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BoomR's “Power UP” for 360/VR Production Build: GA-Z370 AORUS UG - i7 8700K - GA AORUS RX580

BoomR

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On Frys it says not available.
It probably shows out of stock at the San Jose store (which seems to always be the default location when I do a search). But if you click the link to view product details, then enter your zip code, you should be able to find it at a store closer to you...for example, here in Dallas area:
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Do you think that adding a PCIe 10Gb card and a PCIe Blackmagic Decklink (PCIe x4) would work on a hackintosh similar as yours? I'm concerned that PCIe lanes sharing would create bottlenecks/bugs.

I'm looking to see the viability of a hackintosh for color grading in Davinci Resolve with SDI monitoring in a SAN environnement.

thanks!

I am also happy to say that I've completed this build successfully! Thank you so much for you guide @BoomR

Running High Sierra 10.13.3 on iMac18,3
BIOS version F7h

The only big difference is using a NVIDIA 1080 Ti instead of an AMD GPU, the hardware is as follows:
  • Intel Core i7-8700K CPU
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming Motherboard
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK32GX4M2B3000C15 32GB RAM
  • Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11G GPU
  • Gigabyte GC-ALPINE RIDGE Thunderbolt 3
  • Corsair RM650x Power Supply
  • Samsung 960 Pro 512GB NVMe SSD (for MacOS)
  • Samsung 850 EVO 500GB (For Windows)
  • Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B CPU Cooler
  • Fractal Design Define C Case
Notes during install: I did not select any Graphics Configurations in MultiBeast for the NIVIDIA GPU. On first boot into the system the GPU isn't recognised but using Benjamin Dobell's nvidia-update (topic) getting the right driver for the system is as easy as every.

As I just finished the build I haven't been able to really test the system for longer periods, but everything seems smooth. Thunderbolt 3 works great on MacOS, tested with a Caldigit TS3 Plus. I dual boot Windows (for gaming) & MacOS (for video editing/color grading) through Clover. To get rid of useless boot entries I disabled them in Clover Configurator (GUI section). What does happed every now and then it that MacOS boots into the Prohibitory symbol. I'm not sure why this happens, but a reboot always helps.

To disable the stupid LEDs on the Motherboard an GPU I've installed the AORUS Graphics Engine (download here) for Windows. I don't have a window in my case an find light coming out of my PC not really appealing :p

Benchmarks:
Geekbench: 5903 Singlecore, 27691 Multicore
Cinebench: 135 fps, 1412cb
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test: 2048 MB/s Write, 2928 MB/s Read
 
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Do you think that adding a PCIe 10Gb card and a PCIe Blackmagic Decklink (PCIe x4) would work on a hackintosh similar as yours? I'm concerned that PCIe lanes sharing would create bottlenecks/bugs.

I'm looking to see the viability of a hackintosh for color grading in Davinci Resolve with SDI monitoring in a SAN environnement.

thanks!
I have the Asus Aquantia 10GB card running in both of my builds and they work great. Took a few boots for them to start working, but since then, they've been fine (at least for me). There is a thread for the 10GBE cards here: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/high-sierra-native-support-for-10gb-ethernet.239690/

The issue in running multiple PCIe x4 cards in a single system would depend on whether you have enough slots. (And also PCIe lanes). I have the Gigabyte TB3 card and the Asus Aquantia in two of my x4 slots, and my GPU in the Gigabyte system takes up three slots, so it would be tight, I would think.

As for the Decklink, that I can't comment on, as I don't know it nor have I ever used it.
 
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Do you think that adding a PCIe 10Gb card and a PCIe Blackmagic Decklink (PCIe x4) would work on a hackintosh similar as yours? I'm concerned that PCIe lanes sharing would create bottlenecks/bugs.

I'm looking to see the viability of a hackintosh for color grading in Davinci Resolve with SDI monitoring in a SAN environnement.

thanks!
Been having a discussion about the # of lanes used in an upcoming X299 build. CPU has 16 PCI3.0 lanes, so if you expect to run your GPU at X16, you're already out of lanes. But one user reports that he can barely tell a difference when his GPU runs at x16 vs. x8. If you're not gaming, I think you'll be just fine with your GPU running x8. So x4 lanes for PCIe 10Gb card, and 4 for your Decklink, and you're full... But I'm no math whiz... someone else might be able to jump in & help out with this one....
 
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It probably shows out of stock at the San Jose store (which seems to always be the default location when I do a search). But if you click the link to view product details, then enter your zip code, you should be able to find it at a store closer to you...for example, here in Dallas area:
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These cards are now available from Amazon, and they are the Rev2 version with same chipset as real macs.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0722SV69N/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

I also highly suggest enabling the iGPU and using a headless igplatform setting to get full quicksync acceleration

g\
 

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Hi

i have the same mobo and i will update my build tonite (i7 is coming today). Your 960 NVMe is in the M2Q_32G port or the M2Q_32A?

Thx
I'm not sure if it makes a difference, as the 960PRO is PCIe... it should physically fit and work in either spot.
 

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I also highly suggest enabling the iGPU and using a headless igplatform setting to get full quicksync acceleration

g\
Would you mind providing a bit more detail on what you mean by a "headless igplatform setting..." - do you mean to configure the UEFI/BIOS as if I was using IGFX, but simply not connect anything...??
 
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There are some detailed posts about this, but essentially you enable IGPU in bios but keep PCIe as primary. Then you use one of the headless igpu platforms and device ids. and do not plug anything into the igpu ports, it just enables the quicksync functions and iGPU acceleration in software that needs it.

i use 0x59120003 igplatform
fake id 0x59128086
inject intel
shikigva=28 (but i am using nvidia gpu)
as well as kexts: Shiki, lilu, intelgraphicsfixup, (nvidiagraphicsfixup), fakepciid, fakepciid-intel-hd-graphics

Works great on my Z370 Aorus gaming 7 based system

Would you mind providing a bit more detail on what you mean by a "headless igplatform setting..." - do you mean to configure the UEFI/BIOS as if I was using IGFX, but simply not connect anything...??
 
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