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pastrychef's Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (WI-FI AC) build w/ i9-9900K + AMD 6600 XT

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I went to www.sketchfab.com to check out some 3D models. Lo and behold!! The 3D models are rendering properly now!!

Here's one example, but every 3D model I tried to look at was distorted when using my old GTX 1080.
SpaceShip RaceShip!!! by James Robbins - 3D model - Sketchfab

On GTX 1080:
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On Intel HD 5500:
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On Vega 56:
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I've been out of the loop with work but I saw this post. If it's worth noting, this 3D scene works great on my 980 GTX. Now I'm on Sierra with your build instructions, I've still no love for high sierra, I find that it's performance sucks on real macs too.

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 6.18.37 PM.jpg
 

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I've been out of the loop with work but I saw this post. If it's worth noting, this 3D scene works great on my 980 GTX. Now I'm on Sierra with your build instructions, I've still no love for high sierra, I find that it's performance sucks on real macs too.

View attachment 319257

I personally don't have any issues with High Sierra. The only problems I had were with Nvidia's web drivers which I blame Nvidia for.

Ever since switching to AMD, macOS has felt incredibly smooth and I've been comfortable enough with 10.13.3 (17D102) that I've deleted my old Sierra backups. Now, all my systems are running High Sierra.
 

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@pastrychef My new Sapphire Vega 56 Nitro card is arriving today so I hope to test the OOB functionality with it. As I understand, you didn't really need to do anything to get yours working? Is the full fan spees (still?) a big issue? I only hope the card will fit in my case, as it is MASSIVE as I just realised...

You need to do one of the following, NOT BOTH:
  • In Clover Configurator, Graphics section, enable RadeonDeInit.
  • Install WhateverGreen.kext in to the same folder where Lilu.kext is.
*Note: Using RadeonDeInit allows for 10-bit color. Using WhateverGreen.kext will limit you to 8-bit color. WhateverGreen.kext works better with cards that have "non-standard" ports.
 
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No success. I also updated bios to 0612. Started from default but the computer won't boot if I activate XMP .

It does not even go past the first step in the video guide you provided: enable XMP to set RAM correct speed without any other adjustment.

I also tried the Asus EZ wizard way, it did go onto the OSX progress bar but it then failed at the end of it, after four consecutive tries the comp beeped four times and would not boot, I peacefuly panicked :eek: because according to the MB manual that sound sequence means "hardware component failure". I thought I had burned something in a split second.
I did let it rest for a few minutes and it luckily came back.

Tired of trying different combinations all day I give up for now.
:crazy:
Someone on the Asus forums states 3200 ram are picky-tricky. I feel like I should have paid a bit more and get the 3400 you are using, but hell is RAM expensive now.

How could I find out if it is the ram modules or some other thing?

I am running the same setup I had before, loaded cpu 5G OC profile but RAM is running at 2133 according to bios.
 

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No success. I also updated bios to 0612. Started from default but the computer won't boot if I activate XMP .

It does not even go past the first step in the video guide you provided: enable XMP to set RAM correct speed without any other adjustment.

I also tried the Asus EZ wizard way, it did go onto the OSX progress bar but it then failed at the end of it, after four consecutive tries the comp beeped four times and would not boot, I peacefuly panicked :eek: because according to the MB manual that sound sequence means "hardware component failure". I thought I had burned something in a split second.
I did let it rest for a few minutes and it luckily came back.

Tired of trying different combinations all day I give up for now.
:crazy:
Someone on the Asus forums states 3200 ram are picky-tricky. I feel like I should have paid a bit more and get the 3400 you are using, but hell is RAM expensive now.

How could I find out if it is the ram modules or some other thing?

I am running the same setup I had before, loaded cpu 5G OC profile but RAM is running at 2133 according to bios.


If the RAM is not running at its advertised speed, return it and exchange for a new set.
 
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No success. I also updated bios to 0612. Started from default but the computer won't boot if I activate XMP .

It does not even go past the first step in the video guide you provided: enable XMP to set RAM correct speed without any other adjustment.

I also tried the Asus EZ wizard way, it did go onto the OSX progress bar but it then failed at the end of it, after four consecutive tries the comp beeped four times and would not boot, I peacefuly panicked :eek: because according to the MB manual that sound sequence means "hardware component failure". I thought I had burned something in a split second.
I did let it rest for a few minutes and it luckily came back.

Tired of trying different combinations all day I give up for now.
:crazy:
Someone on the Asus forums states 3200 ram are picky-tricky. I feel like I should have paid a bit more and get the 3400 you are using, but hell is RAM expensive now.

How could I find out if it is the ram modules or some other thing?

I am running the same setup I had before, loaded cpu 5G OC profile but RAM is running at 2133 according to bios.

Yes, I finally I have to do that.
Thanks Pastrychef.
 
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@pastrychef
Have they resolved the power management issue with the Vega 56 and 64 with high speed all the time or maybe high speed in Final Cut, etc? They say its OOB support but if high speed has not been resolved I would not consider this as working OOB.
 

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@pastrychef
Have they resolved the power management issue with the vega 56 and 64 with highspeed all the time or maybe highspeed in final cut etc? They say its OOB support but if highspeed has not been resolved I would not consider this as working OOB.

The fans still run at high speed on Vega cards.

Don't expect OOB support until macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

As of today, the Vegas are useable with a few quarks such as the fans running high. The Vega has made my system much smoother than when I was using my GTX 1080. I consider it a massive improvement.
 

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And now... it randomly works (except for what it seems like a complete loss of any OSX settings). I've zero faith in this setup now, that it's not some horrible frankenstein monster working only by stars alignment and one that will fail me as soon as it gets the change. If anything, I now have to reinstall all this crap, at least.
Use UniBeast and MultiBeast for High Sierra. pastrychef created Post #1 and his EFI partition files before Uni/MultiBeast for High Sierra were released. You will now be able to use whatever graphics card you want.

In MultiBeast, for AMD cards, see the Customization > Graphics section of the MultiBeast Features document, pages 7-8. I use the AMD Graphics Fixup for My Hero II's AMD RX 580 graphics card.

In MultiBeast, for Nvidia cards, choose the Bootloaders > Clover UEFI Boot Mode + Emulated NVRAM.

Bottom line: You don't need someone else's EFI files.
 
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I don't have the creeping slowness & reboot issue with the 1070 under Windows 10. So the hardware seems to be fine.

Using a 970 with .104 drivers in this build seems to work OK so far. I'm somewhat confident that the Nvidia drivers are foobar for 1070s currently.

Well, I meanwhile can confirm to have the same issue with a 970 on .104 drivers; just at a much slower rate than with my 1070. Almost a week without a forced reboot, but, oh boy, that sucks. I really wonder what's wrong here and how others can keep a good uptime when using Nvidia drivers.

Guess I'll start saving some money for a Vega 56 :)
 
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