[NEW / TESTING] Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs + 200 Series Motherboards in macOS

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    Jan 7, 2017 at 4:08 PM #1
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    7th_gen_intel_core_family.jpg
    Hey everyone, just thought I'd start a new post to discuss this week's freshly released CPUs and motherboards. Intel just released their 7th Generation CPU family called 'Kaby Lake' and manufacturers put out the supporting Socket LGA1151 Z270 and H270 motherboards. This time around Intel has decided that these new 7th Generation (Kaby Lake) CPUs will also work with existing 100 Series motherboards, and that existing 6th Generation (Skylake) CPUs will also work in new 200 Series motherboards. This should make upgrading much easier.

    Please note 7th Generation CPUs and 200 Series motherboards are NOT supported natively in macOS. At this point it's too early to determine future compatibility, however preliminary reports are that the CPUs require workarounds to boot.

    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/kaby-lake-hd620-working.209598/

    The majority of the motherboard manufacturers are using supported Intel i219-V, Realtek 8111H, or Killer E2500 ethernet. Many 200 Series motherboards also have Realtek ALC1220 onboard audio, which has not been tested. The platform also uses the same DDR4 RAM as last generation.

    This post will be updated! If you have any information to share please let us know!

    EDIT 1: Quick Kaby Lake / 200 Series Guide
    Thanks to the early adopters and testers in this thread and around the net, the following info is known.

    1.To boot, CPU ID needs to be spoofed. Go into Clover options at boot time and input the Skylake ID as FakeCPUID. Then just add the key and string in the KextandKernelPatches section of Clover's config.plist during post-installation.

    Skylake CPUID: 0x0506E3

    Code (Text):
    ...
        <key>KernelAndKextPatches</key>
        <dict>
            <key>FakeCPUID</key>
            <string>0x0506E3</string>
    ...
    With this fix, I used UniBeast and MultiBeast to install in less than 30 min.

    2. After successful installation, to get full graphics acceleration for Kaby Lake Intel HD 630, three fixes to Clover's config.plist are necessary. One, Intel Graphics ID must be spoofed to 0x19168086 under /Devices/FakeID/IntelGFX.

    Code (Text):
    ...
            <key>FakeID</key>
            <dict>
                <key>IntelGFX</key>
                <string>0x19168086</string>
    ...
    Two, install FakePCIID.kext and FakePCIID_Intel_HD_Graphics.kext to /Library/Extensions using KextBeast. Three, add the 'Skylake Glitch Fix' (AAPL,GfxYTile) to Devices/AddProperties/.

    Code (Text):
    ...
        <key>Devices</key>
        <dict>
            <key>AddProperties</key>
            <array>
                <dict>
                    <key>Device</key>
                    <string>IntelGFX</string>
                    <key>Key</key>
                    <string>AAPL,GfxYTile</string>
                    <key>Value</key>
                    <data>
                    AQAAAA==
                    </data>
                </dict>
            </array>
    ...
    Related:
    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/gigabytes-aorus-z270-motherboards-announced.211461/
     
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    Jan 7, 2017 at 4:25 PM #2
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    I saw this one which I posted a link to but it disappeared pretty quick. Its an Asrock Z270 mini ITX.

    What stands out to me is that it has Thunderbolt3, those new USB-C connectors (Think of those new LG 4K/5K monitors), 6 x Sata ports, M.2, Intel ethernet and ALC1220.

    Although its marketed as a gaming board, its the first ITX board I have seen with built in Thunderbolt, and looks very well spec'd considering its ITX. Once we have Kaby Lake and ALC1220 support, I think it would make the basis for a great mini desktop system.

    Model name : Asrock Z270 Gaming ITX/ac

    Link : http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITXac/index.asp
     
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    Yea that definitely looks like an interesting board- the first and only ITX I've seen with Thunderbolt 3. We'll be putting out a comprehensive list of available CPUs and motherboards shortly.
     
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    I remember a few people asked about ITX and thunderbolt many times before. This is the first ever one to my knowledge though.

    Depending what new iMacs are released ths year and the new version of OSX, it could be a winner.
     
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    macOS ! :lol:
     
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    macOS SOcam this year from what I heard ;)
     
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    Too bad it has the Intel WiFi/BT chipset as it won't work in macOS.
     
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    Very true. I think its a small price to pay given the functionality it provides though. And most users likely have a working card already.
     
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    Asus has the ThunderboltEX 3 PCIe card so it could be possible depending on the users graphics choice, to use one of those with an Asus ITX board and Intel HD630.
    Here is an Asus press release for the latest ROG Maximus IX and STRIX gaming motherboards. It has the specs for each series in a compare/list view. Might help tonymacx86 with the list and spec sheet.
    https://rog.asus.com/articles/maxim...est-maximus-ix-and-strix-gaming-motherboards/
     
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    Good find!

    Nice to see more manufacturers starting to include dual M.2 slots as well.
     

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