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[Success] Gigabyte Designare Z390 + i9-9900K + Sapphire RX 5700 XT Nitro+ SE + LG 34WK95U-W

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Motherboard
Z490 ASUS Maximus XII Formula
CPU
i9-10900K
Graphics
RX 5700 XT
Mac
MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
LG777's Build:
Gigabyte Designare Z390 - i9-9900K - UHD 630 - RX 5700 XT

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OS: macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Beta (19G36e)

Giant thanks to CaseySJ and
his guide!

Components:

already bought and installed

Case: NZXT H710i white/black with USB-C front
https://www.amazon.de/NZXT-H710i-ATX-Mid-Tower-Gehäuse-Glass-Seitenfenster-Schnellspanner/dp/B07S8Z5C82/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/matte-white-black-nzxt-h-series-h710i-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811146328


Motherboard: GIGABYTE Designare Z390
https://www.amazon.de/Z390-DESIGNARE-Gigabyte-Thunderbolt-Motherboard/dp/B07K8RJZRG/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/p/N82E16813145110

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake refresh 8-Core/16-Threads
https://www.amazon.de/Intel®-Core-i9-9900K-3-6GHz-Boxed/dp/B005404P9I/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/core-i9-9th-gen-intel-core-i9-9900k/p/N82E16819117957

Graphics card: Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 5700 XT Special Edition 8GB GDDR6
https://www.amazon.de/SAPPHIRE-Nitro-Radeon-GDDR6-Special/dp/B07ZZS579F/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/sapphire-radeon-rx-5700-xt-100416nt-sesr/p/N82E16814202358

RAM: G.Skill DIMM 32 GB DDR4-3200 Quad-Kit (F4-3200C16Q-32GTZR)
https://www.amazon.de/G-Skill-DDR4-32GB-4x8GB-32GTZR/dp/B01MT825J9/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/g-skill-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820232482

SSD (macOS): Samsung SSD 970 Evo M.2 1TB (MZ-V7E1T0BW)
https://www.amazon.de/Samsung-MZ-V7E1T0BW-970-Interne-NVMe/dp/B07CGJNLBB/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/samsung-970-evo-1tb/p/N82E16820147691

SSD (win): Crucial P1 M.2 NVME SSD 1TB (CT1000P1SSD8)
https://www.amazon.de/Crucial-CT1000P1SSD8-Internes-NAND-NVMe/dp/B07J2Q4SWZ/

https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/crucial-p1-1tb/p/N82E16820156199

Power Supply Unit: Corsair AX1000 80 Plus Titanium
https://www.amazon.de/Corsair-Vollmodulares-Titanium-Netzteil-schwarz/dp/B07KYX51C1/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/corsair-ax-series-ax1000-cp-9020152-na-1000w/p/N82E16817139160

WiFi: MQUPIN fenvi T919 Wireless Card (BCM94360CD)
https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B07W92MZGF/

newegg: no link ---

Monitor: LG 34WK95U-W 34" 21:9 Nano IPS HDR WUHD 5K Thunderbolt3
https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B07FT8ZBMR/

https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/lg-34wk95u-w-34-wuhd/p/N82E16824025921

CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X63
https://www.amazon.de/NZXT-Kraken-RGB-CPU-.../dp/B0849SD36K/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/p/2YM-001B-00055

Case Fans: be quiet! Silent Wings 3 140mm PWM BL067 (3 pieces)
https://www.amazon.de/Be-Quiet-BL067-Gehäuselüfter-schwarz/dp/B01JMEMAE8/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/be-quiet-bl067-case-fan/p/1YF-001D-00014


USB-HUB:
NZXT internal USB-Hub
https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01IFGFTJ2/

https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/nzxt-ac-iusbh-m1/p/N82E16817116035

PSU Cable: LINKUP PSU
https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B07TCJWK3J/
newegg: no link ---

Riser Cable: LINKUP 30 cm 16x Riser Cable Twinaxial PCI Express
https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B07SN2LCS2/
newegg: no link ---

IO Devices: As input devices I use the Apple Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad.

planned or under consideration

Case Fans: be quiet! Silent Wings 3 140mm PWM BL067 (2 pieces)
https://www.amazon.de/Be-Quiet-BL067-Gehäuselüfter-schwarz/dp/B01JMEMAE8/
https://www.newegg.com/global/de-en/be-quiet-bl067-case-fan/p/1YF-001D-00014

Reason: I'm still testing it, but the fans of ZNXT at the CPU water cooling are a bit louder than those of be quet! (means in this case --> not silent).
Update (23.03.2020): I decided to go for the "high speed" version and ordered two pieces. Fans are now on their way

