Asus X79 Rampage IV Extreme | Core i7-3930K (Successful)
Asus X79 Rampage IV Extreme | Core i7-3930k | ASUS GTX 680 2GB
6 Cores at 4.2Ghz
Mountain Lion 10.8.5
by MK500 and shilohh
Huge thanks to tonymacx86, MacMan, Hexa, and mitchellk without whom this machine would never have been built.
Special thanks to Shilohh for his DSDT work and support on the NVidia side of things.
This beast has been rock solid for 1.5 years as of 9/30/2013 as a daily workhorse.
If you would like to use an AMD HD 7xxx GPU, please use this guide instead.
More high-resolution photos here:
Photos | New Build Photo Log
Apple OS X Mountain Lion @ Mac Apps Store
Mac App Store - OS X Mountain Lion
Donation to TonyMacX86.
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11Q2-32GBZL
OWC 120GB Mercury Accelsior™ PCI Express Solid State Drive (700+MB/s Read/Write) for Boot
OWC SSDPHW2R120 120GB Mercury Accelsior PCI Express... in stock at OWC
Pair of Western Digital 1TB Velociraptors (340MB/s Read/Write) for User Directories
Antec P280 Case
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fan (quantity: 2)
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W
Pair of Monoprice 27" 2560x1440 Monitors
Displayport Cable for Second Monitor
Pioneer SATA DVD
Evoluent Mouse Friendly Keyboard
Evoluent VerticalMouse, Vertical Mouse, ergonomic mouse, ergonomic computer mouse, computer mouse, optical mouse, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress disorder, RSI
Evoluent VerticalMouse 4
AZIO Bluetooth Dongle
The goal of this system is a powerful 6-core with moderate over-clock (for reliability) and similar noise level to a Mac Pro. I'm going to separate out the over-clock details to the post just below this one.
This machine is extremely quiet (Mac Pro level) and stable. I run 4.2Ghz (click here for overclock info). Idle temperature is under 40C at 24C room temperature. Under moderate load it runs in the 50s. Under Prime95 (for testing) it will run high 60s.
Everything working including: Audio, Video (accelerated), Sleep, USB 2 ports, USB 3 ports, SATA ports, eSATA hotswap ports, Intel Ethernet, iStat Sensors.
Not working: Power management (it stays at 4.2Ghz). On-motherboard bluetooth seems to be flaky (works intermittently). I replaced with cheap AZIO dongle.
1) Install BIOS 4206. We recommend this BIOS as stable. We need NO DSDT for this BIOS, so you may try newer ones if you wish.
Photos | BIOS Settings
NOTE: You may need to disable VT-d in BIOS for 10.8.5 (and supplemental). Do this if experiencing crashes at boot.
2) Prepare USB stick using UniBeast 2.1.1 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 (updated via app store). PLEASE name your USB stick "USB". If you are unfamiliar with UniBeast, follow the steps in "STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive Using UniBeast" here:
tonymacx86 Blog: UniBeast: Install OS X Mountain Lion on Any Supported Intel-based PC
3) Connect your USB thumb drive to the USB port above the white one on the motherboard. Ensure the hard drive you will install to is connected to one of the 6 SATA ports on the Intel bus (NOT the two far left red ASMedia ports). Or use a PCI SSD like mine.
4) Power on your computer and hold F8. Select the USB stick and type the following when the Chimera screen comes up (just start typing and the box will appear):
Read Shilohh's Description of Boot Flags for more information on the boot flags we have chosen to use.Code:PCIRootUID=0 npci=0x2000 GraphicsEnabler=No -v
5) Format your hard drive GUID and install the OS as usual. Move your mouse from time to time so your screen doesn't go to sleep.
6) On reboot, hold F8. Select the USB stick and when the Chimera screen comes up select your newly installed Mountain Lion disk. Then type the following:
NOTE: For some video cards you may need to remove GraphicsEnabler=No. If your machine is booting up to gray screen; try this.Code:PCIRootUID=0 npci=0x2000 GraphicsEnabler=No -v
7) Go through the normal OS X first time setup steps (user account, etc.).
8) Install MultiBeast - Mountain Lion 5.5.2 as seen in image below. If you have an SSD that requires TRIM support, then check the appropriate option under TRIM.
NOTE: For some video cards you may need to UNCHECK GraphicsEnabler=No. If your machine is booting up to gray screen; try this.
MultiBeast Configuration for Mountain Lion
9) Now open your /Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist file using TextEdit and make it look like this -- the key change is npci=0x2000:
10) You are ready for your first boot. Go to Apple -> Restart... and hold F8 to select your newly installed drive. You can unplug your Unibeast USB stick now.
