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We've just received some more motherboards for testing: two of MSI's latest Z170 gaming models for Skylake. The Z170A Gaming M7 and the Z170A Krait Gaming. These boards are packed full of great features for the gaming enthusiast including special settings in BIOS for individual game settings and overclock tweaking.

The Gaming M7 includes Qualcomm/Atheros 'Killer' ethernet, while the Krait Gaming has Intel i219V. They both include Realtek ALC 1150 onboard audio and will be eventually supported by OS X when Skylake support is native.

We'll be testing using these boards, but in the meantime here are some pictures:

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Motherboard Audio Network USB 3.1 Amazon Newegg
MSI Z170A Gaming M7 ALC1150 E2400 YES Amazon Newegg
MSI Z170A Krait Gaming ALC1150 I219-V YES Amazon Newegg


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YES. I may be updating my Z97S Krait build with Skylake soon ;)
 
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We've just received some more motherboards for testing: two of MSI's latest Z170 gaming models for Skylake. The Z170A Gaming M7 and the Z170A Krait Gaming. These boards are packed full of great features for the gaming enthusiast including special settings in BIOS for individual game settings and overclock tweaking.

The Gaming M7 includes Qualcomm/Atheros 'Killer' ethernet, while the Krait Gaming has Intel i219V. They both include Realtek ALC 1150 onboard audio and will be eventually supported by OS X when Skylake support is native.


Motherboard Audio Network USB 3.1 Amazon Newegg
MSI Z170A Gaming M7 ALC1150 E2400 YES Amazon Newegg
MSI Z170A Krait Gaming ALC1150 I219-V YES Amazon Newegg


Related:
http://www.tonymacx86.com/buying-ad...pus-100-series-motherboards-buyers-guide.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-h...-z170x-ud5-lga-1151-motherboard-pictures.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-h...-soc-force-lga-1151-motherboard-pictures.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-h...asrock-z170m-itx-ac-motherboard-pictures.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-h...-viii-gene-lga-1151-motherboard-pictures.html
http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-h...ock-asus-gigabyte-msi-showcased-computex.html


So excited that you are testing this. i have been struggling with getting the ethernet NIC to show up as being built in. do you have any suggestions or anything that i can do to get this working?

see this thread for further info: http://www.tonymacx86.com/network/1...-nic-technical-question-not-serializable.html

http://www.tonymacx86.com/network/178202-qualcomm-atheros-killer-ethernet-e2400.html


thanks Tony!
 
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i am still struggling and getting errors trying to get this NIC to show up on my hackintosh
Nov 25 14:38:18 NZXTs-iMac sharingd[265]: 14:38:18.355 : Tethering: Identifier needs fixing
Nov 25 14:58:18 NZXTs-iMac com.apple.kextd[43]: kext-dev-mode allowing invalid signature -67062 0xFFFFFFFFFFFEFA0A for kext "/Library/Extensions/AtherosE2200Ethernet.kext"
Nov 25 14:58:18 NZXTs-iMac kernel[0]: Ethernet [AtherosE2200]: Unknown chip. Aborting.
Nov 25 14:58:19 NZXTs-iMac com.apple.kextcache[579]: kext-dev-mode allowing invalid signature -67062 0xFFFFFFFFFFFEFA0A for kext AtherosE2200Ethernet.kext
Nov 25 15:01:51 localhost kernel[0]: Ethernet [AtherosE2200]: Unknown chip. Aborting.
Nov 25 15:02:05 NZXTs-iMac sharingd[248]: 15:02:05.336 : Tethering: Identifier needs fixing
Nov 25 15:09:09 localhost kernel[0]: Refusing new kext com.insanelymac.AtherosE2200Ethernet, v1.0.2: already have prelinked v2.0.1.
Nov 25 15:09:09 localhost kernel[0]: Ethernet [AtherosE2200]: Unknown chip. Aborting.
Nov 25 15:09:22 iMac sharingd[251]: 15:09:22.966 : Tethering: Identifier needs fixing
Nov 25 16:01:22 localhost kernel[0]: Refusing new kext com.insanelymac.AtherosE2200Ethernet, v1.0.2: already have prelinked v2.0.1.
Nov 25 16:01:22 localhost kernel[0]: Ethernet [AtherosE2200]: Unknown chip. Aborting.
Nov 25 16:01:35 iMac sharingd[257]: 16:01:35.033 : Tethering: Identifier needs fixing
Nov 25 16:07:47 localhost kernel[0]: Refusing new kext com.insanelymac.AtherosE2200Ethernet, v1.0.2: already have prelinked v2.0.1.
Nov 25 16:07:47 localhost kernel[0]: Ethernet [AtherosE2200]: Unknown chip. Aborting.
Nov 25 16:07:59 iMac sharingd[251]: 16:07:59.434 : Tethering: Identifier needs fixing
 
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I've got the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming(doesn't say M5 or M7)
@shakakoa what was your Unibeast setup to be able to install El-Capitan?
I've used the Asus thread and it crashes about 2/3 of the way to booting El-Capitan install

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Any thunderbolt 3.0?
Since we’re talking about Hackintoshes, Thunderbolt 3 isn’t as important. Modern Macs don’t have room for GPUs, but most Hackintoshes have plenty of room for GPUs. Thunderbolt is mainly useful for eGPUs in my experience. If you’re just transferring data, USB 3 should be fine, especially since hard drives can’t spin fast enough for a faster interface. At first I was rather irritated with Apple for focusing on Thunderbolt instead of USB 3 in 2011 (when my 13” MBP was made), but then I changed my mind when I got my eGPU in January.
 

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Lots of audio pros use Thunderbolt audio interfaces and video pros use it for large, fast storage that USB 3 can not provide.
 
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Since we’re talking about Hackintoshes, Thunderbolt 3 isn’t as important. Modern Macs don’t have room for GPUs, but most Hackintoshes have plenty of room for GPUs. Thunderbolt is mainly useful for eGPUs in my experience. If you’re just transferring data, USB 3 should be fine, especially since hard drives can’t spin fast enough for a faster interface. At first I was rather irritated with Apple for focusing on Thunderbolt instead of USB 3 in 2011 (when my 13” MBP was made), but then I changed my mind when I got my eGPU in January.
there is a lot of things that thunderbolt is used for like my friend's huge RAID 5 Array that is using software RAID 0 it is crazy fast but if you don't have good hardware you can't take advantage of the speeds. There is also a lot of things that people use thunderbolt for like in example a lot of audio equipment also use thunderbolt because its fast.
 
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