- Jun 13, 2017
- ASUS Prime B550M-A AC
- Ryzen 7 5700X
- RX 6700 XT
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
craighazan's Budget AI/Gaming build
Gigabyte A520l AC — Ryzen 7 4700G — Radeon Graphics 16GB
Ryzen 7 4700G AMD Radeon Graphics [Renoir] APU — Amazon — Newegg — Micro Center
Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 Low profile APU fan — Amazon — Newegg — Micro Centre
Gigabyte A520l AC Motherboard — Amazon — Newegg — Micro Centre
Crucial Pro RAM 32 GB [2x16GB] — Amazon — Newegg — Micro Centre
WD Black 1TB SN850X — Amazon — Newegg — Micro Centre
Lian Li Meshlicious MITX case, white. — Amazon — Newegg — Micro Centre
Components Salvaged from the Hackintosh Recycling Bin
Ryzen 5 4600G — Bought from Micro Center for the princely sum of $96. 6 Core 12 threads with 7 GPU cores oob!. Replaced by the Ryzen 7 4700G, the 8 core 16 thread APU, (which will be paired with a 320).
KingSpec NE-128 — This star of an NVMe drive, this has been in every build I've done and it still performs. Replaced by the WD Black 1TB SN850X, the KingSpec did good, I simply needed more storage.
DELL 7010 PSU — What can I say, if this was any other build you'd be the star of the show. Honestly you don't need any other PSU, the best there is!.
... Craig you've forgotten something... Huh?... Graphics!. No I haven't because this build is all about NRed!. It hasn't been fully tested, there are still things I want to find out. And being we've spent a bit of time together now, I feel confident enough to write up a user build. Sure she looks like one of her namesakes cubist paintings but don't let that distract you from, in what is my early opinion, Ventura looking better in Radeon, than UHD 630.
NootedRed.kext, formally WhateverRed, appeared roughly a year ago, whispers and hear say of successful APU's without much followup brewed until May 2023, when things really started happening. For what seemed like an eternity Big Sur was the only OS the kext supported, success had mainly been reported with AMD Laptops, hp was a popular one. But there wasn't much word about AMD Desktops only a 3*00G success story. Then all of a sudden it was 3000 and 4000 series APU's, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura and Sonoma were working, so of course I went and picked up a Ryzen 4600G, why wouldn't I?!.
Why the Ryzen 4600G... and 4700G?
It's cheap!, compare the price I paid at Micro Center, $92 btw, to say 3000 G series or even 2000 G series. $28 cheaper than 5600G at Micro Center, and there's a lot in the box, see my other thread below, 'I got a Ryzen 5 4600G...and 4700G'. I've always been a fan of this 4600G, wasn't it originally a Laptop APU and they had some left over?, I'll have to look that up. At the time of its release 3 years ago I thought it would make a great budget Ryzen gaming build, even if you couldn't Hackintosh it. 6 cores, 12 threads, low profile cpu fan and two gorgeous stickers1, on the G side you have 7 Radeon Graphic Cores beating @ 1900MHz, that's better than UHD 630 1500MHz. And if the speed of verbose is any measure of performance, then it boots quicker than the 5700X in the G5!.
After having broken my Ventura installation again, I decided to create a new installer with macOS Ventura 13.4.1
successfully installed first time, so a clean installation will work.
Here is probably the best source for this part, OpenCores Ryzen and Threadripper (17h and 19H) page!. We're also going to set maximum memory for the VRAM, the NootedRed.kext needs a minimum of 512 MB, 1 GB is preferred and more if you have it.
I spent some time preparing my EFI before I got the APU, I'm using the same one I have in HackinDROM. I chose iMacPro1,1 SMBIOS other platform info you can use are MacBookPro16,3, iMac20,1 or iMacPro1,1
Does It Work?
Well yes it does!, the frame buffer loads, the dock resembles frosted glass, not bad for something that shouldn't work!. Can it play Minecraft better than UHD 630?. No, though it's not far off, take down that draw distance and we should be good, but it's much better than a 5700X and RX 580!. How does it look?. I might not be popular for saying this, but it does just look so much more vibrant and sharp, the colors blend smoothly and there is much less banding. Text is much crispier, counters are more defined and its easier to read than UHD 630.
I posted my first GB6 benches in my Ventura guide, linked below. The multicore score surprised me, I thought it would be a bit higher than 4900, but the single core score cheered me up again coming in at around 1500. But it's the Metal score we're all interested in, I have Metal 3 support!, but there is a wild disparity in the 2 benches I have recorded so far. Around 12500 for the first bench but today it's 5000, huh. I did remove the boot arg ncpi=0x3000 and enabled Above 4G Encoding BIOS between the benches, related?.
Sonoma! woohoo!, your next thought probably isn't 'Lets get a Ryzen 5 4600G'... I did and I don't regret it at all. Don't fear, the days of zero acceleration for Radeon Graphics are dead, well almost!. Formally WhateverRed, now NootedRed or simply referred to as NRed is a kext to replace...
I've been watching this CPU for the past couple of weeks, because of progress with NootedRed, can I get full acceleration in macOS?. https://github.com/NootInc/NootedRed
I got a Ryzen 5 4600G AMD Radeon Graphics APU from MicroCenter! — Amazon — Newegg — Micro Center Wait... what!?. I'm still waiting for confirmation from Nootinc to see if I have full acceleration with AMD Radeon Graphics, but so far so good. There have been some glitches and it struggles under...
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