- Sep 7, 2011
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
- Core i7-3770k
- GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
Slugnet's Video Editor
GA-Z77X-UD5H / i7-3770k / 16GB RAM / GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti
GA-Z77X-UD5H / i7-3770k / 16GB RAM / GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N66TOC-2GD
Cooler Master GX 750W Power Supply with Active PFC (RS750-ACAAD3-US)
Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz PC3 240 Pin DIMM Memory CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25
Pioneer Electronics USA Blu Ray Computer Drive, BDR-2207B5PK
NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case
Apple OS X Mountian Lion @ App Store
ASUS PA246Q 24-Inch Professional Super-IPS Full-HD LCD Monitor
1 TB Windows 7 Drive - Western Digital 1 TB WD Green SATA II Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive
2 TB Mac Scratch Drive (for non SSD apps/files) - Western Digital 2 TB WD Green SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive
Firewire 800 Syba Low Profile PCI-Express 1394b/1394a (2B1A) Card, TI Chipset, Extra Regular Bracket SD-PEX30009
This is my second Hackintosh system. My previous system is about a year old, and has served me very well doing professional video editing work. When my wife's Early 2009 iMac wasn't powerful enough for her to play Guild Wars 2, we decided it was time to upgrade her system. So, she ended up with my "old" editing system I built about a year ago (http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-builds/29045-success-ga-z68mx-ud2h-b3-i7-2600k-evga-geforce-gtx-560-a.html), and I got to have fun building a new hack. I did have a pretty limited budget, so I put the money into components and not cosmetics. So, I didn't end up with a very sexy case, and am using the stock CPU cooling fan (SSD beat out the CPU liquid cooler). These are items that I would like to upgrade in the near future. I haven't tried any overclocking yet, but may in the future as well.
Update BIOS to latest version F14: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4139#bios
Set BIOS using this guide: http://www.tonymacx86.com/99-quick-guide-configuring-uefi-gigabyte-s-7-series-lga-1155-boards.html
Note that you can't boot from UEFI designations when setting boot devices, only drives labeled SATA or P0
I installed with my monitor attached to the 660 Ti. Works flawlessly, no boot arguments needed.
Oct. 2, 2013 NOTE: Since writing this originally, system updates have been added that allow the 660 Ti to operate natively. I have not tested these methods as my system is stable, however general consensus suggests that they will potentially work better and more easily than the method I have outlined. If you wish to try these methods, please skip the Multibeast Configuration Steps 2 and 3 below, and refer to http://www.tonymacx86.com/252-10-8-2-brings-complete-native-support-nvidia-gf100-gf110-gk104.html and http://www.tonymacx86.com/257-nvidia-releases-mountain-lion-10-8-2-graphics-drivers.html for more information on these new methods.
You'll need to do three installs. Install the following:
MultiBeast Configuration Part 1You can also install the maolj's AtherosL1cEthernet controller. This will enable the second ethernet port on the board, which helped me solve some USB and network issues.
Reboot, and run MultiBeast again, installing the following:
MultiBeast Configuration Part 2
Reboot, and run MultiBeast again, installing the following:
MultiBeast Configuration Part 3
Unless you install the 6xx support, OpenCL won't work correctly with this card, even though the card is seen natively by the OS. When I tried it all in one install step, my boot of OSX would freeze on a white screen after the apple logo, but before the login. Installing just the 6xx support also created this same problem. However, installing the Fermi >2GB patch and then the 6xx support fixed all OpenCL errors. I've tested the card extensively, and it runs great, including Final Cut X which a lot of people have reported having issues with. And, don't forget to install CUDA drivers from nVidia if you are doing work that might need them: http://www.nvidia.com/object/mac-driver-archive.html
Enabling the DVD/Bluray Drive
Also, my Bluray/DVD drive disappeared at one point due to my arrangement of the SATA plugs. And, when it did appear in OSX, it did not have DVD playback functionality, and would not open or close with the eject key on the keyboard. To fix this, I deleted the AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext from OSXInstallDrive > System > Library > Extensions and downloaded a replacement kext from this thread: http://www.tonymacx86.com/mountain-lion-desktop-support/60793-eject-button-ml-3.html. I've attached the file that worked for me to the bottom of this thread as well. Place the new kext on your desktop, download and run KextBeast from http://www.tonymacx86.com/downloads.php?do=cat&id=3, and reboot your system.
Updating to 10.8.2
Updating to 10.8.2 from 10.8.1 was very painless. I downloaded the Combo Update (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1581) and installed. As expected, upon rebooting audio had stopped working. A quick reinstall of the ALC898 kext from Multibeast and a reboot fixed this. No other changes were necessary for the system to be fully functioning.
At this point, you should have a fully functioning system, with fully enable OpenCL, full audio (mine is playing fine from the green jack), full dvd and disc burning support, and pretty much everything else. My minor issues left are:
Issue 1 - USB 3 (SOLVED):
At this point, I cannot get the USB 3.0 ports on the board to work as 3.0 ports. As per this post: http://www.tonymacx86.com/lion-desktop-support/57694-usb-3-0-gigabyte-uefi-motherboards-xhci-mode-explained.html, when xHCI is disabled, the ports work fine as USB 2.0. When set in any of the three other modes, the ports cease functioning completely in OSX.
