Hackintosh lover’s dream and Apple’s nightmare: the Z77MX:QUO-AOS motherboard
Hackintosh builders will be happy to know that soon there will be a motherboard that will support Apple’s popular desktop OS out-of-the-box. Quo Computers is seeking to make the process of building your own Mac OS X rig much simpler than before with the introduction of its Project Q: Z77MX:QUO-AOS.
The Project Q motherboard, according to Quo Computers, will be the “first ever custom made motherboard that will run any operating system you choose.” For many people, any operating system means trying out Mac OS X without having to purchase an expensive setup directly from Apple.
Using a MicroATX form factor, the Project Q motherboard will come with both Firewire 400 and 800, and Intel-certified Thunderbolt. Adding to the fact that the motherboard will support any OS, Quo Computers also claims that the board’s custom firmware will allow booting of any OS in “under 10 seconds.”
Currently, the company is seeking funding for its Project Q motherboard via Kickstarter, and early backers will be able to buy the motherboard for $219—retail price will start at $249. Quo Computers also has pre-packaged setups, one of which is a $1,200 Intel Core i7 setup complete with Thunderbolt, HDMI, DVI, Firewire, a 1TB HD, 8GB of RAM, SATA III, USB 3.0, and a black aluminum “special edition” tower engraved with a unique serial number.