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[SUCCESS] Gigabyte Designare Z390 (Thunderbolt 3) + i7-9700K + AMD RX 580

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Of course and mine is on order lol..Just thinking it was possible with how great this Mb really is :headbang:
I'm attempting graphics acceleration for my Sapphire Vega VII..May I ask how much longer you'll be responding for approximately ? :idea::thumbup:
 

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** Micro-Guide: Significantly Speed Up Intel UHD630 iGPU **
Please do not quote this guide in its entirety. Post a link instead.​


Thanks again to @3Dman for pointing out a feature in the latest version of WhateverGreen (v1.3.8 and newer) that finally allows compute tasks on the iGPU to operate at the full speed of 1.2GHz instead of the anemic 0.3GHz that we're getting right now. This procedure, of course, requires Internal Graphics to be enabled in BIOS and use of an SMBIOS that supports internal graphics, such as iMac19,1.

Procedure:
  • Install WhateverGreen v1.3.8 or newer if not already installed.
  • Install Lilu v1.4.3 or newer if not already installed.
  • Mount EFI partition and add this to Boot Arguments: igfxfw=2
  • If you're currently using Boot Argument -disablegfxfirmware, remove it.
    Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 9.02.01 PM.png
What this Does:
  • This allows macOS to load its own Graphics Micro-Code (or GuC) to the iGPU, which enables better power management and significantly higher clock speeds.
Caveats:
  • This feature is new and in some cases might cause boot failure.
  • Keep a backup disk or backup EFI folder on USB flash disk for emergency boot.
Testing:
  • Run any function that involves H.264 and HEVC (H.265) encoding, decoding, transcoding.
Sample Results:
  • After downloading the Sony 4K Camp Video (click here for 1.26GB file) I viewed the video in QuickTime Player before and after the change. GPU frequency was monitored with Intel Power Gadget for Mac.
  • As we can see below, iGPU went from 0.38 GHz to 1.15 GHz, a 3x increase.
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I had the low power USB problem once more(500 mA max current for charging). After unplugging and keeping the power button pressed for 30 secs, it was not fixed. Still 500 mA. I then chose restore defaults in the BIOS, rebooted to BIOS, loaded my normal MacOS BIOS settings, rebooted to Clover and now I am stuck when booting MacOS(Mojave, to be exact). -v shows it stalls at End Randomseed +++++

To my dismay, my backup doesn't boot either, even when I use the Clover install on that disk to boot from.

Windows boots (and works) when started from Clover, or from its own boot partition.

I reset CMOS by shorting the 2 pins with a screwdriver, but that didn't help either. Or do I need to remove the battery too?

Any ideas how to fix this would be much appreciated.

do you use aptiomemory fix?
 
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I don't wanna ruin everyone's RadeonBoost party, but so far in my testing, I only found my system to be slower with the kext. Let me explain:

I'm running a VEGA 64 8GB and 9900KS on Clover with iMacPro1,1 with iGPU disabled (in hindsight, the 9900KS doesn't make any sense whatsoever). I tried various setups: iMac19,1 instead of iMacPro, enabled and disabling iGPU, with and without the SSDT. Even though I do sometimes see a significant increase in GB5 scores, I have never experienced an increase in render times in DaVinci Resovle 16. Futhermore, all tested setups and combinations resulted in significantly lower performance. I tested the same video with each setup (a combination of multiple camera's and formats including H264, H265, retiming, LUTs and titles). For instance, using the setup as described above, without RadeonBoost, gets me about 55 fps when rendering 4K H264 clip. Using RB, this drops to around 30-35. As video rendering and video editing is the main reason I built this setup, this kext unfortunately doesn't make sense to me.

I think it's important to talk about this. Better GB scores are nice and all, but translation to real-world performance is way more important to me.
 
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I don't wanna ruin everyone's RadeonBoost party, but so far in my testing, I only found my system to be slower with the kext. Let me explain:

I'm running a VEGA 64 8GB and 9900KS on Clover with iMacPro1,1 with iGPU disabled (in hindsight, the 9900KS doesn't make any sense whatsoever). I tried various setups: iMac19,1 instead of iMacPro, enabled and disabling iGPU, with and without the SSDT. Even though I do sometimes see a significant increase in GB5 scores, I have never experienced an increase in render times in DaVinci Resovle 16. Futhermore, all tested setups and combinations resulted in significantly lower performance. I tested the same video with each setup (a combination of multiple camera's and formats including H264, H265, retiming, LUTs and titles). For instance, using the setup as described above, without RadeonBoost, gets me about 55 fps when rendering 4K H264 clip. Using RB, this drops to around 30-35. As video rendering and video editing is the main reason I built this setup, this kext unfortunately doesn't make sense to me.

