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How to build your own iMac Pro [Successful Build/Extended Guide]

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10.13.1 reinstalled, few benchmarks done and...

- No lag - mentioned by @vikikang, @lucatze , @Bagi1992 :D
- No performance difference with new Geekbench 4,2
- iMsg/FaceTime still don't work :banghead::banghead::banghead:
(EmuVariableUefi-64.efi was on my system drive, ethernet -> en0 checked)
config.plist configured properly... - now I'm almost sure my accounts are s**ks (too new or confirmed by SMS, not by other apple device so maybe this is it), not my cfg..
Thank you anyway.. for help and advices few days ago :)

- Vega bug always exist with, but it's not so big problem for me.. at this moment
- Audio works great :]

BTW: I would like to prepare USB drive with 10.13.2beta installer but I have no Idea how to do it :D
because it's only update, not a full installer like 13.0 beta versions....
if you have some idea... thx for share.. :)

Your SMBIOS at least looks complete, although there are tiny deviations from mine, which however might not be of relevance, see e.g. Chassis Type and Platform Feature.

However, if Board Serial Number, Serial Number and SmUUID are fine, I cannot judge by means of your config.plist.

You say that sleep wake perfectly works in your case? Can you save your actual BIOS settings and also upload the complete EFI-Folder. I messed up my sleep/wake functionality with the latests intents to run sleep/wake including the TBEX 3...

I need to start from scratch. Your input might be fundmental for this endeavour!

Thanks in advance! :thumbup:
 
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- BIOS Hardware RAID impossible!

- You can create a software RAID with OSX...

- and of course there are many alternative and partly extremely costive solutions to create hardware raids to be recognised by OSX

10GB ethernet adapter.. no idea...

Sorry

Thank you,
a pity for hardware raid....I will do some test with SoftRAID.
 
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Your SMBIOS at least looks complete, although there are tiny deviations from mine, which however might not be of relevance, see e.g. Chassis Type and Platform Feature.

However, if Board Serial Number, Serial Number and SmUUID are fine, I cannot judge by means of your config.plist.

You say that sleep wake perfectly works in your case? Can you save your actual BIOS settings and also upload the complete EFI-Folder. I messed up my sleep/wake functionality with the latests intents to run sleep/wake including the TBEX 3...

I need to start from scratch. Your input might be fundmental for this endeavour!

Thanks in advance! :thumbup:

BIG Thank you for checking my cfg.!! :thumbup:
I forgot to uncheck rest of ACPI things, which are "on" now and everything works really nice :D
I will wait next month for apple devices at home at il will be much easier :p

about...
Sleep/wake - tested 11-12 times, sleep in max 10sec, wake up max 8 sec :p

You should meet a cool guy KGP and his great guide to do it :D
it's 1h of reading but it's worth! It will works great! :p :thumbup:

... I'm quite interested how it was saved....
2 files - from my bios :) first with actual setting and 2nd with "everything?"
you have to check it... first txt file is my actual profile
and if you take 2nd is .CMO file (- that 5th profile is actual (named: 10.13.1perf..))

* I have only XMP 3000 profile, different than your 3200 Mhz
the rest of CFG is configured with your guide,
because today I reconfigured everything for new test, when I was thinking about last problems ( with new BIOS implementations)
Works great so... at this moment we shouldn't want more than that :p
 

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Ehh I know small-tree...but with the same features...we have $559 vs $100 :problem:

Personally I never saw good 10 Gb LAN cards with better price than 230-340$ (even simple, s#1t only for windows),
so... I would like to help, but in Europe it can be very very difficult to find something cheaper than 250-300$ **with OS X support :D
The cheapest cards: ASUS XG-C100C -150$ or TRENDnet TEG-10GECSFP -200$ for Windows and I saw nothing about OS X support

BTW: If you want use 10 Gb LAN you have to use only good SSD with a great PC, with great Router/swich etc... witch is not cheap... so 250-300$ for one card should't be a lot for you ;) :p
 
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BIG Thank you for checking my cfg.!! :thumbup:
I forgot to uncheck rest of ACPI things, which are "on" now and everything works really nice :D
I will wait next month for apple devices at home at il will be much easier :p

about...
Sleep/wake - tested 11-12 times, sleep in max 10sec, wake up max 8 sec :p

You should meet a cool guy KGP and his great guide to do it :D
it's 1h of reading but it's worth! It will works great! :p :thumbup:

... I'm quite interested how it was saved....
2 files - from my bios :) first with actual setting and 2nd with "everything?"
you have to check it... first txt file is my actual profile
and if you take 2nd is .CMO file (- that 5th profile is actual (named: 10.13.1perf..))

