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Aigo DR12 Pro RGB Fans support Motherboard Sync

Finally, I received the package of Aigo DR12 Pro fans this week. The store person in China shipped it the same day and the parcel was delivered within 1 week. Yes, You read it right. China to Pakistan in 1 week only. Shipping used to take more than 3 weeks last year but this time it was quick and hassle-free. I did an unboxing of these fans the next day and you can watch the video on my YouTube channel.

Aigo DR12 Pro similar to Aigo MR12 series of RGB fans offers gamers cheap Aura sync features. Fans have decent and solid build quality. The fan controller is naked means it isn’t enclosed in a case or housing. You can change colors using buttons on the controller as well as using the buttons of the remote. In my opinion, these fans are a little upgrade for the previous series of fans as these fans offer better build quality, inherit all color modes from the previous series and come with Aura Sync in the controller. You can also change colors using the Aura Sync or RGB Fusion Software of your motherboard.

Color and Speed Modes

Aigo MR12 have beautiful rainbow color wave effect similar to Aigo DR12. Similarly, It matches perfectly with the wave effect on the MSI Lightning X 1080 Ti. Similarly, Colorwise these fans have 7 different modes, Skyblue, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and an additional mode which cycles through all the colors. Moreover, no color glitch animation in these fans, unlike Aigo DR12. While the Aigo DR12 is sometimes stuck between two color modes.

Product 3x Aigo MR12 RGB + Controller with MB Sync 3x Aigo DR12 RGB + Controller  3X SP120 RGB + Controller 3x HD120 RGB + Controller 3x Ring 12 RGB + Controller 3xNZXT Aer RGB120+ Controller
Fan Size 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm
Connection cable 6 pin 6-pin 3-pin 4-pin PWM 4-pin PWM 4-pin PWM
Bearing type Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Fluid Dynamic Bearing
LEDs 12 12 4 12
Speed (RPM) 1300RPM 1200RPM 1400RPM 800-1725RPM 800 ~ 1500 R.P.M 500-1,500 RPM
Bundled controller unit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Price (US) $33 $28 $61.91 $73.79 $56.99 $81.99

Furthermore, the controller also offers color mode options like Color wave, Double Flash, Flash, Star Light, and Rainbow.

Fan Controller

The LEDs and the fan motors are powered by an RGB controller unit, which can, to power up to 8 separate fans. Also, This unit comes with remote with 9 buttons on it for Colors, Modes, Brightness, and fan speed. luckily Remote performance is on par with the Aigo DR12 Fan controller. Moreover, I was able to change colors from a distance of about 12 feet and you don’t need to point it towards the controller.

Fans are silent and have a max speed of 1300RPM. Even 3 fans all together are quieter than the Corsair H80iGT’s 2 radiator fans. Furthermore, You can use it with liquid cooling radiators with any issue of high temperatures. I was getting 35-40C in winter using these fans while on stock fans temperatures stays around 30C. Consequently, It’s Corsair fans who have no comparison for the Aigo fans in terms of speeds and Airflow. Moreover, Corsair fans can hit 2435 RPM while Aigo MR12 can go as high as 1300RPM.

Speed Test

The fan speed of the MR12 fans is greater than the Aigo DR12 fans. So there is around a 25% increase in the Airflow when you switch to MR12. Also, MR12 fans have fewer fan blades but blades are rigid and have better edge design which results in high airflow and speed. Hence, Airflow of these fans is 34.34CFM, half as compared to Corsair H80’s fans.

Conclusion

Fans have the awesome build quality and Dual Ring RGB LEDs. Also, there are a total of 12 addressable RGB on both sides which makes possible some new light effects. Probably the prime features of this package are an Aura sync controller. Above all, you don’t have to point the remote towards the controller for working, and you can change colors using your Bios or Motherboard Utility. Moreover, you get 3 RGB fans with one controller that supports up to 8 fans sometimes and 4 RGB LED Strips in only 33$.

Gaming on a Mac in 2019?

Gaming on Mac is not a topic of concern as most users of macOS are related to content creation, and the hardware is high end but it’s not built with gaming in mind. Moreover, they cost 2 to 3 times more as compared to the same powerful gaming pc hardware.

To be honest, Mac hardware is not optimised for gaming and the market share gap between windows and macOS is huge. On the hand iOS is performing much better in gaming category as compared to macOS.

Apple Computers Specifications and Pricing

Although Apple products have top-notch software, hardware build quality and customer support but these computers are never seen in the gaming spotlight. Apple computers are divided into three categories, MacBooks, iMac and Macs.

