The Perfect Customac Pro - macOS High Sierra 10.13 on X99 - Full Success

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    Overview-X99-10.13-Final Release.png

    Up and successfully running Broadwell-E/X99 with macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplementary Update!

    This X99 macOS High Sierra 10.13 desktop guide is the logical continuation of my macOS Sierra 10.12 guide and build: The Perfect Customac-Pro: X99-A II, i7-6950X, 128GB G.Skill TridentZ, Aorus GTX TI Xtreme (hereafter, Sierra Desktop Guide). At the same time, it will be my last guide based on X99 Systems with. Note that I just recently released already first Skylake-X/X299 Desktop Guides for both macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13, now available on Tonymacx: Skylake-X/X299 - Live the future now on macOS Sierra 10.12 [Successful Build/Extended Guide] and Skylake-X/X299 - Live the future now on macOS High Sierra 10.13 [Successful Build/Extended Guide].

    This guide might still marginally grow in the future thanks to your estimated and appreciated user feedback. However, it is nice to see that my X99 system behaves absolutely stable and is fully functional, including native Handoff and Airdrop and even forced Sleep/Wake functionality. Many thanks to @DSM2 for his collaboration and important contribution to the initial X99 10.13 system setup. With the final release of macOS High Sierra 10.13, Nvidia also officially released a 10.13 Web Driver Package, which seems to work absolutely flawless and fully supports OpenGL and Metal. The previously applied 10.13 Web Driver Workaround based on the 10.12.6 WebDriver is now obsolete!

    Let me first briefly summarize once more my actual build, which constitutes the base for this macOS High Sierra Desktop Guide. Note however that like in case of 10.12 macOS Sierra, there should be compatibility of my guide with all Broadwell-E/EP and Haswell-E processors and most X99 mobos (ASUS, GYGABYTE, ASRock, MSI etc.). During the last weeks I received even success feedback of users with Broadwell-EP/Haswell-EP processers with up to 22 cores (44 threads) at clock speeds around 2.8 Ghz each thread, making X99 to a "realtively cheap" and serious alternative to the yet to be released iMac Pro. In detail, success with my 10.13 Desktop Guide has been reported for the ASUS X99 Deluxe II by users @Obecny (i7-6900K), @GDS (E5-2696V4), @wayne2401 (i7-6900K), @duckgrossberg (i7-6950X) and @Whydotheneedthis (i7-6850K), the Asus X99 Sabertooth by user @Pears (i7-6950X) and once more for the Asus X99-A II by user @dragoonchang (E5-2696V3). Further user feedback for other mobo and CPU configurations as well as suggestions for further improvements and modifications are highly welcome and will be considered and implemented if adequate and applicable.

    A.) Hardware Summary


    Motherboard:
    Asus X99-A II
    CPU: I7-6950X(10-core)
    RAM: 128GB KIT (8x16GB) G.Skill TridentZ (F4-3200C14Q2-128GTZSW)
    System Disk: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB (SSD) / Samsung 960 EVO 1TB (NVMe, M.2)
    RAID: 3x Western Digital Red Pro 6TB (18TB);
    Graphics: Gigabyte AORUS GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G (GV-N108TAORUS X-11GD)
    Wifi + Bluetooth:
    OSXWIFI PC/Hackintosh - Apple Broadcom Bcm94360cd - 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC + Bluetooth 4.0 PCIe
    Power Supply: Corsair AX860
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i v2
    Webcam: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C930
    Monitor: LG 38UC99-W, 38", WQHD, 21:9, 3840x1600 pixel, 75 Hz.
    Case: Corsair CC600TWM-WHT, Graphite Series 600T, Mid Tower
    Keyboard: Logitech K811
    Mouse: Logitech Ultra-Thin Touch Mouse T631
    Blu-Ray/DVD Writer: LG Super Multi Blue BH16 (BH16NS55)

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    For further details see my Sierra Desktop Guide.


    B.) ASUS Mainboard BIOS Patching

    On a real mac with native OSX/MacOS power management, the MSR 0xE2 register is unlocked and therefore writeable. On ASUS mobos this register is read only. When the kernel tries to write to this locked register, it causes panic. This panic can happen so early in the process that it results in a reboot. With dedicated software, one is able to patch the BIOS for ASUS mobos and unlock the MSR 0xE2 register. The patched BIOS finally can be uploaded to the ASUS mobo by means of the ASUS BIOS Flashback Utility. The individual steps are detailed in my Sierra Desktop Guide. Note however, that also the actual macOS High Sierra 10.13 desktop guide implements methods to circumvent the MSR 0xE2 register write, thus the BIOS patching is strongly recommended but not deemed necessary. Also note that the MSR 0xE2 register lock does not relate to Gigabyte, ASRock or MSI mobos. Users with the latter board configuration can simply ignore this section of my guide.


    B.1) macOS High Sierra 10.13 BIOS Settings

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    The BIOS settings for macOS High Sierra 10.13 are identical with the BIOS settings for macOS Sierra 10.12 and can be directly retrieved from my Sierra Desktop Guide but are also summarized here below for the sake of simplicity.

    BIOS-Settings.png

    Press F7 and subsequently F10 key to change to "Standard Mode", Save and Reboot

    Important Note: In the frame of Skylake-X i9-7980XE domestication, I made the following discovery with respect to the
    "ASUS MultiCore Enhancement" BIOS feature.When ENABLING this BIOS one notes a significant performance boost! In case of the i9-7980XE, the Geeckbench score difference was approx. 51.000 (disabled) compared to 58.000 (enabled)! However, if you enabled ASUS MultiCore Enhancement (opposite to the recommended BIOS settings above; DISABLED), please verify your system stability. I did not enable and verified this BIOS feature yet on my Broadwell-E/X99 rig!

    VT-d Note: For compatibility with VM or parallels, VT-d can be also ENABLED... Verify however, in this case that in your config.plist the boot flag "dart=0" is checked under Arguments in the "Boot" Section of Clover Configurator! The boot flag "dart=0" is now implemented by default in config.plist of the EFI-Folder contained in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip in line with the boot flag implementation "slide=0".


    C.) Important General Note/Advice and Error Prevention

    Please note the following important General Note / Advice and Error Prevention, when setting up your X99 System by implementing the latest macOS High Sierra 10.13 distribution.

    Before entering the detailed description of the individual System Upgrade Options from previous versions of macOS High Sierra 10.13 or the Clean Install of macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplementary Update, please note the following error prevention.

    1.) Against all my previous suspicions, that the dead end in the macOS USB FLASH Drive Installer boot process

    Dead-End.png

    was XHC USB related, I discovered to my big big surprise that the source of the latter issue was exclusively Bluetooth related! I can now fully confirm, that the macOS USB Flash Drive Installer can be plugged in to any XHC USB2.0 and USB3.0 or separate USB3.1 ports available (100% verified) with X99_Injector USB 3.kext in /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/. There is absolutely no need to substitute the X99_Injector USB 3.kext by an optional XHC USB Kext as previously supposed, in order to successfully boot the macOS USB Flash Drive Installer! The macOS USB Flash Drive Installer now boots from any XHC USB2.0 and USB3.0 or separate USB3.1 ports available!
    Error prevention 1.) is herewith obsolete.

    2.) This error prevention also seems already obsolete. During former macOS 10.13 clean install/upgrade attempts one
    received the following firmware verification error notification in case of connecting additional windows drives to the System:​

    Frimware-Error.png

    It was therefore mandatory to unplug any Windows NVMe, SSD or HDD drives connected in case of a dual boot configuration...
    3.) In the EFI-folder of EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip (attached at the end of this originating post/guide),
    the EmuVariableUefi-64.efi in the /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/-directory is on purpose avoided.

    a.) If present in the EFI-directory of your USB Flash Drive Installer, the following error message might occur during the
    macOS installation/upgrade:

    error-install.png

    Thus, please remove the EmuVariableUefi-64.efi from the /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/-directory of your USB Flash Drive Installer if present!
    b.) For compatibility of Skylake-X/X299 Systems with Pike Alpha's ssdtPRGen.sh and ssdt.aml approach for Xnu CPU
    Power Management (XCPM), latter systems require a iMac17,1 SMBIOS definition. This further requires the implementation of EmuVariableUefi-64.efi in the EFI-Folder of the System Disk, as the final boot process at the end of the MacOS Installation/Update Process has to be performed with the EFI-Folder on the System Disk, which also contains EmuVariableUefi-64.efi for the subsequent successful registration of your System in iCloud, as the final requisite of the macOS installation/update procedure. For the correct transmission of your SMBIOS credentials, like Serial Number, UUID, ROM and Board Serial Number, etc., EmuVariableUefi-64.efi is absolutely mandatory for X299/Skylake System with a iMac17,1 SMBIOS definition. However, on X99 Systems with MacPro6,1 SMBIOS definition, the SMBIOS credentials are also successfully transmitted without EmuVariableUefi-64.efi. Thus in case of X99 Systems with MacPro6,1 SMBIOS definition, one can perform the entire macOS installation/upgrade also without EmuVariableUefi-64.efi in the EFI-Folder of the System Disk.​

    4.) In contrary to previous advises, avoid any MacOS assignments in KextToPatch and KernelToPatch entries implemented in
    the "Kernel and Kext Patches" Section of the Clover Configurator. If subsequently in my Guide you still find MatchOS assignments in respective figures or text, just ignore all likely yet persistent MatchOS assignments. In the config.plist of the EFI-Folder contained in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip, all MatchOS assignments have been definitely removed.
    5.) Note that non ASUS mobo owners might have to check the "KernelPm" entry in the "Kernel and Kext Patches" Section
    of the Clove Configurator to successfully boot the 10.13 MacOS USB Flash Drive Installer or 10.13 System Disk! However, this entry is currently unchecked in the config.plist of the EFI-Folder contained in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip for all ASUS boarders.

    KernelPM.png

    6.) Always check that you have the actual apfs.efi in the /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/ - directory of your USB Flash Drive
    Installer and System Disk (D.1/5.4 and D.2/4.d)!

    The actual apfs.efi can be obtained by following the respective guideline detailed below:

    a.) Download and install Pacifist for Mac.

    b.) Copy the "Install macOS High Sierra.app" to your Desktop -> right-click with your mouse on the app and select
    "Show Package Contents" -> click with the mouse on "Contents" and subsequently on "Shared Support" -> right-click with the mouse on "BaseSystem.dmg" and select "Open With" -> select "pacifist.app". Pacifist is now loading the "BaseSystem.dmg" package contents.
    c.) Now click with the mouse on "usr" -> "standalone" -> "i386". After a right-click on apfs.efi, select "Extract to Custom
    Location...". Choose your Desktop as Destination. Answer the subsequent question "Extract apfs.efi ?" with "Extract". You now have the most actual version of apfs.efi on your Desktop.
    d.) If necessary [usually the /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/-directory of the EFI-Folder contained in
    EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip already contains the most actual apfs.efi version], copy the actual apfs.efi to the /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/-directories of your USB Flash Drive Installer and System Disk (see D.1/5.4 and D.2/4.d)!
    7.) To avoid boot problems and for sleep/wake functionality, it is absolute mandatory to have VoodooTSCSync.kext in the
    /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ directory of both USB Flash Drive and System Disk.

