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Mojave on ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac

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Motherboard
Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac
CPU
i9-9900K
Graphics
Vega 56
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iMac, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
Hey all, I have to admit I've read the start and end of this thread but not all of it!

I'm looking to combine my interest in Hackintosh with my interest in SFFPCs. I'm looking to build an extremely small Hackintosh based on the "Asrock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX". I chose this board mainly cause it has Wifi, Bluetooth and Thunderbolt built into an mITX board and is somewhat Hackintosh compatible. My priorities are size, connectivity, silent running and stability, not speed. For size I'm intending to use:
  • Integrated graphics
  • M.2 SSD
  • Onboard WiFi
  • Onboard Bluetooth
  • Onboard Audio (via both direct outputs and via HDMI/DisplayPort)
  • Onboard Thunderbolt 3
I'd like a vanilla install but don't know if that would be possible.

Can you guys tell me what works and what doesn't, how difficult it is to get stuff working stable, including anything I've committed from my list?
I'm working on my build, but you're going to want to know a few things:
  • You need to replace the onboard M.2 Wifi/Bluetooth controller. There are no drivers for the included Intel one. It's a straightforward card swap, but you're going to have to delve into eBay or elsewhere and get one.
  • The onboard TB3 may not be what you want. It's specifically powered by a "Low Power" Alpine Ridge JHL6240 controller (see here). Just be sure it'll correctly run whatever device you wanted to use. As best I can tell, this mostly means you get two (instead of four) PCIe lanes connected to the CPU, and hence a max throughput of 16 Gbps instead of 32 [references: LP Alpine Ridge article, anandtech, official brief document, intel spec page]. Furthermore, the DisplayPort protocol the Alpine Ridge controllers support is capped at 1.2 (not 1.4); this means the display bandwidth you could use is 4k@60hz (the same as the actual DisplayPort port on the motherboard), and it's unclear if you could use a TB3 port + the DisplayPort port for 2 x 4k60hz.
  • Both M.2 slots work for me with NVMe SSDs. Just be aware that if you get a "SATA M.2" instead of an NVMe M.2, they will cancel out corresponding SATA lanes for the actual SATA3 ports (there are four, though, so you'll be fine). I'm using the Samsung 970 NVMe drives (which are not SATA), and could therefore use all four onboard SATA ports for 2.5" or 3.5" HDDs.

Overall, after reading the several threads about this board, getting a stable system is not hard [with some USB, ethernet, wifi, bluetooth, and sound]. However, getting TB3 working will be difficult and involve hours of debugging/tuning, i.e. far from vanilla. Also, you may run into issues if you rely on the iGPU completely - I have a dGPU and avoided some of the needed framebuffer fixes which seem necessary for that.

Hope that helps! Good luck.
 
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Z370 Aorus Gaming 3
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i7-8700K
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GTX 1070 TI
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iOS
I am not experiencing any coil whine either. My build is quite silent. I haven’t pushed it beyond running benchmarks.
This is what I’m running with my ASRock z390 Phantom ITX: Corsair SF600 SFX, LPX 16 GB 3000, i5-8400, RX 580, noctua CPU cooler, and two noctua case fans packed into a node 202 case.
Hi @Greek07 I'm planning on getting the same MB and the same case as you do, but still kind of confused with the thermal issue all over the internet. Checked some post about using the Cryroig C7, however some pointed out that it doesn't fit. Then about the noctua NH-L9i, someone shared that it couldn't reach the case thus causing heat staying in the case.

It seems that you're using the MB and the case running a build smoothly. Could you share the Noctua CPU cooler and the fans? It'll be nicer if you could share how you install the fans.

Much appreciations, mate!
 
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ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX
CPU
i5-8400
Graphics
RX 580
Mac
MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
Hi @neuf79, I haven't been on in a while but here is my setup for the fans. As you can see in the photos, I placed a spacer I made from a plastic mounting bracket that came with a SanDisk SSD. Worked quite well because it is sticky on one side.

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Joined
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Motherboard
Z370 Aorus Gaming 3
CPU
i7-8700K
Graphics
GTX 1070 TI
Mac
iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
Hi @neuf79, I haven't been on in a while but here is my setup for the fans. As you can see in the photos, I placed a spacer I made from a plastic mounting bracket that came with a SanDisk SSD. Worked quite well because it is sticky on one side.

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I’ve bought a Cryroig C7 and 2 Cryroig QF120 instead.

Now it works pretty well with only one chassis fan implemented. I use the C-fan for inhaling while the GPU fans exhale.

So you remove the original GPU holder and use the chassis fan to hold the card right? Also, how do your chassis fans work? One inhale and one out? I only see one chassis fan 4-pin header on the MB so don’t know how to get 2 of them work with speed control.

Thank you for replying!

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