Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the first (to my knowledge) W480 Vision D running MacOS.
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All the installation steps went smooth as butter except for a minor catch with Step 12, specifically regarding QuickSync HEVC and H.264 hardware acceleration. VideoProc gave me a thumbs down, which I somewhat expected for reasons that I'll get into.
--Edit: FIXED! See link:
NOTE 5 has been added to the top of Post 1. USBInjectAll 0.7.6 can be downloaded from here.
According to Intel ARK, the iGPU for the I#-10#00 processors is the UHD Graphics 630 and has a device ID of 0x9BC5. On the other hand, the iGPU for the Xeon W-1290P is the UHD Graphics P
630 and has a device ID of 0x9BC6
My thought is that the graphics adapters are likely extremely similar and the P630 would likely work with the regular 630 driver, but it likely doesn't recognize the device ID and therefore does not load. (Edit: A quick tweak in OpenCore as referenced at the link above will fix this.)
I dunno if Sleep functionality is supposed to work on Hackintoshes, but it does not in my case at present.
--EDIT: FIXED! Disabling memory XMP in the BIOS was the solution in my case. Also, I've since switched to four sticks of ECC memory since that's the main benefit of using a Xeon chip anyway.
That issue aside, everything else appears
to run okay. Both on-board ethernet ports work (though I have also added an
X540 card for 10GbE), every USB port works, and Thunderbolt works (though I haven't done the firmware flash hack to enable extended mode). I have not installed a WiFi adapter so I can't verify Handoff, Bluetooth, or otherwise just yet.
That aside, I haven't done any deep testing to really bang on this thing, nor do I even know where to start to really stress test it. However, I did do a Cinebench R20 run, which came up with 541pts single core, 6336pts multi-core. That seems a bit on the low side, so I'm open to additional tuning suggestions.
In any case though, I see this as an excellent start. Would love to see others join me on this one, once the quirks are ironed out. The W480 Vision D and the Xeon W-1290P
are going for $379 and $560 respectively, and given how heavily marked up the i9-10900K is at some stores, you just might come out ahead, and without having to sit in backorder hell.
UPDATE: Five months in, this machine has been working like an absolute champ. I have not tested Handoff since I don't have an iOS mobile device, but I have experienced NO issues of any kind.