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pastrychef's Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (WI-FI AC) build w/ i9-9900K + AMD Vega 56

pastrychef

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60 degrees is in stock and when resetting frequencies from 4.9 to 4.1 - Prime95 (4.9 = 30 sec 4.1 = all the time)
After bearing the BIOS, reboots stopped.
Is there BIOS settings (profile) you can send me?
You've got Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (Wi-Fi AC)
I don't know any way to export the BIOS settings. Also, my CPU has been delidded and will behave differently from yours.

Just follow the video. My settings are based on that.
The differences between my settings and his are:
I have AVX offset 0.
I have LLC Level 5.
I have manual voltage set to 1.320.
 
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I don't know any way to export the BIOS settings. Also, my CPU has been delidded and will behave differently from yours.

Just follow the video. My settings are based on that.
The differences between my settings and his are:
I have AVX offset 0.
I have LLC Level 5.
I have manual voltage set to 1.320.
BIOS - Tool - ASUS User profile - Load/Save Profile from/to USB Drive - Hotkey (Ctrl+F2) - Name (Asus Z370 i9...) - OK
 

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I don't know any way to export the BIOS settings. Also, my CPU has been delidded and will behave differently from yours.

Just follow the video. My settings are based on that.
The differences between my settings and his are:
I have AVX offset 0.
I have LLC Level 5.
I have manual voltage set to 1.320.
I just compare your settings and mine. And that I will make my profile.
 

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BIOS - Tool - ASUS User profile - Load/Save Profile from/to USB Drive - Hotkey (Ctrl+F2) - Name (Asus Z370 i9...) - OK
Here you go.

Please report the temps you see when using these settings.
 

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Hackintosh Current Events

For those who are unaware, there's a new bootloader in town called OpenCore. Development of this bootloader has advanced at an incredibly rapid pace and it appears that it will overtake Clover as the de facto standard for hackintoshing. vit9696 (developer of Lilu, WhateverGreen, AppleALC, and many more) has stated that he and his team "will no longer perform Clover compatibility release validation for our products".

That being said, I've started testing OpenCore and everything appears to be running fine on this build. For those of you who want to try it out, I've attached an experimental EFI folder. Again, this is an alpha release, so things can go wrong.

This EFI folder is configured as:
  • iMacPro1,1 system definition.
  • All internal USB 2 headers disabled.
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card using M.2 slot.
  • Warning! I have not yet tested FileVault. FileVault working with Alpha 2.
  • Test and works with Catalina Public Beta 5.


To use:
  1. Open the config.plist with Xcode or Plist Edit Pro.
  2. Go to the PlatformInfo section.
  3. Look for all the fields that say "fill-in" and fill in your Serial, Board Serial, UUID, or ROM info. (ROM is your network interface EN0 MAC address.)

Here is a great detailed guide to configuring OpenCore:


Update August 14, 2019:
Switched to AppleSupportPkg drivers for FileVault support.
Cleaned up Device Properties.
Correct NVRAM boot-args.
Everything has been running stable enough that I feel it's safe to upgrade it to beta status.
 

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A couple of questions:
So using OpenCore as our main bootloader = a vanilla Hackintosh install?

Unrelated:
Have you ever seen anyone reporting a dead Vega GPU? Mine stopped working, the White VGA LED on the z370-G lights up, turning the system fully off would sometimes fix it until not even that was enough, I flashed the bios and updated it, still nothing... Since I dont have another desktop to test the GPU I sent it to the store to know if it's dead or if somehow my MB has a problem. Just wondering if you ever saw anyone with a similar issue before.

I have specific software that keeps tracks of system info, specifically my CPU clock speed, I think it uses the data from systeminformation, for some reason my clock speed is sometimes detected as 3697Mhz and other times as 3696Mhz, any idea what could cause that 1Mhz variation? My system is overclocked so none of those are my true clock. Maybe filling in the CPU info in Clover-Configurator could help, can you tell me the settings for an 8700k? Other than the frequency i have no idea what to write in the fields.
 

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A couple of questions:
So using OpenCore as our main bootloader = a vanilla Hackintosh install?

Unrelated:
Have you ever seen anyone reporting a dead Vega GPU? Mine stopped working, the White VGA LED on the z370-G lights up, turning the system fully off would sometimes fix it until not even that was enough, I flashed the bios and updated it, still nothing... Since I dont have another desktop to test the GPU I sent it to the store to know if it's dead or if somehow my MB has a problem. Just wondering if you ever saw anyone with a similar issue before.

I have specific software that keeps tracks of system info, specifically my CPU clock speed, I think it uses the data from systeminformation, for some reason my clock speed is sometimes detected as 3697Mhz and other times as 3696Mhz, any idea what could cause that 1Mhz variation? My system is overclocked so none of those are my true clock. Maybe filling in the CPU info in Clover-Configurator could help, can you tell me the settings for an 8700k? Other than the frequency i have no idea what to write in the fields.
If by vanilla, you mean having kexts injected by the bootloader, I've been doing that since day 1 on this build. I never saw any advantage to installing kexts to /Library/Extensions/ and found it to be a PITA when updating or testing things.

No, I personally don't know anyone with a dead Vega, but I'm sure it happens. I've had to RMA two Radeon VIIs myself.

With my dead Radeon VII, it doesn't display anything on power up. It also prevents the bootloader or operating system from loading. I know because there's no disk activity.

I don't know why there's a difference but I wouldn't worry about 1MHz. I don't know what to enter in Clover for overclocking. I've never done it.
 
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If by vanilla, you mean having kexts injected by the bootloader, I've been doing that since day 1 on this build. I never saw any advantage to installing kexts to /Library/Extensions/ and found it to be a PITA when updating or testing things.
TBH, I am not 100% sure what vanilla technically means but I see a lot of hate elsewhere towards non-vanilla methods, especially some tools available here on tony, everything works so I dont really care, was just curious.

No, I personally don't know anyone with a dead Vega, but I'm sure it happens. I've had to RMA two Radeon VIIs myself.

With my dead Radeon VII, it doesn't display anything on power up. It also prevents the bootloader or operating system from loading. I know because there's no disk activity.
2!? Ok, the same was happening here, no display, and it was stopping the bootloader from loading, now I am less worried about it being my fault somehow, thanks!

I don't know why there's a difference but I wouldn't worry about 1MHz. I don't know what to enter in Clover for overclocking. I've never done it.
1Mhz difference doesn't worry me, the only problem about it is some Audio software (from Native Instruments) takes note of clock speed's, if they change the software thinks the whole system changed and all the software licenses need reauthorizing. I guess I'll need to do some research.

Thanks man, you're awesome, wish I could buy you a beer or two one day :D
 

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TBH, I am not 100% sure what vanilla technically means but I see a lot of hate elsewhere towards non-vanilla methods, especially some tools available here on tony, everything works so I dont really care, was just curious...
What hate? Where?
 
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