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agrajag's Build: Z370-HD3 - i5-8600K - GTX 1060
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Components

Gigabyte Z370-HD3 Motherboard - ATX motherboard to use the new Coffee Lake CPUs. Relatively low end but meets my needs.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0762V6Y7Z/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145041
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145041

Intel Core i5-8600K Processor - Coffee Lake 6 processor unit that should allow simple overclocking
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759FKH8K/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117825
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117825

Corsair H90 Water Processor Cooler - 140mm fan unit, that should support moderate overclocking
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B4OCWDE/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181036
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181036

Patriot Viper DDR4 8GB (2x4GB) 2400MHz PVE48G240C5KRD Memory
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0196AWLGK/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220996
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220996

EVGA 450W BT Bronze Power Supply
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9X3F8F/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438130
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438130

Fractal Design Define R4 White ATX Case - purchased as New Open Box. A nice, relatively quiet case, with 2 ea. of front USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352024


Already Owned

EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card - (installed later, transferred from my Z97 build). Initial build used Asus GTX 650 Ti - I had spare.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KUADE3O/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487263

Benq 27" GW2765HT 2560x1440 Monitor
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KYCSRSG/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014383

ADATA 480GB SSD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013J7P7SK/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211985

Ducky USB Keyboard

Logitech RF Mouse M310
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M7QSDVS/?tag=tonymacx86com-20


Comments

This is Hackintosh #6 for me- previous builds included P35/E8400 Core 2, P55/i7-860, Z77/i5-3570K and Z97/i5-4690K. I waited 3 generations as the incremental speed increases have slowed a lot. This time, the new 6 processor Coffee Lake CPUs are pretty compelling as an upgrade. There were few Hack build reports but I decided to take the plunge as an early adopter and see if this would work out. The tricky bit was getting hold of the CPU. Newegg had them come into stock occasionally but they would sell out in minutes. I did get lucky though, and so ordered that and the Z370-HD3 MB at the first opportunity. I picked up some sale items (case, power supply, cooler) and then reused some bits.

The build is pretty straightforward in a nice case such as the Fractal R4. I haven't put in an optical drive yet- probably will pull the existing SATA DVD unit from my Z77 unit when I feel the need. The initial build used the GTX 650 Ti video card I had spare, so that the stock Mac drivers would work, and I could fuss with the web drivers later.

High Sierra 13.1 was just released the day before the components arrived, so I built the install USB drive using UniBeast 8.0 as per the tonymacx86 Install Guide. First boot showed that BIOS F3 was installed, so I downloaded F4 from the Gigabyte web site, as it has some fixes for nVidia 10x0 family video cards, and upgraded the BIOS using a USB stick method. Then booting into the BIOS (hold <DEL> on boot) allowed the usual modifications:
- disable internal graphics
- disable SuperIO parallel and serial ports
- disable VT-d
- enable XHCI Handoff
- disable fast Boot
- check that AHCI is enabled


Then booting to select the UniBeast USB stick (hold <F12>) allowed me to start the HS install. The only error I made was to forget that the High Sierra Installer converts the SSD to APFS. The install was successful but when I rebooted and booted the USB drive and selected the new SSD drive, MultiBeast 9 could not see the APFS formatted drive. I wasted the rest of the evening proceeding via using the latest Clover and a config.plist that had been provided by another early Z370 adopter. This was a dead-end as the booting was unreliable into the SSD, as it sometimes took 2 or 3 boot attempts to successfully boot into HS. I suspect that there were issues in the config.plist which I had downloaded, and it was too messy a place to start from.

Backtracking I reformatted the SSD to HFS+ and reinstalled High Sierra again, this time using the instruction here to avoid the conversion to APFS. That allowed me to use MultiBeast 9.2.1 to set up things. Using the UEFI Boot Mode install defaults, then I also selected:
- Network: IntelMausiEthernet v2.3.0
- USB: Increase Max Port Limit 200 Series
- Clover bootloader UEFI with Emulated NVRAM
- Graphics: Nvidia Graphics Fixup
- System Definition: iMac 18,2


I skipped the audio drivers for now, as I'm not sure how that might go and can fuss with it later. I mostly use USB audio anyway so don't rely on this working. I used the iMac 18,2 as that is an Apple Kaby Lake machine, so hoping it will be closest to this build.
After quitting MultiBeast I loaded the latest Clover (r4289) and installed that over what MultiBeast had installed- might as well try the latest on such new hardware. Also installed RehabMan's latest FakeSMC (kext only, not any of the hardware sensors).

A few reboots and messing with Clover Configurator to sort out some details. The "drivers64UEFI" folder has the usual suspects, and I added the latest apfs.efi and verified that EmuVariableUefi-64.efi is installed. Also both OsxAptioFixDrv-64.efi and OsxAptioFix2Drv-64.efi are installed, and I'm not sure which is loading at the moment.