SOLUTION: While testing for this, I managed to get myself into a kernel panic situation that I couldn't recover from. So, I booted into Windows 7 with MacDrive enabled, deleted the Extra folder and my System>Library>Extensions folder, then rebooted and reinstalled ML over the old install. I followed my original Multibeast install process, updated to 10.8.1, deleted the original AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext installed in System>Library>Extras (it is very important to delete the old kext first, as I initially tried to just install over the old which did not work), and installed the replacement AHCI_3rdParty_SATA.kext with Kextbeast. I hooked up a 3TB Western Digital MyBook drive, plus a USB Microphone and USB hub with a webcam plugged in, and restarted the computer with xHCI set to Auto. I now have full USB 3.0 support with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test results of 104.5MB/s in both write and read categories. I've added images at the end of this post.
I should also note that, after getting everything working, I also connected the USB 3.0 3.5" Front Panel that came with the motherboard to the F_USB30_1 on the motherboard (which I had seen other people report as not working in their build). I have full USB 3.0 support through it, with speeds very similar to my other Blackmagic Speed Tests. That gives me 6 fully functioning USB 3.0 ports on this system. However, USB 2 does not seem to be working through these plugs.
Issue 2 - Network Issues (SOLVED):
After sleep, or occasionally on reboot, my network connection disappears. The Network Preference dialogue says that there is no cable plugged in, however it still shows as connected with an IP that in no way matches my actual network settings.
SOLUTION: I installed the maolj's AtherosL1cEthernet controller from Multibeast and switched my ethernet cable to the second plug on the motherboard. Since doing so, Ethernet 2 in my Network Preferences has been working perfectly, although Ethernet 1 still is showing as connected and pulling a strange IP address.
Issue 3 - USB Drives Disconnect with Sleep:
After sleep, any USB drives that I have connected give an improper disconnect notice and are no longer mounted. Once the computer wakes up, the drives remount. For now, I've disabled auto-sleep for the system, as I often have render projects and a couple of USB network accessible drives that I need not to go offline. I can still put the system to sleep manually if I am not needing to render or access these drives.
Issue 4 - iMessage:
Sometime in late 2012, iMessage stopped working for most people. I can confirm that updating Chimera to version 2.0 fixes this issue, and does not seem to introduce any other problems to the system. More information can be found here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/336-chimera-2-0-now-available-imessage-login-fix.html To install, simply download the installer, and install on your boot drive. Please note, newer versions of Multibeast will contain this (or a newer) version of Chimera, so if you are doing a new build with a release of Multibeast newer than February 19, 2013, you probably already have this or a higher version of Chimera installed. Check your iMessage functionality before applying this fix.
Summary and Notes
- OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.2
- GeForce 660 Ti with OpenCL and Final Cut Pro X
- Green Audio Jack
- Ethernet 2 Connection
- DVD playback/burning
- Windows 7 secondary boot drive
- Firewire 800 through expansion card
- USB 3.0 support
- USB 3.0 function of front 3.5" panel plugged into F_USB30_1 on motherboard
- USB disconnects after sleep
- USB 2.0 function of front 3.5" panel plugged into F_USB30_1 on motherboard
- On-board Firewire 400
- HD4000 on-board graphics capabilities
Reference 1: Enabling CUDA in Adobe Premiere and After Effects:
I've added this section because people keep asking how to enable CUDA acceleration in Adobe products. It is a very simple process, and was answered very early on in the the thread. So, I am now providing a link to that answer: http://www.tonymacx86.com/golden-builds/70530-slugnets-video-editor-ga-z77x-ud5h-i7-3770k-gigabyte-geforce-gtx-660-ti-3.html#post447744
Reference 2: How to Multiboot Windows and OSX
I've added this section because people keep asking how to multiboot. It is a very simple process, and was answered very early on in the the thread. So, I am now providing a link to that answer:
All in all, I am very happy with this build. While not lightyears beyond my previous build (see http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-builds/29045-success-ga-z68mx-ud2h-b3-i7-2600k-evga-geforce-gtx-560-a.html) I am getting better performance and have a stable working environment. Especially exciting for me are the upgrade to the SSD drive, which has revolutionized my functional OS speeds, and upgrading the video card to the 660 Ti, which is especially notable as an improvement when I boot into the Windows side for gaming.
Here are some screenshots/benchmarks (please note screenshots are pre 10.8.2 install):
Geekbench: 14681 (updated for 10.8.2 . . . gained over 200 since my benchmark from when I first tested the system 10.8.1, as you can see in the screenshot below)
Luxmark GPU: 1034
Luxmark CPU + GPU: 1133
Unigine Engine Heavn Benchmark
- Default Settings (Shaders medium, 4x Anisotropy, Anti-aliasing Off, 1920x1200 resolution): Score 1519, 60.3 FPS average, 25.4 FPS low, 146.1 FPS high
- High Settings (Shaders high, 16x Anisotropy, 8x Anti-aliasing, 1920x1200 resolution): Score 835, 33.2 FPS average, 19.9 FPS low, 90.2 FPS high
About this Mac
USB 3.0 and DVD/BD Fully Working
Feb. 19, 2013
- Added information on Chimera update to fix iMessage
- Fixed date issues in the Edits list
Oct. 9, 2012
- Added information/link to full explanation on enabling CUDA in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere
- Added information/link to brief explanation on how to Multiboot Windows and OSX
Oct. 2, 2012
- Added benchmark information for 10.8.2
- Added note about video card compatibility and install methods in 10.8.2
Sep. 21, 2012
- Added information about updating from 10.8.1 to 10.8.2
Sep. 5, 2012
- Added information about additional front USB 3.0 panel
- Fixed typos and adjusted some formatting
Sep. 4, 2012
- Added USB disconnect after sleep issue
Sep. 3, 2012
- Moved USB 3.0 Support to Working section
- Updated information about USB 3.0/Network in Remaining Issues
- Added a Summary of what is working and what isn't
- Added a conclusion of my experiences with the setup
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