Most of the budget MacBooks come with only Intel integrated GPU which is not considered good for gaming needs. And spending 1500 to 2000$ on a MacBook, although they have unprecedented build quality, is not so practical. You can build a much better windows gaming machine in 1500$, prebuilt or custom built with dedicated GPU. This is because Mac computers are designed solely for one Goal. they are targeting content creators or developers who never consider gaming as first priority. Moreover these people dont care whether their computer can run games or not as productivty is their preffered thingy.

Steam Library

Another reason why buying a Mac for gaming is counter-intuitive is because not many games are available for macOS. Steam, the go-to PC gaming platform, has been available on Mac for years at this point. But, as readers are likely aware, the vast majority of games on it are Windows-only. Looking specifically at the macOS games filter that Steam provides reveals a lot of small titles and new content highlights instead of new, popular games.

If we take a look at the Steam Store, there are currently about 19000 games available for Apple’s operating system. This may not seem that bad, but keep in mind that there are over 55000 Steam games available for Windows and that developers are much more inclined to develop for Windows than they are for macOS. However, it does still have a larger library than Linux, despite the rising popularity of Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS.

External eGPU for macbooks

Apple’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 now supports external GPUs over Thunderbolt 3. Owing to this, a Mac owner with Thunderbolt 3 can buy an external enclosure, and drop in a graphics card that can be upgraded over time. 

This comes at a pretty sleek price premium, though. With enclosures generally around $300, and a card with any heft hitting $300 and increasing dramatically, doing so is a non-trivial expense in addition to the computer itself. Plus, without hacks, Nvidia card support is non-existent.

BootCamp to install Windows on a Mac is workable, but eGPU support in BootCamp doesn’t exist without workarounds right now. So, given Apple’s GPU choices, it isn’t a great one.

Conclusion

In short, Macs are not good for gaming. But there performance is much better for things they are made. Gaming is not their main thing.

If you’re casual gamer, you can try some games on your mac or macbook. But if you’re looking for superior peformance, you must consider buying a windows machine. Rest assured, A custom pc will offer much better performce as compared to a mac.

*I’ll update this article with time.

Elgato Game Capture HD60S Review


Elgato’s latest game device, the HD60S can record any signal up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, letting you record it to your computer or stream it to the internet. It’s designed for gamers who want to live stream gameplay to Facebook, twitch or YouTube, its fast USB 3.0 connection and video processing are fast enough to allow you play games via software’s live preview.

It’s small, portable and fulfills all the requirements of a game capture device.

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Why you need a capture device?

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both have built-in gameplay recording functionality but the recorded clip size is limited and quality is not up to current standards. You can record gameplay at higher bit rate using your game capture card and you don’t have to worry about the size of the clips as long as your hard drive has space.

Design

The HD60 S $149.95 at Amazon is a tiny, rectangular pod, about the size of a SSD and nearly identical to its USB 2.0 predecessor, the HD60. The curved, matte black plastic shell measures 0.7 by 3.0 by 4.4 inches (HWD), with a glossy black stripe running down the length. An HDMI input, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio input sit on one end of the device, and an HDMI output sits on the other end. That’s all you get for any physical interaction with the HD60 S itself; the glossy strip lights up to indicate it’s properly connected and recording, but besides plugging all of the necessary cables in, everything is managed through your connected PC.

Setting up the HD60 S goes through the same process as nearly any other PC-tethered capture device. Plug the HDMI input into your game console, plug the HDMI output into your TV, and plug the USB-C port into your PC. An HDMI cable and a USB-C-to-USB-A cable are included so you can hook the HD60 S into your current game setup without needing to pick up any additional cables. If you want to provide audio commentary over whatever you’re capturing, you can plug a microphone or headset into the 3.5mm port. You can also use your microphone that is plugged in to your PC for commentary.

Software

Elgato offers its own Game Capture HD software for use with the HD60 S as a free download for windows and macOS, and it allows you to both record and stream gameplays. You can record video locally or stream to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Ustream, Dailymotion, or any rtmp-based streaming video service. Video capture is based around a single screen for recording, streaming, managing overlays, and adding audio commentary. The software places the video feed prominently in the upper-left corner of the window, with the direct recording and streaming controls arranged below and various capture settings sitting to the right. It lets you follow your current recording/streaming status, audio levels, overlays, and capture settings at a glance.

You can create custom scenes and overlays, or use one of 10 included in the software. The customization options are fairly powerful, letting you add your own graphics, text, webcam feeds, web pages, or even animations. It isn’t quite as robust as XSplit’s extensive scene, transition, and source options, but it’s still very functional for free software, and much easier to set up and use than Open Broadcasting Software (OBS).

Capture and Streaming Performance

While you’ll get the best gaming experience through the HDMI pass-through to your TV, the live capture feed in Elgato’s software is surprisingly responsive. I played Red dead redemption 2 and Fortnite on my PS4 Pro through the live feed on the connected PC. Both games were very playable, with only a negligible lag compared with the HD60 S’s HDMI output to a Monitor.