    Please note that the VoodooTSCSync.kext.zip attached at the end of this originating post/guide is configured for a 10-core CPU (12 threads) like the i7-6950X. To adopt the kext for Skylake-X processers with more or less than 10 cores, apply the following approach:

    a.) Download and unzip the VoodooTSCSync.kext.zip attached at the end of this originating post/guide to your desktop.

    b.) Right-click with the mouse on the VoodooTSCSync.kext file and select "Show Packet Contents".

    c.) Double-click with the mouse on /contents/ . After a right-click on the "Info.plist" file, select "Open with / Other".

    Select the TextEdit.app and edit the "Info.plist" file.
    d.) Use the "find"-function of TextEdit.app and search for the term "IOCPUNumber"

    e.) Note that the adequate IOCPUNumber for your particular Skylake-X processor is the number of its threads -1, by

    always keeping in mind that the number of it's threads is always 2x the number of it's cores.

    Thus in case of the 10 core i7-6950X, the IOCPUNumber is 19 (20 threads - 1).

    Code (Text):
    <key>IOCPUNumber</key>
    <integer>19</integer>
    By following this methodology, the correct IOCPUNumber for the 8-core i7-6900K would be (16 threads -1)

    Code (Text):
    <key>IOCPUNumber</key>
    <integer>15</integer>
    and the IOCPUNumber for the 6-core i7-6800K would result in (12 threads -1)

    Code (Text):
    <key>IOCPUNumber</key>
    <integer>11</integer>
    f.) After adopting the IOCPUNumber for your particular Skylake-X processor, save the info.plist file and copy the
    modified VoodooTSCSync.kext to the /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ - directories of both USB Flash Drive Installer and System Disk (see D.1/5.5 and D.2/4.e)!
    8.) Already during the last Beta Versions of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple forced the beta users to use the new Apple file
    system APFS in case of a Clean Install/update of MacOS High Sierra 10.13. Also within supplementary update of macOS High Sierra 10.13 this is the case. Most APSF incompatibilities with available system related software apparently have been already removed. The actual version of Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) now supports the direct cloning of APFS system disks and hereby enables the previously missing option for APFS system backups. Until Boot-Loader Distribution Clover_v2.4k_r4210, it was also impossible to install the Clover Boot-Loader in the EFI-Partition of an APFS System Disk by means of the Clover Boot-Loader Installer Package. However, with the most actual Clover Boot-Loader Distribution (Clover_v2.4k_r4220), the Clover Boot-Loader Installation works absolutely flawless on APFS System Disks.

    Note however, that currently it seems to be still impossible to format an APFS-disk with HFS+ by means of Apple's disk utility.

    If you need to do format an APFS-disk with HFS+, use one of the following workarounds:

    a.) Windows work around:

    i.) Install UEFI Windows as described in E.5, 1.) to 5.) in my Skylake-X/X299 macOS High Sierra 10.13 Desktop Guide.
    Download, install and run MiniTool Partition Wizard
    ii.) Delete all partitions on your APSF-Disk. Else, leave the drive unformatted.​

    iii.) Back to OS X, format now the unformatted disk with HFS+ [(Mac OS Extended (Journaled)] and a GUID partition
    table by means of Apple's Disk Utility and you are done!
    The dual boot system with windows might be also helpful for some of the other preparatory error prevention steps mentioned above, if you do not have any Mac or older Hackintosh available.​

    b.) OS X approach workaround:

    In the Terminal app, type:

    Code (Text):
    diskutil list
    In the output which you can read by scrolling back, you will find all internal disks named /dev/disk0, /dev/disk1, depending upon how many physical disks are present in your system.
    Making a note of the disk identifier for the disk you intend to format (you can eliminate risk by removing all but the intended target). Subsequently, you can partition and format the entire disk as HFS+ by typing the following terminal command:

    Code (Text):
    diskutil partitionDisk /dev/diskX 1 GPT jhfs+ "High Sierra" R
    where /dev/diskX is the disk identifier mentioned above and High Sierra will be the label for the single partition created. The remaining 1 GPT jhfs+ and R arguments tell diskutil to create a single partition, within a GUID partition table, formatted as Journaled HFS+ and using the entire disk, respectively. Thanks to @dwhitla for respective advices and implementations.​

    Important additional Note:

    i.) Both approaches might be also useful in successfully formatting newly implemented factory pre-formatted NVME, SSD or
    HDD drives, which cannot be directly formatted by means of Apple's disk utility.​

    ii.) By means of the second OS X approach, brand new unformatted or not compatibly formatted system NVMe, SSD and
    HDD system drives can be also directly formatted within the macOS Clean Install procedure.

    When presented with the initial install screen where you are presented options to Restore From Backup or Install, select Terminal from the Utilities menu bar item;

    Note however, that the previously unformatted system disk must contain the appropriate EFI-Folder in it's EFI partition for a successful macOS installation! In the final step of the macOS installation, you have to boot your system disk with the EFI-Folder of the latter! Thus, it is recommended to format and properly setup the system disk before and not during the macOS Installation! ​

    iii.) The diskutil terminal approach is also able to convert a HFS+ macOS High Sierra 10.13 System Disk to APFS.

    To do so enter the following terminal command:

    Code (Text):
    diskutil apfs convert /dev/diskX

    9.) a.) All ATI Graphics Cards Users with typical rudimentary and basic Starter ATI Graphics Cards like the 2GB ATI Radeon
    RX 560 should use WhateverGreen.kext v1.1.0 and Lilu.kext v1.2.0. In addition, please edit the config.plist with Clover Configurator and check "Inject ATI" in the "Graphics" Section of the Clover Configurator, as it is not checked by default. Don't forget to save the modified config.plist.

    Users of ATI graphics cards different from the 2GB ATI Radeon RX 560 or natively supported by MacOS High Sierra 10.13, are advised to use an adequate kext configuration (if necessary at all) and modified conifg.plist configuration for their specific and particular ATI graphics card.
    b.) All Nvidia Graphics Cards Users can now employ officially distributed Nvidia 10.13 Web Drivers for their Nvidia
    Pascal and Maxwell graphics cards since the Final Release of macOS High Sierra 10.13! Nvidia Kepler Cards were anyway already natively implemented in the earlier beta distributions of macOS 10.13. It is obvious, that in consequence, the Web Driver Workaround based on the 10.12.6 Web Driver, used during the beta testing, is obsolete.​

    If you still use the 10.13 web driver workaround, perform all steps indicated below to uninstall the patched 10.12.6 NVIDIA Web Driver and the NVIDIA Web Driver Manager primer to the MacOS High Sierra Update!!!!

    i.) Open the NVIDIA Driver Manager in the menu bar item.

    ii.) Click on the padlock icon and enter your Administrator password.

    iii.) Click the Open Uninstaller button.

    iv.) Click Uninstall and continue with the de-installation. Reboot your system as indicated

    v.) Install the native vanilla macOS High Sierra 10.13 AppleGraphicsControl.kext with the appropriate permission in
    /S/L/E/ by means of Kext Utility.​
    If you currently use a former officially distributed Nvidia 10.13 web driver, perform all steps indicated below to uninstall this NVIDIA Web Driver and it's NVIDIA Web Driver Manager primer to the MacOS High Sierra Update!!!

    To do so, just perform steps a.) to d.) above primer to the MacOS Update!
    If you do not remove the former Nvidia Web Drivers primer to the MacOS Update, your System will be unbootable after the MacOS Update!!!

    For further details and error prevention see Section E.1).


    D.1) macOS High Sierra 10.13 Clean Install

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    I suggest to follow the individual steps below to successfully setup the latest version of macOS High Sierra 10.13 on a virgin test drive of your choice (NVMe or SSD or HDD).

    1.) In order to perform a clean install of macOS High Sierra 10.13, prepare a USB Flash Drive (source, named USB) and a
    NVMe or SDD or HDD destination drive fo your macOS installation by formatting both drives with HFS+ [(Mac OS Extended (Journaled)] and a GUID partition table by means of Apple's Disk Utility on any other Hackintosh or Mac of your choice. This will create an empty HFS+ Partition and a yet empty EFI-partition on each drive.​

    2.) Download the macOS High Sierra 10.13 full package installer from the Mac App Store.

    3.) Once the Installer is in the Application-directory of your system disk, connect your USB Flash Drive (named USB) and run
    the following terminal command:

    Code (Text):
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app --nointeraction

    4.) Download and unzip EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip (attached at the end of this originating post/guide)

    5.) Edit the config.plist of the EFI folder contained in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip with the latest version of the
    Clover Configurator

    5.1) Depending on your system configuration (Broadwell-E/EP or Haswell-E/EP) change or adopt the following settings if necessary:

    a.) CPU "TYPE" in the "CPU" Section (obsolete with properly configured XCPM):

    CPU-Type.png
    • Broadwell-E/EP CPU Type: "0x0a02"
    • Haswell-E/EP CPU Type: "0x0a01" (thanks to @nmano for his valuable feedback)
    b.) "FakeCPUID" in the "Kernel and Kext Patches" Section (obsolete with properly configured XCPM):

    FakeCPUID.png
    • Broadwell-E/EP FakeCPUID: "0x040674" (thanks to @GDS for his valuable feedback based on his XEON e5-2696v4)
    • Haswell-E/EP standard FakeCPUID: "0x0306F2" (thanks to @nmano and @dragoonchang for their valuable feedback)
    c.) "KernelToPatch" entries in the "Kernel and Kext Patches" Section:

    • Broadwell-E/EP "xcpm_cpuid_set_info" and "xcpm_bootstrap":
    Code (Text):
    Find:                            Replace:                           Comment:                                    MatchOS:
    723cd077 500fb6c0                6a3cd077 500fb6c0                  xcpm_cpuid_set_info © Pike R. Alpha         10.13.x
    89d804c4 3c227722                89d804c3 3c227722                  xcpm_bootstrap © Pike R. Alpha              10.13.x
    • Haswell-E/EP "xcpm_cpuid_set_info" and "xcpm_bootstrap":
    Code (Text):
    Find:                            Replace:                           Comment:                                    MatchOS:
    723cd077 500fb6c0                6f3cd077 500fb6c0                  xcpm_cpuid_set_info © Pike R. Alpha         10.13.x
    89d804c4 3c227722                89d804c1 3c227722                  xcpm_bootstrap © Pike R. Alpha              10.13.x
    Please note that Haswell-E processors in principle do not require the patching of the switch table used by "xcpm_cpuid_set_info". Apple already took care of it. One can therefor disable the xcpm_cpuid_set_info KernelToPatch entry for the latter processor architecture. If you encounter against all expectations problems during your XCPM configuration though, use the "xcpm_cpuid_set_info" entry provided above!

