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Thank you that's good to know.

How do you find the sound quality of the Sound Blaster Omni?
My main usage If I got one would be for producing music with Ableton and monitoring via headphones, so sound quality would be the highest priority.
Also would you know if its capable of driving the Senheiser HD 600 headphones?

Many thanks

Noodlez

The sound quality is ok and by spec can drive 600 ohm headphones. I use the Omni for general web browsing and gaming. For music, I actually have an LH Labs Geekout V2+ DAC to an ALO Continental Dual Mono amp feeding JH Audio Layla in ear monitor. If you want really good audio for monitoring, there are many high end DACs and amps available that support USB. Check out headfi.org for a wealth of info. For producing music, I would highly recommend you look at Apogee line of professional audio components. Just about anything they make supports Macs.

It appears that everything is loading. However, the video card goes black when Sierra loads. Hav eyou seen this? I was looking around and seems that the r9-390x is not a good choice for this. How do you like your 980 ti?

The black screen issues sounds very much like the well known problem with nVidia cards and certain SMBIOS configurations. I don't know if AMD cards have the same issue, but you may get some tips from the nVidia thread:

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/solving-nvidia-driver-install-loading-problems.161256/

The 980 Ti kicks butt! It's the highest performing card you can get at the moment for under $1K. That may be short lived if Sierra adds support for the new Pascal series, but there have been no official news on that.
 
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The sound quality is ok and by spec can drive 600 ohm headphones. I use the Omni for general web browsing and gaming. For music, I actually have an LH Labs Geekout V2+ DAC to an ALO Continental Dual Mono amp feeding JH Audio Layla in ear monitor. If you want really good audio for monitoring, there are many high end DACs and amps available that support USB. Check out headfi.org for a wealth of info. For producing music, I would highly recommend you look at Apogee line of professional audio components. Just about anything they make supports Macs.

Big thank you Lokicat! your advice is very appreciated :thumbup:
 
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When you installed did you use unibeast? I have the same cpu but different gpu/mobo. I used unibeast and erased SSD and it installed on the hard drive. Then I reboot into the unibeast usb again and select the hard drive. It just does a restart after going through some of the log. I can't find what it is ending on as it ends right on a specific -v point. Any idea's based on your successful install?

I was running 10.11 and did the direct upgrade option to 10.12. All I did was update Clover and kexts to their latest versions before running the upgrade. It all went as exactly described in the upgrade guide. Sounds like you are getting KPs on boot so you may want to ask specifics about your mobo including BIOS settings.
 
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I noticed you OC your 5820K I got it all up and running and was curious if you can do that in the bios or need to change something before you mess with any overclocking in Sierra?

If you want to overclock, I would recommend that you go to any number of overclocking guides on youtube or Asus has a really good write up for Haswell-e processor overclocking. However, it's really difficult to do if you don't have Windows. All of the systems tests and tools are Windows based. You can make the changes in BIOS, but using a Windows utility like Intel Extreme Tuning Utility is easier. There are no overclocking tools I know of in Mac OS. Once you have a stable overclock verified in Windows, all you need to do is add the appropriate SSDT for your processor. The OP has a link to SSDT tool that can generate it for you, or you can ask for a copy of a working SSDT from anyone here.
 
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I have windows and overclocked on it before. You answered my question with the SSDT as I was just wondering what I needed to add/change after getting a stable overclock configured.

Cool you are almost there. I've attached the ssdt for up to 4.5 Ghz for i7-5820K.
 

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Does it matter if I am using iMac 14,2 vs what I noticed earlier in your posted config Mac Pro 6,1. Also should I change it to the 6,1? I just used Unibeast/Multibeast to install and default is iMac 14,2.

No, the system def doesn't matter.
 
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If you want to overclock, I would recommend that you go to any number of overclocking guides on youtube or Asus has a really good write up for Haswell-e processor overclocking. However, it's really difficult to do if you don't have Windows. All of the systems tests and tools are Windows based. You can make the changes in BIOS, but using a Windows utility like Intel Extreme Tuning Utility is easier. There are no overclocking tools I know of in Mac OS. Once you have a stable overclock verified in Windows, all you need to do is add the appropriate SSDT for your processor. The OP has a link to SSDT tool that can generate it for you, or you can ask for a copy of a working SSDT from anyone here.

ok i didn't know this, so i thought maybe what you could do is overclock in bios and then the mac just recognises this with a suitable SSDT, but what you are saying is the SSDT can perform the overclock with stock settings in the bios??? (after a stable overclock is found in windows??

So if i don't want to go too extreme i could possibly find users with the same CPU and just use these values in a SSDT??
 
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ok i didn't know this, so i thought maybe what you could do is overclock in bios and then the mac just recognises this with a suitable SSDT, but what you are saying is the SSDT can perform the overclock with stock settings in the bios??? (after a stable overclock is found in windows??

So if i don't want to go too extreme i could possibly find users with the same CPU and just use these values in a SSDT??

No all SSDT does is recognize that your CPU is overclocked in BIOS. Without SSDT, you will just run at stock speed in Mac OS even though your BIOS is set to overclock.
 
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No, the system def doesn't matter.
Yes it does matter. If you're using a Nvidia card and using MacPro 6,1 def you'll have to patch AGDP with every upgrade...
 
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Yes it does matter. If you're using a Nvidia card and using MacPro 6,1 def you'll have to patch AGDP with every upgrade...

Sorry, I read the question as "does system def matter for using the SSDT for overclocking". If it was more general then yes, there is the AGDP issue as well as older system defs not eligible for Sierra.
 
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