This is the biggest advantage over the HD60 and previous devices—those 1080p60-capable capture devices can record video just fine, but the capture feed lags far too long to comfortably play through it. With the HD60S you can actually play through your monitor while you record or stream.

Gameplay capture looks excellent. I recorded FIFA 19 and Rise of Tomb Raider off of an Xbox One S. Recordings were captured at a steady 1080p60, with quality settings ranging from Medium to Best.

The lowest 1080p video quality setting produced some minor compression artifacts compared with the highest quality setting. Fine details like the grass, ropes, and string on Lara’s bow in “Rise of the Tomb Raider” were significantly sharper using the higher bitrate preset. I genrally recommend these preset for fine details. Compression artifacts are less noticeable in retro-style games, but anything with modern graphics really demands the Best setting.

Streaming performance is also very strong. I’ve been using the HD60 S for live game streams on my facebook page, and the captured video quality has remained consistently high. The outgoing stream occasionally suffers from screen tearing, but this has been due to the processing of the video as it streams out more than the capture device itself, and vertical sync settings can help alleviate this problem.

Conclusions

The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is a small, capable game capture device that’s simple to set up and use to both stream and record your games. It can record 1080p60 video with ease, and both its pass-through video to your TV and live video on your PC are responsive enough to comfortably play through. Its only real weakness is a lack of legacy or analog video options. But that’s become a fairly standard aspect of HDMI capture devices. HD60S is a pretty decent useful device if you’re looking to record your console gameplay at higher quality with more power. It’s a valuable streaming and recording tool for gamers.

macOS Mojave upgrade from macOS High Sierra Hackintosh

macOS Mojave is here for all the Mac users with supported MacBooks and Mac computers. Upgrading a Hackintosh to newer macOS Mojave is as usual not a piece of cake. I’ve been using macOS High Sierra from last year. You can watch the complete Installation here. macOS High Sierra doesn’t have compatibility for Intel UHD 630 Graphics so I was able to get my core i7 8700K working using fake ids and kexts for the graphics. In macOS Mojave, Intel UHD 630 can work without using fake IDs or Intel Injection.

macOS Mojave Upgrade

macOS Mojave can be downloaded from Appstore using your Apple ID.

Download it and open the App macOS Mojave.

Make sure to copy the “EFI Partition” to a flash drive as you may need it for booting the Installation. After the first reboot, sometimes the EFI folder from the SSD is removed. That’s why you need to boot via USB to use its EFI partition for booting up the system. Everything goes buttery smooth from there and macOS is upgraded to macOS Mojave in around 15-20 min. You’ll not lose any files during the upgrade process but it’s better to create a backup of your SSD.

Here is how you can create a bootable USB for macOS Mojave.

General Issues and Troubleshooting after Upgrade

  • Intel UHD 630 graphics acceleration wasn’t working due to injected fake Ids so I’d to change the config file. I was using Intel Graphics Fix Up in macOS High Sierra. macOS Mojave has built-in support for Intel UHD 630 graphics so you don’t need intel graphics fix up now. Delete intel graphics fixup from kext folder. and make sure you have the latest “lilu.kext” and “whatevergreen.kext” in the “kext/Other” folder.
  • You’ll be stuck at loading screen if you use wrong SM Bios. For Intel Core i7 8700K, select iMac 14,2 from the dropdown in SMBios tab.
    • Sky Lake: Select iMac 17,1 or iMac 14,2
    • Haswell: Select iMac 14,2
    • Ivy Bridge: Select iMac 14,2
  • Gigabyte / ASUS Motherboard users Only
    • Highlight Acpi on left column
    • Under fixes check FixShutdown
  • ASUS / ASRock / MSI / Motherboard users Only
    • Open config.plist with Clover Configurator
    • Highlight Boot on left column
    • Under Arguments press the drop down arrow next to darkwake
      1. Select darkwake = 1 if using an ASUS motherboard
      2. Select darkwake = 8 if using an ASROCK or MSI motherboard
    • Save config.plist
  • Magenta Tint on External Display/ Monitor
    • Open a terminal
    • Type Ruby and Drag “patch-edid.rb” next to it.
    • Press enter and this will create a new file in “Home” directory of your computer. Press Shift+Command+H to navigate to that directory.
    • Copy folder and paste in Installation SSD/System/Library/Displays/Contents/Resources/Overrides
    • Reboot your system. It will fix magenta tint.

* I’ll update this post in future with more solutions. Meanwhile, check the videos on my YouTube. And if you have any request, email me at [email protected] or contact me on Social Media.

