ASRock H270-ITX/AC + Intel Pentium G4560 Hackintosh Build Guide

These new Kabylake motherboards from ASRock are super easy to get working as a hackintosh and sleep/wake now work on them. You can get wifi working if you replace the integrated wifi card with a Dell DW1830. I’ve haven’t experienced any issues in the two weeks I’ve been using this mini hackintosh setup.

This build uses the Kablyake Pentium G4560 which is the best bang for your buck CPU available from intel frequently on sale for as low as $65. I also paired it with one of the most popular mini itx board’s the ASROCK H270-ITX/ac with wifi. along with the Dell Ultrasharp U2717D Monitor a gorgeous QHD display and one of the best mini computer cases available the Cougar QBX ITX Case

The Pentium G4560 is hyperthreaded which means its performance is comparable to the pricer i3-7100 which starts at $119. With the G4560 as my processor of choice I was able to squeeze in a GTX 1050  into this build while keeping the total build price at under $600.

Price at time of Build : $580

Components

Motherboard – ASRock Motherboard H270- ITX/ac
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1MOJE4/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157737

CPU – Intel Pentium G4560 Kabylake Processor
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCE8T92/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117743

RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0123ZC44Y/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820233834

Storage – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019H3B3OW/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178967

Video Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MF7EQJZ/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814487291

Power Supply – EVGA 600 BQ, 80+ BRONZE 600W
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTJTO2O/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817438100

Case – COUGAR QBX Mini-ITX Computer Case
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZV5YKY6/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811553020

Other

Monitor – Dell Ultrasharp U2717D Display
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZV5YKY6/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIADTG5S11596

Wifi – N300 Wifi Repeater
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0195Y0A42/?tag=hkntshr-20
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704283


What Works

  • Sound
  • Ethernet
  • USB-C Port
  • USB3 Speeds
  • HD530/H630
  • Nvidia HDMI Audio
  • Nvidia Graphics Card
  • Nvidia GFX Sleep/Wake
  • App Store, iBooks

Can Work

  • Wifi/Bluetooth  (Need compatible wifi card such as Dell DW1830 if you just need wifi you can go with a  Wifi Repeater
  • iMessage (If you need the iMessage app it wont work on pentium G4560 because of needing NullCPUPowerManagement.kext to boot, however if you follow this guide using an i3/i5/i7 and need iMessage it will work as it did for me when I tested this motherboard with an i7)

ASRock Guide

This ASRock H270-ITX build will require an update Sierra 12.4 for pascal graphics acceleration support if you’re going with the latest pascal graphics cards. A Pentium G4560 hackintosh will require aa graphics card. This is because the integrated graphics HD610 isn’t supported on Mac OS. 

However, this motherboard has also been tested with Skylake/Kabylake CPU’s and contains instructions on how to get an i3/i5/i7 working  for those that want to use a more powerful CPU in which case the integrated Intel graphics will work, however I still recommend getting a graphics card if you want to be able to sleep your hackintosh.

This guide will also likely work for differently ASRock motherboards such as the ASRock Fata1ty series and the Z270 series since they are all very similar.




Step 1: Creating a USB Installer

To install macOS on your computer you need to create USB flash drive installer.

Learn how to make a USB installer with the Clover Bootloader Guide if you don’t have one.

Step 2: Mount the EFI Partition

If the EFI partition of you’re bootloader isn’t already mounted after installing clover on it follow these steps:

  1. Download Clover Configurator
  2. Open Clover Configurator
  3. Select Mount EFI under TOOLS
  4. Click Mount Partition for Install macOS….
  5. Click Open Partition (This is your EFI Folder)
  6. Navigate to EFI/Clover
  7. Delete the file called config.plist

Editing Installer EFI

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Step 3: Hackintosh Download Pack

  1. Download Hackintosher.com EFI Pack
  2. Open Finder
  3. Navigate to ~/Downloads
  4. Double Click or right click and unzip the EFI Pack

Step 4: Configuring the EFI Parition

We’ll need to make some changes to the folder called EFI to make the installer bootable. There are two folders inside EFI Pack Folder, pick the one based on your cpu. For example since I’m using a Kabylake CPU I would use the Kabylake folder then inside that folder I would choose pentium since I’m using a Pentium G4560  I would use the Pentium Folder. If you are using a Kabylake i3/i5/i7 cpu you’ll be using the folder called “i3 i5 i7” and if your using a Skylake CPU use the Skylake folder.Hackintosher EFI Pack Contents