I was surprised that booting with the minimal config.plist that MultiBeast had installed worked pretty well. i will work on optimizing that in the next few weeks. The only thing that took a bit to sort out was that on shutdown, the computer seemed to shut off, but moving the mouse or a keypress restarted it. Some googling found the solution- to set "FixShutdown_0004" to <true> using Clover Configurator. All the USB ports seem to work, in that they mount and unmount the USB devices I have tried plugging in. No tests yet on USB 3.1 speed, so can't be too sure.

The system sleep works fine- using the sleep menu item or having the system time out into a sleep. Wakes up quickly and with no apparent issues so far. The CPU goes into a low power state properly, and ramps up to maximum frequency under load.

After using the system for a couple of days I swapped out the GTX 650 Ti with the GTX 1060 graphics card, and installed the nVidia webdrivers. Also have tried a little overclocking so far- to 4.6GHz have the CPU temperature rise up to 50C when I run tasks that max out the 6 CPUs.

Have not gone through the process of working on the serial number and getting iMessage working. I will wait until I have done more testing before going through that, as it will also require removing my previous Z97 build from the approved list at Apple.

Essential Tools
UniBeast 8, MultiBeast 9.2.1, Clover Configurator, BBEdit, latest Clover bootloader, Intel Power Gadget

Summary
Pretty straightforward build given that the Z370 hardware is so new and that there is no Apple gear with Coffee Lake. It seems that the hardware is pretty close to Kaby Lake in many respects as far as macOS seems concerned.

What Works
Seems like most everything works so far- including Ethernet, USB and sleep. Speed stepping works fine as monitored using the Intel Power Gadget.

What Does Not Work
Have not tried the HD Audio yet, so not sure if it will work. Did not try using the onboard Intel Graphics. Still need to work on iMessage compatibility. Planning to eventually try an NVMe SSD, so hoping that will work out.

Benchmarks
Only minimal attempts so far- with the moderate overclock (4.60GHz) seeing scores of 5477 (single core) and 21028 (multi-core) using 64-bit GeekBench 4.20. At stock frequency it was around 4950/19500. Power button to logon prompt is just under 30 seconds.

Update
[one week later] Received the additional RAM so now running 4x4GB=16GB of the Patriot Viper 2400MHz DDR4. Have been upping the processor frequency and running stable at 4.8GHz. Temperatures stay low- even running flat out at 4.8GHz get CPU temperatures stable in the low 50's °C range. Current Geekbench 4 (64-bit) is: 6015/24664. This is quite a boost from my previous hack that had a Z97 motherboard and i5-4690k running OC'd at 4.2GHz 4866/14840-- single processor up 24% and multicore up 66%.
Z370_8600k_4.8GHz_Geekbench.png


Also set up eSATA by using the BIOS configuration to allow one port as eSATA hot-pluggable. This didn't work until patching (code from a thread on insanelymac):
Code:
<dict>
    <key>Comment</key>
    <string>fix IO error ICH10 for 10.13, credit SunKi</string>
    <key>MatchOS</key>
    <string>10.13.x</string>
    <key>Disabled</key>
    <false/>
    <key>Name</key>
    <string>AppleAHCIPort</string>
    <key>Find</key>
    <data>RYX2D5XCiciD4P5mhcl4D4TSdQs=</data>
    <key>Replace</key>
    <data>iciD4P5mhckPmMFBCMyQkJCQdQs=</data>
</dict>
<dict>
    <key>Comment</key>
    <string>fix hotplug ICH10 for 10.13, credit SunKi</string>
    <key>MatchOS</key>
    <string>10.13.x</string>
    <key>Disabled</key>
    <false/>
    <key>Name</key>
    <string>AppleAHCIPort</string>
    <key>Find</key>
    <data>icglQGACAD1AIAAAdQyB4b9///+Ji1EBAAA=</data>
    <key>Replace</key>
    <data>kJCQkJCQkJCQkJCQkJCQkJCQkJCQkJCQkJA=</data>
</dict>
Update 2
Now added a NVMe M2 SSD- the Samsung 960 Pro 512GB-- couldn't resist the sale price. Installation was straightforward- formatted as HFS+ and then used Carbon Copy Cloner to transfer the current installation over. Created the EFI using MultiBeast, then replaced that with the EFI files from the current working installation drive. Performance is pretty impressive:
Samsung NVMe speedtest.png


Also worked through the USB ports and created the SSDT patch file to enable only 15 USB ports, so have removed the USB port limit patch, as per the instructions: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-10-11-usb-changes-and-solutions.173616/ and enabled USB power limit so my iPad will now charge when plugged in.