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01JME13SW/
Update (06.04.2020): installed ✅

- - - - SETUP & CONNECTIONS - - - -
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I currently have IGPU turned off because of the change to iMacPro1.1.
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I have connected my SSDs as follows:
  • Samsung SSD 970 Evo (macOS) --> M2M
  • Crucial P1 (win10) --> M2P
Maybe you should exchange it!? (Unfortunately, I lack the technical knowledge here) But the M2M sits exactly under the graphics card and is therefore also a bit warmer than the SSD at the M2P connection.
Here is the statistic of the last days (watch out for the temperatures!):
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But I think that both are in the acceptable range.
The connections were chosen by me so that I can control all fans and the pump via the BIOS or set the fan curve there myself. (The NZXT pump cannot be adjusted in the BIOS and runs apparently in automatic mode)
  • I connected the pump to the SYS_FAN3_PUMP.
  • The two fans on the radiator are connected to the CPU_FAN.
  • Front fan (2x) and the rear fan (1x) are connected to the SYS_FAN2.
  • The USB2.0 cable from the head of the NZXT X63 is connected to the NZXT USB hub.
The NZXT H700i housing features a "Smart Device".
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I unplugged all three cable extensions from the smart device and used them to connect the fans to the mainboard. On my smart device only the LED input is occupied. (And of course USB and SATA)

- - - - INSTALLATION - - - -

✅ Beginning and the main instructions (my inspiration and absolute source of knowledge):
success-gigabyte-designare-z390-thunderbolt-3-i7-9700k-amd-rx-580

✅ Mini-Guide: Direct Installation of Catalina 10.15.1 and Newer
✅ Updated to Catalina 10.15.4: mini Guide from CaseySJ

✅ Mini-Guide: Configure Carbon Copy Cloner for One-Key Bootable Backup
✅
Native NVRAM in Clover --> Update: no more need it, if following @CaseySJ's mini-guide

✅ Windows 10 installation (Can be selected and started from the Clover boot menu. See EFI_with_WIN10)
  1. To create the USB BOOT stick, I downloaded and installed Parallels Desktop 15 (trial version) After that I created the USB stick under Windows environment with the help of Rufus.
  2. I did not unplug the macOS M2 SSD for Windows 10 installation from the mainboard, it was active all the time.
  3. After a reboot I selected the EFI of the USB BOOT stick as boot source with F12 and started it.
  4. During the installation I formatted my second M2 SSD (ATTENTION: Please be very careful here, do not select the macOS SSD, otherwise all data and also the operating system are gone!)
  5. During the installation the PC is rebooted, here you have to press F12 again and the EFI of Windows-Manager...partition (no matter on which SSD it is located. With me it is on the macOS SSD)
  6. After the installation the settings in the BIOS should be corrected again. Here the EFI BOOT of macOS should be put first.
  7. Now in the Clover boot menu should also appear Windows and EFI Windows (icons).
    • Windows: starts EFI Windows
    • macOS: starts from Catalina

⏳ Monitor and Control NZXT Kraken All-in-One Coolers:
  • At the moment I have set all LEDs over Windows 10. As long as the hackintosh is not disconnected from the power supply, the settings will be kept, i.e. the settings will remain even after a restart with macOS.
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✅ Mini-Guide: How to Replace FakeSMC with VirtualSMC

- - - - WORKS WELL - - - -

✅ Ethernet
✅ WiFi
✅ Audio
✅ iCloud: Login, Cal, Mail, Note, Contact, iMessage, iTunes Store,App Store
✅ Airdrop
✅ Sleep, Wake, Reboot, Shutdown
✅ Copy and paste across devices on the Mac/Hackintosh (tested with MacBook Pro)
✅ Unlock with Apple Watch 4
✅ Nativ NVRAM works fine

- - - - ISSUE - - - -

RX 5700XT does not reach the maximum resolution (5120 x 2160) with the LG 5K monitor (connected via display
port 1.4) The maximum payable resolution is 3840 x 2160, but it looks somewhat distorted. At the moment I have
set the resolution to 3440 x 1440. With SwitchResX I can set the resolution to 5120x2160, but without scaling. In
SwitchResX I see that generally only resolutions with 16:9 format are scalable. I chose iMac19.1 when I installed it,
maybe that's why!?