I think it's important to talk about this. Better GB scores are nice and all, but translation to real-world performance is way more important to me.

I think it has more tapped in potential for the 5700XT card that Members such as @CaseySJ are using.
My Sapphire Radeon VII performed lower than his dragon card:Open CL- 140,022
I didn't pay for " metal edition" in Geek bench 5 however.
I scored 121.3 fps ~ 5075 in Unigine Valley with all Ultra settings, AA of 8x and screen resolution of 4K full display.
Ive yet to try it with Final cut and Davinci resolve Rendering. FCPX has to reinstalled by agent, since I upgraded from gigabyte z370 gaming 7 Aorus i7 8700k to Z390 gigabyte designare w/ i7 8086k ....

I did a fresh Install and the Product key unlocks will only be allowed to be used once.
I'll have to prove that my previous board #, serial number and ID number are non-existant. I will report on FCPX and Davinci resolve, Adobe AE's and Cinema 4D soon.
 

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I don't wanna ruin everyone's RadeonBoost party, but so far in my testing, I only found my system to be slower with the kext. Let me explain:

I'm running a VEGA 64 8GB and 9900KS on Clover with iMacPro1,1 with iGPU disabled (in hindsight, the 9900KS doesn't make any sense whatsoever). I tried various setups: iMac19,1 instead of iMacPro, enabled and disabling iGPU, with and without the SSDT. Even though I do sometimes see a significant increase in GB5 scores, I have never experienced an increase in render times in DaVinci Resovle 16. Futhermore, all tested setups and combinations resulted in significantly lower performance. I tested the same video with each setup (a combination of multiple camera's and formats including H264, H265, retiming, LUTs and titles). For instance, using the setup as described above, without RadeonBoost, gets me about 55 fps when rendering 4K H264 clip. Using RB, this drops to around 30-35. As video rendering and video editing is the main reason I built this setup, this kext unfortunately doesn't make sense to me.

I think it's important to talk about this. Better GB scores are nice and all, but translation to real-world performance is way more important to me.
Synthetic benchmarks are scoring particularly high, but most real-world applications are not. The improvements are task specific and it seems that Radeon VII and 5700-series GPUs exhibit the largest gains. Nevertheless, we want to include all user benchmarks whether they be good, bad, neutral, horrible, or exceptional. This will help to identify the operational envelope -- or set of tasks that do and do not benefit.

To that end, if you captured your before/after timings it would be quite helpful to post the data in a spreadsheet table.
 

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I did a fresh Install and the Product key unlocks will only be allowed to be used once.
I'll have to prove that my previous board #, serial number and ID number are non-existant. I will report on FCPX and Davinci resolve, Adobe AE's and Cinema 4D soon.
So it's more complicated to move FCPX to a new machine than I thought. We cannot just re-download FCPX from App Store onto a new machine?
 
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** Micro-Guide: True One-Key Wake from Sleep Without Changing DarkWake **

Sorry dumb question. I’m not using anything to do with darkwake (I’m guessing as I’ve disabled power nap I have no darkwake settings enabled, right?), however without any of your new above kexts, I’m able to wake the pc with a single keyboard press on my Apple Bluetooth keyboard, with both my screens turning on.

Is the above therefore something I need to do?
 
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Sorry dumb question. I’m not using anything to do with darkwake (I’m guessing as I’ve disabled power nap I have no darkwake settings enabled, right?), however without any of your new above kexts, I’m able to wake the pc with a single keyboard press on my Apple Bluetooth keyboard, with both my screens turning on.

Is the above therefore something I need to do?
That's unusual -- but good. In that case there's nothing to do, but if one-key-wake breaks in the future, this might restore it. If you read Osy86's technical description -- which is quite impressive -- you'll see that real Macs use the technique he described and implemented.

P.S. Please un-quote the micro-guide.
 
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