* I have only XMP 3000 profile, different than your 3200 Mhz
the rest of CFG is configured with your guide,
because today I reconfigured everything for new test, when I was thinking about last problems ( with new BIOS implementations)
Works great so... at this moment we shouldn't want more than that :p

One additional question: you don't use the SSDT-X299.aml, do you? And you have all ACPI DSDT Replacement Patches enabled? Would you mind to also upload your EFI-Folder?

Thanks!
 
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Personally I never saw good 10 Gb LAN cards with better price than 230-340$ (even simple, s#1t only for windows),
so... I would like to help, but in Europe it can be very very difficult to find something cheaper than 250-300$ **with OS X support :D
The cheapest cards: ASUS XG-C100C -150$ or TRENDnet TEG-10GECSFP -200$ for Windows and I saw nothing about OS X support

BTW: If you want use 10 Gb LAN you have to use only good SSD with a great PC, with great Router/swich etc... witch is not cheap... so 250-300$ for one card should't be a lot for you ;) :p

I think the Aquantia chip has changed a bit the scenario:
http://www.aquantia.com/products/client-connectivity/aqtion-aqc107/
look at last dot: "Extensive software support – Windows, MAC OS X, and Linux drivers"
Now on Amazon.it the Asus XG-C100C is about 110euro.
Today news:
http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/gi...it-lan-card-bases-on-aquantia-gc-aqc-107.html
I think we will see the proliferation of these kind of cards!
 
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I think the Aquantia chip has changed a bit the scenario:
http://www.aquantia.com/products/client-connectivity/aqtion-aqc107/
look at last dot: "Extensive software support – Windows, MAC OS X, and Linux drivers"
Now on Amazon.it the Asus XG-C100C is about 110euro.
Today news:
http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/gi...it-lan-card-bases-on-aquantia-gc-aqc-107.html
I think we will see the proliferation of these kind of cards!

Great, so we have to wait a little -it can be very very interesting card :D with so great price (wow)
I hope it will works so good like it seems to work :p
 
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One additional question: you don't use the SSDT-X299.aml, do you? And you have all ACPI DSDT Replacement Patches enabled? Would you mind to also upload your EFI-Folder?

Thanks!

This is my today/actual EFI
(yes, with all ACPI patches enabled, without SSDT:) )
I didn't used SSDT since moment of miracle discovered long time ago:p
...
I'm stupid.. 3rd time I forgot to mention about that...
I mean... I wanted to ask about
1) debug=0x100
2) keepsyms=1
3) I forgot :p
but ... do I really need them? Because I feel like - it's no needed in my case...
Audio with ALC always works perfect: integrated audio, HDMI, DP etc (OK)
I never had problems with lilu.
So... if I didn't missed some important detail... I shouldn't use it :p

/PS: I wanted to ask you if..some day you can update images/screens in your guide
because some people still can think, that we have to use KernelPm Apple RTC or sometinglike that :p
and the same thing with some patches...people look more on images than text :crazy:

PS2: In EFI folder you will not find whatevergreen.kext, which I stop to use since "today" :D
Yes... before: AMD Radeon Vega 64 8Gb, today I simple: AMD RX xxx 8Gb...
performance is the same, so it not worth to use whatevergreen....

PS3: FOR ALL:
After 4-10 OS-X reinstallation's per week, I can say (what some people here know very well):
Sometimes only "EFI folder replacement" will not help, will not work like a magic patch....
we HAVE TO reinstall everything to apply some changes, or boot our OS X again :p
-- I think it's nothing bad to mention about that 1214-th time :D
One little file can change everything and f....up our system, so... in my opinion
it's not worth to prepare total-perfect-ultra-final config before December and official lunch of new MacPro XYZ :)
 

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