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ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual E5-2667v2 ES CPU's ElCapitan 10.11.6

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Le 5/16/2016 à 04:37, TpwUK a dit :

Hardware List:


Corsair Carbide Air 540 high airflow case

ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual Lga2011v2

Corsair H80i Liquid CPU Cooling x2

Intel Xeon E5-2667 v2 ES CPU x2

Icy Box External USB3 SATA Storage for up to 4 x 3.5" HDD for a max of 16TB

Nvidia GeForce GTX660Ti  (Seems as though these cards are no longer available from new)

2x 16gb (2x8gb) 160Mhz DDR3 DIMMs (32Gb total RAM)



Please note that for a Stage 1 install you will need 1 or 2 low spec SB/IB CPU's e.g. E5-2620.


Two display monitors of your choice but one needs to support HDMI connectivity for audio to work. Size and resolution of your own choosing but go for a minimum of 1080 for stage 2 build. The other monitor needs to support VGA, and is only used for stage 1 build.


On Board Storage Devices:


External Storage Devices:


USB3 16Gb Flash Pen Drive (Or one of your own choosing but go with quality not price)

1-4 3.5" SATA HDD's of your choice for use in the Icy Box External USB3/E-Sata storage. For those of you who are not sure of the colour ratings on HDD's, Western Digital provide the following information ...

  • Blue - For every day use.
  • Black - Optimised for Graphics, Video Editing and Gamers.
  • Red - Optimised for Home or Office use and for use in RAID systems and where multiple drives may be in close proximity to each other and may suffer heat exposure.
  • Purple - Optimised for video surveillance using multiple cameras

Software Required:


Install the latest BIOS for this motherboard from ASUS (ASUS5802 at the time of writing). Refer to the manual that came with your motherboard for information regarding flashing the BIOS. If your motherboard is already fitted with BIOS ver 5802 then you need not flash your BIOS. If your motherboard is fitted with 5601 or lower then you will need to flash your BIOS, if you are not happy with that idea then you will need to apply an MSR unlocking patch/kext. The motherboard comes with a perfectly good flashing app that will enable you to flash your BIOS without invalidating your warranty as long as you use an official ASUS BIOS that is meant for this board.


BIOS Settings for Installing OS X:

  1. Load Optimised Defaults (F5) then under Security you will need to DISABLE the secure boot option. (Required for all installation methods)
  2. Under the Advanced section CPU settings you will need to DISABLE Vt-d. (Required for all installation methods)
  3. Under the boot option you will need CSM Always and set your PXE, OpRom, Graphics etc to all be LEGACY for a STAGE 1 install, else you will need to set them to UEFI mode for a STAGE 2 installation. 


Build Purpose:

A heavy duty workstation with lots of storage potential for use with 3D Modelling apps such as Maya, Blender, Houdini etc. A computer to have the ability to push KeyShot v6 to over 200fps using their benchmark camera scene.



If you already have a running OS X System then you can skip this stage and move on to STAGE 2 Install, otherwise you should read and follow the information given below.


  • Insert your low grade CPU/s and install your RAM. If you are using 1 CPU, then insert 2 DIMMs using the outer slots either side of the CPU, if using two CPUs then insert the other two DIMMs into the outer slots for that CPU too. 
  • Do not insert your graphics card until you are ready to proceed with STAGE 2 Install.
  • Connect the VGA Backplate to the motherboard and secure it in place. The backplate provided is a little flimsy so don't apply too much pressure when connecting your VGA compatible monitor lead.
  • Power up your computer and make sure your VGA connector is working... If not refer to the manual for appropriate Jumper Pin settings.
  • Insert your Bootloader disc and reboot your computer. Follow the instructions provided with your boot loader.
  • You will need to use the -v npci=0x2000 to install your Snow Leopard 10.6.3 DVD. You might also have to add PCIRootUID=1 depending on your Boot Loader of choice.


If your Snow Leopard installs smoothly then you can proceed with installing/injecting the STAGE 1 Kexts given below. At this point you may decide to install your chosen boot loader to your HDD so you can reboot as needed without having to use your boot loader disc or USB pen drive. Personally I believe that there is no point unless you want to create a back-up incase of emergencies or for roll back purposes. If I remember rightly you do not need an AppleID in order to download any of the updates offered by Apple. To get the updates, click the Apple logo and select Software Updates. Apply the updates and restart your computer as required. Once there are no more updates available, you should be able to see the upgrade to El Capitan in the Apple App Store. Download the update but do not install it, right click it's icon on the panel and tell it to quit. We need this untouched to create our USB El Capitan boot loader and installer.


Stage 1 Kexts...

  1. AppleIntelE1000e.kext (Only required for permanent install or if your boot loader does not provide Networking support)








Hi, i'm trying to install almost the same rig, where are stage 2 details? I only see pictures... ThX

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On 15/08/2016 at 1:35 PM, binjch said:

Hi, i'm trying to install almost the same rig, where are stage 2 details? I only see pictures... ThX

They are on my to do list, fortunately they are easier than the stage 1. If you have snow leopard up n running then you will need the latest Clover Boot Loader. Download the El-Capitan installer and use the inbuilt media creation tool to create the USB Installer, you will need at least 8Gb USB stick. Install Clover to the USB using EFI mode only. If i get chance later I will write it up and post here ... Just got too distracted beta testing and 3D modelling, my apologies.

** Edit **

I have now added the stage 2 Install instructions along with my full EFI folder. Please note that the SMBios and RunTime components have been removed so you will need to generate your own :)


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Tested with full beta5 install and with system update via the App Store with beta6 MacOS 10.12, no immediate issues to report so just make sure that Asus AICPUPM is selected with Clover Configurator 

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MacOS Sierra 10.12 running perfectly well other than not waking up, but i don use sleep/hibernate anyway so i am not too worried about that :)

HDMI Audio working fine with MacOS default drivers for the GT660Ti

If only the Z10 was as easy as this :/


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