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The 4K Dell OptiMac - 9020 MT - Core i7-4790 - Radeon RX 570 - LG 4K IPS Monitor

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Hi! Do we need to get the Texas Instrument FireWire PCIe if I need to use this FireWire port to work with this build? Or canIi get any kind of FireWire PCIe type/brand (since the Texas Instrumen is more expensive)? Thank you.
 
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Hi! Do we need to get the Texas Instrument FireWire PCIe if I need to use this FireWire port to work with this build? Or canIi get any kind of FireWire PCIe type/brand (since the Texas Instrumen is more expensive)? Thank you.
It has to be Mac compatible with the specific version of macOS you are running.
 
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Hi mate,
Followed your build about a year ago and got Catalina working perfectly. Tried a clean install using OC and followed you’re guide completely. Everything works perfectly as described except I can’t not have the OC usb inserted into the PC otherwise it says I have no bootable devices. No idea where I’m going wrong. Any help would be much appreciated
 

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I can’t not have the OC usb inserted into the PC otherwise it says I have no bootable devices.
Did you put a copy of the EFI folder onto the SSD's EFI partition. That's a required step if you are not booting from the USB.
 

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Amazon Deals on the 7020 and 9020 SFF models. The number #14/15 best sellers of all Amazon desktop PCs.


These machines can run OS X Mavericks through to macOS Monterey via the iGPU. No discrete graphics card required. What other low cost hackintosh desktop under $235.00 can do that ? Since they have DP 1.2 output you can use a 4k monitor for a great macOS experience.

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Did you put a copy of the EFI folder onto the SSD's EFI partition. That's a required step if you are not booting from the USB.
Knew I was doing something stupid. Works perfectly again now. Thank you so much for all your work.
 
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It has to be Mac compatible with the specific version of macOS you are running.
Sorry if i'm asking a question again :), during installation process, is it only can be done with DP output from internal graphic? or if i use GT710 DDR3 (GK208) at first place and setting in Bios as Primary Display -> Auto or AMD/Nvidia HD Graphics, can i get a working monitor output with this GT710 during installation?

For alternative card that on the market here, is the AMD Radeon RX 550 (Sapphire, Vurrion or Biostar), is it going to work OOB? Thankss
 
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during installation process, is it only can be done with DP output from internal graphic? or if i use GT710 DDR3 (GK208)
The GT 710 HDMI or DVI outputs should work fine for the install. Just don't use the VGA output.
For alternative card that on the market here, is the AMD Radeon RX 550 (Sapphire, Vurrion or Biostar), is it going to work OOB? Thanks
Not if it's Lexa based. Must be Polaris based for it to work. You can usually tell by looking at how many shaders it uses. If it's 640 instead of 512 then it's likely to be a Polaris RX 550. Do the research first before buying.
 
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The GT 710 HDMI or DVI outputs should work fine for the install. Just don't use the VGA output.

Not if it's Lexa based. Must be Polaris based for it to work. You can usually tell by looking at how many shaders it uses. If it's 640 instead of 512 then it's likely to be a Polaris RX 550. Do the research first before buying.
Thanks again. It seems Biostar are Polaris based

Also the Sapphire

 
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hanks again. It seems Biostar are Polaris based
Those are misleading. They are saying it's both Lexa and Polaris. The cores/shaders are the most important to look at. If it doesn't have 640+ cores/shaders/stream processors, then don't buy one. To be more specific, it has to be Polaris 21 based.

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Not a single Polaris 21 AMD RX550 or 560 has 512 shaders in it. If you see 512 then it is a Lexa card.

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Sapphire quietly introduced a slightly bolstered Radeon RX 550 graphics card that's based on the "Polaris 21" silicon, rather than the Polaris 20 "Lexa" silicon, called simply the Pulse Radeon RX 550 2GD5/4GD5 (model: 11268-16 for 2 GB and 11268-15 for 4 GB). Consumers should pay attention to the model number. "Polaris 21" is the same chip AMD bases the RX 560 on. This particular card has 10 out of 16 compute units physically present on the chip, which translates to 640 stream processors, higher than the 512 stream processors the RX 550 is originally endowed with.

For the Sapphire RX550 look for this title:

PULSE RX 550 4G G5 640SP (SP or stream processors are also called shaders)

 
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