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[ GUIDE + TEST ] MSI Z170M Mortar + i7700K + NVIDIA GTX 1060 OC Dual 3GB


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A friend of mine called me for support in this project, so I put some effort to help him getting it work and wanted to write a few lines to explain how we reach this, knowing that still it's not 100%.
Eventual advices will be greatly appreciated.

With this particular hardware making it work was a little bit different than from guides I read.

Bios settings:

  • CFG-Lock: Disabled
  • VT-d Tech: disabled
  • Windows 8/8.1: enabled
  • Boot mode: UEFI
  • Check IGT instead of PEG to disable integrated graphic in BIOS preferences as we want to use NVIDIA card even without acceleration.

User tominabox1 succeed with i6700k while we have an i7700k: need to patch Clover 2.4k (https://sourceforge.net/projects/cloverefiboot/ ) with Clover Configurator.

First prepare usb stick: I followed this: http://beyondspec.org/2017/01/04/the-foreigner-macos-sierra-10-12-2-on-an-alienware-13-r3-2016/
A little bit of tweaking was enough to make it boot:

  • /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ApplePS2SmartTouchPad.kext is useless because it's the driver for a touchpad we don't have.
  • Now on Clover Configurator:
  • Graphics>ig-platform-id and set it as 0x19120000 (nVidia GTX 1060)
  • Kernel and Kext Patching>FakeCPUID and set it as 0x0506e3
  • SMBIOS > set it up like an iMac 17,1
  • Disable SIP: you can find it at Rt Variables>CsrActiveConfig. Set it to 0x67
  • /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi is not needed as we used both OsxAptioFix2Drv.efi and OsxAptioFixDrv-64.efi : boot was inconsistent but we found it working disabling PowerNap (dart=0) and Nvidia web driver (nv_disable=1) at boot.
  • If you're lucky you'll see something like this:



Graphics are recognized but there's only 8 MB of RAM because driver still is not installed.

Here's the content of Driver64UEFI

Attached you can find the usb-stick's UEFI and the final hard drive's one, working silently with apple boot logo mode on.

You can copy this after downloading lately Nvidia web drivers; indeed, Pascal support is now official: check latest version WebDriver-378.05.05.15f01.
Guide here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/to...ver-updates-for-macos-sierra-update-04192017/
CUDA too is requested for best results.

AGDPfix-2.app is needed before rebooting: check out the 1.3 version that will fix graphic's kext.

After installing you need to patch audio: https://www.hackintosh.zone/file/136-all-in-one-sound-solution/ will work on 90% cases. In this particular case we found Voodoo generic driver working.
If volume is too low go to /S/L/E/VoodooHDA.kext and find the key VoodooHDAEnableHalfVolumeFix and change it from "true" to "false"

We know it's still a mess but after a long time working on it this is by far the only 100% working version with Wifi, ethernet, audio and video.


The only problem is during shutdown when it fails unmounting disks.

These are comparison's results between Crapintosh (? definitely I wouldn't call this no more after testing it) and an official iMac 17,1 5k lately-2015 with i6700K and AMD Radeon R9 M390 2048 MB


Blur test on Photoshop:
We created on both computers a 600dpi 12x12 inches image (CMYK 8 bit: a 197.8 MB file) with a colored square on it and then Filter > Blur > Radial Blur, setting amount to 100, "zoom mode" and "best" checked.
Official iMac 5k did it on 01:08:03
Hackintosh did it on 00:56:57

I know that is only my opinion, but Apple would better consider in making new hardware and not only phones: results are so impressive, even boot is fast!



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Hey!  Glad you were able to use my reference to get going. (sorry to revive old thread)  Have you updated this build since Sierra?  I'm considering updated to 10.13 or 10.14 but I'm afraid of giving up a working system. Need to upgrade to support some newer apps.

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