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Pineapple's Hack Pro MkII: Asrock Z270 Gaming ITX - i7-6700K - HD530

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Pineapple's Hack Pro MkII:
Asrock Z270 gaming ITX - i7-6700K - HD530

View media item 188708
Components

ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU7LK85/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157752
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01MU7LK85/?tag=tonymacx86com-21

Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake Processor
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012M8LXQW/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117559
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B010T6DQTQ/?tag=tonymacx86com-21

iMagic pi case black
http://www.ebay.it/itm/172382318448?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&clk_rvr_id=1195413571635&rmvSB=true

Crucial Ballistic Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin - BLS2K8G4D240FSB (Gray)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UFF7Y4A/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148985

Samsung 951 NVME (128GB) SSD
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Samsung+SM951+&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3ASamsung+SM951+
(ebay) https://goo.gl/F4Qj5T


Drevo X1 SSD (240GB)
https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B01GPEA1QC/?tag=tonymacx86com-21
(ebay) https://goo.gl/HKLP8s

HDPLEX 300W Hi-Fi DC PSU
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J3X7RU6/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.hd-plex.com/HDPLEX-300W-Hi-Fi-DC-ATX-Power-Supply-16V-24V-Wide-Range-Voltage-Input.html (Europe store)

Broadcom BCM94352Z NGFF (M.2)
http://www.ebay.it/itm/192011402052?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4EKSVC/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Adapter Dell Alienware M18x R2 compatible
https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/0285165194/?tag=tonymacx86com-21&tag=tonymacx86com-21

Arctic alpine 11 plus CPU Fan
https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B00606OHQQ/?tag=tonymacx86com-21

Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-3000 IP52 PWM
https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B00KESS6O0/?tag=tonymacx86com-21

Opticaddy© USB 2.0 external case for PATA superdrive
https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B014SPA80O/?tag=tonymacx86com-21


Already Owned

Imac 27" Intel core duo 3.02 Ghz (2009), as target monitor.
Apple Pro speakers
Powermac G4 superdrive unit


Comments

Purpose
It was time to renew my actual iMac 27", or buy a new MAC, capable to run the Adobe CC apps (PhotoShop, InDesign, and sometimes After Effects) quick. The actual Mac take 1 minute to open InDesign! :beachball:
At December, thanks to this article on medium, I discovered that the Hackintosh world was more alive, and that was really easier than in 2007, to perform an hackintosh build!

Build's Goals
The challenge was to get a build as near possible to the Mac Pro baseline that I was going to buy, at a reasonable budget.

The key featured was
1) a storage fast like the mysterious PCIe flash storage
2) a processor with a Geekbench 3 score equal or higher than the Quad Core Mac Pro
3) a Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
all this in a cylindrical and compact case (4).

The Path
Because I was wondering about a Mac Pro 6.1, so I finished to read a lot of post about Mac Pro replica with the Lunar trashcan (the build from sascha288, Juan Lobo, Bouly and Mr Target). After a lot of research, I succeed with this second build, based on the Pi case from Korea.
I chose the pionieristic (on Feb '17) Asrock Z270 Fatality itx ac, because of the promised Thunderbolt port in mini itx format. The installation method and the first guide available comes from onmybikedrunk, readable at this page (https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/asrock-z270-gaming-itx-ac-is-compatible-working.214133/page-3)
After I got working the HW/SW, I modded the Pi case, removing the extras, and cutting the top and creating a top similar to the 6.1 Mac Pro using aluminum scraps. At end I black painted the mobo mask, and the new top.

The case modification process is covered there (Case post): https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/pi-case-based-mac-pro-2013-replica-mod.215808/

A specific component was the PSU, that I found on few Mac cube build: the HDPLEX 300W Hi-Fi DC. It's fanless and silent.
It need as partner an external DC adapter, like the Mac Cube, but you don't see it.