Complete Installation of macOS Mojave

 

Aigo DR12 RGB Led Fans Review

Aigo DR12 RGB Led Fans Review

Aigo DR12 ICESTORM

These days RGB is becoming more and more popular among the youth who are into PC gaming. Now even motherboards have RGB headers for customizing the color accent of your gaming Rig. You can install fans, water pumps or strip with RGB or even WRGB using your motherboard connectors. It’s also possible to change the colors while you’re in windows. Some companies allow changing colors over wifi using your smartphone.

Aigo DR12 series of RGB fans, Gamers can change their PCs color scheme between a wide range of color options at the mere click of a button. Aigo DR12 features rubber vibration dampers on each corner but there is no option to change the fan speed. Fans can be controlled using a remote controller and 8-way RGB fan hub with 4 connectors for RGB Strip, but you cannot change colors through your PC or software package.

Color and Speed Modes

Aigo DR12 have beautiful rainbow color wave effects. It matches perfectly with the wave effect on the MSI Lightning X 1080 Ti. Colour wise these fans have 7 different modes, Skyblue, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and an additional mode which cycles through all the colors. Colors accuracy is not that good, some colors are washed out like orange looks like peachy red. Sometime glitch happens and the controller stops changing colors. and it is stuck between 2 colors animation modes. Mostly happens when you want the color to be white. This can be fixed by resetting the controller.

Product 7x Aigo DR12 RGB + Controller with Strip 3X SP120 RGB + Controller 3x HD120 RGB + Controller 3x Ring 12 RGB + Controller 3xNZXT Aer RGB120+ Controller
Fan Size 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm
Connection cable 6-pin 3-pin 4-pin PWM 4-pin PWM 4-pin PWM
Bearing type Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Fluid Dynamic Bearing
LEDs 12 4 12
Speed (RPM) 1200RPM 1400RPM 800-1725RPM 800 ~ 1500 R.P.M 500-1,500 RPM
Bundled controller unit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Price (US) $56 $61.91 $73.79 $56.99 $81.99

The controller also offers color mode options like Breathing, Rotation, Radial Color Fillup, Rotation Gradient, Color chasing, Rotating Water, Colorful Transition and Color Wave.

Fan Controller

The LEDs and the fan motors are powered by an RGB controller unit, which can be used to power up to 8 separate fans. This unit comes with remote with several buttons on it for colors, modes, Brightness, and effect speed. Remote is much better as compared to Aigo Z5 fans. I was able to change colors from a distance of about 12 feet and you don’t need to point it towards the controller.

Fans are silent and have a max speed of 1200RPM. Even 5 fans all together are quieter than the Corsair H80iGT’s 2 radiator fans. You can use it with liquid cooler radiators but at the high workload, temperatures will be slightly higher due to comparatively low fan speed.

Speed Test

Fan speed is in between the speed of Aigo C5 RGB fans, but it’s much better than the Aigo Z6 fans. I did a small test by placing 3 candles in front of the fans at a distance of 4ft. The fan was able to blow off 2 candles out of three. Airflow was reaching around 4 ft but it wasn’t strong enough to blow off the third candle.

Conclusion

Fans have the awesome build quality and Dual Ring RGB LEDs. There are total 12 addressable RGB on both sides which makes possible some new light effects. The top-notch features of this package are a remote controller. You don’t have to point the remote towards controller for working. Moreover, you get 7 RGB fans, 2 one ft WRGB Strips with one controller that supports up to 8 fans and 4 WRGB Strips in only 58$.

macOS Mojave Hackintosh on Intel Core i7 8700K

macOS Mojave is here with brand new Dark Mode and a lot more new tools.

macOS Mojave on Intel Core i7 8700K

MacOS High Sierra to Mojave upgrade is also possible instead of clean Installation. All you’ve to do is to download the installer from the Appstore. Download size is around 6GB. Once the Installer is downloaded. Open it and wait for a few minutes. After it restarts, installation continues if the macOS high sierra Installation kext files are there. And if Installation freezes, boot your computer using your USB with the previous installer. All you need is the EFI partition config file and kexts to boot it to continue the Installer. After installation completes, you can boot right into macOS Mojave. Dark mode is there and a lot goodies. Screenshot and screen recording app are also there. Voice memos is also possible in macOS Mojave.

macOS Mojave Installation on PC

Last week, I did some experiments with the newly macOS Mojave. I upgraded my system after downloading the update of macOS Mojave which was around 7GB in size. After playing with the config files for basic functionality of all the hardware. I made up mind to do a clean install for you people. I’ve uploaded the complete tutorial on my YouTube Channel with 2 methods for bootable USB creation.

macOS Mojave has native support for several Intel graphics. That’s why no fake IDs are required in macOS Mojave for most of Intel graphics.

