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

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Intel works on macos? maybe Bluetooth since it runs through usb but not WiFi which is through pcie.
I specifically stated BT...
As you mentioned wifi doesn't work.

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Hey @kgp - My favorite local computer shop (MicroCenter) had the ASUS PRIME X299-A board in stock at a pretty good price. I still have my ThuderboltEX II - Dual card, so I'm not without Thunderbolt going this route (and all my devices are TB2). BUT, according to this link, it looks like there are a few small hardware & feature differences on the -A board including (but not limited to): no CPU RAID support, only 1 GigE controller/port, less USB ports, a handful fewer options in internal I/O connections including onboard buttons for power, MemOK, etc., and fewer "special features."

IMHO, I didn't see any show-stopper red flags that would keep me from following your detailed instructions to get this system up & running (except skipping certain instructions for things not on the X299-A board...like 2nd NIC). Would you concur?
 
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I specifically stated BT...
As you mentioned wifi doesn't work.

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Yeah that’s normal and it worked for me too.

In your case if you do want to keep it that way I still recommend a ssdt for usb so power is distributed properly and bt will work better.

Bt was never really an issue with macos since even cheap $9 usb bt adapters worked as well oob . It’s always been the wifi/bt that was issue when on a single card.

Don’t forget in your case since only bt is being operated, the WiFi portion is off and bt is not sharing the 2.4Ghz antenna with WiFi so you will get better performance by default.
 

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Hey @kgp - My favorite local computer shop (MicroCenter) had the ASUS PRIME X299-A board in stock at a pretty good price. I still have my ThuderboltEX II - Dual card, so I'm not without Thunderbolt going this route (and all my devices are TB2). BUT, according to this link, it looks like there are a few small hardware & feature differences on the -A board including (but not limited to): no CPU RAID support, only 1 GigE controller/port, less USB ports, a handful fewer options in internal I/O connections including onboard buttons for power, MemOK, etc., and fewer "special features."

IMHO, I didn't see any show-stopper red flags that would keep me from following your detailed instructions to get this system up & running (except skipping certain instructions for things not on the X299-A board...like 2nd NIC). Would you concur?
Yes, I concur.. I don't see any show-stopper red flags for guide compatibility. What you might miss on the ASUS PRIME X299-A though is the Live Dash Display. In my opinion it provides very useful information. Also you have one 16x PCIe slot less. The missing second Gigabit Lan port ist no issue at all.. I will anyway come up the next days with a 10 GB LAN solution (including a 10GB NAS RAID 5 implementation). Your ThunderboltEX II - dual card has two TB2 ports? Alternatively you might also be able to use the Gigabyte TB3 Alpine Ridge v2.0 with ASUS boards, which also features two TB3 ports. With the TBEX 3 we already reached XHCI USB3.1 Type-A/Type-C hot plug functionality. Currently we are intending to add TB HDD/SDD and Ethernet hot plug functionality. This might be some reason to opt for the ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe, although you would be left with a single TB3 port in this case. Up to my knowledge, Mork vom Ork already has a fully functional SSDT for the Gigabyte TB3 Alpine Ridge v2.0, which might be your preferred option in any case, if you would ever think on selling your ThunderboltEX II - dual card for a reasonable price. For further details see this thread.

In any case, as stated above I see no other major restrictions when opting for the ASUS PRIME X299-A.

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One more thing. The Gigabyte X299 Designare EX also seems fully compatible with my guide. I recently also implemented all necessary BIOS settings for this board. My EFI-Folder just needs one additional npci=0x2000 boot flag. As you know, this board features onboard TB3.. I don't know if the latter feature would be interesting for you, although the Gigabyte X299 Designare EX means at least twice the price of an ASUS PRIME X299-A.
 
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Your ThunderboltEX II - dual card has two TB2 ports? Alternatively you might also be able to use the Gigabyte TB3 Alpine Ridge v2.0 with ASUS boards, which also features two TB3 ports. With the TBEX 3 we already reached XHCI USB3.1 Type-A/Type-C hot plug functionality. Currently we are intending to add TB HDD/SDD and Ethernet hot plug functionality. This might be some reason to opt for the ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe, although you would be left with a single TB3 port in this case. Up to my knowledge, @mark vom Ork already has a fully functional SSDT for the Gigabyte TB3 Alpine Ridge v2.0, which might be your preferred option in any case, if you would ever think on selling your ThunderboltEX II - dual card for a reasonable price.

