MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX Hackintosh Build Guide

This build takes a MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX motherboard and turns it into a hackintosh running the latest version of Sierra. MSI motherboards can be gotten working pretty easily as a hackintosh, but the Z270 boards require an extra edit in the EFI to get working unlike their B250 chipset, which is covered in this guide.  Audio, Sleep/Wake, Ethernet, Graphics and all USB ports work. You can purchase the MSI Z270 Carbon on Amazon.

The Build

MSI Z270 Carbon Build

I got myself a matching  carbon fiber looking case for this build the Panzer Max by Cougar. Which features metal doors with latches on each side on each side that can be removed very easily along with all the other panels that are free of screws. This case can also fit a eATX sized motherboard if I ever decide to use it for something else in the future

Parts

Intel i7-7700k CPU
Intel Core i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor
Amazon – Intel Core i7-7700K
Newegg – Intel Core i7-7700K

Intel i7-7700k CPU
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2666 Memory
Amazon – Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB
Newegg – Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB

Intel i7-7700k CPU
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA SSD
Amazon – Samsung 850 EVO SSD
Newegg – Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Intel i7-7700k CPU
Corsair RM650x, 850W Fully Modular Power Supply
Amazon – Corsair RM650x PSU
Newegg – Corsair RM650x PSU

Intel i7-7700k CPU
Cougar Panzer Max Ultimate Full Tower Case
Amazon – Cougar Panzer Max
Newegg – Cougar Panzer Max

What Works

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

What Doesn’t

  • HD530/HD630 Sleep/Wake

MSI Z270 CARBON  Hackintosh Guide

Follow the Guide to installing macOS on a Kabylake Hackintosh to get this motherboard working, but here are some important notes you need to know about before starting.

When you reach Step 4 it’s extremely important that you follow Step 4.3 and not skip it because this motherboard wont be able to boot macOS unless OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi is added to your EFI Folder.

When you reach Step 5 of the guide there’s a list of the BIOS settings that need to be changed. The BIOS settings for MSI are the same for most boards in their lineup on this page the list below can help you quickly find where those settings are scroll down to see them

When your done following the hackintosh guide you can delete AtherosE2200Ethernet.kext and RealtekRTL8111.kext from EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other of your mounted EFI Partition as these are extra ethernet kexts that aren’t needed.

Good Luck!

Guide to installing macOS Sierra on a Hackintosh (Up to 10.12.6)




MSI Z270 Carbon BIOS Settings

  1. Save & Exit → Restore Defaults : Yes
  2. Advanced \ Integrated Peripherals → Network Stack : [Disabled]
  3. Advanced \Integrated Peripherals  → Intel Serial IO : [Disabled]
  4. Advanced \ USB Configuration → XHCI Hand-off : [Enabled]
  5. Advanced \ USB Configuration → Legacy USB Support : [Auto]
  6. Advanced \ Windows OS Configuration → MSI Fast Boot : [Disabled]
  7. Advanced \ Windows OS Configuration → Fast Boot : [Disabled]
  8. Overclocking  → Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P) : [Enabled]
  9. Overclocking \ CPU Features → Intel Virtualization Tech : [Enabled]
  10. Overclocking \ CPU Features → Intel VT-D Tech : [Disabled]
  11. Boot → Boot mode select : [LEGACY+UEFI]

Based on  the GPU you’re using change the following settings:

Dedicated graphics card:

  1. Advanced \ Integrated Graphics Configuration → Initiate Graphic Adapter : PEG

Intel iGPU:

  1. Advanced \ Integrated Graphics Configuration → Initiate Graphic Adapter : IGD
  2. Advanced \ Integrated Graphics Configuration → DVMT Pre-Allocated : 96M

(Optional) Wake hackintosh from sleep thru Input:

  1. Advanced \ Wake Up Event Setup → Resume By USB Device : [Enabled]
  2. Advanced \ Wake Up Event Setup → Resume From S3/S4/S5 by PS/2 Mouse : [Enabled]
  3. Advanced \ Wake Up Event Setup → Resume From S3/S4/S5 by PS/2 Mouse : [Enabled]



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41 Comments on "MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX Hackintosh Build Guide"

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Schrenno
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Schrenno

Is the integrated WLAN also working?