    Note that the appropriate Xnu Cpu Power Management (XCPM) settings for each CPU architecture are once more addressed, discussed and finalized in the Xnu Cpu Power Management (XCPM) Section of this guide below.​

    5.2) Proceed to the "SMBIOS" Section and complete the Serial Number, Board Serial Number and SMUUID entries as
    detailed below in order to successfully install and run macOS High Sierra 10.13 on your X99 System, free of issues or limitations with respect to iMessage and Facetime Functionality. IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to successfully run XCPM with Pike Alpha's ssdtPRGen.sh and ssdt.aml, you have to maintain the MacPro6,1 SMBIOS entries already implemented in the config.plist in the distributed EFI-Folder.

    i.) Press several times the "Generate New" Button next to serial number text field. Copy the serial number and perform

    the serial number check on http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/ by following @P1LGRIM 's related instructions in "An iDiots's Guide To iMessage".
    ii.) Also perform the serial number check on https://checkcoverage.apple.com by following @P1LGRIM 's related
    instructions in "An iDiots's Guide To iMessage".
    If all checks have been past successfully, proceed to point iii.) below.
    iii.) Note that the latest versions of Clover Configurator already correctly implements the Board Serial Number in
    parallel. Thus one can skip the related description in@P1LGRIM 's "An iDiots's Guide To iMessage".
    iv.) In the final step, open a terminal, enter repeatedly the command "uuidgen", and copy the output value to
    the SMUUID field in the "SMBIOS" Section of the Clover Configurator.
    Save the config.plist on your system disk.​

    5.3) Verify that you have the correct apsf.efi file in the /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/ directories of the EFI-Folder by
    following error prevention C/7.).
    5.4) Copy the appropriate VoodooTSCSync.kext, which you modified by following error prevention C/8.), to the
    /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ - directory of the EFI-Folder.
    5.5.) Now copy the modified EFI-folder to the yet empty EFI-Folders on both USB Flash Drive Installer and 10.13 System
    Disk.

    Important additional note for all newbies (implemented on user request):

    The empty EFI-partitions can be mounted by means of e.g. Clover Configurator.

    Clover -Configurator.png

    Just select the "Mount" menu (1.), mount any partition displayed by means of "Mount Partition" (2.) and subsequently open it's EFI-Folder with "Open Partition" (3.). The latter function opens an Apple File Manager, which allows to copy, paste, delete anything on/to or from the respective EFI Partition. Ones your manipulation of the respective EFI-Folder is finished, select "unMount Partition" (4). By means of the latter command, the EFI-Folder will be unmounted and disappear again. Don't forget that Clover Configurator is also a mighty tool for config.plist editing and configuration! We therefore will use it many times along this guide!
    6.) In case that the EFI-Folders once would not contain the most actual clover distribution (which presently is not the case),
    download and install the latest clover distribution on both, your USB Flash Drive and 10.13 System Disk by verifying the proper clover install location and by customizing (don't press "Install" but "Customize" before) the following clover install options:​
    • Install for UEFI booting only
    • Install Clover in the ESP
    • Select the Bootloader Themes you want to install
    • Enable Install RC scripts on target volume
    • Only check "CsmVideoDxe-64.efi" under "Drivers64UEFI" and uncheck all other driver options to comply with error prevention 3.)
    • Select Install RC scripts on target volume
    • Select Install Clover Preference Pane
    Both drives are now ready for installation. Reboot your System.

    7.) While booting, press the F8 button to enter the BIOS boot menu. Select to boot from your USB Flash Drive.

    8.) Subsequently, click on the USB Flash Drive Icon in the clover boot menu to boot the respective macOS High Sierra Installer
    on your USB Flash Drive.​

    9.) After successful boot, pass the individual steps of the macOS high Sierra 10.13 installation menu and finally select the
    destination drive of your macOS High Sierra 10.13 Update, which should be logically your 10.13 System Disk. In the next step, the Installer will create a macOS High Sierra 10.13 Installer Partition on your 10.13 System Disk and subsequently reboot your system.​

    10.) During system reboot, just press again the F8 button to enter the BIOS boot menu. Select again to boot from your USB
    Flash Drive. In contrary to 6.), click this time on the "Install MacOS on Drive XXX" Icon on the clover boot screen to boot the newly created macOS High Sierra 10.13 Installer Partition on your 10.13 System Disk.​

    11.) After successful boot, you will enter now the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Installer Screen with a progress bar starting at
    18 minutes. This is normally also the moment when either error 2.) or 3.) occurs if you did not properly follow my instructions for error prevention above). In any case, if everything goes fine and there is no error message, the installer will again reboot your System just after a few couple of minutes. Don't be scared, this just seems to be part of the correct overall installation procedure!
    12.) During system reboot press again the F8 button to enter the BIOS boot menu. Select again to boot from your USB
    Flash Drive. Click again on the "Install MacOS on Drive XXX" Icon on the clover boot screen to boot once more the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Installer Partition on your 10.13 System Disk.
    13.) After successful boot, you will enter once more the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Installer Screen with the progress bar
    starting now at about 41 minutes of remaining installation time. This time is actually really roughly also the time the subsequent installation will require. When approaching a remaining time of 17 minutes for installation, the installer will once more reboot your System!​

    13.) During the last system reboot towards the end of the MacOS clean install process, press again the F8 button to enter the
    BIOS boot menu. However, in the BIOS boot menu select this time to boot with the EFI-Folder on your 10.13 System Disk. In the Clover boot menu select the "macOS High Sierra 10.13 Partition" on your 10.13 System Disk to boot the final step of the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Installation.​

    14.) After successfully completing the iCloud registration, you now also successfully finished the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Clean
    Install on your X99 System.
    15.) If you still want still migrate data and applications from a different system do it now and proceed to Section
    PostUgrade/Installation Process.​


    D.2) System Upgrade from earlier versions to the actual version of macOS High Sierra 10.13

    upgrade-1.png

    If you already previously performed the upgrade to macOS High Sierra 10.13 by means of my X99/10.13 desktop guide, you already performed all subsequent steps of the post-installation process and you now want to upgrade to the latest macOS High Sierra 10.13 distribution (actually Supplementary Update), follow all suggestions indicated below.

    1.) Backup the EFI-Folders of both previous USB Flash Drive Installer and 10.13 System Disk. Also backup your 10.13 System
    Disk itself by cloning your current 10.13 System Disk with Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC).​

    2.) In order to perform the update of macOS High Sierra 10.13, format your former USB Flash Drive (source, named USB)
    with HFS+ [(Mac OS Extended (Journaled)] and a GUID partition table by means of Apple's Disk Utility.​

    3.) Download the macOS High Sierra 10.13 full package installer from the Mac App Store. Once the Installer is in the
    Application-directory of your System Disk, connect your USB Flash Drive (named USB) and run the following terminal command:​

    Code (Text):
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app --nointeraction

    4.) Now perform the following steps detailed below.

    a.) Replace the former EFI-directories of both USB Flash Drive Installer and 10.13 System Disk with the EFI-directory being
    part of EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip (attached at the end of this originating post/guide).
    b.) In case that this EFI-Folder once would not contain the most actual clover distribution (which presently is not the case),
    download and install the latest clover distribution on both, your USB Flash Drive and 10.13 System Disk by verifying the proper clover install location and by customizing (don't press "Install" but "Customize" before) the following clover install options:
    • Install for UEFI booting only
    • Install Clover in the ESP
    • Select the Bootloader Themes you want to install
    • Enable Install RC scripts on target volume
    • Only check "CsmVideoDxe-64.efi" under "Drivers64UEFI" and uncheck all other driver options to comply with error prevention 3.)
    • Select Install RC scripts on target volume
    • Select Install Clover Preference Pane
    c.) Open the config.plist on your USB Flash Drive and 10.13 System Disk, proceed to the "SMBIOS" Section and complete
    the yet empty Serial Number, Board Serial Number and SMUUID entries with your particular personal values derived during previous the previous update or clean install of MacOS High Sierra 10.13. Note that the EFI-folder of
    EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip is pre-configured for Broadwell-E/EP. Thus you have to update and implement again, if necessary, all your system specific details you already implemented in the EFI-Folders of your former USB Flash Drive Installer and 10.13 System Disk during a likely former macOS High Sierra Installation/Update and the subsequent post installation procedure (e.g. the correct CPU Type, FakeCPUID, Kext and Kernel in the config.plist, kext's or aml's, etc.).

    Save the config.plists on your USB Flash Drive and 10.13 System Disk.
    d.) Verify that you have the correct apsf.efi file in the /EFI/CLOVER/drivers64UEFI/ directories of your USB Flash Drive and
    10.13 System Disk by following error prevention C/7.).
    e.) Copy the appropriate VoodooTSCSync.kext, which you modified by following error prevention C/8.), to the
    /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ - directories of both USB Flash Drive and 10.13 System Disk!​

    Both drives are now ready for the MacOS upgrade. Reboot your System.

    5.) Perform now the macOS upgrade by following point 7.) to 14.) of the previous section D.1) [macOS High Sierra 10.13 Clean
    Install].​

    6.) After finishing the macOS Upgrade, proceed to Section Graphics Configuration. Download and update the Nvidia 10.13 Web
    Driver compatible with your current macOS High Sierra 10.13 distribution.
    7.) Now proceed to the Section "Xnu CPU Power Managment XCPM" below, and re-inject the frequency vector to your Mac-
    F60DEB81FF30ACF6.plist. Note that the latter file has been rewritten during the macOS High Sierra upgrade! If you are using EIST and PMDrvr.kext, add the latter to your EFI directory! It is not part of EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip!
    8.) If you previously decided to go for sleep/wake functionality instead of EIST and PMDrvr.kext, finally proceed to
    Section Sleep/Wake Functionality below and redo the DSDT creation. Copy the resulting DSDT.aml to
    /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/ and reboot.​

    You are done!

    The same update procedure will also apply for all future macOS High Sierra 10.13 releases.


    D.3) macOS High Sierra 10.13 Upgrade from macOS Sierra 10.12.6

    10.12.png


    If you previously installed macOS Sierra 10.12.6 on your X99 System by means of my Broadwell-E/EP (Haswell-E/EP)/X99 macOS Sierra 10.12 Desktop Guide, the subsequent update to macOS High Sierra 10.13 is quite straight and easy, once the mandatory 10.13 EFI-Folder has been derived by following D.1.4) to D.1.6)!

    1.) Prepare a USB Flash Drive (source, named USB) and a NVMe or SDD or HDD clone drive by formatting both drives with
    HFS+ [(Mac OS Extended (Journaled)] and a GUID partition table by means of Apple's Disk Utility on your 10.12.6 Hackintosh or Mac of your choice. This will create an empty HFS+ Partition and a yet empty EFI-partition on each drive.​

    2.) Clone your current macOS 10.12.6 System Disk by means of Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) to the NVMe or SDD or HDD clone
    drive which we will term hereafter 10.13 System Disk.
    3.) Download the macOS High Sierra 10.13 full package installer from the Mac App Store.

    4.) Once the Installer is in the Application-directory of your system disk, connect your USB Flash Drive (named USB) and run
    the following terminal command:​

    Code (Text):
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app --nointeraction

    5.) Now create the 10.13 EFI-Folder on your USB macOS Flash Drive Installer and 10.13 System Disk (former 10.12.6 System
    Disk Clone Drive) by following D.1.4) to D.1.6)! During this procedure you can also certainly merge already existing config.plist details with the config.plist contained in the EFI -Folder of EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip and skip all related steps in this part of the guide [e.g. D.1.5.2.), i.e. Board Serial Number, Serial Number and SmUUID, if already available from the previous 10.12.6 installation].

    Both drives are now ready for the MacOS upgrade. Reboot your System.
    6.) Now perform the MacOS High Sierra Upgrade by following point 7.) to 14.) of section D.1) [macOS High Sierra 10.13 Clean
    Install]​

    7.) Subsequently, perform all necessary steps of section E.) "Post Installation Process" detailed below!


    E.) Post Upgrade/Installation Process

    post-installation.png

    By following the individual steps listed below, you will gain an absolutely stable and fully functional system.