 

  1. Open Hackintosher EFI Pack folder
  2. Navigate to your CPU Folder (i.e. i’m using a pentium so I would click on the folder called Pentium)
  3. Copy config-GFX.plist and or config-iGPU.plist from the respective folder (in my case pentium only has config-GFX.plist)
  4. Navigate to the EFI folder you mounted or /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/
  5. Paste config-GFX.plist and or config-iGPU.plist in the Clover folder
  6. Go back to the CPU folder in Hackintosher EFI Pack and copy all the files in the sub folder “Kext Files”
  7. Paste them in the location /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other




Step 4.1: Nvidia Graphic Card Users Only

Follow these steps only if using a Nvidia Graphics Card. If not using a graphics card follow Step 2.2

  1. Delete file called config.plist at /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER
  2. Rename config-GFX.plist to config.plist

Step 4.2: Intel iGPU Users

  1. Delete file called config.plist at /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER
  2. Rename config-iGPU.plist to config.plist

Step 5: Configuring the BIOS

Before the mac installer can boot successfully certain BIOS settings must be changed beforehand. Restart/Power On the computer and rapidly press either the DEL or F2 key when the splash screen appears to Enter the BIOS

Some BIOS settings will be already set to there proper setting however you want to double check.

ASROCK Basic Mode

This is basic mode. Press F6 on your keyboard or at the top right corner to enter advanced mode.

Set the following settings:

  1. Press F6 to enter advanced mode if at the brown colored BIOS screen
  2. Exit → Load UEFI Defaults : Yes
  3. Advanced \ CPU Configuration → Intel Virtualization Technology : Enabled
  4. Advanced \ Chipset Configuration → Primary Graphics Adapter : PCI Express
  5. Advanced \ Chipset Configuration → Vt-d : Disabled
  6. Advanced \ Chipset Configuration → IGPU Multi-Monitor : Disabled
  7. Advanced \ USB Configuration → Legacy USB Support : Enabled
  8. Advanced \ USB Configuration → PS/2 Simulator : Disabled
  9. Advanced \ USB Configuration → XHCI Hand-off : Enabled
  10. Security  → Secure Boot: Disabled
  11. Boot  → Fast Boot: Disabled
  12. Boot  → Boot From Onboard LAN: Disabled

Setting Boot Device:

You’ll be booting from your USB flash drive until clover is installed onto your boot disk in Step 7. Therefore it will need to be set as the primary boot device until that happens.

In BIOS navigate and set Boot → Boot Option #1: UEFI : XXX (For example I used a Verbatim flash drive so I would select the option with UEFI: at the beginning of it’s name. In this case it would be UEFI: Verbatim)

ASROCK UEFI Boot Selection

Press F10 to Save and Exit the BIOS

Step 6: RAM Placement

If you’re using both ram slots you wont need to worry about this step and can skip it. If you’re using a single RAM Stick instead of two you will need to place the single stick in the inner ram slot, that is the slot closest to the CPU.

ASRock Correct Ram Placement

If this is not done you will get a Kernel Panic when you try to boot to either the mac installer or macOS.

There is a work around to this, but this requires certain edits to the SMBIOS where you manually enter in your ram and what slot it is to. To simplify the process use the inner ram slot if you are using a single channel ram instead of dual channel.

Step 7: Installing MAC OS

The next part is to install macOS onto your hard drive, to do that you must use the USB bootloader you just created. After the macOS installation is complete copy the contents of the flash drive’s EFI partition and paste it to the EFI partition of the hard drive macOS is installed on or recreate the EFI partition on you’re hard drive by installing Clover EFI for you’re boot drive instead of the flash drive and follow steps 3 and 4 again.

If that sounds complicated to you follow the Installation Guide which will walk you through those steps. When you are done return to this guide for the Post Installation part only if you’re using a graphics card. If you’re not using a dedicated graphics card then you are finished with this guide. Good Luck!




Post Installation

After getting up and running there will still be some things that aren’t working properly such as proper sleep and graphic acceleration if your using an Nvidia graphics card, which will cause all those graphical issues until the drivers are installed.

