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⚠️ I no longer have this machine so active updates to either the Clover or OC EFIs is unlikely. That being said, if you have any issues with using it or with your Precision Workstation feel free to email or open an issue and I'll gladly try to help you.

Dell Precision T3610 Workstation Hackintosh

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Note: You're nothing but an a-hole if you sell EFI folder (config) that's readily available for free. -- stole this from mighil because it's right on

If this helps you, thank mighil and maldon since they did the hard work (and the many others who gave us Clover, OpenCore, kexts, etc)!

This is based on his X79 Catalina guide. Before finding this I had a usable machine but performance wasn't great. I improved things a bit by switching to OpenCore; the X79 guide took me the rest of the way.

Budget Dell Precision T3610 Xeon Build (~$350)

Clover and OpenCore EFI folders required for a Dell Precision T3610 hackintosh running macOS Catalina (up to 10.15.7) or Big Sur (up to 11.4).

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System Specs

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Part Model Number
CPU Xeon E5-2637 V2 @ 3.0 GHz Xeon E5-1620v2 @ 3.7GHz (Quad-Core)
PSU Dell 80+ Gold 425W
Dell 80+ Gold 685W
Motherboard Dell 09M8Y8 Revision 3
BIOS A19
Chipset Intel C602/X79
Memory Micron 8GB DDR3-1333MHz ECC x 4 (PN: 18KSF1G72PDZ-1G4E)
Samsung 8GB DDR3-1333MHz ECC x 4 (PN: M393B1K70DH0-CK0)
GPU HP NVIDIA GK107GL Quadro K2000 2GB (ROM: v80.07.9b.00.07) - slot 1
MSI RX 570 GAMING X 8GB - slot 1
Display Cable Rankie 4k DP to HDMI cable (CableMatters adapter didn't work well)
Storage PNY CS900 240GB SSD (Revision CS900J13) x2
Bluetooth ASUS USB-BT400 (Firmware: v14 c4096)
Ethernet Intel 82579LM (onboard)
USB Renesas uPD720201 USB 3.0 Host Controller
Inateck KT4006 2-port PCI-E USB 3.0 Express Card
Sound Realtek ALC3220 (ALC280) (Layout ID: 3)
Keyboard Microsoft Surface (connected via Bluetooth)
Logitech MX Keys (connected via Bluetooth)
Mouse Logitech M590 (connected using Logitech Unified receiver)
Bootloader Clover 5119 OpenCore 0.5.9

BIOS Configuration

You can find screenshots of the BIOS configuration options I used in Screenshots/BIOS.

  1. Reset to optimized defaults
  2. Secure Boot disabled
  3. Enable VT for Direct I/O disabled (Virtualization Support can be enabled if you need it for Docker, etc)
  4. Disks set to AHCI mode (default is RAID)
  5. Fast Boot set to 'thorough'
  6. CPU XD support enabled
  7. TPM disabled
  8. Legacy ROM disabled (required for the Quadro but not for the Radeon)

Readme

  • Read everything first and be careful
  • Tested on macOS Catalina 10.15.5 (vanilla) and Big Sur 11.4 (vanilla)

Differences from the X79 guide

  • OpenCore

Before You Proceed

You should modify the EFI (a lot) if your system specs are different. I use the settings for my motherboard. My system has a Renesas USB 3.0 controller which is a pain in the ass to get to work (have yet to figure that out but supposedly it's possible). Chances are you'll have a different CPU at the very least which may require some changes. If you're not using an AMD GPU, expect a bunch of changes to be required, too. You'll also need to add SMBIOS information (serial number, board serial number, UUID) as they've been removed from my config.plist to protect my Apple ID.

If you're using the Clover EFI, you shouldn't need to change much beyond adding SMBIOS details (serial number, etc).

If you're using the OpenCore EFI, you'll need to change at least the following:

  • SMBIOS details (serial number, MLB, UUID)
  • CPU power management info for YOUR processor (use Piker Alpha's SSDT generator) to create appropriate power management settings for your hardware
  • USB mapping; Requires resetting RHUB and a few renames

What Does Work

  • App Store
  • iMessage (works after SMBIOS edits)
  • Quicktime (including screen recording)
  • DRM (FairPlay 1.x/2.x/3.x/4.x)
    • Apple TV+
    • Amazon Prime Video
    • Netflix
  • ethernet (onboard)
  • bluetooth (added via USB dongle)
  • GPU
  • sound (Intel HDA and Radeon HDMI)
  • 4k display
  • Docker
  • USB 3.0
  • CPU Power Management

CPU Power Management

USB Mapping

NOTE: This section is outdated and not very useful currently so have a look at the SSDTs and USB injector kext in the latest EFI for how I find best to approach port mapping with current OC and Big Sur.

T3610 USB Ports

# Port Name
1 HP12
2 HP11
3 HP13
4 HP16
5 HP15
6 unsupported
7 unsupported
8 unsupported
9 HP24

I recommend that you disable USB 3.0 ports in the BIOS and then use the USB injector kext from this repo or create your own using Hackintool. The left-most port on the front panel will no longer work and the three on the bottom rear will no longer work. I was unable to get them to work properly with USB 3.0 enabled as the Renesas drivers don't work on Catalina.

If you add the Inateck USB 3.0 controller card like I did it will work OOB but will not show up as available USB ports in Hackintool or USBMap tool. The controller shows up as a PCIe device rather than a USB controller. Don't be alarmed by this as it will work correctly anyway.

macOS Updates

  • 10.15.3 -> 10.15.4 worked without any issues
  • 10.15.4 supplemental update worked without any issues (applied 13-May-2020)
  • 10.15.5 update worked without any issues (applied 14-June-2020); updated Lilu/WEG and then Clover first
  • updated OC to 0.7.0, refactored the USB mapping situation, and upgraded to Big Sur 11.4 without any issues

What Doesn't Work (or hasn't been tested)

- USB 3.0 (XHCI shows up in IOReg but requires work to get Renesas controller working)

  • Sidecar - sleep

Geek Bench

Geek Bench 5 scores

How to create a bootable macOS Catalina USB install drive? (on MacOS)

Refer to this guide from 9to5mac

RX 570 Installation Gotchas

  • It's not likely to work if you have the 425W PSU, so make sure to upgrade to the 685W version at least. I paid $20 for the 685W PSU upgrade and the 8-pin PCI express power cable together at a local surplus dealer.
  • The side panel won't close until you remove the brace with the rubber strip beneath the latch mechanism.
  • You'll probably want to get a PCI express GPU power cable with a 90 degree plug so you have more clearance between the side panel and the cable.
  • You'll either need to get the OEM Dell GPU power cable from the T76XX series or if you're like me (single CPU motherboard in the dual CPU case) then you can use an EPS to PCI express cable to power the GPU. I used the 8-pin to 8-pin OEM Dell cable (Dell PN: 8RFPM) but also bought a Supermicro EPS to 8-pin PCI express GPU cable just in case.
  • If you used legacy mode in your BIOS for a Quadro, switching it to UEFI-only makes things look better with the Radeon.

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If this helped you get your machine working or saved you time, consider sending a small donation to help me continue improving this and updating it over time via CashApp or buy parts you need from my affiliate links below

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Clover EFI folder and config.plist required for a Dell Precision T3610 hackintosh running macOS Catalina (tested up to 10.15.7) and Big Sur (tested with 11.4).

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