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[GUIDE] GA-Z97-D3H - GTX650 - MacOS Sierra 10.12 Intro: This is a guide written specifically for the GAZ97D3H on OSX Sierra. It should be noted that this guide will also work for El Cap. This board and build is flawless thanks to the hard work of myself and many forum members on OSX86.net. Thank you. Hardware: GA-Z97-D3H (rev 1.1, latest BIOS) Intel Core i7 4790k (O.C. to 4.6Ghz) EVGA GTX650 1GB 16GB HyperX 1833mhz 120GB PNY Optima SSD Corsair H110i GTX 1TB WD HDD, 320GB HDD MacOS Sierra 10.12 Additional Hardware: This build does not use onboard audio. It also uses a USB wifi dongle. Enabling ALC1150 audio on this board is possible but i HIGHLY recommend just buying the USB audio dongle below. SO much easier. Asus N13 USB Wifi Dongle (been using this since 10.6) Syba Virtual 7 SD-CM-UAUD71 7.1 Audio USB dongle (i have had 3 of these and work OOB) Working: App Store CPU Scaling (speedstep) Graphics Ethernet Wifi Everything Installation: Download Sierra from App store Create a USB (theres plenty of guides around the web that work easily) IMPORTANT: Don't forget to copy FakeSMC.kext to /EFI/Clover/Kexts/10.12 before installing (if '10.12' folder not there, make a new one) Before Installing: Enable the following BIOS features and SAVE the profile in case ever lost.. Disable VT-d Set XHCI to Auto mode Disable IGFX Enable XHCI and EHCI handoff Set SATA Configuration to AHCI Post Install: Install Ethernet kext Download: AppleIntelE1000e.kext.zip Place in ~System/Library/Extension Run Kextutility.app to repair permissions/cache . (not completely required but recommended) Reboot <---- Install Wifi Kext and Preference Pane for USB Dongle This kext is hard to find anymore. I don't use the drivers provided by ASUS on their website. I use another kext because Asus's was giving me proper shutdown problems. (more info: http://www.osx86.net/forums/topic/22716-mini-guide-asus-usb-n13-wifi-hackintosh-dongle/) Download RT2870 kext: RT2870USBWirelessDriver.kext.zip Download DWA140 Pref Pane: DWA-140WirelessUtility.prefPane.zip (this allows us to use the wifi kext through preferences) Install RT2870.kext at ~System/Library/Extensions Install DWA140 Pre Pane at ~System/Library/Preference Panes Repair permissions/caches with kextutility.app REBOOT <--- Install Clover Bootloader to Installation Drive Download Clover Bootloader at sourcefourge.net Run through installer with these settings: (see attached images) DONT REBOOT YET Download my config file: config.plist Install config.plist at EFI/Clover Install FAKESMC.kext at EFI/Clover/Kexts/10.12 (again, make a 10.12 folder if it's missing) Reboot CHECKUP Check to see if TRIM support is enabled in System Information (it should be, if not, see below)Check 'About This Mac' to make sure everything is recognized If not enabled, see guide: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/298507-enable-trim-on-non-apple-ssd/ Download DPCI Manager application (google) and run it. Under Status>model interface, you should see two items (one for ethernet, one for RT2870 ASUS USB) If the ethernet device is listed as 'en 0' then App store will work If the wifi is 'en 0' then app store will not work Verify App Store is working if not, navigate to MAC SSD/Library/Preferences/System Configuration Delete network interfaces.plist Reboot and App Store should work, also DPCI manager would show 'En 0' for ethernet. Generate SSDT SSDTs are required to enable CPU scaling - More info: http://www.osx86.net/forums/topic/24129-faq-4790k-haswell-how-to-install-on-a-hackintosh/ Place SSDT.aml at EFI/Clover/ACPI/Patched Optional: Install Nvidia Web Drivers Download nvidia web drivers from Nvidia's site (not gpu specific) Make sure nvda_drv=1 kernel flag is selected in config.plist (use clover configurator app) - this allows the web drivers to load - if you used my config, it is already enabled Notes: *my config file attached has two strings under Kernel and Kext Patches > KextsToPatch.... one is trim enabler and the other im not totally sure what it is but keep it *If wanting to enable onboard alc1150 audio see my guide here for El Cap: http://www.osx86.net/forums/topic/23733-success-ga-z97-d3h-gtx650-el-capitan-1011-clover/ Issues: Really no issues are present with this build which is astonishing and the result of many OS X generations of fiddling around. That is not to say that the occasional KP won't happen. But overall, this is as close to stable as a hackintosh can get. I'm amazed. FAQ: DO I NEED TO INSTALL NVIDIA WEB DRIVERS? Answer is no, but they can fix long boot times (experienced this before and it fixed it) and if "About This Mac" is reading 'GTX 650 1023 MB' it will also fix that (sometimes) DO I NEED SSDT? YES. It allows the CPU to be efficient HOW TO OVERCLOCK? Overclocking must be done via the UEFI bios menu. CPU Test and Prime 95 and Intel Power Gadget are good apps to use HOW TO MONITOR TEMPS and STUFF? Monitor temps with the app HWMonitor. Download the app and install the sensors at System/Library/Extensions HOW TO ENABLE iMESSAGE? I'm an android guy so i dont use iMessage, but if for some reason it isn't working after using this guide to enable App Store, then do some research. Its quite a complex subject but can be done! DO BIOS VERSIONS MATTER? Bios should be latest revision - but i have used 3 versions with this board and all work well. Performance: Geekbench 64bit: 19589 score APPRECIATION: Thanks to all who has helped in the past. OSX86.net , forums members DMOS and Kyndder, as well as many others in the community. Thank you. I will update this thread. Hit me up for questions. I get push notifications to my phone.