    E.1) Graphics Configuration:

    Grphics.png

    Simples ATI graphics cards startup solutions like the Gigabyte Radeon RX 560 just require two basic kexts in the /EFI/Clover/kexts/Other/ directory of the EFI folders on both USB Flash Drive Installer and 10.13 System Disk, i.e. namely the WhateverGreen.kext v1.1.0 and the Lilu.kext v1.2.0. In addition, one also needs to check "Inject ATI" in the "Graphics" Section of the Clover Configurator.

    ATI Radeon Vega users should have anyway native support under macOS High Sierra 10.13.

    Also Nvidia Kepler Cards are natively implemented.

    Since the final release of macOS 10.13, there is now also official Nvidia Web Driver Support for Nvidia Pascal and Maxwell graphics cards also under macOS High Sierra 10.13!
    To install the new officially distributed Nvidida 10.13 Web Driver Package, follow the instructions detailed below(many thanks to @dwhitla for his substantial contributions):

    Error prevention advice:

    a.) Enable Remote Management and Remote Login in "Preferences" -> "Sharing", before starting with the Web driver
    Installation and Nvidia Black Screen prevention. This will allow you to access your system from any other system in case of a persistent Black Screen failure.
    b.) Clone your current 10.13 System Disk by means of Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) and create a bootable backup drive by
    also implementing the actual EFI-Folder on your 10.13 System Disk in the empty EFI-Partition of the cloned backup drive. If you have a parallel 10.12.6 System Drive implementation on your rig, you can access your 10.13 System Disk in case of failure als by booting from the latter. In this case the backup drive error prevention is obsolete.
    c.) Verify at each step below your SIP status with the following terminal command:

    Code (Text):
    csrutil status

    Nvidia Web Driver Installation:

    1.) Fully enable the SIP by changing "CsrActiveConfig" in the config.plist in Section "RT Variables" of Clover Configurator
    from "0x67" to "0x00" (Apple Default) and reboot. We now know for certain that SIP being disabled (even partially as in 0x30) is what causes the installation to fail and leave you with a black screen or spontaneous KP and reboot. Components of the NvidiaWeb drivers are plugins for macOS' WindowServer which allow it to integrate with Metal 2. Because they are dynamically loaded by WindowServer (a platform binary) the NvidiaWeb plugins MUST be marked as trusted by GateKeeper or their loading will be blocked by the AppleMobileFileIntegrity checker. This marking as trusted can only happen if the installation occurs with SIP fully enabled.
    2.) Download and install the Nvidia 10.13 Web Driver Package. Before rebooting as requested, change back the
    "CsrActiveConfig" in the config.plist in Section "RT Variables" of Clover Configurator from "0x00" to "0x67".​


    Black Screen Prevention (to be applied before the Nvidia Web Driver Installation described above!!!):

    You MUST implement some way of subverting AppleMobileFileIntegrity banning the driver before performing the Nvidida Web Driver Installation described above!

    1.) If you do not use SMBIOS MacPro6,1 or iMac17,1, just install NVWebDriverLibValFix.kext v1.0.0
    (https://github.com/mologie/NVWebDriverLibValFix/releases) in /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other of your EFI partition primer to the web driver installation. Don't make your system any more complex than necessary by installing other stuff just because other people say so. Specifically in this case you do NOT need AGDPFix.app or any other patch for AppleGraphicsDevicePolicy.kext.
    2.) However, as we do use SMBIOS macPro6,1, we need to patch the AppleGraphicsDevicePolicy.kext primer to the Web
    Driver Installation. We have a few mutually exclusive options:​

    a.) Apply the AGDPfix.app. This option was totally sufficient to successfully run my Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Extreme
    Edition 11GB with the actual Nvidia 10.13 Web Driver.
    b.) Only in case that the AGDPfix for what reason ever would not apply, install NvidiaGraphicsFixup.kext v1.2.0 in
    /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other of your EFI partition. If you choose this black screen prevention, you also need Lilu.kext v1.2.0 in /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other of your EFI partition, because NvidiaGraphicsFixup.kext is implemented as a Lilu-plugin.​
    Just use either method 2.a) or 2.b). Never apply both methods together! If you also performed Black Screen prevention method 1.), remove NVWebDriverLibValFix.kext v1.0.0 from /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other of your EFI partition before applying method 2.a) or 2.b). Note that NVWebDriverLibValFix.kext is now already implemented in NvidiaGraphicsFixup.kext v1.2.0! If you apply the content of the primer kext twice, you will end up in a boot loop!​
    In summary, on my System (i7-6950X, ASUS X99-A II, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Extreme Edition, SMBIOS macPro6,1) I successfully applied the following approach:

    I.) a.) "csrutil status" check to ensure that SIP is disabled (0x67)

    b.) AGDPFix with CsrActiveConfig = 0x67

    c.) Before requested reboot, change of CsrActiveConfig from 0x67 to 0x00.

    d.) Requested reboot​

    II.) a.) Boot with CsrActiveConfig = 0x00

    b.) "csrutil status" check to ensure that SIP is enabled (0x00)

    c.) Installation of the actual Nvidia 10.13 Web Driver Package

    d.) Before requested reboot, change of CsrActiveConfig from 0x00 to 0x67

    e.) Requested reboot​

    III.) Boot with CsrActiveConfig = 0x67

    Tadaaaaa! Fully working Nvidia 10.13 Web Driver without any Black Screen Issue!

    After successful installation of the Nvidia 10.13 Web Driver, you should have a fully working 10.13 Nvidia Web Driver, including OpenGL and Metal support!

    Webdriver-1.png

    Webdriver-2.png

    If however your attempts in black screen prevention failed, boot to a terminal in recovery mode and manually remove all web driver related GeForce* and nvda* files in the S/L/E and L/E/ directories of your system disk by using the following commands:

    Code (Text):
    sudo rm -rf NVDA*
    Code (Text):
    sudo rm -rf GeForce*
    after changing primarily to the respective directories.


    Also perform if possible:

    Code (Text):
    sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions/
    Code (Text):
    sudo touch /Library/Extensions/

    You should apply the above commands from a terminal after directly booting your 10.13 System Disk in recovery mode.


    Alternatively, you can also access your 10.13 system disk by remote login from another system, if such alternativer system is available. Alternatively, you can also connect your 10.13 system disk temporarily to another rig, if available and perform the removal of the web driver files there.

    Subsequently boot with the modified system disk and start from scratch with the Web Driver installation and black screen prevention.

    Please report back any successful approach different from above. I will consider your estimated feedback in the future updates of this guide for all other users.


    Nvidia 10.12.6 Web Driver Workaround:

    Please note that you have to exactly apply all individual steps exactly in the given order!

    1.) Backup the original 10.13 AppleGraphicsControl.kext (Apple Graphics Policy kext-file) from S/L/E to your Desktop (you may

    need it once official 10.13 Nvidia Web Drivers are finally released).

    Note that the next step 2.) is only required after update from macOS Sierra 10.12 distributions < 10.12.6, after a clean install of MacOS High Sierra 10.13 or after an update from an earlier version of MacOS High Sierra 10.13, where the workaround has not been applied yet. Else continue to point 3.) below!
    2.) a.) Download and unzip the 10.12.6 WebDriver Package WebDriver-378.05.05.25f01.pkg (attached towards the end of this
    originating post/guide) to your Desktop.
    b.) Open a terminal and change to your Desktop.

    Code (Text):
    cd Desktop

    c.) Enter the following terminal command to unpack the Web Driver package into a "webdriver" folder on your Desktop.

    Code (Text):
    pkgutil --expand WebDriver-378.05.05.25f01.pkg webdriver

    d.) Double-click with your mouse on the "webdriver" folder -> right-click with your mouse on "Distribution" and open the
    file with TextEdit.app.

    Now delete the line "if (!validateSoftware()) return false;" to bypass the OS version check during the Web Driver Installation and save the modified "Distribution" file.
    e.) Now repackage the Web Driver Package with the following terminal command:

    Code (Text):
    pkgutil --flatten webdriver WebDriver-378.05.05.25f01.XXX.pkg
    where XXX is a place holder for e.g. your user name
    f.) Now double click on the modified and renamed Web Driver package and perform the installation of the 10.12.6 Nvidia
    Web Driver under macOS 10.13.

    Subsequently reboot as requested. Note that before applying points 3.) to 5.) below, the system will continue in using the default Apple Web Driver.


    3.) Run the Nvidia Web Driver Updater v1.5 and patch the "NVDAStartupWeb.kext" to "17A365" (10.13 Final Release).


    4.) Download, unzip and install the 10.12.6 AppleGraphicsControl.kext attached towards the end of this guide in S/L/E/ with the
    accurate permissions using Kext Utility or any other kext utility of your choice.

    5.) Apply the AGDPfix.app to avoid a black screen after boot with Nvidia graphics cards (attached towards the end of this post).
    Wait until the AGDPfix procedure is successfully finished... it takes a while...

    and reboot as requested. Don't forget to apply this very important last step!!!! Otherwise you you will end up with a black screen after successful booting.

    Now..... you should have a limited but working web driver! Many thanks to @dwhitla for his constructive help and contributions!

    If not and you mistook any of the above points or their exact order... you will have to start from the beginning with the 10.12.6 Web Driver Workaround.

    However, if you succeed, Apple's System Report should reveal something like the following:


    Don't expect miracles! Note that the 10.12.6 Webdriver under macOS 10.13 neither provides OpenGL nor Metal support for Nvidia Pascal and Maxwell cards, thus users have to be content with proper screen resolution and basic video acceleration... the overall performance of the latter graphics cards is still somewhat laggy, with e.g. occasional glitches when opening or moving windows etc.


    E.2) Audio Configuration:

    audio.jpg

    The EFI folder attached towards the end of this post already contains a fully functional AppleALC audio configuration. If however this audio configuration does not work in your case, perform the following steps listed below.

    1.) Download the latest version of the AppleALC.kext from Github (actually AppleALC.kext v1.2.0) and copy it to the
    "/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/"-directory of your 10.13 System Disk. Note however that the latter kext is already part fo the EFI-Folder implemented in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip
    2.) Download the latest version of Lilu.kext from Github (actually Lilu.kext v1.2.0) and copy it to the
    "/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/"-directory of your 10.13 System Disk. Note however that the latter kext is already part fo the EFI-Folder implemented in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip.
    3.) Download the latest version of codeccommander.kext from Github and copy it to the "/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/"-directory
    of your 10.13 System Disk. Note however that the latter kext is already part fo the EFI-Folder implemented in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip
    4.) Open your config.plist with the Clover Configurator and add the following "DSDT patch" in the "ACPI section":

    Code (Text):
    Comment:                Find:           Replace:

    Rename ALZA to HDEF     414c5a41        48444546
    Furthermore, Inject Audio ID "1" in the Section "Devices" and save your config.plist​

    5.) After reboot you should now have a perfectly working analogue audio configuration. Under "System Preferences" and
    "Audio" select "Internal Speakers" for the Analogue Audio Output and you are done.​

    6.) To configure additional digital HDMI or DP graphics card audio output, copy the SSDT-HDMI.aml that you created by
    means of @shilohh 's guide and method under macOS Sierra 10.12 from the /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/Patched/ directory on your macOS Sierra 10.12 system drive to the /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/Patched/ directory of your macOS High Sierrra 10.13 System Disk. It will work without any additional modifications. If you perform a clean install of macOS High Sierrra 10.13 and you did not create the SSDT-HDMI.aml before, you will have to create it now by following @shilohh 's guide and method. Please find a fully working SSDT-HDMI.aml sample file for the ASUS X99-A II attached towards the end of this post, which might be directly applicable on your specific system. Just give it a try!​

    7.) After another reboot you should have a fully functional analogue and digital audio configuration with the control panel and
    system implementation displayed below.

