac OSX on this machine because when we got the system, both Windows 7 and OSX were already installed. Building a Hackintosh is made easier though now that Apple uses Intel processors. What made the MaQboard more apt for “œHackintosh” is that it’s especially made for running OSX.

MaQboard 01

Here’s what you’ll get when you buy a MaQboard

  • MaQboard MQ-323 ““ H
  • Intel Xeon 3.4Ghz (Single Core) Processor

The MaQboard has 2 RAM slots; although it supports DDR3 RAM, one slot is DDR2 which can hold back the performance of a DDR3 memory stick if you put both together. It’ll be wiser to just put a single stick of 4GB RAM in it. It also has a PCI-e x16 slot for your latest GPU. The Hackintosh community is pretty big now that you can get support for every component you’ll put in your system.

MaQboard 03

For reference or if you want to build the same one as what we have, here’s the system that was sent to us:

  • MaQboard MQ-323 ““ H w/ Intel Xeon 3.4ghz (Php8,000)
  • Kingston 4GB DDR3 (Php1,150)
  • Asus GT220 1GB GPU (Php2,250)
  • Western Digital 1TB (Php4,999)
  • Asus DRW-24B3ST ODD (Php1,000)

When building a Hackintosh, it is very important to research first on which components are compatible.

MaQboard 02

The MaQboard has most of the basic ports included.

  • PS/2 ports for Keyboard/Mouse
  • HDMI and VGA ports for display
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports and a Parallel port
  • Ethernet port
  • Audio ports

OSX Snow Leopard boots quickly with this setup and everything runs smoothly. I was running Macintosh in a Windows-built machine. The bootloader also has the option to choose if you want to boot using the Windows 7 partition.

The system is snappy and apps open quickly. It immediately identified my Razer keyboard and mouse without the need for their drivers. I was able to play movies, view photos, everything that you can do on a Mac, because it IS a Mac just on a different system. Too bad the MaQboard manufacturer’s website has little to no activity so when you encounter problems with it, pray that other Hackintosh users have it as well.

I’ve read on Hackintosh forums that there seems to be no problem with programs like Adobe CS5’s suite, Microsoft Office, iLife, etc. The Hackintosh community is more than willing to help if you ever encounter any problems.

So if you ever want your own Mac system but don’t have the dough to get those expensive iMacs, why not go with cheaper alternatives like the MaQboard?

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  • Ryozen

    This is good news for those aspiring iOS developers who can’t afford a Mac. 🙂

    • Ben

      Since you mentioned it Sir, Can we ask somebody who can surely say we can develop iOS apps in this setup without any problems? Anyone?

      • I guess there won’t be any problem, since technically, you are running Mac OSX. You can use the original Snow Leopard/Lion install DVD in hackintosh systems.

      • Ben

        Thanks sir Andrei. I hope someone who has tried successfully can confirm this.

  • simplynice93

    This is a great alternative to the Macbook. Very affordable!

  • Hmm… wont the manufacturer be in trouble with Apple?

    • Quick Brown Fox

      Exactly my thoughts also. I’m also thinking that PTB would catch fire for somewhat promoting Hackintosh. It’s akin to promoting the loader for Windows.

  • Felix Balete

    where can we buy the macqboard? anyway there are so many alternative mobos there that is compatible with SL 🙂 but for the techie persons that need a more fast solution for their apple cravings i think this can do 🙂

    • There are a few stores in Gilmore where you can find them. I saw it listed on PCHub’s TPC listing once. Not sure if they still hold them.

  • The best article on PTB! 😀
    No more Apple-Laptop/Desktop Monopoly! 🙂 😀

  • Nick

    But Hackintoshes violate Apple’s EULA…

    • MrOrange

      No one ever got sued for building a hackintosh. One of the biggest blog networks in the U.S. even has a tutorial on how to build your Macintosh. Why be a hypocrite? You’ll be buying an original software from Apple. You’re free to do anything you want with it, for personal purposes of course.

      • Mad Mac

        You are not free to do anything you wish with OS X. The EULA forbids installation on non Mac hardware. You won’t automatically go to jail but Apple can sue you if they wish. For what I do not know but the terms of the EULA provides for it. But is this going to happen? Unlikely.

    • ForeverNoob

      And they could sue me for jailbreaking IPhone’s then? LOL!

  • This is a great alternative…if I ever have the gall to actually build my own system.

  • kk

    f*ck yeah! and f*ck corporate america! free china! free the world! it’s da end op da world!

  • Griswold

    Nice, with this you can really customize your own Mac rig. very nice!

  • darius hernandez

    where is this available?

    • You can buy it at PC express.

  • amielDH

    im planning to build a “PC” using this board.

    just a question. can i use an original MAC OS with this or do i have to use a Hackintosh?

    • you can use your original Mac OS on this one.

  • amielDH

    thanks for the reply. 🙂 last question. does it support USB Booting for OS installation? Coz i have the MAC OS Lion Thumb drive.

  • Jeremy

    Most comments here center about building a Mac.
    The true value of this cpu/board actually lies with in the CPU itself an Intel Xeon 3.4GHz Single Core processor.

    Install Linux in this thing and you virtualize other operating systems at will.

    It’s an all around motherboard. It can be used as a standard desktop, a mid-range gaming rig, or a mini server for small-medium scale businesses.

  • Owen

    I just made my first dual boot Windows 7 & Mavericks inside MSI P55 GD65 Mobo Core i5 760 1156 Sicket ,Nvidia 9600GT ,Gskill 4GB DDR3

    I install Mavericks using Unibeast and Multibeast Method.

  • Ken

    Hi which GPU did you buy? Asus GT220 1GB DDR2 or DDR3??

    how is it in terms of editing pics through photoshop?