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[Success] Asus Z170i Pro Gaming - Sierra 10.12.5

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CarluenaDoctor's Build:
ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING - i5-6600K - GTX 1050 Ti



Components

ASUS Z170I PRO GAMING Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015FY4HLS/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132641

HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Memory (HX421C14FBK2/16)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TY6A1LY/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104531

Intel Core i5-6600K Skylake Processor (BX80662I56600K)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012M8M7TY/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117561

Thermaltake Engine 27 1U Low-Profile 70W Intel 60mm PWM CPU Cooler Cooling (CL-P032-CA06SL-A)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MCT9V18/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106417

ARCTIC MX-4 Thermal Compound Paste
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045JCFLY/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OBRE5UE/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB Graphic Card Black, Boost Clock 1455 MHz (GV-N105TOC-4GD)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M25X363/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125915

Cooler Master Elite 110 Cube Style Mini-ITX Computer Case (RC-110-KKN2-AMZ)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HJOJJ6Q/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119299

Corsair VS650 650W Power Supply (CP-9020098-EU) <--- European, not USA
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LMBT0IO/?tag=tonymacx86com-20


Works/Doesn't work

Works:
-Ethernet
-Audio
-Bluetooth
-USB 3.1 (ALL)
-GPU
-Sleep
-Audio after Sleep
-SSD Trim
-iMessage & Facetime

Doesn't work:
-Wifi (you need to buy an Airport combo)

Installation Steps

1) Ethernet (many thx to @BreBo):

ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming has the Intel I219V Gigabit LAN Controller.
You can use the driver from MultiBeast

1) MultiBeast > Drivers > Network > Intel > IntelMausiEthernet v2.2.1d1
2) Restart

2) Graphics

1) Download this kext http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/119315/
2) Restart

3) Audio

1) Install Clover
2) Mount EFI
3) Disable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x67 = SIP Disabled completely ---
4) Restart
5) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALCXXX > 100 Series Audio --- Install
6) Restart
7) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALC1150 --- Install
8) Restart
9) Enable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x0 = SIP Enabled (Default) ---

- For the sleep problem were it won't work -
10) Download KextBeast
11) Download this kext
12) Install it and reboot. Not any flag required.

4) Bluetooth

1) Mount EFI partition
2) MultiBeast > Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit 100 Series
3) MultiBeast > Drivers > Disk > Intel Generic AHCI SATA
4) Restart

5) All USB ports (3.1,3.0,2.0 and pc-case 3.0 ports)

With a clean installation I discovered that all ports worked except when connecting HUBS and extenders.
However, with the Bluetooth installation in 4) you will also install the kext for making all of them working perfectly.
(I did also performed some Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and the velocity in the original 3.0 and the HUBS ones are the same, so yeah, perfect installed.)

6) Trim for the SSD

Open Terminal and paste this

sudo trimforce enable

It will restart and you are good to go! (In system information you can check it's enabled).


Some things to take in consideration:
-The first boot from USB provides you Ethernet connection. If you don't have a hotspot USB (iPhone for example) connection you should consider downloading all the needed things for the Ethernet before any further installations.
-I have found some times a not smooth OS as a real Mac, and it does bother me a lot considering the price I have paid when, maybe, a MacMini would be smoother.
-This community is awesome, the support is really a thing to show respect!
-As it has been requested, here it's my con gif.plist https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx0iSwym2nVXVGVZaGlhdTVySVk

Everything (except the WiFi/BT combo card which I am not planing of getting) is working. Any questions I will be helping you guys!

As some of you may know I have been creating post for the last 2 weeks continuously. I wasn't sure at first but this is awesome! The possibility of swapping to Win10 to play games.. just another level.

Many thanks to the forum.

Carluena.
 
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Updated. Now Bluetooth and all USB working. (Bluetooth stock card, not Apple m.2 one. Wifi won't be needed with Ethernet).

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This is the thread most people were using. I used this thread to setup my sierra.

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...ing-w-i7-6700t-35w-gtx-760-sm951-ahci.184165/

We have similar hardware, just the GPU.

Did you use rehabman usb inject kext?. Me an a fellow in that thread have minor issues with intel usb 3.0 not being full 5gbs, we lack a dsdt to properly map the USB ports, usb 3.1 works fine Since that's not intel, i use a usb hub.

Everything else works, i also don't have smooth ui which is what i think its down to the gpu, with sierra they have introduced new library security validation.

I got a magic touchpad to match my apple keybord which helps the ui.

My logitech mouse was causing auto focus so that was a issue while typing and watching films.

H265 videos and other large videos work fine.