    Control Panel implementation:

    Audio.png

    Audio System report:

    Audio-System-Report.png


    E.3) USB Configuration:

    USB.png

    The EFI-Folder implemented in EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip, contains a fully functional USB configuration,which consists of the following implementations:

    1.) the "X99_Injector USB 3.kext" in the /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Others/ directory of your hopefully successfully configured and
    completed 10.13 system test drive.​

    2.) the 10.13 AppleUSBXHCIPCI KextsToPatch entry in the "Kernel and Kext Patches" section of the clover configurator:

    Code (Text):
    Name:                  Find:                   Replace:                Comment:                   MatchOS:
    AppleUSBXHCIPCI        837d8c10         837d8c19       USB port limit patch

    3.) the following USB settings in the "Device" section of the Clover Configurator: "Inject", "Add ClockID", "FixOwnership"
    - checked; "HighCurrent" - unchecked.
    4.) also remember the correct BIOS settings:
    • XHCI Mode Smart Auto
    • XHCI Hand-Off Enabled
    • EHCI Hand-Off Enabled
    As already in macOS Sierra 10.12, with the above USB configuration, also in macOS High Sierra 10.13 all USB2 and USB3 ports are initialized and work fine. USB2 in USB2, USB3 in USB3, USB2 in USB3 and USB3 in USB2. However, there is a tiny cosmetic error. If one looks to Apple's system report, in principle the USB2.0 Bus, USB3.0 Bus and USB 3.1 Bus are implemented correctly. However, all connected devices independently form being USB2.0, USB3.0 and USB3.1 are assigned to the USB 3.0 Bus.

    USB-System-Report.png


    Alternative USB Configuration - board-specific XHC USB Kexts

    Alternatively to the above USB configuration, all ASUS X99-A II owners can use the novel and innovative XHC USB Kext developed with @DSM2 in the /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/ directory of their USB Flash Drive Installer or 10.13 System Disk. Recently, @kingkong89 confirmed full compatibility of this latter XHC USB Kext with the ASUS X99 DELUXE II (identical XHC USB port-configuration).

    For this novel kext approach approach, download, unzip and copy the XHC USB Kext contained in DSM2-ASUS-X99-A-II-USB-kext.zip (attached at the end of this originating post/guide) to the /EFI/Clover/kexts/Other/-directory in the EFI-Folder of your 10.13 System Disk. In parallel, remove the "X99_Injector USB 3.kext" from the latter directory and reboot.

    Finally note, that also the USB BIOS settings have to be slightly modified:
    • XHCI Mode Enabled
    • XHCI Hand-Off Enabled
    • EHCI Hand-Off Enabled
    Within the latter approach, nearly all internal and external USB2.0 and USB 3.0 ports on the ASUS X99-A II and ASUS X99 DELUXE II will be correctly implemented and reveal the expected data rates. The only exception is the second internal USB3.0 connector (at the bottom-right of the mainboard), which of yet unknown reason cannot be considered and implemented in the current XHC USB Kext Configuration. Thus this port will be non-functional. For your USB3.0 Front-Panel connectors use therefore the other internal USB3.0 connector (top-right on your mainboard, close to the RAM modules), which is fully functional.

    All owners of mainboards different from the ASUS X99-A II and ASUS X99 DELUXE II, can create their own board-specific XHC USB Kext by following the detailed XHC USB Kext creation guidelines provided in Section E.4) in my Skylake-X/X299 macOS High Sierra 10.13 Desktop Guide.


    E.4) M.2/NVME Configuration:

    evo.jpg

    In contrary to macOS Sierra 10.12, macOS High Sierra 10.13 provides native support of non-4Kn NVMe SSDs, like my Samsung EVO 960 M.2/NVMe. All patches applied under macOS Sierra 10.12 are now obsolete. The native support of non-4Kn NVMe SSDs enables the unique opportunity to directly perform a clean-install of macOS High Sierra 10.13 on M.2 NVMEs like the Samsung EVO 960.

    The only current drawback consists in the external drive implementation of NVMEs. This minor issue should be easily solved by adding the actual External NVME Icon KextToPatch entry to the config.plist by means of the Clover Configurator.

    Code (Text):

    Name*            Find* [HEX]           Replace* [HEX]        Comment                      MatchOS
    IONVMeFamily     4885c074 07808b20     4885c090 90808b20     External NVME Icon Patch     10.13.x

    NVMe-external-icon-patch.png

    Not however, that already in earlier beta versions and also now with macOS High Sierra Supplementary Update, this approach does not seem to work anymore, despite the actual KextToPatch entry above! If you still have your NVMe implemented in form of an external drive you have to perform the following workaround, detailed below.

    1.) Disable the not working External NVME Icon KextToPatch entry.

    2.) Open the IORegistryExplorer, in the upright search field type nvme and take not of values in the left column, i.e. indicated
    as v.1, v.2 and v.3 and marked by red rectangles in the figure below. As you can see by following these entries, your nvme device shows up in PCI0@0 > BR1B@1,1 > H000@0​

    NVMe-Patch.png

    3.) Download and unzip the SSDT-NVMe-extern-icon-patch.aml.zip, and open the SSDT-NVMe-extern-icon-patch.aml
    with MaciASL-DSDT.app, both attached towards the end of this guide. For deviating system configurations, replace the values highlighted in blue color in the figure below with those of your IOreg, marked by red rectangles and indicated by v.1, v.2 and v.3 in the figure of my IOReg above.

    nvme-patch.aml.png
    4.) Save and copy the modified SSDT-NVMe-extern-icon-patch.aml to the /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/ folder of your system
    drive.​

    5.) Reboot

    Now your NVMe drive should correctly show up as internal.

    storage.png

    Disk-Utility.png


    E.5) SSD TRIM Support:

    Macs only enable TRIM for Apple-provided solid-state drives they come with. If you upgrade a Mac with an aftermarket SSD, the Mac won’t use TRIM with it. The same applies for SSD's used by a Hackintosh. When an operating system uses TRIM with a solid-state drive, it sends a signal to the SSD every time you delete a file. The SSD knows that the file is deleted and it can erase the file’s data from its flash storage. With flash memory, it’s faster to write to empty memory — to write to full memory, the memory must first be erased and then written to. This causes your SSD to slow down over time unless TRIM is enabled. TRIM ensures the physical NAND memory locations containing deleted files are erased before you need to write to them. The SSD can then manage its available storage more intelligently.

    Note that the config.plist in the EFI folder of EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip, attached towards the end of this originating post/guide, contains an SSD "TRIM Enabler" KextsToPatch entry, which can be found in the " Kernel and Kext Patches" Section of the Clover Configurator.

    TRIM-Enabler.png

    Code (Text):
    Name*                   Find*[HEX]                  Replace*[HEX]               Comment           MatchOS
    IOAHCIBlockStorage      4150504c 45205353 4400      00000000 00000000 0000      Trim Enabler      10.12.x,10.13.x
    With this KextToPatch entry, SSD TRIM is fully enabled on your 10.13 System, see Apple's System Report below.

    TRIM-SystemReport.png


    E.6) Xnu CPU Power Management (XCPM) Configuration:

    power-management.png

    The EFI folder of EFI-X99-10.13-SU-Release-121017.zip, attached towards the end of this post, already contains a nearly fully functional XCPM configuration for the i7-6950X Broadwell-E CPU, which needs to be finalized (yet missing injection of frequency vector) and adopted for other CPU configurations (Broadwell-E/EP different from i7-6950X, Haswell-E).

    Before finalizing, adapting or tuning the XCPM configuration, verify the following BIOS settings:

    Advanced\CPU Configuration\CPU Power Management Configuration\
    • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST): Disabled
    • Turbo mode: Enabled
    • CPU C-State: Enabled
    • Enhanced C1 State: Enabled
    • CPU C3 Report: Enabled
    • CPU C6 Report: Enabled
    • Package C State Limit: C6(non Retention) state
    Subsequently, follow the individual steps below.

    1.) Verify that your System ID is MacPro 6.1

    2.) Open the config.plist of your 10.13 test drive and revise the "Kernel and Kext Patches" Section.

    XCPM-KernelToPatch.png

    Code (Text):
    Find:                                                               Replace:                                                              Comment:                                      MatchOS:
    72 3cd07750 0fb6c0                                                  6a 3cd07750 0fb6c0                                                    xcpm_cpuid_set_info © Pike R. Alpha           10.13.x
    89d804c4 3c227722                                                   89d804c3 3c227722                                                     xcpm_bootstrap © Pike R. Alpha                10.13.x
    554889E5 41574156 41554154 53504189 D64889FB 85F60F84 84000000      C39089E5 41574156 41554154 53504189 D64889FB 85F60F84 84000000        xcpm_program_msrs © Pike R. Alpha             10.12.x,10.13.x
    be070000 0031d2e8 8ffcffff                                          be070000 0031d290 90909090                                            xcpm_pkg_scope_msrs © Pike R. Alpha           10.12.x,10.13.x
    be0b0000 005de908 000000                                            be0b0000 005dc390 909090                                              xcpm_SMT_scope_msrs © Pike R. Alpha           10.12.x,10.13.x
    be030000 0031d2e8 72fcffff                                          be030000 0031d290 90909090                                            xcpm_core_scope_msrs © Pike R. Alpha          10.12.x,10.13.x
    b9e20000 000f30                                                     b9e20000 009090                                                       xcpm_idle_wrmsr © Pike R. Alpha               10.12.x,10.13.x
    4885c074 07808b20                                                   4885c090 90808b20                                                     External NVMe FIX                             10.13.x
    07000000 31d2e88f fcffff                                            07000000 31d29090 909090                                              10.13 Installer/Updater essential             10.12.x,10.13.x
     

    Verify for Broadwell-E/EP and modify for Haswell-E/EP the "xcpm_cpuid_set_info" and "xcpm_bootstrap" KernelToPatch entries for Broadwell-E/EP. Note that I actually do not use the "xcpm_program_msrs" and "xcpm_core_scope_msrs" KernelToPatch entries (disabled), as they seem to disable C3 states! Note that the "xcpm_program_msrs" entry was previously erroneously called "xcpm_reboot_fix". Please note that the above KernelToPatch configuration considers a patched ASUS mobo-BIOS with unlocked MSR 0xE2 register ("xcpm_idle_wrms" KernelToPatch entry disabled). With locked MSR 0xE2 register, you might have to enable "xcpm_idle_wrms". As already mentioned above, a detailed description how to patch an ASUS-BIOS to unlock the MSR 0xE2 register can be found in my Sierra Desktop Guide. By the way, note that ASUS mainboard owners can uncheck "KernelPM", yet checked for the general use of my EFI-Folder also with mainboards different from ASUS. Further note that I also disabled the external NVMe FIX, as it currently does not seem to work within the latest implementations of macOS High Sierra 10.13, despite the fact that this KernelToPatch entry is correctly implemented. Finally note that the "10.13 Installer/updater essential" KernelToPatch entry seems to be required for successful booting an macOS High Sierra 10.13 Flash Drive Installer, which needs to be created in the frame of the 10.13 macOS High Sierra Update or Clean Install.

