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Which LGA-1150 Mainboard for (mostly) vanilla Sierra install?

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Hi guys,

 

as mentioned here http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/324332-anybody-managed-to-install-sierra-on-an-msi-z87-g43-board/

 

my hardware does not like any OS X newer than Yosemite. I am seriously considering buying another mainboard that will not be as picky as my current one. I plan to install Sierra as vanilla as possible (just an USB installer with Clover).

 

So here goes: Which LGA-1150 board did you guys get a vanilla (+ Clover) OS X Sierra to run on smoothly?

 

Extra points if High Sierra is working, too. :-)

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Hi guys,

 

as mentioned here http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/324332-anybody-managed-to-install-sierra-on-an-msi-z87-g43-board/

 

my hardware does not like any OS X newer than Yosemite. I am seriously considering buying another mainboard that will not be as picky as my current one. I plan to install Sierra as vanilla as possible (just an USB installer with Clover).

 

So here goes: Which LGA-1150 board did you guys get a vanilla (+ Clover) OS X Sierra to run on smoothly?

 

Extra points if High Sierra is working, too. :-)

Hi there,

 

I have a pretty stable and vanilla system you can check my first system in the signature and the good thing is that everything works perfect with this board. there's also a guide in the signature that you can check out.

The only thing that you need to know is that if you want to use macOS Sierra or macOS High Sierra with the GPU you have in your signature (R9 290X) you will be facing the "boot to black screen" issue so you have to use Igpu as the primary display adapter in BIOS, you will lose post boot screen but once you installed macOS and made proper adjustment to the config.plist it's going to be ok and lots of guys are ok with it.

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I went the mATX route since I have a really tight case that doesn't take full ATX, and I went with the MSI Z170m Mortar which also runs pretty smoothly, no real need to tinker with things.

 

The main differences between this MSI board and the GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 that cyberdevs uses is it has ALC892 instead of ALC1150 for audio, and for LAN it's a single LAN Realtek RTL8111H instead of dual LAN Intel/Qualcomm but other than that it's essentially the same, including the Skylake CPU model.

 

I should probably update my signature one of these days to reflect the current hardware I have

 

edit: doh, I saw cyberdevs referencing an LGA1151 board but you're specific to LGA1150 (Haswell). my bad. LGA1151 Skylake CPUs work just fine in Sierra so if you're getting a new board and CPU I suggest going with that instead of staying with Haswell, and Kaby Lake is 1151 as well

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Oops!

 

I thought you were talking about skylake machines. Sorry  :angel:

 

Thanks to @nawcom's comment that made me realize my mistake, but in my experience Gigabyte and Asus are the easiest mainboards to use for a hackintosh. I have no idea about the other vendors.

almost ll the 8 and 9 series mainboards are compatible check this topic for more info: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/323052-sierra-on-intel-5-6-7-8-9-and-10-chipset-series-nehalem-sandybridge-ivybridge-haswell-broadwell-skylake/

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Thanks for your input so far, guys! I really, really don't want to buy a Skylake platform. I'd had to buy a new mainboard, CPU and RAM which would cost me well over the 500€. If I stay with my Haswell setup I just buy a new mainboard for something around 100€ and I'm done.

 

Also, I use a Windows 7 system as a second OS on my machine and Windows 7 does not really like Skylake. It is possible to get it to run, but I rather stay with my running system.

 

So, it looks like Gigabyte mainboards are the way to go right now. Any other suggestions?

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Thanks for your input so far, guys! I really, really don't want to buy a Skylake platform. I'd had to buy a new mainboard, CPU and RAM which would cost me well over the 500€. If I stay with my Haswell setup I just buy a new mainboard for something around 100€ and I'm done.

 

Also, I use a Windows 7 system as a second OS on my machine and Windows 7 does not really like Skylake. It is possible to get it to run, but I rather stay with my running system.

 

So, it looks like Gigabyte mainboards are the way to go right now. Any other suggestions?

 

Suggesting a mainboard can be a little bit hard because you should choose a mainboard based on what you need. Almost all 7,9,8 mainboard series can support macOS Sierra.

 

You can look here for successful installation instructions and then you can choose the best mainboard based on the guides and features you need

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Alright, I am going to go with a GA-Z97P-D3 mainboard. It is a simple Z97 board without unnecessary gimmicks and it is one of the few LGA1150 boards that are sold new. Fingers crossed for a painless installation. :-)

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Alright, I am going to go with a GA-Z97P-D3 mainboard. It is a simple Z97 board without unnecessary gimmicks and it is one of the few LGA1150 boards that are sold new. Fingers crossed for a painless installation. :-)

Have you seen the post I made in the other topic?

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