[FAQ] Hackintosh Haswell CPU Installation and Overclocking Introduction: This is a small but valuable guide to those who are seeking to install a Haswell CPU on a hackintosh. The primary objective is to answer any questions that some may have. I could not find many answers for these questions. At least, a clear informative source. This very much applies to others intel chips. The process is all the same. For me, it was a 4790k. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Can I Install a Haswell CPU without Reinstalling OSX? Yes. Very likely. I did not have to reinstall making the jump from an i5 4430 to the i7 4790k. What Do I Need to Do to Get My CPU Working Correctly? You've heard the term "speed step" or "power management" or even "Frequency Scaling". This is the power saving feature that intel has designed to decrease the frequency (thus, power consumption) when the CPU is not under load. This is fixed by generating an SSDT file (see below). If you're a novice to the subject, you may have also been confused by the terms C States and P States. Simply, the more states you have, the more power consumption levels you have. With only 1 P and C state, your CPU may only scale down to one low frequency, instead of multiple, which is how it was designed. Anyway, i'm not an expert on C/P states. As long as my frequency scales, i'm happy with that. There is a way to check P and C states, with a kext called AppleIntelInfo.kext which (if im not mistaken) was developed by PikerAlpha. Secondly, you should have the best SMBIOS profile loaded in Clover Config. For the 4790k, iMac 14,2 is the most compatible with my GTX650. iMac 15,2 gave a black screen at boot. To determine the best profile, a good rule of thumb is to select a system that uses the same CPU socket as you have, and even the same processor (if possible.) Lastly, DO NOT use NullCPUPowermanagement.kext with an SSDT! In fact, NullCPUPowermanagement.kext is an abomination to a true hackintosh. It should not be required. How to Generate SSDT? The process is easy. PikerAlpha generated a program that creates this via terminal. It is called ssdtPRgen.sh. SSDTs are then place in EFI>CLOVER>ACPI>PATCHED. The shell script can be downloaded with a quick google search. Piker's GitHUB will provide a download. The script is ran inside terminal. The ssdt file(s) export to a location designated inside the terminal window. Just pay attention to the script output. Note*****: It is best to generate an SSDT AFTER you have overclocked the system. <-- How to Confirm if CPU Power Management is Working? Download the latest Intel Power Gadget from their website and simply run it. Once it is open, view your CPU frequency chart. If it is moving up and down, you're good. If it is staying constant, it is not working and the SSDT is either not being loaded or is more likely generated incorrectly. SSDT requires no special kernel flags. But it must be installed in the right location of the EFI partition. OVERCLOCKING a Hackintosh - HOW?? There is absolutely no information on how to do this. Mostly because its the exact same process as a PC. However, theres some things you should know. About This Mac will never show your overclocked speed. Thats pretty understandable. Overclocking must be done from the BIOS on Hackintoshes Best stress test softwares for OSX are : CPUTest, Prime 95, Cinebench, and Geekbench. Monitor temps with Intel Power Gadget tool. Monitor voltages with ONLY HWMonitor. HW Monitor is accurate if fakeSMC is installed. But I do think there are some inaccuracies with the voltages. Other than that, there really is no way on OSX to see voltages and important CPU data. Let me know if this has helped. Mods, correct my info if it is incorrect. Appreciation: PikerAlpha, RampageDev, OSX86.net, InsanelyMac, others.