It worked wonderfully with SwitchResX. Now it looks just like connecting my MackBook Pro to the monitor via USB-C. Here are the screenshots from the current state:

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Hier is the thread where you can finde some information about the correct settings:

Update from April-06-2020: after the update to Catalina 10.15.4 everything is automatically detected by the system I do not need the SwitchResX program anymore.
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I didn’t test it with iMac19,1, but with actually settings (iMacPro1,1) it doesn't working. After turn on i get only black screen on my iPadPro 12.9.
  • I using "duet display“ app v2.3.1.0 and it works very well. Reason for need iPad as Display -> i get Touch Bar on this and i like this.
Update (23.03.2020): switch back to iMac19,1 --> sidecar works fine (with iPad Pro 12.9)
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- - - - RESULTS - - - -
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- - - - NOTES & UPDATES - - - -

If you have questions about the settings (which I have not yet described or mentioned), you can of course ask me. I will then try to answer them or guide you to the right place.

Feb 24, 2020: Added SSD connection (with statistics), Heaven, Cinebench and DiskSpeed Benchmarks.
Feb 26, 2020: Another Heaven Benchmark with a resolution of 2560x1440.
Mar 01, 2020: Added benchmark results with the iMacPro1.1 setting and BIOS settings. Also a Mini-Guide: How to Replace FakeSMC with VirtualSMC (link to CaseySJ's guide)
Mar 04, 2020: Issue ---> Sidecar
Mar 23, 2020: switch back to iMac19,1 --> sidecar works fine. Added riser cable for vertical GPU.

Apr 06, 2020: updated to Catalina 10.15.4 wit @CaseySJ's mini guide and the ordered fans from Be-Quiet installed.
Apr 09, 2020: Fresh installation as iMacPro1.1 with new benchmarks and EFI files
Apr 27, 2020: Switch to N-D-K OpenCore 0.5.7 (OpenCore Mini-Guide) with SMBIOS: iMac19,1 --> works fine! If you need the EFI, just let me know.
Mai 06, 2020: Added OpenCore (N-D-K Fork) 0.5.7 EFI (Please enter your own data in PlatformInfo/Generic)
June 03, 2020: Added OpenCore (N-D-K Fork) 0.5.8 EFI (Please enter your own data in PlatformInfo/Generic)
Aug 14, 2020: Computer was disassembled for an upgrade. I'll put the link to the new Hackintosh in as soon as it's finished. (New component: Asus Maximus XII Formula Z490, Intel i9 10900k and complete custom water cooling from EK Water Blocks and Alphacool)
 

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Are you using a VM to change the CAM stuff or are you booting into windows? Trying to decide between a x63 and a z63
 
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Are you using a VM to change the CAM stuff or are you booting into windows? Trying to decide between a x63 and a z63
I tried using a VM, but every time I start the CAM software in the VM, the Windows in the VM crashes and reboots. Therefore I am currently using native Windows to save the settings.

I was faced with the same decision, but I chose the X63 because two things stood in my way:
  1. the price difference is, in my opinion, unjustified
  2. since the values under macOS are not really consistent, it would be a rather pointless function
I must also say that I run my Hackintosh mainly with macOS. (Windows only for RGB LED settings :lol:)
 
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Is your System definition iMac19,1?

I think you should use iMacPro1,1. Your CPU and GPU benchmarks will be higher. Even your DRAM will be more fast.

While using iMacXX,X you will have troubles while playing DRM content. In iMacPro1,1 you won't have these troubles.
 
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Z490 ASUS Maximus XII Formula
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i9-10900K
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RX 5700 XT
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MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
Is your System definition iMac19,1?

I think you should use iMacPro1,1. Your CPU and GPU benchmarks will be higher. Even your DRAM will be more fast.

While using iMacXX,X you will have troubles while playing DRM content. In iMacPro1,1 you won't have these troubles.
Yes I have used iMac19.1.
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How can I switch to iMacPro1.1?
 
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RX 5700 XT
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iOS
Before switching you have to disconnect your iCloud account.

@Feartech had shown how to do it. In that button you should select iMacPro.
Yes there I can choose it, but what else has to be done? (So additional/other drivers or other settings)

Maybe you can give me a direct link to the thread? :angel:
 
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Any tricks to getting iMessage and Airdrop to work with Catalina?
 
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Yes there I can choose it, but what else has to be done? (So additional/other drivers or other settings)

Maybe you can give me a direct link to the thread? :angel:
You don't have to do any additional step. Just choose that SMBIOS. I've checked your EFI. You are fine. ImacPro will give you drm play and more speed from CPU and GPU.

You could find references for using iMacPro1,1 instead iMac19,1 all over the forum, specially in Graphics sub-forum. Use the search tool.
 
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