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[SUCCESS] Gigabyte B550 Vision D + AMD Ryzen 5900X + RX6800 + WD SN850 1TB NVMe

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Middleman's Build:
Gigabyte B550 Vision D + AMD Ryzen 5900X + RX6800


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COMPONENTS
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Other tools needed
  • 16GB USB Key (for Catalina install)
  • MountEFI & Propertree (for editing)
  • Spare Hackintosh/Mac (for creating Catalina USB stick/editing if necessary)
  • USB 3.0 external slot drive (for copying/editing files and data)


Comments

What works

NVMe detection and bootup​
AMD RX6800 (limited - until proper macOS driver arrives)​
USB 3.1, 3.0 & 2.0 (hot-plugging and eject on USB 3.1 works)​
Full sound ports including digital out with volume adjustment​
Ethernet​

What doesn't

Bluetooth​
WiFi​
Thunderbolt (still testing)​
GPU graphics (currently set to VESA mode)​
Sound (getting crackling from the board)​

Reasons Behind Purchase
I work in the imaging industry, and for the work we need speed and the ability to access and process large or large numbers of files on the fly without interruption is of particular importance to our work. Too many systems currently based on the standalone Intel architecture are not just cut up for the job. I've been using Hackintoshes myself for nearly 8 years, and I came to it simply because Apple couldn't provide us what we wanted - good performance for a reasonable price. As a seasoned Apple user who went from PCs and PowerMac 8400s to G4s/G5s/Powerbooks and iMacs/Mac Pros/Macbook Pros, it has been my experience that Hackintoshes are generally (compared to real Apple Macs at least) a lot more upgrade-friendly, wallet-friendly, great value for money and surprisingly reliable. As my last Hack lasted about 7 years with constant daily use, the only thing that was ever broken was the PSU and that got replaced - it was that solid.

My existing 2017 Asus Z270 Prime A system at work, while it was reliable and fast, was slowly beginning to show its age. On certain processes under Photoshop, for example, the 4-core i7-7000, which was powering the system, was beginning to take its toll. Although we employed NVMe SSDs to try to take advantage of the speed, the bottleneck was still mainly the Intel processor.

So I decided to go for a faster setup for 2021. Reading about the chips and latest gear, made me convinced a system based on the new AMD Ryzen 5900X was the way to go. In addition to being much more macOS friendly, it seemed the way to go for the foreseeable future (especially GPUs). For the motherboard, I chose the Gigabyte B550 Vision D. Aside from being designed for the AMD Ryzen, it was also the first to have Thunderbolt included (for AMD chips) as well as industry-leading PCIe 4.0 performance. The Thunderbolt is important to me because we need fast access to our Thunderbolt RAID storage system.

For internal storage, as we were going to use PCIe 4.0, it was a choice between the Samsung 980 Pro or the Western Digital (WD) SN850 NVMe's. We settled on the WD simply because it seemed to be the better choice for speed. I also wanted to see how well WD's NVMe would perform longterm compared to Samsung. But I was aware that the new 980 Pro uses TLC or a less reliable type of flash than the MLCs that were used in the 970 Pro.

Graphics card choice
I initially wanted to get a RX5700 but was told by my local dealer that the card was no longer available - so had to settle for the RX6800, which I was more than happy with. The card comes with 16GB of VRAM, which is more than enough for my (current) needs.


Installation Instructions

I followed CaseySJ's original OpenCore 0.6.3 build on the B550 Vision D using the supplied EFI folder and BIOS settings, created the USB Catalina 10.15.6 installer disk using Apple's recommendations. I booted from the USB stick by pressing F12 at the boot menu, and installed directly onto the WD NVMe SSD which I had already installed in the machine.

For the BIOS settings, as well as setting up the expected settings for this generation of board such as Enable XMP Profile, Enable Above 4G Decoding, XHCI Handoff Enabled, etc., I turned off SMT (AMD's hyperthreading) in case the system went into kernel panic (as advised by other guides I had come across for the Ryzen chipset).

The installation process was relatively smooth and trouble-free. After the install and a few reboots I copied the USB's EFI folder to the system EFI partition using MountEFI and was pretty much done. Now all I am waiting for the display card drivers (mainly) - which as of writing (13/01/21) has still not been officially released yet by AMD for macOS Catalina.
 
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Thanks! About the softwares I mainly use Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator. I'm hoping to try them out once my files are transferred over.
 
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Thanks! About the softwares I mainly use Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator. I'm hoping to try them out once my files are transferred over.

Would love to hear how the AMD processor and the Adobe apps cooperate! I've heard there were tricks just to get the Adobe stuff to work at all under an AMD hackintosh.
 
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Well, it looks like you were right!
This is the fix I found for the Adobe apps using an AMD processor. It was missing Intel fastmem instructions.
There are terminal commands that need to be done in order to resolve it.
 
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I have install Catalina on my new hackintosh (RYZEN 5900X + RX 6800 GIGABYTE +B550 VISION D + 32Go BALLISTIX=DARK ROCK PRO 4). But I'm in low resolution. My screen LG 4K show me a dirty Catalina. Maybe my problem is the GPU; it seems (1024x720) so far of the 4K. It's impossible to change the resolution. Do you have a normal resolution? First time in the boot it seems correctly on my 32' screen and little time after during boot always in big letter low resolution. Do you have a idea. First time that I built a PC :)
 
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Unfortunately you have this issue of ‘small resolution’ because we still do not have the proper macOS drivers from Apple for the RX6800. We are unfortunately going to have to wait for them (which may happen until the next update).
 
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Unfortunately you have this issue of ‘small resolution’ because we still do not have the proper macOS drivers from Apple for the RX6800. We are unfortunately going to have to wait for them (which may happen until the next update).
When you say we need to wait this is for what? Future driver in MacOS like BIG SUR? Or in OpenCre? Sorry, I'm noob. Because everything seems fine except the resolution, and for me I can't use it like this. It seems I'm in 90's years. :D Thanks for the help for information. I hope I will can use soon.
 
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