SYSTEM SPECS :

Intel Core i7 8700K ASUS Prime Z370P MSI LIGHTNING X 1080Ti 11GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO  Transend SSD 370 256GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate 1TBBENQ RL2755

Prerequisites

  1. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
  2. Do a full backup of your system. Use a separate HDD or SSD for installation.
Note In order to start fresh, you’ll need access to a functional computer running macOS. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download macOS and create the installation drive.

STEP 1: Download macOS Mojave

The full operating system is a free download for anyone. Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac.

Open Mac App Store and Download macOS Mojave from the Appstore using your account.

Note The Application Install macOS Mojave will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

1. Insert the USB drive
2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
4. Click Erase button
5. For Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
6. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
7. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
8. Click Erase then Done
9. Download and run UniBeast
10. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
11. At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
12. At Select, OS Installation screen choose Sierra and click Continue
13. At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9/100 Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
14. (Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
15. Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter a password and click Install

UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.

Mount the EFI partition using Clover Configurator

Open Config file with clover and follow the on-screen options.
In Boot tab, Make sure dart=0 and Nv_disable=1 is selected.
In devices, Under USB
Select Inject, Add clock ID and Fix Ownership.

From GUI, Select your screen resolutions.

In RT Variable tab, Change CsrActiveConfig value to 0x3.

In SM Bios, Select the configuration that matches with your processor.

Save the config file.

16. Now copy all utilities in the macOS Bootable USB.

Clover Note  UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings

Note If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
Load Optimized Defaults
Disable VT-d
then Disable CFG-Lock
and Disable Secure Boot Mode
Save and exit.

STEP 4: Install mac OS Mojave

You’re almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install!

For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (F11)
3. Choose USB
4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS from USB
5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose a language.

If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you’re using a USB 2.0 port. If you’re using an NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot, flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

For a new installation of macOS Mojave, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing. Format the SSD using MacOS Extended Journaled and GUID Partition Map. When the installer asks you where to install, choose macOS Mojave, or your existing install.

The system will restart several times during installation.

STEP 5: Post Installation

Download clover from this website. Install clover in your SSD where you’ve installed macOS Mojave.

After installation is complete. Open the EFI partition of your SSD and copy files from the USB to EFI folder of macOS SSD.

Open Config file

Boot Options, Inject Nvidia and dart=0.

In SM Bios select 14,2 for Haswell and coffelake, Select iMac 17,1 for Skylake

If using a NVIDIA ‘Maxwell’ GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, mac OS graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required. Newer Nvidia cards are not supported with full graphic acceleration.

12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
13. Reboot

*Also download Nvidia Kext and copy all to other Kext folders.

FAQS

You can check your audio and Ethernet controller from the detailed specification of your Motherboard.
Google it or visit official product website. For Example

MSI SPECIFICATIONS

Install and Enable Nvidia Web Driver in Hackintosh

NVIDIA WEB DRIVER

 

You now have a fully updated bootable version of mac OS Moajve on your CustoMac! And a USB rescue drive if something goes wrong.

macOS High Sierra Hackintosh on Intel Core i7 8700K

New Year, New computer

macOS High Sierra on Intel Core i7 8700K

I decided to upgrade my 4th generation Intel core i7 4790K devil’s canyon to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8700K for macOS High Sierra Hackintosh. I’ve been using that 4th generation processor for almost 3 years and I wasn’t disappointed with my choice 3 years ago. Intel Core i7 4790K have 4.0 GHz base clock and 4.4 GHz boost Clock, It can be overclocked to 4.8Ghz. It was sufficient for my gaming needs before I started making videos and rendering scenes. 4 cores are somehow outdated if you’re a pro user and want to do multitasking like video editing, 3D modeling, rendering, animation and simulation for engineering projects. I was able to build a Hackintosh out of that 4th generation build with ease and I was using this for all of my video editing tasks. Intel HD 4600 and Nvidia Gtx 970 were more than enough for me while editing videos in 1080P and 4K occasionally.

This year I decided to upgrade to the latest core i7 8700K has more cores than previous generation processor. Also, It can be overclocked to 5.0 Ghz. Intel Core i7 8700K has Intel UHD graphics 630 which is much better in terms of performance. I also have the Ryzen processor but it is not feasible to make a Hackintosh out of it due to unavailability of Intel graphics.

macOS High Sierra Installation on PC using Unibeast, multibeast and Clover Configurator

macOS High Sierra installation was simple on this newly assembled computer. I’ve added complete macOS High Sierra Hackintosh system specification below. All you have to do is to follow the steps and you can create a Hackintosh without any hassle. The only issue is that I wasn’t able to get Msi Lightning 1080Ti working on this build. I’ll update as soon as I find any way to fix it.

