ASUS ROG Strix Z270I ITX + AMD RX 560 Hackintosh Build Guide

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.

ASUS Z270I ROG Strix Hackintosh Build

Part Name Purchase
Total $1253.93
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:

  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)

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:

  1. Delete all files in the mounted EFI parition
  2. Download  hackintosher.com’s ASUS Z270 EFI
  3. Unzip ASUS Z270 EFI.zip
  4. Copy the unzipped EFI folder
  5. 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:

  1. Navigate to EFI/CLOVER/
  2. Rename config.plist to config-Kabylake.plist
  3. 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:

  1. Exit →  Load Optimized Defaults : Yes
  2. Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Vt-d : Disabled
  3. Advanced \ PCH Configuration → IOAPIC 24-119 Entries : Enabled
  4. Advanced \ APM Configuration → Power On By PCI-E/PCI : Disabled
  5. Advanced \ Network Stack Configuration → Network Stack : Disabled
  6. Advanced \ USB Configuration → Legacy USB Support : Auto
  7. Boot → Fast Boot : Disabled
  8. Boot → Secure Boot → OS Type : Other OS

Using a dedicated graphics card:

  1. Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Primary Display : Auto or PCIE

Using Intel iGPU:

  1. Advanced \ System Agent(SA) Configuration → Primary Display : CPU Graphics
  2. 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.

Set Boot Option #1 ASUS BIOS

This is where you would set the Boot Option in BIOS if you followed Option 2

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:

How-to Install macOS on a Hackintosh

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.

  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

 

Hey, if this helped getting your hackintosh running please consider using our Amazon link when shopping or with a kind Paypal donation



Leave a Reply

40 Comments on "ASUS ROG Strix Z270I ITX + AMD RX 560 Hackintosh Build Guide"

Sort by:   newest | oldest
Louie
Guest
Louie

Hi guys, anyone has seen a FakeCPUID’d image for download? I don’t have access to a Mac and have a G4560, was the only CPU my budget allowed me to buy.

Lazika
Guest
Lazika

Hello. I’m planning to buy a new graphics card because i can’t get intel hd 530 to boot to the mac os usb. i would prefer amd card but i read that tbe 560 does not supported in high Sierra anymore. If i buy thiscard i will be able to boot to mac os from the usb? Thx

Kim
Guest
Kim

Hello, first thanks for your guides, I have a queston about Bluetooth & WiFi, are they working Oob or do you have certain kext?
Anyway good guides, will tried…

Fred
Guest
Fred

Hi Dude,
You have OsxAptioFix2Drv-64.efi and OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi in drivers64UEFI Folder. Which one should i use? Or do i need both of them? I’m planning to build a new Rig with ASUS STRIX Z270E GAMING Mainboard with
Core I5-7600k & Geforce GTX 1050 TI. Also i don’t need and don’t want Onboard GFX. Can i delete HDMIAudio.kext, IntelGraficsFixup.kext & Whatevergreen.kext?

Vielen Dank
Fred

Andron
Guest
Andron

Thank you! Asus ROG Strix Z270i + 7700k + Samsung Evo 960 (with patch-nvme) on Sierra 10.12.6 work great, except wifi

Jeff
Guest
Jeff

Hi Hackintosher, I cannot get my i5 7600k to work with the same board. Do I have to tweak a bit with this cpu? I have gigabyte rx460. I appreciate your help.
Jeff

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

Thank you Hackintosher! Everything works perfect. I tried with RX460 inserted just like you did and installed, booted.

Vinny
Guest
Vinny

Any EFI folder for High Sierra, are bugs worked out yet?

g
Guest
g

Hi Hackintosher,
I followed this guide and everything seems to work well, except the HDMI audio.
HDMI option is not showing on sound’s preference pane.
Should I do something else to make HDMI audio appear and work?

PS. My rig’s parts are
i7-7700
Mobo: Asus z270g
Wireless card: TP-Link Archer T9E
No Graphic Card

Thank you very much.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

Hey! any word on bluetooth/wifi ? does it work? if not what should I get to make it work?

Thanks for your notes, they are really helpful

Jay Jay
Guest
Jay Jay

Hello. Does it have built-in wifi connection wrok ?. It´s not working on the Z270E gaming motherboard. I think it’s super easy guide you make. Thanks in advance Jay Jay.

Guest
Zsolt Sándor

It is possible to put an apple wifi / bluetooth card (with a converter) in the M.2 slot?

Guest
Zsolt

I have also an other question: does the ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller work?
Thanks

andrea
Guest
andrea

hi, i’ve a problem, when start 2nd part and reboot, it says “update firmware” and stop

andrea
Guest
andrea

asus z270F+i7700k+asus 1080ti

andrea
Guest
andrea

i’ve installed all, the only thing that i can’t use is audio device. If i use headset usb all is ok, display port audio (1080ti) i can hear but i can’t change volume. Hdmi audio (1080ti) not working. i’ve installed alc1220A (for strix)
How can i config it without change everything?

Aaron
Guest
Aaron

Have you made a video on doing this?

Marcio
Guest
Marcio

Thanks for sharing! I have a question for you. May I can use the same ASUSz270 EFI posted here to install MAC OS in an Asus ROG STRIX z270i (ITX) motherboard?

Marcio
Guest
Marcio

Sorry, I posted on the wrong article. This one was just for the Asus Strix ROG z270i. 🙂

Bao
Guest
Bao

hey i m using same the same mainboard and CPU. Following your instructions after step 3: the system won ´t start after exit and safing bios settings.CPU fan works. But no USB to keyboard and mouse and no signal to monitor. Only way to get system to boot again is to unplug and plug physical bios battery from mainboard. I repeated all instructions several time. but no succes. Do you know what went wrong?

Bao
Guest
Bao

when I leave out Bios setting changes for Using Intel iGPU. Computer boots, but only to UEFI Bios Utility – EZ Mode

Nikita
Guest
Nikita

Hello, I congratulate you for your great work. I followed your guide to the letter without any problem (Sierra). Now I have two questions: 1) can this guide also be used to install High Sierra or is it only for version 10.12? 2) I tried to follow another guide for High Sierra but I get an account validation problem for Imessage and Face Time. Do you have a solution? Thank you and happy new year!

patricia2626
Guest
patricia2626

will this matter if i got Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 560 4GB

Adrian
Guest
Adrian

ASUS z270i, rx580, after last BIOS Update (1205) osx boots, user login, and on 10-20 sec. pops the beachball and freezes. Any idea? Thanks!

Adrian
Guest
Adrian

Hello, just to keep informed: I’ve done a clean install on a new SSD, restore Bios (1205) to defaults and the problem persists: Beachball and freeze. All after Bios update to 1205. I just reccomend not to update the bios to 1205, because the system will be unstable. I’ve researched and it’s a common issue since 0808 update, not a Hackintosh problem.