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MacOS Big Sur on Non-Apple Hardware: Seeking Advice for OSx86 Project

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Hi everyone,

I'm diving into an OSx86 project and hoping to get MacOS Big Sur running on my non-Apple hardware. I've done a bit of research and know that this will be quite the task, but I'm eager to learn from those who've walked this path before.


My setup includes:


  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2


From what I've gathered, Nvidia GPUs have had some issues since MacOS Mojave due to the lack of drivers. I'm contemplating whether to proceed with the RTX 2070 or to find a more compatible AMD alternative.

Here are my questions:

What are the known pitfalls when attempting to install MacOS Big Sur on non-Apple hardware with the above configuration?
Does anyone have experience with the RTX 2070 running on Big Sur via OSx86 methods, or should I switch to an AMD GPU for better compatibility?
Are there any recommended kexts or patches that I should be aware of that could facilitate a smoother installation process?
Can you suggest any reliable guides or resources that are up to date with Big Sur installations?
I'm all ears for any tips, tricks, or advice that you can offer. I understand the legal and ethical considerations involved with such a project, so I'm approaching this strictly as an educational exercise to better understand the intricacies of MacOS and different hardware environments.


Thanks in advance for your help!


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Welcome Clara!

RTX2070 never worked in macOS, you have to find AMD graphics card.

And then you can install any system up to Sonoma almost without specific patches. A set of kext may be different, just find someone with the same motherboard. 

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The i7-9700K iGPU works with macOS, so you can just remove the RTX, or disable it with a SSDT for macOS if the computer is to be used with other OSes.


English resources are Dortania's official documentation for OpenCore or 5T33Z0's Clover Crate for Clover.

Searching forums, here or the-forum-which-shall-not-be-named, is likely to return a full working EFI, only waiting for your serial numbers, but learning to do it from scratch has value.

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