SYSTEM SPECS :

Intel Core i7 8700K ASUS Prime Z370P MSI LIGHTNING X 1080Ti 11GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO  Transend SSD 370 256GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate 1TBBENQ RL2755

Prerequisites

1. Register at tonymacx86! If you don’t have a user account, create one!
2. Get latest UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from the downloads section.
3. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
4. Do a full backup of your system. Use a separate HDD or SSD for installation.

UniBeast is a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of macOS.

Note In order to start fresh, you’ll need access to a functional computer running macOS. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download macOS and create the installation drive.

STEP 1: Download macOS High Sierra

The full operating system is a free download for anyone. Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac.

1. Open Mac App Store
2. Log in with your Apple ID
3. Download macOS High Sierra

Note The Application Install macOS High Sierra will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

1. Insert the USB drive
2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
4. Click Erase button
5. For Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
6. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
7. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
8. Click Erase then Done
9. Download and run UniBeast
10. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
11. At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
12. At Select OS Installation screen choose Sierra and click Continue
13. At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9/100 Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
14. (Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
15. Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter a password and click Install

UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.

Mount the EFI partition using Clover Configurator

Now open clover configurator and mount the EFI partition.
Go to Kext Copy apfs.efi to “Other” Kext folder.

Also copy apfs.efi to drivers folder.

Open Config file with clover and follow the on-screen options.
In Boot tab, Make sure dart=0 and Nv_disable=1 is selected.
In devices, Under USB
Select Inject, Add clock ID and Fix Ownership.

From GUI, Select your screen resolutions.

In RT Variable tab, Change CsrActiveConfig value to 0x67.

In SM Bios, Select the configuration that matches with your processor.

Save the config file.

16. Now copy all utilities in the macOS Bootable USB.

Clover Note  UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings

Note If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
Load Optimized Defaults
Disable VT-d
then Disable CFG-Lock
and Disable Secure Boot Mode
Save and exit.

STEP 4: Install mac OS Sierra

You’re almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install!

For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (F11)
3. Choose USB
4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS from USB
5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose language.

If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you’re using a USB 2.0 port. If you’re using a NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

6. For a new installation of macOS High Sierra, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing.

a. In the top menu bar choose Utilities and open Disk Utility
b. Highlight your target drive for the macOS High Sierra installation in left column.
c. Click Erase button
d. For Name: type macOS High Sierra (You can rename it later)
e. For Format: choose macOS Extended (Journaled)
f. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
g. Click Erase
h. Close Disk Utility

7. When the installer asks you where to install, choose macOS High Sierra, or your existing install.
8. The system will restart several times during installation.

STEP 5: Post Installation with MultiBeast

MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and install support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. The installation is complete, but the drive isn’t bootable yet. Boot from the USB again, this time choosing macOS High Sierra.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
3. Choose USB
4. At the Boot Screen, choose your new macOS High Sierra installation.
5. Complete macOS High Sierra setup
6. Open and run MultiBeast. If your system requires installing Clover to the root of the drive, such as Gigabyte 6 Series and X58 systems, skip to STEP 6.
7. If this is a fresh installation, click Quick Start. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
8. Choose the appropriate audio and network options for your system: (Check FAQS)
9. Click Customize for further options
10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
11. Click Build then Install

If using a NVIDIA ‘Maxwell’ GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, mac OS graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required.

12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
13. Reboot

Open clover configurator from flash drive and mount the EFI Partitions.
Now copy everything from EFI partition of flash drive to EFI partition of macOS installation SSD.

*Also download Nvidia Kext and copy all to other Kext folders.

FAQS

You can check your audio and Ethernet controller from the detailed specification of your Motherboard.
Google it or visit official product website. For Example

MSI SPECIFICATIONS

Install and Enable Nvidia Web Driver in Hackintosh

NVIDIA WEB DRIVER

Enable HDMI Audio in Hackintosh

DOWNLOAD

 

You now have a fully updated bootable version of mac OS High Sierra on your CustoMac! And a USB rescue drive if something goes wrong.

 

macOS High Sierra Hackintosh Issues and Solutions

macOS High Sierra Hackintosh Issues and Solutions

macOS High Sierra Hackintosh Issues and Solutions

macOS High Sierra Hackintosh Issues and Solutions

As you know there are a lot of hardware configuration out there. So the solution might be different in your case. Although, you can always check forums to find the best Mac compatible hardware. Many users are facing issues while using 1060 in Hackintosh. In my first Hackintosh, I used a GTX 970 with Intel Core i7 4790K. I upgraded this build to macOS High Sierra and it was working fine. No graphics or sound issues. I only switched to 3rd party Wifi Adapter to connect to the internet.

