The posting of this blog topic was intentionally delayed. Really, I was conflicted about whether I would post it at all. This specific topic is one where many people, including myself, have many varying opinions.
On one hand, I’m a huge fan of the Apple corporation. I am an even bigger fan of the products Apple develops and sells. Any genuine Apple product, is far superior, in my mind, to any competitor’s product. I have even gone on the record before, saying Apple products aren’t nearly as expensive as they seem, so long as you compare equal ability.
On the other hand, I spent the last two weeks comparing a used Apple desktop system to the equivalent hardware for a PC. Using eBay to determine the fair market value of the specific systems, I find Apple owners want way too much for their used machines. Very few used Apple systems found on eBay even come with legally usable software including the OS. You can spend $3200.00 for a used Apple Pro with an 8-core Xeon Processor, a 1T hardrive and 8 Gigs of RAM, with no legally usable software or operating system. Or you can spend a lot less and get a brand new non-Apple system with the same configuration.
In the end, I’m sure a GENUINE APPLE product will be much more reliable. However technology buffs everywhere would just as soon build their own computers, as to pay so much to go the other route. So, I decided to go forward with the rest of this post.
ExpressHD has created a Boot Processing Unit (BPU) providing a full Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) environment called the EFI-X (EFiX). EFI is a new standard created by Intel(tm) . The EFiX is 10-1 pin computer chip containing an embedded CPU, memory drive, and a USB connector. It is designed so it can be mounted internally on a motherboard. EFiX is for enthusiasts putting expandability and performance before anything else in their computing needs.
ExpressHD sells the EFiX for around $240, although they run specials from time to time, reducing the cost of the EFiX unit in combination with a motherboard or system. The EFiX is fully able to support Windows and various flavors of Linux. The biggest selling point of all, is the ability to boot Apple OS X native on non-Apple PC hardware.
I’ve got to believe the EFiX, when used to install or boot Apple’s OS X, violates the OS X EULA. However, the EFiX provides the ability to install OS X without using hacked, pirated and/or otherwise virus infected versions of OS X.
The EFiX device requires a separate hardrive for each operating system you want to use. However, if you can get by the OS needing a dedicated hardrive, the EFiX is basically a performance management device.
*USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!