Step 8: Improving Sleep

If you don’t want your hackintosh turning on in the middle of the night you need to disable power nap.

  1. Open the Settings App
  2. Click Energy Saver
  3. Uncheck
  4. Uncheck Wake for Ethernet Network access
  5. Uncheck Enable Power Nap
Energy Saver MacOS

Disable these settings to prevent your hackintosh from breaking sleep

Step 9: Nvidia Graphics Acceleration

If using a compatible graphics card then you will need to install Nvidia Web Drivers to get your graphics card detected and full graphics accelation. If you do not know how to install Nvidia Graphic Drivers on macOS read the Nvidia Graphics Guide

Here’s a link to the latest Nvidia Drivers available Make sure you download the correct driver based on the version of macOS you’re using otherwise the graphics driver wont install.

Step 10: Nvidia HDMI/DP Audio

Both HDMI and Display Port Audio work with this motherboard when using a graphics card. It can also work with Pascal graphics cards like the GTX 1050 Ti used for this ASRock build.

If your computer monitor has an audio output then follow the HDMI + Display Port Sound Guide

Step 11: Internet

Ethernet

There are two ethernet ports on the back of the motherboard IO. Ethernet will work as long as you plug your ethernet cable into the upper RJ-45 ethernet jack, the lower port wont work.

Wifi

If you want wifi with this motherboard you will need to replace the intel wifi card that comes with the motherboard with an E Key m.2 Wifi Card such as the Dell DW1830

ASROCK ITX Wifi Swap

There are two screws beneath the motherboard to detach the wifi card holder. You will then need to unscrew the intel wifi card and replace it with the one you got.

The cheaper option is using a Wifi Repeater, which is what I personally went with. I purchased a TP-Link N300 here. A wifi repeater is a good alternative to a wifi card because it can often get a better signal.

Done.

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Build Notes:

Bootloader – Clover_r4049 settings:

  • Install for UEFI Booting Only
  • Install Clover in the ESP
  • OsxAptioFix2Drv-64.efi
  • Emuefivariable.efi (for NVRAM/Graphics Detection)

Kexts used:

Related:

ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 GAMING-ITX/AC Hackintosh Build Guide

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sawaguna
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sawaguna

Thank you for your great tutorial.

Working fine here, except for Preview, which is crashing when opening pdf files (same files are working fine on my MacBook Pro)

Lazika
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Lazika

Hello! I hope you can help me. I have an asrock h270 pro4, i7 6700, 16 gb, gtx 1060 3gb. I installed the latest sierra. But my 1060 only shows 3 mb for the graphics. I tried tony mac fix but still wanna use onlye the os drivers and not the web drivers. If you csn please help! Thx for the guide.

Lazika
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Lazika

Thanks for the reply. Finally the gpu working. Im suffering with the audio now. Alc892. Can you please help me with that? What is strange for me that there is no video playback in youtube since i tried install the audio. Thank you very much indeed.

Hamlee
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Hamlee

I meet the same issue as you mentioned. Did you fixed it?

Lazika
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Lazika

I do everything as you said in the guide. Cant choose my speakers, nothing. I found a description how to enable in sierra 892. After that i can choose my speakers but no video playing in youtube.

Lazika
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Lazika

No sound and no video playing in youtube etc.

Lazika
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Lazika

It works perfectly. Thank you so much for all the help! 🙂

Rlopes
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Rlopes

I have the same combo but with a RX 560 instead of GTX 1050. There is a way to adapt the tutorial ti AMD GPUs users too? Thanks!

ST
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ST

How to get full 4k display using HD630. Also another problem is the keyboard if you typing too fast, the response are slow.

panhama
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panhama

I can’t seem to download applealc.kext it take me to different download?

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AJM

I don’t suppose you have tested Filevault2 on this setup?

Mecrom
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Mecrom

would it also work with an ASRock H110M ITX/AC?

Bayu Adi
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Bayu Adi

hi hackintosher.. how about asrock b250m pro4 motherboard?.. is this Asrock motherboard compatible for hackintosh too?. as you said that Kabylake motherboards from Asrock are easy to work as hackintosh.. thankyou

Lukasz
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Lukasz

Hi, is this possible to put there GTX 1050 Ti with double fan?

it is 174 mm long, when single fan is 145 mm.