When you plug in the USB and boot from it, you’ll get a black screen. That happens because of your motherboard compatibility. While creating bootable USB you have two options to choose from. You can either select UEFI BOOT MODE or LEGACY BOOT MODE. Whenever you face this issue, try to swap between the boot modes. Also, make sure to change the required settings from Bios. You have to disable VT-d, CFG Lock from Bios. Also, enable support for other OS.

Another issue is getting Stop or Prohibitory sign after loading completes.

You get this sign when you’re installing macOS on your old installation of macOS. I fixed it by formatting the SSD before getting into the installer. By doing this all config files were removed from the SSD.

Sometime you’ll be stuck at loading screen. You’ll either have loading stopped at halfway or sometimes you get a circular loading animation below loading bar and Apple Logo. This issue is due to your GPU. There is another case when you get a black screen after the loading is completed. That is also because of your GPU. In some cases, your system restarts after loading completes.

So how to fix it.

Here is the quick fix. That worked for my hardware configuration.

Disable your Nvidia Graphic Card using Clover boot flags. Inject Nvidia if you haven’t done this before. If you’re using latest clover version there are some other options in graphics menu, check them all and you’ll be able to boot into macOS Installer.

Some of you might be unable to format the partition after getting into macOS, the solution is simple, select the view mode from the top and show all devices. Now format the drive, not the partition.

Another issue is that Multibeast installation fails. You can resolve this by exiting the installer. Mount the EFI partitions using clover configurator and then do post installation using Multibeast.

If your system is not booting properly after reboot and you’re facing one of the already mentioned issues, then your graphics are not enabled properly. Or you have selected wrong SM Bios settings.

If you’re getting no sound from HDMI, you have to run a script to enable HDMI audio. It takes few minutes to install. I’ll put the link in the description.

If you’re having blurry graphics or stuttering, you should install and enable proper Nvidia drivers to run your graphics card at full potential.

If your Graphics memory 0MB in “about this mac” section, then you don’t have proper drivers installed. Or you haven’t enabled Nvidia drivers from clover configurator.

 

macOS High Sierra Hackintosh – MSI Motherboard

macOS High Sierra Installation on PC using Unibeast, multibeast and Clover Configurator

macOS High Sierra hasn’t had a massive interface overhaul like the one Yosemite bought in 2014, and despite the fact that many of the features gained by its bundled apps feel a little like it is playing catch up with iOS, this version of macOS actually has a lot going on behind the scenes.

In High Sierra Apple has replaced the primary file system of MacOS. Apple File System (APFS) is the successor to the old Hierarchical File System (HFS+), which has been around since the beginning of 1998, so it’s pretty ancient.

That’s not the only way that Apple’s switch to APFS will benefit you. When it comes to copying large files the process will be faster. We ran our usual file transfer speed test before and after the update to High Sierra. This involved copying a 4GB file. Before we updated the 4GB file copy took 8.41 seconds. Afterwards it was instantaneous. You will never see a Duplicating file window again.

HEVC stands for high efficiency video codec, and it’s another name for H.265, the successor to H.264. The new codec is necessary because video sizes are now so much larger thanks to 4K and HDR. HEVC compresses these extremely high resolution files so they don’t take up take up as much space (which is good news if you are shooting lots of video in 4K on your iPhone 8 Plus).

A couple of years ago Apple introduced Metal, a framework that bypassed OpenGL and allowed developers to tap in to the computational power of the graphics processor. Metal 2 is the successor to Metal and it will increase GPU performance and gain support for VR.

This is great news for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in VR gaming – but note that your Mac may not be able to take advantage of this as it depends on your processor and your GPU (but it will add support for external GPUs in the future).

SYSTEM SPECS :

Intel Core i7 4790K MSI Z97S Krait SLI Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Corsair 16GB DDR3 Intel SSD 128GB  Transend SSD 370 256GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate 1TBBENQ RL2755

Pre requisites

1. Register at tonymacx86! If you don’t have a user account, create one!
2. Get latest UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from the downloads section.
3. Purchase a 16GB or larger USB drive.
4. Do a full backup of your system. Use a separate HDD or SSD for installation.

UniBeast is a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of macOS.

Note In order to start fresh, you’ll need access to a functional computer running OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later. This is a requirement, as you need access to the Mac App Store to download macOS and create the installation drive.

STEP 1: Download macOS High Sierra

The full operating system is a free download for anyone who has purchased Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion or has a Mac preloaded with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, or macOS High Sierra. Download the Application from the Mac App Store using your Apple ID on any Mac or functional computer running OS X 10.7.5 or later.
1. Open Mac App Store
2. Log in with your Apple ID
3. Download macOS High Sierra

Note The Application Install macOS High Sierra will appear in /Applications.

