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[GUIDE] OC 10.13.6 Z490 Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme + Core i5 10400 + Nvidia GTX 1060

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@Middleman, thank you for assembling. I was guided by it when I bought the z490D.
I am using your version from the first post (EFI for High Sierra) and configurator for 0.6.5. The version number is not important to me. The main thing is that everything works. Only annoying messages at system startup.
 

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@Middleman, thank you for assembling. I was guided by it when I bought the z490D.
I am using your version from the first post (EFI for High Sierra) and configurator for 0.6.5. The version number is not important to me. The main thing is that everything works. Only annoying messages at system startup.
Great!
As for the annoying messages, you can remove the -v boot-arg under the NVRAM section.

You’re welcome!
 
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So, aside from all the very helpful off topic stuff, your build is working well?

I'm looking at the z490 aorus extreme as an alternative to the vision d + 10G card. I'd like to run big sur (transfer from my current z370 build)..
Nice to see that both ethernet ports and thunderbolt work.

Can you eleborate on how the thunderbolt is working - Have you tested it?
TB hotplug?
USB-2/3/C hotplug on the thunderbolt ports?

Have you looked into flashing the thunderbolt chip and enabling thunderbolt bus?
Could potentially use one of the firmwares already available for vision d...maybe.

And of course the AX201 wifi is a CNVi/CRF module, is it like other gigabyte z490 boards in that the m2 wifi slot cannot do pcie?
In that case I could fit a T919 in the bottom pcie slot, since it already has 10GB ethernet.
 
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So, aside from all the very helpful off topic stuff, your build is working well?

I'm looking at the z490 aorus extreme as an alternative to the vision d + 10G card. I'd like to run big sur (transfer from my current z370 build)..
Nice to see that both ethernet ports and thunderbolt work.

Can you eleborate on how the thunderbolt is working - Have you tested it?
TB hotplug?
USB-2/3/C hotplug on the thunderbolt ports?

Have you looked into flashing the thunderbolt chip and enabling thunderbolt bus?
Could potentially use one of the firmwares already available for vision d...maybe.

And of course the AX201 wifi is a CNVi/CRF module, is it like other gigabyte z490 boards in that the m2 wifi slot cannot do pcie?
In that case I could fit a T919 in the bottom pcie slot, since it already has 10GB ethernet.
Yes the build is working fine, just that right now it’s not my most active setup - that is reserved for my Gigabyte B550 Vision D build which is in my office at work.

As for the Thunderbolt, it works on this setup but not via hotplug (tested only on boot up). And yes the TB USB-C port also works as does TB2/1 devices.

As for the Thunderbolt BIOS controller flashing, I had looked into it for this board but not decided yet. CaseySJ has it documented for his Z490 Vision D board but there are no guides yet for the Aorus Xtreme afaik. I would think it wouldn’t be too dissimilar to older Gigabyte flashing methods if there is one. It will likely involve a chip programmer and some jumper wires.
 
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As for the Thunderbolt BIOS controller flashing, I had looked into it for this board but not decided yet. CaseySJ has it documented for his Z490 Vision D board but there are no guides yet for the Aorus Xtreme afaik. I would think it wouldn’t be too dissimilar to older Gigabyte flashing methods if there is one. It will likely involve a chip programmer and some jumper wires.
afaik, the issue is that the the firmware includes parts for diifferent things - the thunderbolt controller itself, and also a section for power stuff which can differ per board (as i said AFAIK, I'm keen to read more detail as I'm comfortable getting into this stuff). So the stock firmware and apple/alternate firmware need to be compared and blended so that the right parts are there for your hardware but with only the parts changed that are needed for Apples thunderbolt extended mode.

But yes it would make sense for the AO extreme and Vision D to share a lot of the same work. Maybe the vision D thunderbolt firmware is good to go. I'd like to know how to compare/check that.
 
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afaik, the issue is that the the firmware includes parts for diifferent things - the thunderbolt controller itself, and also a section for power stuff which can differ per board (as i said AFAIK, I'm keen to read more detail as I'm comfortable getting into this stuff). So the stock firmware and apple/alternate firmware need to be compared and blended so that the right parts are there for your hardware but with only the parts changed that are needed for Apples thunderbolt extended mode.

But yes it would make sense for the AO extreme and Vision D to share a lot of the same work. Maybe the vision D thunderbolt firmware is good to go. I'd like to know how to compare/check that.
Yes indeed.

Well if it helps, you can find the guides here. CaseySJ has written quite a bit of it in detail.
>https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/gigabyte-z490-vision-d-thunderbolt-3-i5-10400-amd-rx-580.298642/
(under Thunderbolt Bus Activation section)

here > https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...erbolt-3-i7-9700k-amd-rx-580.267551/page-1639

and > https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...700k-amd-rx-580.267551/page-2687#post-2186155 (full guide)

As it is also a Titan Ridge chipset, I would think the Z490 Aorus Xtreme should be functionally close to the Z490 Vision D. Remember however to backup your original firmware first with the programmer/Pi before going ahead with the update.
 
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