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OS Xbox Pro Mod: Four HDDs, Windows 7, OS X

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

It's a hackinbox!

I think calling this an OS Xbox Pro is a little unfair because it does run both Windows 7 and OS X. Then again, OS Xbox kind of fits better than Windows Xbox (careful saying that one out loud) so perhaps that's what modder Will Urbina was getting at when he named his creation.

Packing Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9550s (2.93GHz), an Nvidia GeForce 9800GT card, 8GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, and four traditional hard drives (one each to boot Windows 7 and OS X, and two 500GB 7,200rpm drives in a RAID0 array for video editing), Engadget cites Will as saying his total parts cost was under $1,500 for a system that amounts to a $4,500 Mac Pro.

Check out the video below.

OS Xbox Pro Video Worklog

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    broketechjunkie , November 25, 2009 11:22 AM
    Extremely well made video and system.

    My hat is off for you, good sir. *bows*
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    sstym , November 25, 2009 11:22 AM
    Pretty cool, but haven't you heard Steve Jobs? Installing Mac OS on non-Apple hardware will precipitate the end of days.
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    sunflier , November 25, 2009 12:04 PM
    Very nice work. Still, its a lot of work just to fit in an old xbox.
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  • 25 Hide
    broketechjunkie , November 25, 2009 11:22 AM
    Extremely well made video and system.

    My hat is off for you, good sir. *bows*
  • 23 Hide
    sstym , November 25, 2009 11:22 AM
    Pretty cool, but haven't you heard Steve Jobs? Installing Mac OS on non-Apple hardware will precipitate the end of days.
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    nevertell , November 25, 2009 11:56 AM
    no, it won't.
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    cookies , November 25, 2009 12:00 PM
    Fucking beautiful.
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    sunflier , November 25, 2009 12:04 PM
    Very nice work. Still, its a lot of work just to fit in an old xbox.
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    Anonymous , November 25, 2009 12:05 PM
    All that just to make a computer look like an XBox? Big deal.
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    Spanky Deluxe , November 25, 2009 12:13 PM


    $1500 for a machine that amounts to a $4500 Mac Pro? Really? How can a Core 2 Quad 2.93GHz "amount to" either an i7 based Xeon quad core with hyperthreading or two i7 Xeon quad cores with hyperthreading? Unless he's comparing it to the original Mac Pro from 2006 which had Core 2 Quad based Xeon chips, which was available as a 3.0Ghz machine at $3299.

    I'm all for hackintosh building but some people really stretch their comparisons. A core i7 based quad system could maybe be compared to an entry level Mac Pro, even though it doesn't have ECC and Xeon chips. A hackintosh using Xeon chips etc could definitely be compared. Both would of course be cheaper than Apple's current overpriced Mac Pro pricing but this comparison just isn't remotely accurate or fair.

    It is a beautiful bit of hardware that he's made there. Apart from the EFIX chip. Poor sucker fell for their scam. :( 
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    TheFace , November 25, 2009 12:19 PM
    What no blu-ray? hahah. I would be proud to have this prominently displayed anywhere. That is awesome.
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    Jaspel , November 25, 2009 12:29 PM
    very nice
    I'm jealous
    few questions though..
    anodized or paint, any issues with heat?
    why destroy a dev unit when standards can be had for less than 50?
    don't mac pros have dual xeons ie 16 threds?
    you paid for efix?
    any plans to emulate xbox for original function?
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    dirtykid , November 25, 2009 12:50 PM
    jaspelvery niceI'm jealousfew questions though..anodized or paint, any issues with heat?why destroy a dev unit when standards can be had for less than 50?don't mac pros have dual xeons ie 16 threds?you paid for efix?any plans to emulate xbox for original function?


    That was exactly my thought the whole time: 'this is all very nice, but will it play Xbox?'
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    Impulse Fire911 , November 25, 2009 12:53 PM
    jaspelvery niceI'm jealousfew questions though..anodized or paint, any issues with heat?why destroy a dev unit when standards can be had for less than 50?don't mac pros have dual xeons ie 16 threds?you paid for efix?any plans to emulate xbox for original function?


    to answer some of your question i dont think heat was too much of a problem and no mac pros dont have 16 threads, they have 8 threads because the xeons only have 1 thread per core, the only cpu tht has 8 threads on 4 physical cores is the core i7, and a mac pro with 8 cores costs around 5000 so yeahh....
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    nh484000 , November 25, 2009 12:54 PM
    very nice. I am wondering where he got those SATA power connection though. Id love to get some
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    Spanky Deluxe , November 25, 2009 12:58 PM
    impulse fire911to answer some of your question i dont think heat was too much of a problem and no mac pros dont have 16 threads, they have 8 threads because the xeons only have 1 thread per core, the only cpu tht has 8 threads on 4 physical cores is the core i7, and a mac pro with 8 cores costs around 5000 so yeahh....


    The Xeons have 8/16 threads since they use hyperthreading. They have 2 threads per core. The 8 core Mac Pro has 16 virtual processors and the 4 core Mac Pro has 8 virtual processors, as does the Core i7 iMac. The Core i5 iMac, however, does not have hyperthreading and so only hs 4 virtual processors.
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    tommysch , November 25, 2009 2:24 PM
    Beating Apple in a price/perfomance contest isnt really an achievement. I bet my dog would built a better system for less then Apple.
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    sunflier , November 25, 2009 2:44 PM
    nh484000I am wondering where he got those SATA power connection though.


    Frozencpu.com

    http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g51/c391/s649/list/p1/Connectors-Sata_Connectors-Sata_Connectors-Page1.html
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    megamanx00 , November 25, 2009 2:45 PM
    Hah, that's funny. I still think it's crazy that the original XBOX is just so huge that you can fit a whole ATX board in there :D . Good stuff.
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    ssalim , November 25, 2009 3:00 PM
    Amazing craftman skill and video.
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    sailfish , November 25, 2009 4:11 PM
    Now let's see the video where Newegg and ExpressHD take his design and puts it on an assembly line.

    Talented guy ... choice in music ... not so much.
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    LATTEH , November 25, 2009 4:17 PM
    FUCKING AWESOME!
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    ashrafpasha , November 25, 2009 4:25 PM
    Best ever video i've seen...
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