    Here are the necessary modifications for the Haswell-E CPU architecture:​
    • Haswell-E "xcpm_cpuid_set_info" and "xcpm_bootstrap":
    Code (Text):
    Find:                            Replace:                           Comment:                                    MatchOS:
    723cd077 500fb6c0                6f3cd077 500fb6c0                  xcpm_cpuid_set_info © Pike R. Alpha         10.13.x
    89d804c4 3c227722                89d804c1 3c227722                  xcpm_bootstrap © Pike R. Alpha              10.13.x

    Please note that Haswell-E processors in principle do not require the patching of the switch table used by "xcpm_cpuid_set_info". Apple already took care of it. One can therefor disable the xcpm_cpuid_set_info KernelToPatch entry for the latter three processor architectures. If you encounter against all expectations problems during your XCPM configuration though, use the "xcpm_cpuid_set_info" entry provided above!

    Many thanks to PMheart from the InsanelyMac Forum for providing the correct 10.13 XCPM KernelToPatch entries for Broadwell-E! Many thanks to @nmano for providing the correct 10.13 XCPM KernelToPatch entries for Haswell-E!​

    3.) Reboot

    4.) Verify with the terminal command "sysctl machdep.xcpm.mode" if the XCPM mode is active. If so,
    "sysctl machdep.xcpm.mode" should return "1".​

    5.) Download the latest Piker-Alpha's ssdtPRGen.sh distribution from Github.

    6.) Drop ssdtPRGen.sh into a terminal and add the following parameters to also enable turbo frequencies ( in my case in line
    with an OC of 4200 Mhz.​

    Code (Text):
    ./ssdtPRGen.sh  -turbo 4200

    Result:

    Code (Text):
    ssdtPRGen.sh v0.9  Copyright (c) 2011-2012 by † RevoGirl
                 v6.6  Copyright (c) 2013 by † Jeroen
                 v21.5 Copyright (c) 2013-2017 by Pike R. Alpha
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Bugs > https://github.com/Piker-Alpha/ssdtPRGen.sh/issues <

    System information: Mac OS X 10.13 (17A306f)
    Brandstring: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6950X CPU @ 3.00GHz"

    Override value: (-turbo) maximum (turbo) frequency, now using: 4200 MHz!

    Version: models.cfg v170 / Broadwell.cfg v151


    Generating ssdt.dsl for a 'MacPro6,1' with board-id [Mac-F60DEB81FF30ACF6]
    Broadwell Core i7-6950X processor [0x406F1] setup [0x0a02]
    With a maximum TDP of 140 Watt, as specified by Intel
    Number logical CPU's: 20 (Core Frequency: 3000 MHz)
    Number of Turbo States: 12 (3100-4200 MHz)
    Number of P-States: 31 (1200-4200 MHz)
    Injected C-States for CP00 (C1,C3,C6)
    Injected C-States for CP01 (C1,C3,C6)
    Warning: 'system-type' may be set improperly (1 instead of 3)
         - Clover users should read https://clover-wiki.zetam.org/Configuration/ACPI#acpi_smartups
    Compiling: ssdt_pr.dsl
    Intel ACPI Component Architecture
    ASL Optimizing Compiler version 20140926-64 [Nov  6 2014]
    Copyright (c) 2000 - 2014 Intel Corporation

    ASL Input:     /Users/kgp/Library/ssdtPRGen/ssdt.dsl - 467 lines, 13569 bytes, 144 keywords
    AML Output:    /Users/kgp/Library/ssdtPRGen/ssdt.aml - 3706 bytes, 64 named objects, 80 executable opcodes

    Compilation complete. 0 Errors, 0 Warnings, 0 Remarks, 0 Optimizations
    7.) Copy the SSDT.aml from ~/Library/ssdtPRGen/ to /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/. Please find a fully working SSDT.aml
    sample file for the i7-6950X attached towards the end of this post.

    Important note: if your CPU is unsupported, ssdtPRGen.sh will fail in creating the SSDT.aml.
    Go to the ~/Library/ssdtPRGen/ folder, open the "Data " folder, and open "User Defined.cfg" with text wrangler.
    Add your cpu parameters, save the "User Defined.cfg" and redo steps 6.) and 7.)
    8.) Reboot

    9.) a.) Verify that in the ioRegistryExplorer you have now under CP00@0 the following entry:

    Code (Text):
    Property:         Type:         Value:
    plugin-type       Number        0x1
    b.) Verify with the terminal command

    Code (Text):
    kextstat|grep -y x86plat
    that the "X86PlatformPlugin.kext" is now loaded. If the command returns something like

    Code (Text):
     112    1 0xffffff7f822bc000 0x17000    0x17000    com.apple.driver.X86PlatformPlugin (1.0.0) FD88AF70-3E2C-3935-99E4-C48669EC274B <111 19 18 13 11 7 6 5 4 3 1>
     146    1 0xffffff7f822d3000 0x7000     0x7000     com.apple.driver.X86PlatformShim (1.0.0) DCEA94A4-3547-3129-A888-E9D5C77B275E <112 111 13 7 4 3>
    you are fine.

    c.) Verify with the terminal command

    Code (Text):
    kextstat|grep -y appleintelcpu
    that you got now rid of the Apple Intel CPU power management. If the result is empty you are fine.
    10.) Download and run Piker-Alpha's latest freqVectorsEdit.sh distribution to add missing FrequencyVectors to Mac-
    F60DEB81FF30ACF6.plist, which os located in:

    Code (Text):
    /System/Library/Extensions/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/X86PlatformPlugin.kext/Contents/Resources
    To do so, you have to choose some other plist-file from the drop-list

    Code (Text):
    freqVectorsEdit.sh v3.1 Copyright (c) 2013-2017 by Pike R. Alpha.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Bugs > https://github.com/Piker-Alpha/freqVectorsEdit.sh/issues <

    Available resource files (plists) with FrequencyVectors:

    [  1 ] Mac-031B6874CF7F642A.plist (iMac14,1)
    [  2 ] Mac-06F11F11946D27C5.plist (MacBookPro11,5)
    [  3 ] Mac-06F11FD93F0323C5.plist (MacBookPro11,4)
    [  4 ] Mac-189A3D4F975D5FFC.plist (MacBookPro11,1)
    [  5 ] Mac-27ADBB7B4CEE8E61.plist (iMac14,2)
    [  6 ] Mac-2BD1B31983FE1663.plist (MacBookPro11,3)
    [  7 ] Mac-35C1E88140C3E6CF.plist (MacBookAir6,1)
    [  8 ] Mac-35C5E08120C7EEAF.plist (Macmini7,1 @ 2700)
    [  9 ] Mac-3CBD00234E554E41.plist (MacBookPro11,2)
    [ 10 ] Mac-42FD25EABCABB274.plist (iMac15,1)
    [ 11 ] Mac-473D31EABEB93F9B.plist (MacBookPro13,1 @ 3100 HWP/3400 HWP)
    [ 12 ] Mac-4B682C642B45593E.plist (Unknown Model)
    [ 13 ] Mac-4BFBC784B845591E.plist (Unknown Model)
    [ 14 ] Mac-50619A408DB004DA.plist (Unknown Model)
    [ 15 ] Mac-551B86E5744E2388.plist (MacBookPro14,3 @ 3800 HWP/3900 HWP/4100 HWP)
    [ 16 ] Mac-65CE76090165799A.plist (iMac17,1)
    [ 17 ] Mac-66E35819EE2D0D05.plist (MacBookPro13,2 @ 3300 HWP/3500 HWP/3600 HWP)
    [ 18 ] Mac-77EB7D7DAF985301.plist (iMac14,3)
    [ 19 ] Mac-77F17D7DA9285301.plist (Unknown Model)
    [ 20 ] Mac-7BA5B2D9E42DDD94.plist (Unknown Model)
    [ 21 ] Mac-7DF21CB3ED6977E5.plist (MacBookAir6,2)
    [ 22 ] Mac-81E3E92DD6088272.plist (iMac14,4)
    [ 23 ] Mac-90BE64C3CB5A9AEB.plist (Unknown Model @ 3000/3200/3600)
    [ 24 ] Mac-937CB26E2E02BB01.plist (MacBookAir7,2 @ 2700/3200)
    [ 25 ] Mac-9AE82516C7C6B903.plist (MacBook9,1 @ 2200 HWP/2700 HWP/3100 HWP)
    [ 26 ] Mac-9F18E312C5C2BF0B.plist (MacBookAir7,1 @ 2700/3200)
    [ 27 ] Mac-A369DDC4E67F1C45.plist (iMac16,1)
    [ 28 ] Mac-A5C67F76ED83108C.plist (MacBookPro13,3 @ 3500 HWP/3600 HWP/3800 HWP)
    [ 29 ] Mac-B4831CEBD52A0C4C.plist (MacBookPro14,1 @ 3400 HWP/4000 HWP)
    [ 30 ] Mac-B809C3757DA9BB8D.plist (iMac17,1)
    [ 31 ] Mac-BE088AF8C5EB4FA2.plist (Unknown Model)
    [ 32 ] Mac-BE0E8AC46FE800CC.plist (MacBook8,1 @ 2400/2600/2900)
    [ 33 ] Mac-CAD6701F7CEA0921.plist (MacBookPro14,2 @ 3500 HWP/3700 HWP/4000 HWP)
    [ 34 ] Mac-CF21D135A7D34AA6.plist (Unknown Model @ 3000/3200/3600)
    [ 35 ] Mac-DB15BD556843C820.plist (iMac17,1)
    [ 36 ] Mac-E43C1C25D4880AD6.plist (MacBookPro12,1)
    [ 37 ] Mac-EE2EBD4B90B839A8.plist (Unknown Model @ 3000 HWP/3200 HWP/3600 HWP)
    [ 38 ] Mac-F305150B0C7DEEEF.plist (Unknown Model @ 2400/2600/2900)
    [ 39 ] Mac-F60DEB81FF30ACF6.plist (MacPro6,1)
    [ 40 ] Mac-FA842E06C61E91C5.plist (iMac15,1)
    [ 41 ] Mac-FFE5EF870D7BA81A.plist (iMac16,2)

    Please choose the desired plist for your hardware (Exit/1-41) ?
    like e.g.

    Code (Text):
    [ 35 ] Mac-DB15BD556843C820.plist (iMac17,1)
    which does have well defined frequencies.
    11.) Reboot

    12.) To verify that the new Frequency-Vectors from Mac-F60DEB81FF30ACF6.plist are now loaded, use the following terminal
    command:

    Code (Text):
    sysctl -n machdep.xcpm.vectors_loaded_count
    If "0" is returned, then the FrequencyVectors are still missing or are not being used at present. If everything is ok, the command returns "1".
    13.) To verify your new Power Management, download Piker Alpha’s AppleIntelInfo.kext from Github. To compile the source
    code, you need to primarily install Xcode (Appstore) and Xcode Command Line Tools! This guideline might be helpful for the successfully installation of the latter.

    Now enter the following terminal commands:​

    Code (Text):
    cd ~/Downloads/AppleIntelInfo-master
    xcodebuild
    cd build/Release
    chmod -R 755 AppleIntelInfo.kext
    sudo chown -R root:wheel AppleIntelInfo.kext
    Load the AppleIntelInfo.kext with "kextload" and "cat" the info-results with the following terminal commands:

    Code (Text):
    sudo kextload AppleIntelInfo.kext
    Code (Text):
    sudo cat /tmp/AppleIntelInfo.dat
    The cat command should reveal something like the following result:

    Code (Text):

    AppleIntelInfo.kext v2.5 Copyright © 2012-2017 Pike R. Alpha. All rights reserved.