Congratulations on your new Hackintosh! Shilohh created some awesome bootloader themes just for you; instructions are in the Read Me included in the zip: Asus_Rampage_IV_Extreme_Themes.zip
Optional DSDT for USB
In some cases OSX will use up all the IRQs which disables the two motherboard USB2 headers. If this is happening for you; you may want to create your own DSDT in 5 minutes. You may also use this pre-made DSDT by shilohh:
It may or may not work depending on your hardware; but it enables my additional USB headers just fine. Just drop the DSDT file into your /Extra folder and reboot.
Performance at 4.2Ghz
Boot Drive Disk Performance
Data Drive Performance (2-Disk OS X Stripe)
HIGHLIGHTED THREAD POSTS:
Applying Thermal Compound
Alternate Ethernet Driver (Recommended)
How To Locate Home Directory on Striped Disk Pair
SATA Performance and the ASM1061
If You Want To Use Intel RAID Mode (For Windows)
Windows 7 Dual Boot Procedure
PunkNugget on CUDA for 3D/Video/Graphics Apps and NVidia Card Selection
What is this EBIOS read error?
Shilohh's Description of Boot Flags
OTHER USEFUL THREADS FOR RAMPAGE IV EXTREME:
Shilohh's New DSDT Thread
How To Tell If Your Graphics Are Accelerated
Q: Can I use a hard drive or SSD drive instead of a USB stick for UniBeast.
A: I wouldn't do so for this motherboard. I thought I would use an SSD for UniBeast to speed testing (when I was trying things over and over). Unfortunately, depending on what devices I had connected I would get spinning beach balls. Stick with a fast USB stick as instructed in UniBeast instructions.
2012-04-28 : Added my thank you's and donation link...oops!
2012-04-28 : Added heading at top with components.
2012-04-28 : Added BIOS section.
2012-04-28 : Added GPU Cooler.
2012-04-28 : Added cinebench and data drive performance.
2012-04-28 : Added link to many photos of build.
2012-04-29 : Centered and edited the title for clarity.
2012-05-09 : Updated disk speed test graphs using diglloyd tester
2012-05-14 : Updated bluetooth status and added AZIO dongle.
2012-05-14 : Noted change with MultiBeast 4.4.1
2012-05-15 : Confirmed audio working with MultiBeast 4.4.1.
2012-05-15 : Added audio screenshots.
2012-05-25 : Added potential sleep solution.
2012-05-26 : Major update for Unibeast 1.3, MultiBeast 4.5.2, and 10.7.4
2012-05-27 : Fixed instructions for audio with more reliable version.
2012-05-27 : Added FAQ above EDIT LOG.
2012-06-10 : Corrected Accelsior speed numbers. Adjusted quantity of fans/hard drives.
2012-06-10 : Added "Highlighted Thread Posts" section. Fixed MultiBeast version typo.
2012-06-17 : Added optional smbios.plist tweak for processor name display.
2012-09-11 : Fixed 898 audio kext download link.
2012-10-11 : Added comment at top about focus of this build (Lion with ATI).
2012-10-24 : Added link to ggeorge's new thread for Mountain Lion with NVidia.
2013-03-15 : Major update for UniBeast Mountain Lion 1.7.0, MultiBeast - Mountain Lion 5.2.1, and 10.8.3
2013-03-15 : Added additional screenshots for security settings and kextbeast.
2013-03-15 : Updated broken links caused by forum update.
2013-03-15 : Added link to shilohh's excellent DSDT editing thread.
2013-03-15 : Added NVidia specific steps.
2013-03-16 : Added upgrade procedure link.
2013-03-16 : Updated title of build to include 10.8.3.
2013-03-17 : Added link to BIOS settings in appropriate section.
2013-03-17 : Added SATA: RAID mode link.
2013-03-17 : Added NVidia specific DSDT from Shilohh.
2013-03-18 : Added additional pictures and further refined process.
2013-03-20 : Adjustments to boot parameters for NVidia users based on testing with GTX680
2013-03-22 : Added additional images to build process and links to GTX680.
2013-03-22 : Fixed a couple typos.
2013-03-24 : After extensive testing updated BIOS to 3602 with new DSDTs provided by shilohh.
2013-03-28 : Added link for AMD 7xxx users.
2013-03-30 : Updated for sleep. Adjusted text regarding ATI for clarity.
2013-09-01 : Added shilohh's cool new bootloader themes.
2013-09-15 : Updated "stable since" to 1.5 years. Put in 10.8.5 warning.
2013-09-29 : Major update for 10.8.5 with Unibeast 2.1.1 and MultiBeast 5.5.2
2013-10-01 : Added Shilohh's Description of Boot Flags to highlighted posts and main guide.
2013-10-07 : Added VT-d BIOS notes and GraphicsEnabler notes based on user feedback.
2013-11-05 : Changed link to shilohh's new DSDT guide and added link to alternate Ethernet driver.