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[Guide] Install High Sierra or Mojave on the Dell Optiplex 7010 / 9010 Desktop PC - Revision II

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HP EX920 NVMe Drive + Silverstone ECM 20
Here are the Amazon and Newegg links to the adapter and NVMe SSD. Cost: $67.98 + tax.

HP EX920 256GB NVMe drive (smallest size they make)
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820326777

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Silverstone ECM20 PCIe to NVMe Adapter card at Amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01798WOJ0/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

The EX920 gets installed into the M.2 NVMe part of the adapter.

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The SS adapter goes into your PCIe x4 slot. That's the one that is black colored, and appears to be a x16 but isn't. It's in the exact same place on the SFF motherboard if you own that form factor. The x4 slot in your Optiplex only meets PCIe 2.0 standards and not 3.0 like the x16 slot. Use the blue colored x16 slot if it is open. Gives the fastest speeds.

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Boot from a Sata SSD with Clover on it, then choose the NVMe drive at the Clover boot menu screen. Read speeds should be anywhere from 2.2 to 3.0 GB/s with the EX920. This also requires the Clover NvmExpressDxe-64 driver be installed to your drive that has Clover installed on it's EFI partition.

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To re-emphasize:
For a general use CustoMac they are overkill. Your boot times will speed up but you won't see much difference surfing the net, watching videos, checking email etc. It's really a waste of money if you already have a 2.5" Sata 3 SSD for a boot drive and don't work with very large video and photo files or move a lot of data on a regular basis. Remember that the new Samsung 970 EVO Plus is not macOS compatible. The regular 970 EVO (non-Plus) will work.

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Seasonic S12 III 450W PSU to replace Dell 290W OEM
These are my current recommendation for a low cost PSU upgrade for your MiniTower Dell Optiplex.
On sale at Newegg for $19.99 AR + Tax and Shipping for $1.99. Seasonic quality is top notch. You can't
get any used or new PSU at this price that matches the build quality and warranty.

UPDATE: These have sold out at the 19.99 AR price. Not surprising. You can still get on the wait list and they won't be a lot more expensive if you send in the rebate. It's good till 4/29/19. Whatever PSU that you buy to upgrade the MT it should only be 140mm in length from front to back or it won't fit properly.

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https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151229&ignorebbr=1
 

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I think Grizz is already aware of that. He planned on using it for Windows only.
Yes. This new OP7010 was to be a WINDOWS ONLY machine.

I got confirmation from DELL and SILVERSTONE - the OP 7010 with the Q77 chipset and IvyBridge do not support any way to BOOT the machine from the NVME.

I have returned both the SS NMVE card and the SAMSUNG EVO 970+ M.2 card.

I am going to purchase a SAMSUNG EVO 960 Drive to replace these, and use that or the WIN10 installation.

Shame that DELL and SILVERSTONE could not figure a way to get this to work. Quite sure it is just a BIOS thing.

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Just received my PNY Quadro K600 and tested it with 10.13.6. It's recognized correctly and works with full acceleration. My system def. is Mac mini 6,2 as it's an i7-3770 system. FCP X looks better than ever.


This seller didn't pack it the way I'd like, it was simply put into a bubble wrap envelope. Survived shipping ok though. Thank goodness. Didn't want to have to return another one.
 
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I've got another old AMD card that came with my 9010 SFF so I'll be using the bracket from that. The seller doesn't mention anything about a LP bracket. You could ask them to throw one in with the card. Many sellers will do that.
If not you can either order it for $7.88 or just get an AMD 6450 LP for about 10 dollars and swap brackets.
I ordered a Nvidia Quadro K600, received it and installed in SFF in x16 slot (blue) next to the WiFi+BT card. Took off the full size bracket and it’s just loose at the moment. I broke down and ordered the LP bracket because I want it all tidy and nice. Seems a bummer to pay $18 for the GPU and another $9 for the gosh darn bracket. Ugh.
However, installed and, BIOS adjusted Video setting to Nvidia (not Auto) and it is up and looking good.
So this is my first Optiplex 9010 with an i5 3470 and discrete graphics card. $18+(reluctant $9) is a LOT cheaper than I was finding i7 3770 on eBay at the moment. All seem to be going for north of $80 plus shipping.
I’m not into benchmarks... its a budget machine after all. But if I were curious, how do I go about testing and measuring this K600 and comparing it to say, the HD4000 in a 3475S, for example?
 