    Settings:
    ------------------------------------------
    logMSRs..................................: 1
    logIGPU..................................: 0
    logCStates...............................: 1
    logIPGStyle..............................: 1
    InitialTSC...............................: 0x11d3a1760ecb2 (10453 MHz)
    MWAIT C-States...........................: 8480

    Processor Brandstring....................: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6950X CPU @ 3.00GHz

    Processor Signature..................... : 0x406F1
    ------------------------------------------
     - Family............................... : 6
     - Stepping............................. : 1
     - Model................................ : 0x4F (79)

    Model Specific Registers (MSRs)
    ------------------------------------------

    MSR_CORE_THREAD_COUNT............(0x35)  : 0x0
    ------------------------------------------
     - Core Count........................... : 10
     - Thread Count......................... : 20

    MSR_PLATFORM_INFO................(0xCE)  : 0x20080C3BF3811E00
    ------------------------------------------
     - Maximum Non-Turbo Ratio.............. : 0x1E (3000 MHz)
     - Ratio Limit for Turbo Mode........... : 1 (programmable)
     - TDP Limit for Turbo Mode............. : 1 (programmable)
     - Low Power Mode Support............... : 1 (LPM supported)
     - Number of ConfigTDP Levels........... : 1 (additional TDP level(s) available)
     - Maximum Efficiency Ratio............. : 12
     - Minimum Operating Ratio.............. : 8

    MSR_PMG_CST_CONFIG_CONTROL.......(0xE2)  : 0x1E000005
    ------------------------------------------
     - I/O MWAIT Redirection Enable......... : 0 (not enabled)
     - CFG Lock............................. : 0 (MSR not locked)
     - C3 State Auto Demotion............... : 1 (enabled)
     - C1 State Auto Demotion............... : 1 (enabled)
     - C3 State Undemotion.................. : 1 (enabled)
     - C1 State Undemotion.................. : 1 (enabled)
     - Package C-State Auto Demotion........ : 0 (disabled/unsupported)
     - Package C-State Undemotion........... : 0 (disabled/unsupported)

    MSR_PMG_IO_CAPTURE_BASE..........(0xE4)  : 0x10414
    ------------------------------------------
     - LVL_2 Base Address................... : 0x414
     - C-state Range........................ : 1 (C-States not included, I/O MWAIT redirection not enabled)

    IA32_MPERF.......................(0xE7)  : 0xACF485063
    IA32_APERF.......................(0xE8)  : 0xB96AC7BB7
    MSR_0x150........................(0x150) : 0x0

    MSR_FLEX_RATIO...................(0x194) : 0xE0000
    ------------------------------------------

    MSR_IA32_PERF_STATUS.............(0x198) : 0x204900001E00
    ------------------------------------------
     - Current Performance State Value...... : 0x1E00 (3000 MHz)

    MSR_IA32_PERF_CONTROL............(0x199) : 0x2A00
    ------------------------------------------
     - Target performance State Value....... : 0x2A00 (4200 MHz)
     - Intel Dynamic Acceleration........... : 0 (IDA engaged)

    IA32_CLOCK_MODULATION............(0x19A) : 0x0

    IA32_THERM_INTERRUPT.............(0x19B) : 0x0

    IA32_THERM_STATUS................(0x19C) : 0x883D0000
    ------------------------------------------
     - Thermal Status....................... : 0
     - Thermal Log.......................... : 0
     - PROCHOT # or FORCEPR# event.......... : 0
     - PROCHOT # or FORCEPR# log............ : 0
     - Critical Temperature Status.......... : 0
     - Critical Temperature log............. : 0
     - Thermal Threshold #1 Status.......... : 0
     - Thermal Threshold #1 log............. : 0
     - Thermal Threshold #2 Status.......... : 0
     - Thermal Threshold #2 log............. : 0
     - Power Limitation Status.............. : 0
     - Power Limitation log................. : 0
     - Current Limit Status................. : 0
     - Current Limit log.................... : 0
     - Cross Domain Limit Status............ : 0
     - Cross Domain Limit log............... : 0
     - Digital Readout...................... : 61
     - Resolution in Degrees Celsius........ : 1
     - Reading Valid........................ : 1 (valid)

    MSR_THERM2_CTL...................(0x19D) : 0x0

    IA32_MISC_ENABLES................(0x1A0) : 0x850089
    ------------------------------------------
     - Fast-Strings......................... : 1 (enabled)
     - FOPCODE compatibility mode Enable.... : 0
     - Automatic Thermal Control Circuit.... : 1 (enabled)
     - Split-lock Disable................... : 0
     - Performance Monitoring............... : 1 (available)
     - Bus Lock On Cache Line Splits Disable : 0
     - Hardware prefetch Disable............ : 0
     - Processor Event Based Sampling....... : 0 (PEBS supported)
     - GV1/2 legacy Enable.................. : 0
     - Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology.. : 1 (enabled)
     - MONITOR FSM.......................... : 1 (MONITOR/MWAIT supported)
     - Adjacent sector prefetch Disable..... : 0
     - CFG Lock............................. : 0 (MSR not locked)
     - xTPR Message Disable................. : 1 (disabled)

    MSR_TEMPERATURE_TARGET...........(0x1A2) : 0x640A00
    ------------------------------------------
     - Turbo Attenuation Units.............. : 0
     - Temperature Target................... : 100
     - TCC Activation Offset................ : 0

    MSR_MISC_PWR_MGMT................(0x1AA) : 0x402000
    ------------------------------------------
     - EIST Hardware Coordination........... : 0 (hardware coordination enabled)
     - Energy/Performance Bias support...... : 1
     - Energy/Performance Bias.............. : 0 (disabled/MSR not visible to software)
     - Thermal Interrupt Coordination Enable : 1 (thermal interrupt routed to all cores)

    MSR_TURBO_RATIO_LIMIT............(0x1AD) : 0x2A2A2A2A2A2A2A2A
    ------------------------------------------
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C01.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C02.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C03.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C04.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C05.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C06.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C07.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C08.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)

    MSR_TURBO_RATIO_LIMIT1...........(0x1AE) : 0x2222222222222A2A
    ------------------------------------------
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C09.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)
     - Maximum Ratio Limit for C10.......... : 2A (4200 MHz)

    IA32_ENERGY_PERF_BIAS............(0x1B0) : 0x5
    ------------------------------------------
     - Power Policy Preference...............: 5 (balanced performance and energy saving)

    MSR_POWER_CTL....................(0x1FC) : 0x2904005B
    ------------------------------------------
     - Bi-Directional Processor Hot..........: 1 (enabled)
     - C1E Enable............................: 1 (enabled)

    MSR_RAPL_POWER_UNIT..............(0x606) : 0xA0E03
    ------------------------------------------
     - Power Units.......................... : 3 (1/8 Watt)
     - Energy Status Units.................. : 14 (61 micro-Joules)
     - Time Units .......................... : 10 (976.6 micro-Seconds)

    MSR_PKG_POWER_LIMIT..............(0x610) : 0x7FFF80015FFF8
    ------------------------------------------
     - Package Power Limit #1............... : 4095 Watt
     - Enable Power Limit #1................ : 1 (enabled)
     - Package Clamping Limitation #1....... : 1 (allow going below OS-requested P/T state during Time Window for Power Limit #1)
     - Time Window for Power Limit #1....... : 10 (2560 milli-Seconds)
     - Package Power Limit #2............... : 4095 Watt
     - Enable Power Limit #2................ : 1 (enabled)
     - Package Clamping Limitation #2....... : 1 (allow going below OS-requested P/T state setting Time Window for Power Limit #2)
     - Time Window for Power Limit #2....... : 3 (20 milli-Seconds)
     - Lock................................. : 0 (MSR not locked)

    MSR_PKG_ENERGY_STATUS............(0x611) : 0xC06AC
    ------------------------------------------
     - Total Energy Consumed................ : 48 Joules (Watt = Joules / seconds)

    MSR_PKGC3_IRTL...................(0x60a) : 0x0
    MSR_PKGC6_IRTL...................(0x60b) : 0x0
    MSR_PKG_C2_RESIDENCY.............(0x60d) : 0x298ED1EE0
    MSR_PKG_C3_RESIDENCY.............(0x3f8) : 0xD638F0
    MSR_PKG_C2_RESIDENCY.............(0x60d) : 0x298ED1EE0
    MSR_PKG_C3_RESIDENCY.............(0x3f8) : 0xD638F0
    MSR_PKG_C6_RESIDENCY.............(0x3f9) : 0x44911A9AC

    IA32_TSC_DEADLINE................(0x6E0) : 0x11D3A1BDB3826

    CPU Ratio Info:
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    Base Clock Frequency (BLCK)............. : 100 MHz
    Maximum Efficiency Ratio/Frequency.......: 12 (1200 MHz)
    Maximum non-Turbo Ratio/Frequency........: 30 (3000 MHz)
    Maximum Turbo Ratio/Frequency............: 42 (4200 MHz)
    P-State ratio * 100 = Frequency in MHz
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    To unload the AppleIntelInfo.kext, enter the terminal command:

    Code (Text):
    sudo kextunload AppleIntelInfo.kext

    E.7) Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) and PMdrvr.kext:

    printlogo.png

    If you want to go for EIST functionality, consider the necessary BIOS setting detailed below:

    BIOS setting:

    Advanced\CPU Configuration\CPU Power Management Configuration\
    • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST): Enabled

    Subsequently download and copy Brumbaer's PMDrvr.kext attached at the end of this post/guide to /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/.

    Note that there different versions for Broadwell-E and Haswell-E, namely the Broadwell-E PMDrvr.kext and Haswell-E PMDrvr.kext, respectively.

    For further details and information see my Sierra Desktop Guide. In any case it should be highlighted that PMDrvr.kext is fully compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13 and results in a really fantastic CPU power managment performance reflected in the Intel Power Gadget graphs below. The left panel depicts max. CPU load-conditions during three temporally consecutive manually launched Cinebench CPU benchmarks with idle-conditions in between. The right panel reflects the dynamic CPU behavior during one Geekbench 4.1.0 CPU Benchmark run.

    IntelPowerGadget-H.png

    Note however, that PMDrvr.kext has also a strong drawback as it breaks sleep/wake functionality. You therefore have to check both "Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when display is off" and "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" and uncheck "Wake for network access" and "Enable Power Nap"!

    Sleep-disable.png

    If you want to support the petition to Brumbaer for implementing Sleep/Wake functionality to PMDrvr.kext, leave an adequate comment and request in his corresponding thread on InsanelyMac.


    E.8) Overclocking:

    overclock.png

    As in case of macOS Sierra 10.12, a 4.2 Ghz CPU Overclocking also results under macOS 10.13 in a very sufficient and stable system configuration. For the sake fo completeness I herewith once more summarize the requried BIOS settings after enabling the XMP switch on the Asus X99-A II and connecting the over-voltage jumper to pins 2-3:

    Code (Text):
    - AI overclock Tuner: XMP
    - BLCK Frequency: 100 Mhz
    - Core Ratio: Sync All Cores
    - 1-Core Ratio Limit: 42
     
    A BLCK Frequency of 100 Mhz leads to the best NVMe performance. The core ratio of 42 corresponds to 4.2 Ghz overclocking.