STEP 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive with UniBeast

1. Insert the USB drive
2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
4. Click Erase button
5. For Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
6. For Format: choose OS X Extended (Journaled)
7. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
8. Click Erase then Done
9. Download and run UniBeast
10. Click Continue, Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree
11. At Destination Select, choose USB and click Continue
12. At Select OS Installation screen choose Sierra and click Continue
13. At Bootloader Options screen choose UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9/100 Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
14. (Optional) At Graphics Configuration screen choose the appropriate graphics option for your system and click Continue.
15. Verify installation options, then click Continue, enter password and click Install

UniBeast will now create the bootable USB drive. The process will only take about 10 minutes, depending on system and drive speed. Do not unplug or stop during this time.

Mount the EFI partition using Clover Configurator

Now open clover configurator and mount the EFI partition.
Go to Kext Copy apfs.efi to “Other” Kext folder.

Also copy apfs.efi to drivers folder.

Open Config file with clover and follow the on-screen options.
In Boot tab, Make sure dart=0 and Nv_disable=1 is selected.
In devices, Under USB
Select Inject, Add clock ID and Fix Ownership.

From GUI, Select your screen resolutions.

In RT Variable tab, Change CsrActiveConfig value to 0x67.

In SM Bios, Select the configuration that matches with your processor.

Save the config file.

16. Now copy all utilities in the macOS Bootable USB.

Clover Note  UniBeast delivers basic bootloader support based on our testing on recommended CustoMac systems. For further bootloader customization, download and run the official Clover package. Advanced users may also compile Clover by downloading the full source.

STEP 3: Recommended BIOS Settings

Note If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up
Load Optimized Defaults
Disable VT-d
Disable CFG-Lock
Disable Secure Boot Mode
Save and exit.

STEP 4: Install mac OS Sierra

You’re almost done! All you need to do is boot from the USB drive and install!

For best results, insert the USB in a USB 2.0 port.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device (F11)
3. Choose USB
4. At Clover boot screen, choose Boot Mac OS from USB
5. When you arrive at the Installer, choose language.

If you have issues reaching the installer, first make sure you’re using a USB 2.0 port. If you’re using a NVIDIA graphics card you may need to enter the extra boot flag nv_disable=1 to reach the installer. For instructions on entering boot flags see Clover Basics and Switching Advice.

6. For a new installation of mac OS Sierra, you MUST erase and format the destination drive according to the following steps before continuing.

a. In the top menu bar choose Utilities, and open Disk Utility
b. Highlight your target drive for the macOS High Sierra installation in left column.
c. Click Erase button
d. For Name: type macOS High Sierra (You can rename it later)
e. For Format: choose mac OS Extended (Journaled)
f. For Scheme: choose GUID Partition Map
g. Click Erase
h. Close Disk Utility

7. When the installer asks you where to install, choose macOS High Sierra, or your existing install.
8. The system will restart several times during installation.

STEP 5: Post Installation with MultiBeast

MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and install support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. The installation is complete, but the drive isn’t bootable yet. Boot from the USB again, this time choosing macOS High Sierra.

1. Turn on the computer
2. Press the hotkey to choose boot device
3. Choose USB
4. At the Boot Screen, choose your new macOS High Sierra installation.
5. Complete mac OS Sierra setup
6. Open and run MultiBeast. If your system requires installing Clover to the root of the drive, such as Gigabyte 6 Series and X58 systems, skip to STEP 6.
7. If this is a fresh installation, click Quick Start. UEFI Boot Mode is recommended for 7/8/9+ Series CustoMac desktops and all UEFI capable systems. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for 5/6 Series CustoMac desktops and all BIOS based systems.
8. Choose the appropriate audio and network options for your system: (Check FAQS)
9. Click Customize for further options
10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
11. Click Build then Install

If using a NVIDIA ‘Maxwell’ GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, or TITAN X graphics card, mac OS graphics drivers are not natively supported. Alternate NVIDIA drivers are required.

12. (Optional) Download and install Alternate NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
13. Reboot

Open clover configurator from flash drive and mount the EFI Partitions.
Now copy everything from EFI partition of flash drive to EFI partition of macOS installation SSD.

*Also download Nvidia Kext and copy all to other Kext folders.

FAQS

You can check your audio and Ethernet controller from the detailed specification of your Motherboard.
Google it or visit official product website. For Example

MSI SPECIFICATIONS

Install and Enable Nvidia Web Driver in Hackintosh

NVIDIA WEB DRIVER

Enable HDMI Audio in Hackintosh

DOWNLOAD

 

 

You now have a fully updated bootable version of mac OS High Sierra on your CustoMac! And a USB rescue drive if something goes wrong.