Thomas
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Thomas

Awesome build! What do you think about this build with an Radeon RX 570? Should work with Sierra 10.12.6+ right?

Poirot
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Poirot

Very nice. Whats the noise level like, and will you be able to sync an iphone with itunes on it?

HYWLKR
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HYWLKR

Hi!
You mentioned “USB3 Speeds” working. Do you mean USB 3.0 aka USB 3.1 Gen1 speeds (5 Gbps)? How about USB 3.1 Gen2 speed (10 Gbps)? Glad if you can check this out.
Thanks in advance!

Dave
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Dave

Hey Hackintosher, are you available to help with custom builds? I am ready to put together a new machine and was hoping you’d be able to set me up with all the config bits I’d need to make it successful. I’d be willing to make a donation. 🙂

MarsKat
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MarsKat

Thanks for this guide! I’m starting from scratch, making a Windows gaming PC to use with an Oculus Rift (with an entry-level GTX 1060), while also hopefully being able to also run the system as my main Mac (to supplement, then replace an ageing MBP).

Is this build stable and functional enough to use as a ‘main Mac’?

On the functionality, you mention HD530/HD630 Sleep/Wake doesn’t work. What does this mean in practical terms if you have a separate GPU? My only experience is with the MBP where onboard to discrete switching is handled automatically.

As mentioned I’m starting from scratch and could use any motherboard; I’m only considering the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon because of this guide (I just want to follow a proven path to maximum functionality) – given the choice of any board, is this the one you’re recommend for maximum functionality?

Thanks for all you help!

HYWLKR
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HYWLKR

Hi there! Any help pls! Got the same hardware, combined this tutorial with 10.12.6 one – so I’ve made the USB Installer, configured the EFI on it, set up the bios – everything up to the letter and here goes the problem: when the installer goes to clover, I choose the “Install macOS …”, UEFI of course, then the black screen – white apple logo and line under it, the line fills slowly, like 20 mins or so – when it’s done – nothing happens( Still the logo and the filled line 🙁
I have already formated my ssd from old hackintosh so I Can install the new one on it – and now i dont have any access to macOS 🙁 Any advises? Donation for help if any success …

Vinny
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Vinny

Hey would this guide work for the MSI Z270 MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM?

Rob
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Rob

How did you get iMessage to work? I’ve tried logging into my apple account and iMessage didn’t work. Any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated.

oxonium
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oxonium

Hi! I have try your tutorial, but it’s does’nt work for me, it’s may be because of small change on your and my hardware.
I have :
7700k
Msi Z270 pro carbone
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2×8)
Msi gtx 1080 gaming x
WD black M.2 NVME SSD 256go

NVME ssd can be the problem?

regards

Julien
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Julien

Hey,

Thanks for the tutorial.

I’d like to know if it would work with the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G graphic card.

Julien

oxonium
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oxonium

Actually not for me

oxonium
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oxonium

It’s work!!! After many problems but it’s work!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Great news dude ! 😀

Julien
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Julien

Oh… 🙁

Could @hackintosher can confirm?

I would like also to use this RAM in my build : https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B01HKF46A2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?smid=A1X6FK5RDHNB96&psc=1

Thanks

Julien
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Julien

Hi!

I finally bought everything to build my hackintosh based on your tutorial and was wondering if the Bluetooth will work without any extra component.

I ask this because I only have a wireless keyboard at the moment ^^

I will give you a feedback when I will try to install macOS 🙂

Cheers

Julien
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Julien

Ok, everything worked except I don’t have any audio yet.
I’ll read your other tutorials to solve this.

Thanks a lot guys!

peter
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peter

Julien, did you replaced the wifi card? If, so for wich one? The DW1560 are very expensive.

Thanks!

David
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David

Hi,

I have the same Mainboard, have you figure it out how to change the led colors? As the msi Gaming APP is only for windows. I´m struggeling to find a solution to change the color. Not even in BIOS.

skuide
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skuide

iam really exceited that could find somebody got the same mother board with me, but i have worked on it for almost a month , but still cant got to the install UI, it always stack on panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff801e388c2d):Kernel trap at 0x00000000000000001~~
i think it may caused by the cpu, because i install an i5 8400 on this borad, would you please sent me your EFI files, since i have tried more than 20 different EFI files but all failed in the same place, thank you