I also have a question is this possible to use cheaper motherboard like H110 or should i stay with H270?

Thanks. Great tutorial, can’t wait to build my Hackintosh 🙂

Thee Techie
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Thee Techie

Hey Hackintosher,
Did you check the Thunderbolt 3 Port whether it is working. I’m planning to put together Hackintosh (Asrock z270 with Intel Thunderbolt3 Support) with LG Ultra Fine 5K display. It will be of great help if you can reply.

F22Hack
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F22Hack

Hey Hackintosher,

Will this work with a radeon card instead a nivida card

Lazika
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Lazika

Hey! Did you try High Sierra on this rig? Or later on can you please make a guide how to install it? Thank you very much indeed.

Ben
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Ben

Hi, I followed this guide to install 10.12.6 and almost everything works. I swapped the Dell DW1030 into the motherboard, but WiFi is slow and Bluetooth doesn’t work. Any ideas how to fix that? Thanks!

Philsurmac
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Philsurmac

Same for me..

Philsurmac
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Philsurmac

Hi, problem for the Dell wifi card is that Asrock provides a case with 2 antennas and smaller. Means the Dell card doesn’t fit, and one antenna (bluetooth surely) isn’t connected.

Some DIY case has to be made, unless you have an idea..

DC
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DC

You can cut the original holder to allow the bigger Dell card to fit. This will then give it enough support to get it into the stand. If you want to use an original Apple type card instead of the Dell one (so no extra patching is needed) then you can use an adapter like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BCM94360CS2-BCM943224PCIEBT2-Card-To-NGFF-M-2-Key-A-E-Adapter-For-Mac-OS/262537525513?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
along with an Apple supported Broadcom card. For this you would also need to do the same modifications to the original card holder – but at least you would know that this card will be native and fully MacOS supported. Also it is really not hard to adapt the case for more antennae – just buy a couple more connectors for antennae and drill 2 6mm holes in the case to mount them.

DC
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DC

Thanks for the guide – works perfectly with ASRock Z270M-ITX/ac.

RAF
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RAF

Hey Hackintosher, I’ve used this setup with a Samsung 960 EVO and i7700k and was able to install High Sierra almost flawlessly through your guide, thanks a lot!

One thing though, is it possible to have a dual monitor setup with the iGPU HD630? What about 4k scaling? I’m able to get my UHD display to either have 3840×2160 or 1920×1080 HiDPI but no luck with 150% (2560×1440).

Is it a better option to just put an AMD compatible RX card?

Appreciate all of your effort in sharing this knowledge with us.

RAF
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RAF

Just a quick fix: I’ve tried to use my 4k display and another Full HD display through the HDMI slots but no luck with the integrated video

RAF
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RAF

I’ve made the dual monitor possible by using the DVI + one of the HDMI outputs.

Matt
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Matt

Hey, I followed the guide till it told me to select a boot option. Because UEFI: “name” doesn’t show up, instead I get clover start legacy at (USB name) and USB: (USB Name)

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admirável emprego novo

Só vós Cuidadora bonito, sabe com todas as capital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEcD4xcmNnE

Chris
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Chris

Hi Hackintosher,

followed your guide and everything works fine (high sierra).
Thanks for your work!
I own a DW1830 you mentioned but cant find a guid to get it work. Maybe you can help?

Thanks
Chris

Christ
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Christ

Just copied the necessary kexts into the efi/clover/kext/other folder. Wifi/BT is working like charm.

Thanks
Christ

haans
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haans

I am wondering if anyone has luck with Asrock Z370-ITX AC motherboard with i5-8400 CPU?

Abz
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Abz

What SMBiO would you recommend for
Asrock fatal1ty h270 i5-6600
Gtx 1070
I’m getting low benchmark score

PMSCod3r
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PMSCod3r

Thank you for the tutorial.
I did everything step by step but after boot into the USB drive and choose to install macOS High Sierra the screen goes black and nothing else happens. The USB driver LED does not blink. I waited more than 20 minutes and nothing happened.
I would appreciate some help.
My specs are:
ASRock H270 PRO4; Pentium G4560; DDR4 2133 4GB x 4; GTX970.