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Asus Z270-A Prime - i7 7700K - Asus ThunderboltEX 3



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Intel Core i7 7700K Processor
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Asus Z270-A Prime Motherboard
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01N1UVO5Y/?tag=tonymacx86com-21

Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz 2x8GB Memory
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Be Quiet Dark Rock 3
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Corsair VS550
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Bitfenix Nova Black
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Samsung EVO 860 500GB SSD
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Asus ThunderboltEX 3
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01J2GVTWA/?tag=tonymacx86com-21

Apple adapter from Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2/1;
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Hi all! I needed an Hackintosh for music production. This one is very simple with the configurations.
Case and PSU are only temporary, i'll transfer all the other pieces in a decent Case with a decent PSU.
This will start very easy with Windows (10) for upgrading the firmware on the ThunderboltEX 3, then install OS X (High Sierra).


BIOS

I followed Middleman's Guide for the Bios options. (Point 4).
BIOS version: 1203.
Don't touch the Thunderbolt options yet.


Windows:

Don't plug in the ThunderboltEX card yet.

Install Windows on a separate HDD or SSD. Update everything and install the Chipset driver for the Motherboard (Asus site).

Install the drivers for the Card (Asus site) then shutdown.

Insert the Card and connect the bridge too.

Now in the BIOS we need to enable the Thunderbolt card. (Place the card in the PCI 16x 2)

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Boot Windows and start the firmware updater for the Card.
If everything worked now the card is updated.
You can now see Thunderbolt devices attached in Windows.


High Sierra Installation

Remove the Windows HDD/SSD and the Thunderbolt card from the system.
I created a simple USB with UniBeast (High Sierra).
Plug-in the USB in the computer and start the installation of the system.
After the installation, I used MultiBeast to install a few kext:
  • UEFI Boot Mode
  • FakeSMC
  • IntelMausiEthernet 2.30
  • Latest VoodooHDA (for me it's 2.9.0d10)
  • iMac 14,1
I updated High Sierra to the latest version (10.13.4).

NOTE: If you have installed 10.13.4, old USB fix doesn't work at the time of writing this article (may be fixed in the future so do this step only if your usb 3 increase limit on 200 series fix on MultiBeast doesn't work)

Fix for USB 3:
Open Clover Configurator and mount the EFI partition.
After loaded the config.plist go in "Kernel and Kext Patches".
Click on the "+" in the left bottom corner (Make sure you are in the "KextToPatch" section) and add this:
Name: com.apple.driver.usb.AppleUSBXHCI
Find [HEX]: 837d940f 0f839704 0000
Replace [HEX]: 837d940f 90909090 9090
Comment: What you want to write (USB 10.13.4+ by PMHeart)
Match: 10.13.X
Now all USB on the computer should works.


After that I checked OS X with the Thunderbolt card in but I could not boot the system.
I followed this guide and placed this kext (OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi) in the /EFI/ClOVER/drivers64UEFI folder.
Now the system boots and everything works.
Last thing I did was to enable XMP, and the system still works.
 

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I have question, on most of post when I see BIOS configuration for Thunderbolt, it is written Thunderbolt(TM) support.
In my BIOS it is written Thunderbolt(R) support, does it mean that my card ThunderboltEX2 is not really recognized?
And when the ThunderboltEX2 card is well installed, we should see it in "about my mac/system report/thunderbolt " section , right?

Thanks.
 
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Hey, first of all you've created a really nice guide!
My only question is: Is your System running OSX only, or do you have to keep Windows in order to keep the Thunderbolt running on the machine?

Thanks in advance!
 
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BIOS version: 1203

I followed this guide and placed this kext (OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi) in the /EFI/ClOVER/drivers64UEFI folder
I have a quick question - I noticed that you made this guide at the end of May 2018, but a newer BIOS 1302 was available more than a month before. Did you avoid 1302 on purpose, or have you updated since? And if you did, does everything still work as before?

Also, I read a few posts including one here that claims that OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi is not really needed anymore and that AptioMemoryFix.efi accomplishes everything you need.
 
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thank you very much!!!!!,..IT WORKS. One thing I noticed is also importand to start your Hackintosh wile the Apollo mk2 is connected to the thunderbolt and turned on.
 
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