You might need to watch that heatsink, its rated 70watts

Hi, I actually saw it but didn't follow because of the creation date, I supposed it was't updated because of [El Capitan] on title.. and I did want to make the install the cleanest the possible (I firstly used some kexts and config.plist of others guide, so yeah, after knowing everything could work my goal was to make it work by myself).

About the USBs, this are my velocities. I will be using the fatest capable USB for the test I have, this one.

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For 3.1 USB I have this velocity.

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For 3.0 USB I have this one.

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For the 3.0 HUB connected to the 3.0 USB I have this one.

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For the 2.0 USB I have this one.

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For the case front USB ports I have this one.

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I only installed the USB drivers as posted, with the Bluetooth installation.

I am also getting the trackpad and the keyboard (made the bluetooth works two days ago).

Any wifi-bluetooth card recommendation??

About the cooler, this is the CPU intel information I get

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The box of the cooler says that it supports up to 70W, however I have in the ASUS bios the coolers to normal, for avoiding the high noise. Here it says the 70W

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  1. Android
After several installations and different issues I'm gonna share the result of your guide's experience, and I wanna thank you again Carlos for guide and past help. Here is my config:

  • Asus Z170i Pro Gaming BIOS Version 3401 x64 Build Date 03/15/17
  • Intel i7-6700k
  • RAM Corsair Vengeance 16 GB 30000 MHz
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD
  • Monitor Samsung U28E590 Ultra HD
  • No external VGA plugged
First time I followed all your guide steps it worked but then I had a black screen after booting with clover from SSD,but I could load it just with Pen drive and sound was working. Then I made several installations cause after making some steps ,rebooting, OS it was not able to load with Clover if launched from SSD (again it could boot from Pen Drive, just now with no sound).
It happened rebooting after these steps :
  • - For the sleep problem were it won't work - (I was not sure if it was always needed but a couple of time sound fixed after this step)
    10) Download KextBeast
    11) Download this kext
    12) Install it and reboot. Not any flag required.
  • 4) Bluetooth (it blocked after this point if the third step was successful)

    1) Mount EFI partition
    2) MultiBeast > Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit 100 Series
    3) MultiBeast > Drivers > Disk > Intel Generic AHCI SATA
    4) Restart
  • 6) Trim for the SSD (It blocked after this point if the third and fourth steps was successful or skipping/mixing some steps)

    Open Terminal and paste this

    sudo trimforce enable
My last and working installation followed these steps (I just changed order and mixed some steps):

1) Clover Bootloader :

Not sure if it really worked, just thinking to prevent a black screen boot, I set Video settings enabling Intel HD injector.

2) Boot loader and driver install:
With Multibeast I selected:
  • UEFI Boot Mode (of course)
  • Disk/Intel Generic AHCI SATA
  • Misk/Fake SMC HWMonitor Application (not sure if needed)
  • Network/IntelMausiEthernet v2.2.1d1
  • USB/Increase Max Port Limit 100 Series
  • Clover v2.4k r4063 UEFI Boot Mode
  • Graphic Configuration\Intel HD 5xx
  • System Definitions\Mac Pro\Mac Pro 6,1
  • Restart
3) Audio fix

1) Install Clover
2) Mount EFI
3) Disable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x67 = SIP Disabled completely ---
4) Restart
5) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALCXXX > 100 Series Audio --- Install
6) Restart
7) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALC1150 --- Install
8) Restart
9) Enable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x0 = SIP Enabled (Default) ---


I hope finally it's gone but I'm little afraid to update :) . It would be nice if you link the first steps of the Hackintosh installation and BIOS settings in order to simply newbies into the Z170i Hackintosh install following your guide.
Best
 
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After several installations and different issues I'm gonna share the result of your guide's experience, and I wanna thank you again Carlos for guide and past help. Here is my config:

  • Asus Z170i Pro Gaming BIOS Version 3401 x64 Build Date 03/15/17
  • Intel i7-6700k
  • RAM Corsair Vengeance 16 GB 30000 MHz
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD
  • Monitor Samsung U28E590 Ultra HD
  • No external VGA plugged
First time I followed all your guide steps it worked but then I had a black screen after booting with clover from SSD,but I could load it just with Pen drive and sound was working. Then I made several installations cause after making some steps ,rebooting, OS it was not able to load with Clover if launched from SSD (again it could boot from Pen Drive, just now with no sound).
It happened rebooting after these steps :
  • - For the sleep problem were it won't work - (I was not sure if it was always needed but a couple of time sound fixed after this step)
    10) Download KextBeast
    11) Download this kext
    12) Install it and reboot. Not any flag required.
  • 4) Bluetooth (it blocked after this point if the third step was successful)

    1) Mount EFI partition
    2) MultiBeast > Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit 100 Series
    3) MultiBeast > Drivers > Disk > Intel Generic AHCI SATA
    4) Restart
  • 6) Trim for the SSD (It blocked after this point if the third and fourth steps was successful or skipping/mixing some steps)

    Open Terminal and paste this

    sudo trimforce enable
My last and working installation followed these steps (I just changed order and mixed some steps):

1) Clover Bootloader :

Not sure if it really worked, just thinking to prevent a black screen boot, I set Video settings enabling Intel HD injector.

