I’ve been having tons of success hackintoshing MSI motherboards and that continues with my latest build one a hackintosh based on the MSI Z270I Carbon ITX Motherboard. Having success with my previous Z270 Carbon ATX in its huge full tower case, I decided to make another one based on the Carbon series on the other end of the spectreum. A SSF case that I could carry around with me wherever I go.
This motherboard is for those who are disappointed with Gigabyte’s two offerings this year for the ITX lineup. The problem with the Gigabyte Z270N-WIFI is its lack of USB ports numbering at only 4 and it’s use of a 4 pin power connector instead of 8, which can contribute to throttling, limit clock speeds and prevent a good overclock.
Their other Z270 motherboard the Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5 isn’t very good either with it’s lack of audio jacks for the price point and the CPU whine that many Gigabyte Gaming motherboards have.
The MSI Z270i ITX Carbon is a reliable alternative to these two in my opinion as I haven’t experienced any kernel panics or unexpected restarts or graphic freezes for the month or so that I’ve been using this setup as a hackintosh.
The only issue I did face had to do with the MSI’s long post times compared to other motherboard brands, but other that that this is an overall good motherboard to build a hackintosh on if you want to go small form factor.
I went with a stripped down version of the Thermaltake Core V1 Cube Case by removing all the side panels to give it this exposed apperance, which I think looks a lot better and makes it into a sort of inexpensive ITX test bench as there aren’t really many out there to chose from. Being able to look over and see all the fans spinning while being able to swap my hard drives easily when I need to along with not needing to buy extra case fans as it’s open air is a huge plus.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-7600k Quad-Core Processor||$214.98|
|CPU Cooler||CRYORIG M9i Mini Tower Cooler||$19.99|
|Motherboard||MSI Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC ITX Motherboard||$144.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory||$119.99|
|Storage||Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA SSD||$169.99|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING 4GB||$118.60|
|Power Supply||EVGA 600 BQ, 80+ BRONZE 600W PSU||$49.99|
|Case||Thermaltake Core V1 Black Edition ITX Cube||$39.99|
MSI Z270I Carbon Hackintosh Guide
This motherboard is basically identical to the ATX version of the Carbon. The BIOS settings are the exact same. The rest of the steps will be the same to get this motherboard hackintosh’d. I followed the same steps listed in these instructions: MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon ATX Hackintosh Build Guide