Update 3
Changed graphics card to an AMD RX 560 4GB card. Removed the nVidia web drivers and the nVidia Graphics Fixup kexts. Using the new Clover RadeonDeInit setting the graphics card works fine. However could not get sleep working. Using the latest versions of Lilu and WhateverGreen kexts also works, and these also enabled sleep. Performance is less that with the GTX 1060 card, but good enough for my purposes and also removes the issue of being dependent on the nVidia webdrivers. The added bonus is that I can now stream iTunes protected content (Movies and TV shows I have purchased) on my Hack- first time this has worked in years. For cosmetic purposes in "About This Mac" I also inject the card info:
Code:
            <dict>
                <key>Comment</key>
                <string>Rename AMD R9 xxx to AMD RX560</string>
                <key>Find</key>
                <data>
                QU1EIFI5IHh4eA==
                </data>
                <key>Name</key>
                <string>AMD9500Controller</string>
                <key>Replace</key>
                <data>
                QU1EIFJYIDU2MA==
                </data>
            </dict>
Update 4
With the release of 10.13.4 the RX 560 graphics now works without RadeonDeInit (=false) or Whatevergreen. The remaining outstanding issue is that after waking from sleep the motherboard fans run full speed until a reboot. This seems to be an issue with the BIOS (running F6 now) so no obvious solution I can find.
Screen Shot 2018-04-06 at 5.52.20 PM.png


I have also added a PCIe WiFi card (Rosewill RNX-AC1900PCE, 802.11AC Dual Band AC1900) from the Buyers Guide. It worked right away after booting up and connects fine to my network. This has allowed Airdrop to work between my desktop machine, Macbook Pro and iPad.

A copy of the current EFI is attached below.

Update 5
Have been running Mojave since about a week after release and it has been stable on this rig. Updated using the Apple Update mechanism, and after the restart to the installer partition it all went very smoothly. I had to reinstall audio to get internal audio working again. There is a good thread that I used on the Mojave desktop support page <https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/mojave-applehda-audio.260004/>

Also updated Clover- currently rev 4700. The Clover install files have been changing names in recent versions- see the screenshot below to see the list of what I am currently running.
Update 5.1
Updated to 10.14.1 using the updater in System Preferences. The reboot for the temporary installer partition wouldn't proceed until I had disconnected the other internal (SATA) hard drives (my main drive is a NVMe SSD). After that the install was pretty smooth. Just reconnect the SATA drives afterward. Also updated to the latest versions of Lilu, WhateverGreen and AppleALC, since they had just been released. One new feature is that "About This Mac" recognizes that I have an i5 installed.

Z370-HD3 Clover Files Screenshot.png
 

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MacBook Pro
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iOS
Hi!

Could you tell me what guides you followed to make the hackintosh to your computer?

I am trying to do it with a similar configuration without success:
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 HD3
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 (8100) -- which I plan to replace with an i5 or i7 in the near future
  • RAM: G.Skill RipjawsV 2x8GB at 3000MHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB (Gigabyte)
Thanks :)
 
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Hi!

Could you tell me what guides you followed to make the hackintosh to your computer?

I am trying to do it with a similar configuration without success:
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 HD3
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 (8100) -- which I plan to replace with an i5 or i7 in the near future
  • RAM: G.Skill RipjawsV 2x8GB at 3000MHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB (Gigabyte)
Thanks :)
There were not many Z370 guides when I did mine. I can't see any reason for yours not to work using standard tools. The graphics will not be accelerated until you get to adding the NVidia web drivers near the end of the process. I changed from my initial GTX 1060 to an AMD RX 560 to avoid needing the web drivers, which was a pain after every Apple update. The current MultiBeast should work fine for initial setup using a USB stick. Most of the Gigabyte Z370 guides are basically the same, so should give decent hints.

I attached my current EFI, including config.plist in the post above.
 
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Current EFI attached. Some things will need adjustment, such as USB port layout and disabling.
What process did you use for the USB port layout and disabling? I have a Gigabyte Z370 HD3P and have been having issues waking from sleep, with my all my fans going at high speed and not showing up in HWmonitor at all. Maybe the port layout will solve my problem.
 
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What process did you use for the USB port layout and disabling? I have a Gigabyte Z370 HD3P and have been having issues waking from sleep, with my all my fans going at high speed and not showing up in HWmonitor at all. Maybe the port layout will solve my problem.
I followed RehabMan's guide for the USB port limit https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/guide-creating-a-custom-ssdt-for-usbinjectall-kext.211311/

I don't think that will cure the fan wake issue- I have that problem still too.
 
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Update: I have solved the Wake from Sleep fan issue! I updated to the new F6b BIOS Gigabyte just released and the problem is no more. Must have just been a big within the BIOS because I've read others having problems with their fans until updating their BIOS. Hope this helps!
 
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Update: I have solved the Wake from Sleep fan issue! I updated to the new F6b BIOS Gigabyte just released and the problem is no more. Must have just been a big within the BIOS because I've read others having problems with their fans until updating their BIOS. Hope this helps!
Seemed like worth a try. I installed the new F6g BIOS on my rig, but it doesn't seem to have changed the sleep behaviour from what it was. With Lilu+WhateverGreen it will sleep and wake, but the fans run full on until reboot and the RPM meters in HWMonitor do not register values after waking. If I use the RadeonDeInit method to enable the RX 560, it almost sleeps (power light stays on) and will not wake, so I have to reboot.
 
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