2) Boot loader and driver install:
With Multibeast I selected:
  • UEFI Boot Mode (of course)
  • Disk/Intel Generic AHCI SATA
  • Misk/Fake SMC HWMonitor Application (not sure if needed)
  • Network/IntelMausiEthernet v2.2.1d1
  • USB/Increase Max Port Limit 100 Series
  • Clover v2.4k r4063 UEFI Boot Mode
  • Graphic Configuration\Intel HD 5xx
  • System Definitions\Mac Pro\Mac Pro 6,1
3) Audio fix

1) Install Clover
2) Mount EFI
3) Disable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x67 = SIP Disabled completely ---
4) Restart
5) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALCXXX > 100 Series Audio --- Install
6) Restart
7) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALC1150 --- Install
8) Restart
9) Enable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x0 = SIP Enabled (Default) ---


I hope finally it's gone but I'm little afraid to update :) . It would be nice if you link the first steps of the Hackintosh installation and BIOS settings in order to simply newbies into the Z170i Hackintosh install following your guide.
Best

Glad this guide helped you! I will be updating with my BIOS settings very soon, you have convinced me :)

Just for getting more information of how hackintosh does performance on your system, could you tell me what does it work and what doesn't? Also any kind of USB performance like I did in the 3º comment? It looks like there are some people trying to figure out what is happening to their USB 3.0 performance! (See 2º comment).

If you need something else like config.plist, just come here and I will help you!
 
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I stil have that sound problem if the pen drive with the Hackintosh installer is plugged off, any idea? In attachment Usb performance with this one.
 

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I stil have that sound problem if the pen drive with the Hackintosh installer is plugged off, any idea? In attachment Usb performance with this one.

For the audio I don't have any need for the hackintosh installer plugged. Follow my steps and it will work.

So, I think you are getting some better USB results than my hackintosh, but I don't know if it's because of the USB you are using or because of the kexts and installation you did. How did you installed the USB kexts? What do you have on 3.1 in average??
 
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i did geekbench trial and cinebench.

i will try black magic when i can find a spare drive, i plan to buy another ssd for my macbook and do a clean installation using this guide as my intel 3.0 are picky.

I have this Geekbench.



About the CineBench, I do have an Nvidia so nothing to compare really..
 
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For the audio I don't have any need for the hackintosh installer plugged. Follow my steps and it will work.

So, I think you are getting some better USB results than my hackintosh, but I don't know if it's because of the USB you are using or because of the kexts and installation you did. How did you installed the USB kexts? What do you have on 3.1 in average??

Probably it's my pen drive because I just installed MultiBeast > Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit 100 Series
About the sound I don't know if it is linked with Clover or MultiBeast steps:
  • I started both software from pen drive not copying to desktop
  • I mounted EFI partition with EFI Mounter v3 the disk1s1 (Samsung SSD)
  • With Clover I opened EFI\CLOVER\config.plist (Samsung SSD)
 

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Probably it's my pen drive because I just installed MultiBeast > Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit 100 Series
About the sound I don't know if it is linked with Clover or MultiBeast steps:
  • I started both software from pen drive not copying to desktop
  • I mounted EFI partition with EFI Mounter v3 the disk1s1 (Samsung SSD)
  • With Clover I opened EFI\CLOVER\config.plist (Samsung SSD)

For audio you just have to do this:

1) Install Clover.Configurator
2) Mount EFI and open the config.plist with Clover.Configurator
3) Disable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x67 = SIP Disabled completely ---
4) Restart
5) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALCXXX > 100 Series Audio --- Install
6) Restart
7) Multibeast --- Drivers > Audio > RealtekALC1150 --- Install
8) Restart
9) Enable SIP in Rt Variables --- csr-active-config 0x03 = SIP Enabled (Default on Hackintoshes) ---

Later you can also add a fix for sleep audio wake. But please, first install the audio correctly. I would suggest installing the OS X again in another partition - USB (for example) just for testing.
 
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