Here is my latest hackintosh build and it’s a small one. I also wrote instructions for everyone else to install macOS on a ASUS Z270 motherboard with a AMD RX graphics card.
The Mini Creative Build
My idea for this build was to have everything miniaturized even my 19-inch monitor I bought that doubles as a graphics tablet the Huion KAMVAS GT-191 The colors of the 1080p panel are pretty good and the performance of the pen is close enough to Wacom Cintiq that the $1000 in savings for this cheaper tablet definitely worth it.
I paired the tablet with the miniature HHKB2 Topre keyboard, which is one of the best feeling keyboards you can get and the beautiful NCase M1 Case in Silver, which I will say looks very macish and perfect for my hackintosh SFX build.
The reason I chose this motherboard was become of the ton of USB ports it had which is what I needed I also wanted to try out another ASUS motherboard out to see how well the ASUS boards on the Z270 platform work.
I went with a Gigabyte AMD RX 560 Graphics Card for this build since many AMD cards now work with minimal setup for Sierra 10.12.6 and later. Over the two months or so I’ve been using this polaris card I can say that I like it more then my GTX 1050Ti which was originally in this build. The AMD card works flawlessly as did the previous and cheaper Sapphire RX 560 I had before getting this quieter Gigabyte one. Sleep and wake work and there have been no unexpected restarts.
I went for a mini SF450 SFX PSU from Corsair even though the NCASE M1 can fit a normal sized one because I was thinking down the line if I wanted add or upgrade something I had some room to do so.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor||$329.99|
|CPU Cooler||CRYORIG M9i Mini Tower Cooler||$19.99|
|Motherboard||ASUS ROG STRIX Z270I ITX Motherboard||$179.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2133 Memory||$209.99|
|Storage||Crucial 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA SSD||$89.99|
|Video Card||GIGABYTE Radeon RX 560 Gaming OC 4GB||$129.99|
|Power Supply||CORSAIR SF450 450W PSU||$89.99|
|Case||NCASE M1 V5 Silver w/ ODD||$185.00|
ASUS Z270 Hackintosh Guide
ASUS motherboards can be gotten working using the general guide, but I decided to write this separate for people having trouble figuring out how to get AMD graphic cards working on macOS. This guide also has instructions at the end to download Nvidia drivers if you need those.
This guide is an easy copy paste guide meaning you wont have to do any of the hackintosh work since I preconfigured everything.
Step 1 – Creating the macOS Installer
The first step to making a hackintosh is transferring the macOS install files to a USB flash drive to do that follow the guide: How to make a macOS flash drive installer
You will need to create your macOS installer using Sierra 10.12.6 or later for native Kaby Lake/AMD RX support
Step 2 – Configure EFI Boot Partition
Now that the installer has been setup in Step 1. we most configure the EFI or boot partition of the flash drive to access Clover’s Hackintosh Boo tmenu
To configure the EFI partition we’ll need to mount it first:
- Download Clover Configurator
- Open Clover Configurator
- Select Mount EFI under TOOLS
- Click Mount Partition for Install macOS….
- Click Open Partition (This is your EFI Folder)
Now that your boot partition is mounted we are going to paste some hackintoshing files to from this website. These files will enable you too boot macOS on your custom PC:
- Delete all files in the mounted EFI parition
- Download hackintosher.com’s ASUS Z270 EFI
- Unzip ASUS Z270 EFI.zip
- Copy the unzipped EFI folder
- Paste the copied EFI into your mounted EFI partition or /Volumes/EFI
Step 2.1 – Sky Lake Users Only
This EFI folder was configured for Kaby Lake. If you are using a Kaby Lake CPU ship this step and move on to Step 6 you only need to follow these 3 steps if using an older Sky Lake CPU:
- Navigate to EFI/CLOVER/
- Rename config.plist to config-Kabylake.plist
- Rename config-Skylake.plist to config.plist
Step 3 – Recommended BIOS Settings
Restart your computer and press the DEL key to enter BIOS upon your computer posting.
Change the following settings:
- Exit → Load Optimized Defaults : Yes
- Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Vt-d : Disabled
- Advanced \ PCH Configuration → IOAPIC 24-119 Entries : Enabled
- Advanced \ APM Configuration → Power On By PCI-E/PCI : Disabled
- Advanced \ Network Stack Configuration → Network Stack : Disabled
- Advanced \ USB Configuration → Legacy USB Support : Auto
- Boot → Fast Boot : Disabled
- Boot → Secure Boot → OS Type : Other OS
Using a dedicated graphics card:
- Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Primary Display : Auto or PCIE
Using Intel iGPU:
- Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Primary Display : CPU Graphics
- Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → DVMT pre-Allocated : 96M
Note: If you set Primary Display to CPU Graphics and DVMT Pre-Allocated setting doesn’t show. Save and exit BIOS and reenter and it should be there
Setting Boot Device:
You’ll want to be using the USB Flash Drive as the primary boot device until your hard drive becomes bootable at the end of Step 6. There are two ways to go about doing this:
Option 1: Press F8 on startup each time to select a temporary boot device until the boot partition on the drive you install macOS is configured. If you want to do temporary booting you will select the version of your USB Drive starting with UEFI: in it’s name. (For example I used a SanDisk flash drive so I would select UEFI: Sandisk, Partition 1)
Option 2: Enter BIOS and set Boot → Boot Option #1: UEFI : XXX (For example I used a SanDisk flash drive so I would select UEFI: Sandisk, Partition 1) This is easier if you don’t want to spam F8 on startup every time to boot macOS.
Press F10 to Save and Exit the BIOS
Step 4 – Installing macOS
The next step is to install macOS and then after copy the EFI folder from your flash drive’s boot partition over to the boot partition of the drive macOS is installed on.
If that sounds complex to you or this is your first time follow the general Installation Guide then return to this guide when done.
Note: Since I included the files for AMD cards you should be able to install macOS like I did with the card plugged in while getting full graphic acceleration during the install process.You can also do it with your Nvidia graphics card although you wont have acceleation until you install the Nvidia Web Drivers in Step 5:
Once your in macOS your ethernet will be working, audio should be to if you are using the ASUS SupremeFX S1220A audio chipset. If you are using a different audio chipset and audio isn’t working follow Step 3 of Hackintosh Audio Guide
Step 5 – Graphics Card
Nvidia – If you are using an Nvidia card follow the Nvidia Graphics Guide
AMD – Graphics acceleration should be working on most AMD graphic cards. I know some people have had trouble with the RX 550 and if after following this guide it still doesn’t work for you I recommend selling/returning it and upgrading to atleast a RX 560 like this Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 560 2GB or this GIGABYTE Radeon RX 560 Gaming both of which I have used and work just fine.
Step 6 – Improving Sleep
If you don’t want your hackintosh turning on in the middle of the night you need to disable two settings.
- Open the Settings App
- Click Energy Saver
- Uncheck Wake for Ethernet Network access
- Uncheck Enable Power Nap