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But if I were curious, how do I go about testing and measuring this K600 and comparing it to say, the HD4000 in a 3475S, for example?
Might as well. Run Cinebench and a few others and see what it can do. These cards are only DDR3 1GB and about 5-6 years old. They can do 4K at 60 Hz via DP so that is the main advantage. They do give you a fair number of CUDA cores if you use any of the Adobe Suite of apps.
 
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I routed the WiFi+BT included cable through the unused hole in the WiFi+BT backplate. This card is a 2 antenna card; the included backplate has three holes. The head of the JST 1.25mm 1.5mm connector is small enough to just squeeze through. Leaving the 9-pin header connector outside the case.
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I have some JST 1.25mm 4-pin JST 1.5mm 4-pin female connectors on order... My intent is to custom build a direct, single USB cable by cutting the end off from an old (older the better, thicker wires, all 4 wires present!) USB cable and putting the JST 1.25mm JST 1.5mm connector on the end. That solution will eliminate the need to purchase the CJR cable at all, and also eliminates the USB 9-pin header connection dangling from the rear of the case.
UPDATE: I shared some incorrect information. The particular WiFi+BT card I am using uses a cable with a JST ZH 1.5mm 4-pin female connector (the male is on the card itself). It was the size I got incorrect. I have returned and ordered the correct size. i hope to have them by Friday or Monday.
 

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The Irony of this Statement by Michael Dell
October 6, 1997: Michael Dell makes an infamously bleak appraisal of Apple’s fortunes. Asked what he would do with Apple, the founder of Dell Inc. says he would “shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”
As incorrect forecasts go, this is one of the more notable in tech history.

In 2013 Dell was struggling to survive. Sales were way down year over year. Apple was thriving. iPhone and iPad sales were going through the roof. Michael Dell presented shareholders with a $25 billion buyout that would take the company private, giving it space away from the public limelight (and pressure from investors) to rethink and reposition the struggling computer company for the future. Dell had missed out on the smart phone and tablet revolution of the latter 2000s.

To give Dell the benefit of the doubt, he’s a smart guy. Only in his early 30s at the time of his infamous blunder — making him a decade younger than Steve Jobs — had already made billions selling built-to-order PCs direct to consumers. To Dell's credit, he later clarified that at that conference he asked the person twice to give him a different question. When they refused to do so, he gave his "shut it down" answer mostly out of frustration with having to even speculate what he would do with Apple. He said that he "doesn't spend any time thinking about how he would manage other tech companies."

Apple had just announced massive losses in 1997 when he made that infamous comment. Apple had also just seen its Mac Clone strategy, which many thought would save the company, misfire spectacularly. The clones were faster than the Macs Apple was selling. Dell's comment did give Jobs some good material for the next Apple event later that year. I'm not a Steve Jobs fanboy or anything but like you, I'm glad NeXT was purchased by Apple in 1996 and then he got hired back as CEO in 1997.


22 years later, in 2019 we are installing macOS Mojave on Dell PCs and it works perfectly. Almost as well as on an Apple built Mac. I really like the build quality of these Dell Optiplex Business PCs. It's great that we can buy them used for such low prices as we do now and keep them functioning as macOS Mojave machines. Just think how easy it would have been for Apple to buyout Dell in 2013 and convert Dell business PCs into dual boot Windows/OS X machines. Business owners could then use either OS and would find that macOS really can work in a business environment.

It's also fortunate for us that Michael Dell didn't buy out Apple in the late 90's and return the money to the shareholders. We'd all still be using cell phones with physical buttons on them and 2.5 inch LCD screens. There would be no macOS operating system. We'd be running Windows 10 Bloated Professional Spyware edition on our PCs. Life would not be good. I probably wouldn't own a phone or a computer. Would be too painful to even use.
 
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