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[Guide] Dell XPS 13 9360 on MacOS Sierra 10.12.x - LTS (Long-Term Support) Guide

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when I look at your scores on Geekbench your motherboard says Dell Inc. mine says acidanthera.
with regards to heatsink, I didn't change anything, fully stock. however I think you maybe right regarding different cooling on the 2 laptops. xps seems to be closed in like a MacBook. I didn't see many vents. I'm also using MacBook Pro 15,1 smbios. hope this helps @jkbuha could you help me get the HDMI port working? had it working in clover now can't seem to get it in Catalina and open core

Ah, now I see why your scores are higher. Your Inspiron has 32GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, the 9360 only has 8/16GB 1800/2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM. I still have to bring up the speed in OC to that of Clover, and there a few quirks/SSDTs that still need to be tweaked. Will revert shortly.

As to the motherboard name, that is usually set from two places: config.plist and SMBIOS. The 9360 is specific as there's a bug in the BIOS, but when I publish my latest OC.zip you can take all the settings I use and plug it into your own OC folder.

The HDMI port is set using framebuffer injection. It's set under Device properties. You also probably have an SSDT that is missing and/or misconfigured in the config.plist.
 
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@jkbuha

quite interesting in how to raising the TDP threshold.
i've do some google search ,but not found the answer yet.
would you mind give some hint? or a tutorial will be better.
thanks in advance.

here is my geekbench4 score compare to yours .

- bigsur beta10

- cpufriend provider , performance mode

- Overclock, CFG, WDT & XTU enable

- 0x4DE -> 00
- 0x64D -> 01
- 0x64E -> 01

- TDP Boot Mode to performance
- 0x4DF -> 0x02

- 2mm thermal pads between heatsink & button lid

- cpu undervolt about -100mv

- a circulator fan to cooling


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quite interesting in how to raising the TDP threshold.
i've do some google search ,but not found the answer yet.
would you mind give some hint? or a tutorial will be better.
thanks in advance.

here is my geekbench4 score compare to yours .

- bigsur beta10

- cpufriend provider , performance mode

- Overclock, CFG, WDT & XTU enable

- 0x4DE -> 00
- 0x64D -> 01
- 0x64E -> 01

- TDP Boot Mode to performance
- 0x4DF -> 0x02

- 2mm thermal pads between heatsink & button lid

- cpu undervolt about -100mv

- a circulator fan to cooling


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can you share how you made HDMI work?
 
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can you share how you made HDMI work?

hdmi?
sorry,there isn't any hdmi port on my xps 9360.

if you are using xps 9360, you could try those EFI below.
it's using DisplayPort Alt Mode to transfer video signal by usb type-c port.

 
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sometimes when watching youtube video under 4k monitor.
gpu ate all the power out.
hence cpu is lack of the power.
only 1Ghz or even less
 
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@jkbuha

quite interesting in how to raising the TDP threshold.
i've do some google search ,but not found the answer yet.
would you mind give some hint? or a tutorial will be better.
thanks in advance.

here is my geekbench4 score compare to yours .

- bigsur beta10

- cpufriend provider , performance mode

- Overclock, CFG, WDT & XTU enable

- 0x4DE -> 00
- 0x64D -> 01
- 0x64E -> 01

- TDP Boot Mode to performance
- 0x4DF -> 0x02

- 2mm thermal pads between heatsink & button lid

- cpu undervolt about -100mv

- a circulator fan to cooling


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View attachment 492861

Awesome setup. Thanks for posting.

I'm assuming you have an XPS 9360? If so could you please share your OC.zip here, I should be able to increase your single core scores.

With regards to TDP_limit I'm working on a full set of variables to change with setup_var. One of them is the TDP boot mode as you correctly identified.
 
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Awesome setup. Thanks for posting.

I'm assuming you have an XPS 9360? If so could you please share your OC.zip here, I should be able to increase your single core scores.

With regards to TDP_limit I'm working on a full set of variables to change with setup_var. One of them is the TDP boot mode as you correctly identified.

My OC zip mainly come from this repo

Compare other EFI, it won't wake up every 2 hour automatically.
it's perfect.

And i've modify some part.
- with BCM94360cs2 replaced ,wireless&bluetooth related kext is deleted, but i need wake on lan(homeassistant automation), so i add -brcmfxwowl to boot-args
- CPUfriend provider is needed, or the performance will be very poor
- SecureBootModel to disable
- other stuff ...

looking forward your work on full set of variables to change with setup_var.
 

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hdmi?
sorry,there isn't any hdmi port on my xps 9360.

if you are using xps 9360, you could try those EFI below.
it's using DisplayPort Alt Mode to transfer video signal by usb type-c port.

thanks for the info, I was using smbios 15,1 switched to 15,2 now HDMI works. 100 percent hack with great scores. I really hope the 9360 community continues this thread, very informative
 
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