    E.9) Sleep/Wake Functionality:

    With sleep wake functionality I refer to forced sleep/wake
    When talking about Sleep/Wake functionallity, I exclusively refer to forced sleep (clicking first on the "Apple-Symbol" in the menu bar and then on "sleep", see 4,k below) and forced wake (by pressing the power button of your rig). I did not experiment with "auto-sleep"! Thus, concerning the Energy Saver Settings under System Preferences, like in case of EIST and PMDrvr.kext before, both "Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when display is off" and "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" have to be checked and "Wake for network access" and "Enable Power Nap" have to be unchecked!

    Sleep-disable.png

    To reach Full Sleep/Wake functionality on your hack, perform the following steps listed below:

    1.) Due to the sleep/wake incompatibility of PMdrvr.kext disable EIST in the mobo-BIOS and remove PMdrvr.kext from
    "/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other/". PMDrvr.kext frequently causes a black screen or reboot on wake thus it is up to the users decision to go with EIST and PMdrvr.kext or to go for sleep/wake functionality.​

    2.) Open your "config.plist" in the "/EFI/Clover/"-directory of your System Disk with the Clover Configurator and check if
    "darkwake=0" is selected in the "Boot" Section.​

    3.) In D.1/5.5 or D.2/4.e you already copied the appropriate "VoodooTSCSync.kext", which you modified by following error
    prevention C/8., to the /EFI/Clover/kexts/Other/ directories of your USB Flash Drive and 10.13 System Disk.

    Note once more that "VoodooTSCSync.kext" is absolutely mandatory for sleep/wake functionality!​

    However, your sleep/wake attempts might yet result in an immediate wake on sleep.
    4.) Reboot. If your system immediately wakes on sleep, follow the subsequent steps indicated below.

    a.) At the main Clover bootloader screen, press F4. Clover will now dump the native ACPI files to
    /EFI/Clover/ACPI/origin/. You can access these files after booting MacOS High Siera.
    b.) Copy the DSDT.aml from /EFI/Clover/ACPI/origin/to your Desktop and rename the file to DSDT-original.aml.

    c.) Download the correct version of MaciASL attached towards the end of this post for successful DSDT fixing and patching.

    Run MacASL and open "Preferences":

    MacASL-Preferences.png

    Select "Sources" and add the following source:

    Code (Text):
    Name:                 URL:
    Laptop Patches     http://raw.github.com/RehabMan/Laptop-DSDT-Patch/master
    MacASL-add-sources.png
    d.) Download, unzip and copy @nmano 's fix for X99 DSDT errors, X99-dsdt-errors.txt.zip attached
    towards the end of this post, to your Desktop.
    e.) Run MaciASL; open the DSDT-original.aml you previously copied to your Desktop

    MacASL-open.png
    f.) open the X99-dst-errors.txt with the textedit.app or any text-editor of your choice and copy its content

    g.) In the MacASL Window press the Patch Symbol (1.) and drop the content of X99-dst-errors.txt into the Patch Text
    Window (2). Wait a few seconds and click "Apply" (3.). After successfully applying the patch, close the patch window (4.).

    MacASL-X99-patch.png
    h.) Now click one more on the patch icon and select under @RehabMan 's Laptop Patches the
    "[usb] USB3_PRW 0x6D (instant wake)"-patch (2.). Wait a few seconds and click "Apply" (3.). After successfully applying the patch, close the patch window (4.).

    MacASL-USB-PRW-Instant-wake-patch.png
    i.) Now save the patched DSDT-original.aml on your Desktop as "DSDT.aml" in "ACPI Machine Labguage Binary format".

    MacASL-DSDT-save-1.png

    MaciASL-DSDT-save-2.png
    j.) copy the DSDT.aml to your /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/ directory of your System disk and Reboot. Please find a
    DSDT.aml sample file for my specific system configuration attached towards the end of this post.
    k.) Now send your Hack to Forced Sleep

    Forced-Sleep.png

    Note that before enabling forced sleep, you have to eject any USB Flash drive or external USB HDD connected to your rig. Otherwise, you will get an instant wake on sleep...
    l.) Wake your System. Note, that the patched DSDT.aml disables the USB functionality during sleep! In consequence, to
    wake your system, you have to press the "power-button" of your computer. Neither your keyboard nor your mouse will be functional during sleep.​

    If your system still immediately wakes on sleep repeat steps i.) -j.) but select @RehabMan 's Laptop Patch "[usb] USB3_PRW 0x0D (instant wake)" under h.) instead.​

    5.) Note that I also added an additional SSDT-SLEEP.aml, attached towards the end of this post, to the
    "/EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/-directory " of my System Disk. For a detailed explanation follow THIS LINK to pikeralpha.wordpress.com. Note that after one Sleep/Wake process, one finds adequate IORegistry entries for "IOPMDeepIdleSupported" and "IOPMSystemSleepType" in "IOService:/AppleACPIPlatformExpert/IOPMrootDomain/".
    In contrary, I still miss the "PMStatusCode" entry.

    IOPMrootDomain.png

    6.) If you want to restore the old Energy Saver Settings in System Preferences including the missing computer sleep slider bar,
    follow the instructions of @ghorwith provided by this link.​

    You now have forced sleep/wake functionality.


    E.10) Hardware Monitoring:

    HWMonitor.png

    The HWMonitor.app allows to access information from hardware sensors of your hackintosh. It works along with the FakeSMC.kext and some additional Sensor kext-plugins, being already part of the EFI folder attached towards the end of the actual post. To achieve Hardware Monitoring functionality, just download and run the HWMonitor.app (attached towards the end of the actual post) from your Application Folder.

    HWMonitoring.png


    E.11) Control System Integrity Protection (SIP):

    Edit the config.plist in the EFI-folder of your System Disk with the Clover Configurator and change in the "RT Variables" Section the Controls System Integrity Protection (SIP) value "CSRActiveConfig" from "0x67" (disabled completely) to "0x3" (partially disabled) to allow the load of unsigned kexts and software from the AppStore and third party providers.


    F.) Benchmarking:

    BenchmarkingTeaser.png

    i7-6950X CPU-Benchmarks:

    CPU benchmarks reveal a nearly identical CPU performance under 10.12 and 10.13. Compare the figures below with those published in my 10.12 macOS Sierra Desktop Guide.

    CPU-Geekbench-4.1.2.png
    Cinebench-i7-6950X.png



    Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 TI Extreme 11GB - OpenGL and Metal Benchmarks:

    OpenGL-Geekbench-4.1.2.png
    Metal-Geekbench-4.1.2.png
    Cinebench-OpenGL.png
    LuxMark-v3.1.png
    Unigine-Heaven-4.0.png
    Unigine-Valley-v1.0.png


    Blackmagic Disk Speed Benchmarks v3.1:


    Disk Speed Benchmarks also reveal nearly identical Disk Speed performance under 10.12 and 10.13. Compare the figure below with the one published in my 10.12 macOS Sierra Desktop Guide.

    Disk-Speed-Test.png


    G.) Summary and Conclusion:

    Famous-Last-Words-Featured.jpg

    Already during the individual macOS High Sierra 10.13 beta releases, X99 systems reached full functionality together with flawless stability. Since the Final Release of macOS High Sierra 10.13, it might be the right moment to follow my desktop guide and to unfold the unbelievable X99 potential together with macOS High Sierra 10.13! Using e.g. a test drive for this endeavour, will neither affect nor harm your current macOS Sierra 10.12 Installation!

    As already mentioned towards the end of my macOS Sierra Desktop Guide, I am quite optimistic that high-end X99 builds can find manifold application, not only in science and research at universities or research institutions, engineering facilities, or medical labs, etc... Latest successful user feedback with respect to Broadwell-EP/Haswell-EP processers with up to 22 cores (44 threads) at clock speeds around 2.8 Ghz each thread makes X99 to a "realtively cheap" but extremely serious alternative to yet to be released iMac Pro's and Mac Pro's. The principal intention of this desktop guide was to demonstrate, that we are able to build and configure stable and relatively "low-cost" high-end systems nowadays, that go far beyond of what Apple is able to offer at present or will be ever able to offer for some reasonable pricing. A system based on X99, that allows the use of all software-packages developed for MacOS, Unix, Linux or even Windows at the same time (e.g. think on Vine, Parallels, or a dual boot system configurations). The flexibility between different boards (Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI, etc.), different processor models (Broadwell-E/EP, Haswell-E/EP) and different RAM memory configurations (16-128GB) makes such system affordable for anybody (also home office, audio and video editing/production, etc.) and allows its perfect adaptation for the specific purpose, requirements and available budgets.

    Finally, it might not be necessary to mentioned in addition that X99 system reached such high level of sophistication and stability to reliably and perfectly run on a 24/7/365 basis.

    I am a scientist, expert in solar physics, space weather forecast and related telescope/instrument/space-mission development. In the frame of my scientific research, I developed parallelized image reconstruction, spectral line inversion and numerical modeling algorithms/applications, which require tremendous parallelized calculation power, ram memory and storage capacities to reduce, analyze and interpret extensive and pioneering scientific ground-based or space-born observational data sets. This basically was also the professional motivation for my innovative Customac-Pro build iSPOR-S, the imaging Spectropolarimetric Parallel Organized Reconstruction Server running iSPOR-DP, the Imaging Spectropolarimetric Parallel Organized Reconstruction Data Pipeline software package for the GREGOR Fabry-Pérot Interferometer, located at the 1.5m GREGOR Solar Telescope (Europe's largest solar telescope) on Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Anybody interested can find more details on my personal webpage.

    Good luck and enjoy!

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    Jul 12, 2017 at 5:36 PM #2
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    Great to hear that! Don't forget us "Haswell-E" fans of your guide.
    Cheers!
     
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    Guide completed and ready for use! Enjoy! :thumbup:
     
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    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:07 PM #4
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    Thanks for the flowers buddy :thumbup:
     
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    Great! Nvidia video driver part will help me a lot! I still stuck in it.
     
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    Thank you for this awesome guide, I have a few questions in your kext folder theres a SkylakeGPolicy kext what us the kext for? Also in your clover config your not using -xcpm but you do have custom flags can you explain your custom flags and why youre no longer -xcpm

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    1.) I guess the SkylakeGPolicy.kext is an intent to reduce graphics glitches caused by the lack of adequate Nvidia 10.13
    Webdrivers. @DSM2, can you confirm this guess?​

    2.) a.) The -xcpm bootflag was already obsolete under 10.12 and latest Clover distributions, as it is also obsolete now under
    10.13...​

    b.) -alcbeta and -lilubeta bootflags are required for AppleALC to work ​

    c.) the -igfxbeta bootflag is required for the 10.12 Nvidia webdriver workaround..​


    Question, what do you mean by High Sierra Beta 3? DP3?

    Cheers,

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    SkylakeGPolicy.kext is more or less used to prevent the black Screen if you use SMBIOS MacPro 6,1 or iMac 17,1 etc,
    for example If you would upgrade your MacOS to a newer build.
     
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    So it makes the AGDPfix obsolete?
     
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    It acts a little bit different then the AGDPFix (patches files) SkylakeGPolicy.kext (prevents from loading the AppleGraphicsDevicePolicy.kext). Yes it’s normaly absolete AGDPFix but if you wanna use the 10xx Series you can’t get it to work without AGDPFix if you work with our workaround.
     

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