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What is the best Sound card for a Hackintosh? (PCI)

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I need a PCI sound card as i can not get my RealTek AC'97 to work so i need a new PCI Sound card What is the best one to get?

I have looked at M-Audio but i can not seem to find one for my Price range (£0 - £100 [GBP])

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Now this is disappointing, how many years have passed since the OP posted his query? I was hoping to find an answer to this query as i used my now dead MBP for multimedia production and was hoping to do the same with my mackintosh...



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In the wiki there's a few listed for 10.6 but no idea if they work with newer revisions.

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It's important to consider a couple of things:


Forget PCI. Intel Mac Pro's don't have PCI slots, they have PCI-Express slots. Macs that aren't Mac Pro's (and the new "institutional ashtray" Mac Pro) don't have any slots at all.

This means that PCI-E sound cards for Mac will soon be completely obsolete and receive no more driver updates.

It also means that they are expensive because the target customer for a PCI-E sound card is a Mac Pro owner, which generally means "person with lots of cash to spend on a sound card". Most likely a professional, working at a recording studio.


In other words, the original poster's question made sense back in 2009 but in 2014 it doesn't.


I recommend looking at external USB or Firewire sound cards that support OS X - they will work with any type of Intel Mac (or Hack) and are not targeted solely at audio professionals (no, DJs don't count lol).


Focusrite makes some really nice, great sounding and affordable outboard gear, although they are a bit slow to get their drivers out the door: The Mavericks driver for my Saffire 6 interface was finally released in December - the first developer preview of Mavericks was released in June!


how many years have passed since the OP posted his query?


If you can't tell by looking at the post date you have bigger problems. :D

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