In any case, as stated above I see no other major restrictions when opting for the ASUS PRIME X299-A.

Edit:
One more thing. The Gigabyte X299 Designare EX also seems fully compatible with my guide. I recently also implemented all necessary BIOS settings for this board. My EFI-Folder just needs one additional npci=0x2000 boot flag. As you know, this board features onboard TB3.. I don't know if the latter feature would be interesting for you, although the Gigabyte X299 Designare EX means at least twice the price of an ASUS PRIME X299-A.
Just to confirm, ThunderboltEX II Dual is dual TB2 ports, and since all my significant TB devices are TB2, it made sense to save some $$, and pray for good luck and compatibility with your guide. Having said that...

I am EXTREMELY intrigued by the ability to use Gigabyte Alpine Ridge TB3 card with x299-A. I can pick up one of those here locally on close -out for less than $60US. Im hoping that m-v-o posted his SSDT here :wave:

And also good to know about your build instructions also being valid for X299 Desinare EX (with the additional boot flag you cite). I'm having such fun reading all the posts from everyone. . Sadly, I still have LOTS of catching up to do (I'm only on page 35)!!!
 

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Just to confirm, ThunderboltEX II Dual is dual TB2 ports, and since all my significant TB devices are TB2, it made sense to save some $$, and pray for good luck and compatibility with your guide. Having said that...

I am EXTREMELY intrigued by the ability to use Gigabyte Alpine Ridge TB3 card with x299-A. I can pick up one of those here locally on close -out for less than $60US. Im hoping that m-v-o posted his SSDT here :wave:

And also good to know about your build instructions also being valid for X299 Desinare EX (with the additional boot flag you cite). I'm having such fun reading all the posts from everyone. . Sadly, I still have LOTS of catching up to do (I'm only on page 35)!!!
You will really read all 600 pages covering this thread? That's an awesome and amazing endeavour, dude :clap: .. However, I am sure, when you finally reached page 600, few other hundred pages will have added in the meanwhile :p.. You might encounter the same paradox like Zenon of Elea with his nasty turtle and never reach an end ;):lol: ..
 
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Yes, I concur.. I don't see any show-stopper red flags for guide compatibility. <deleted>

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One more thing. The Gigabyte X299 Designare EX also seems fully compatible with my guide. I recently also implemented all necessary BIOS settings for this board. My EFI-Folder just needs one additional npci=0x2000 boot flag. As you know, this board features onboard TB3.. I don't know if the latter feature would be interesting for you, although the Gigabyte X299 Designare EX means at least twice the price of an ASUS PRIME X299-A.
YOU ROCK!:headbang::thumbup: -- Got Designare EX on sale at Amazon for $399, ASUS PRIME X299-A on Amazon $277 plus TB card $125... How is that twice the price? What am I missing?
 
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Hi @DSM2

I'm about to purchase the X299 Designare because I've seen you recommend it with confidence and you're using TB with UAD Apollo.

I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing your bios settings?

Please and thank you!
 

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YOU ROCK!:headbang::thumbup: -- Got Designare EX on sale at Amazon for $399, ASUS PRIME X299-A on Amazon $277 plus TB card $125... How is that twice the price? What am I missing?
The Designare EX here in Europe was about 500 Euros.. It lowered now to 455 Euros.. The ASUS PRIME X299-A here one get's for 250 Euros. If one already has a TBe PCIe card, the price is approx. half of the Designare EX.. If one still needs to add TBEX 3 functionality, one anyway would opt for the Asus Prime X299 Deluxe (380 Euros) and not for the ASUS PRIME X299-A.The Prime X299 Deluxe has a lot of add-ons and advantages, when compared with the ASUS PRIME X299-A, thus the included TBEX 3 nearly adds for free.

Nobody would opt for the ASUS PRIME X299-A plus the TBEX 3 for $125!
 
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Hi @DSM2

I'm about to purchase the X299 Designare because I've seen you recommend it with confidence and you're using TB with UAD Apollo.

I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing your bios settings?

Please and thank you!
The Designare EX BIOS settings are already part of my guide. See section B.3)! I asked for user feedback if any Designare EX BIOS setting is yet missing or needs to be modified. There was no further reply.

Cheers,

KGP
 
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