What works
  • All the main features works: ram, i7, SSD, and also the sm951 NVMe (thanks to Rehabman).
  • The WiFi and Bluetooth with airdrop, working after kext.
  • Graphic HD 530 works after patch without glitches
What doesn't works or partially does
  • Thunderbolt. Activate it need to install windows, and all software from CD. But it's support was said intermittent from other users, and always from cold boot
  • Also the USB 3.1 (USB-C) need cold boot, and after BlackMagic benchmark, it works at a normal USB 3.0 speed.
  • Sleep/wake: It remain this issue unsolved related to the HD530. The patch for Sierra doesn't worked. I solved with a 2 hours time to sleep on Hack Pro and 5 minutes on the iMac as target display.
  • Audio. The audio was the most disappointing aspect. I got a green rear output working, using the VoodooHDA kext, but no audio over mDP/HDMI, or internal speaker, also following different guides, and asking on audio section... (it seem that this audio chipset is not yet compatible with CloverHDMI, and other method)
  • Audio 2. There is a second audio method working on this z270 fatality, from bikinifarm (https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/asrock-z270-gaming-itx-ac-is-compatible-working.214133/page-8), but basically I get working the same green rear as "internal speaker output", but losing the VoodooHDA panel that allow a volume boost on external speaker. After Sierra 12.4, the output list is in Spanish (?!).
Naming
I decided to call this build Hack Pro, mkII because it follow a first attemps on genuary based on a Z170z-wifi, and a Legos (!) instead of 3D print.
In a next mk III update, I think to add a dedicated GPU. This can removing the audio over mDP missing and the stop/wake issue. The AMD w4100 is the only GPU I found that is slim, thin and good enough.


Installation Notes
The software installation process it's for everyone, just follow the Tony installation guide, plus indication for Z270 fatality in the onmybikedrunk draft guide. See https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...compatible-working.214133/page-3#post-1450358

I prefer don't repeat again the guides and give a series of tips about unclear and problematic passages.
1) Leave one (1) Clover installation, never install Clover on 2 HD
If you have a 2 HD build in mind, connect only one SATA HD, and perform the standard installation.
You will work on the NVMe support later, and 2 Clover installation are a lot confusing.

2) Step by step
Make a to do list: implement, repair permission, reboot and check if works.
Once you get the feature stable working, BACKUP.
Then again implement, repair permission, reboot...

3) Restart from zero
If you follow a guide step by step, and it doesn't work, try restart from a backup plist file.

4) Help!
If again it doesn't work, ask in the right sections and you will be answered. More precise the question, better the answer! :)


Benchmarks

Processor
I did a benchmark with Geekbench 3 with i7-6700k in default configuration
View media item 188709Then I repeated the benchmark with the 4,4Gh, and full speed for each core option
View media item 188710
HD
This is the sm951 NVMe's Blackmagic Benchmark. Pretty good, following the online benchmark.
View media item 188711But I think that Mac Pro 6.1 has a faster write speed...

This instead is the Sata Drevo SSD Benchmark
View media item 188712
GPU
This is the Open CL result, normal state of i7-6700k
View media item 188713
This with overclocking step 1
View media item 188714
A note: when you overclock, the fans enter in a faster mode, that is so noisy. To gain the silent mode - and the Noctua is really silent - you need deactivate overclock and reboot.
 
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hallo,
This is the new model sm961 (amazon), but you can find it on ebay some sm951...
The speed should be so faster: try some benchmark online and compare.
Basically Samsung 960 EVO is a SATA3 SSD, affordable, etc., but limited to 600 MB/s.
The SM951/sm961 is a M.2 memory that can reach 1.700MB/s on reading.

See above test.

Also, you could "test" for the community this new arrive from Drevo:
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07211MPN2/?tag=tonymacx86com-21
It's a M.2 memory that cost less than 0,50€/GB! :thumbup:
(There are no benchmark data)
 
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hallo,
This is the new model sm961 (amazon), but you can find it on ebay some sm951...
The speed should be so faster: try some benchmark online and compare.
Basically Samsung 960 EVO is a SATA3 SSD, affordable, etc., but limited to 600 MB/s.
The SM951/sm961 is a M.2 memory that can reach 1.700MB/s on reading.

See above test.

Also, you could "test" for the community this new arrive from Drevo:
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07211MPN2/?tag=tonymacx86com-21
It's a M.2 memory that cost less than 0,50€/GB! :thumbup:
(There are no benchmark data)
Hey Pinapple ,
Would this help your asrock z270 itx thunderbolt situation ?
NEW --- INTEL THUNDERBOLT SOFTWARE / DRIVER VERSION 16.3.61.275 WHQL

JHL6240 Series - "Alpine Ridge LP"
https://www.necacom.net/index.php/i...thunderbolt-software-version-16-3-61-275-whql

download link

https://downloadmirror.intel.com/264...6.3.61.275.zip
 
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Hi Mr music (this remember me an old Madonna's song)
I will try soon this new Thunderbolt driver, I think I will need again a windows partition...
Maybe I will gain a 100% of time working of my TB display!

The Hack pro (mk II) works well after roughly one year, but I see some improvements soon:
- install High Sierra :rolleyes:
- change my CPU cooler with a Noctua one that's really silent
- clean and check the power supply HD plex because at startup I have always first shut down after 5-6 sec
 
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