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README.md

Razer Blade Advanced early 2019 macOS 10.14 Hackintosh

Note: I'AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MESS UP YOUR COMPUTER USING THIS GUIDE!

Intro

About this Mac

I have been using Apple hardware and software since 1996 for macOS has been the best OS to meet my needs. My first computer was a PowerBook 150. Since then, I used mostly Apple mobile solutions: PowerBook G3, PowerBook Titanium, bunch of MacBook Pro 13" and 15". But, I'm really dissatisfied with the latest MacBook Pro 2017 as it has a useless keyboard with arrow keys designed for Tinker Bell and zero ability to upgrade up to 32Gb RAM back then in 2017. Yes. I know. This is 100% Intel failure. Just like performance and thermal issues the Intel CPU had for the last 6 years. Intel just doesn’t care about the mobile CPU market anymore.

So, finally, I made a decision to go to the dark side and to switch to the hackintosh notebook. After doing some research, I selected Razer Blade Advanced. This has, perhaps, the best combo of design (!), performance and upgradability.

Purpose

Hardware

Razer Blade Advanced early 2019

Spec macOS 10.14 compatibility
Chipset Mobile Intel HM370 No issues
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 6 Cores / 12 Threads, 2.2GHz / 4.1GHz, 9MB Cache No issues
Memory 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2667MHz, up to 64GB No issues
GPU Intel UHD 630 No issues
dGPU Nvidia 2070 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM) Nvidia Drivers absent for Mojave. ACPI should be patched to disable dGPU
Storage Samsung PM981 256GB NVMe M.2 Incompatible firmware. You can try fix with Lenovo NVMe Firmware Update Utility but better to replace
Screen 15.6" Full HD 144Hz, 1920 x 1080 IPS No issues
Webcam Windows Hello built-in IR HD webcam (1MP / 720P) No issues. Windows Hello is not supported in macOS
WiFi Intel Wireless-AC 9560NGW Drivers absent for macOS. Should replaced
Input & Output USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB-A) x3 No issues
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) No issues
HDMI 2.0B HDMI connected directly to Nvidia GPU and will not work in macOS
Mini DisplayPort 1.4 Not tested
Soundboard Realtek ALC298 No issues. ACPI patch should be added to solve sleep issue
Battery 80Wh About 3-5h after proper Power Management configuration. ACPI should be patched to enable battery stats
Keyboard Per-key RGB powered by Razer Chroma N-Key rollover backlit No issues. Razer Chroma software absent for macOS
Touchpad Precision Glass No issues. ACPI should be patched to enable trackpad
Dimensions 17.8mm x 235mm x 355mm
Weight 2.21 kg ACPI patches will not help with this. /sarcasm
Power 230W power adapter

Hardware Upgrades and Tools

The bundled WiFI and NVMe is not compatible with macOS and should be replaced. Please find below the recommended replacement parts, already tested for compatibility. Usually I need to deploy for testing 4-5 node Kubernetes cluster with at least 4Gb per node. So 32GB is a necessary upgrade for me.

Accessories

Accessories Description Amazon URL
USB mouse Trackpad will be unavailable during macOS installation procedure Amazon
USB storage with at least 16Gb storage Installation USB media Amazon
USB-A to USB-C cable For USB ports detection procedure Amazon

WiFi

WiFi module Description eBay or AliExpress URL Confirmation
BCM94352Z (DW-1560) Recommended. 2 antennas. No issues. Additional kext's are required. Easily to find for $24-60 on eBay community
BCM943602BAED (DW-1830) 3 antennas. RBA have only 2. Works out of the box. About $60-120 on AliExpress AliExpress community

Storage

NVMe 4k Support Amazon URL Confirmation
Samsung EVO 970 NVMe NO Amazon community
Samsung EVO 970 Pro NVMe NO Amazon community
Samsung EVO 970 Plus NVMe NO Amazon Do the Samsung 970 Evo Plus drives work ? New Firmware Available for testing 5/20/19
Sabrent Rocket NVMe YES Amazon stonevil
WD Black SN750 NVMe - Amazon community
HP EX900 M.2 NVMe - Amazon konohasaint
Samsung PM981 NO Bundled with Razer Blade suyukai

Note: Bundled Samsung NVMe PM981 can be enabled with additional macOS Extension (kext) and (ACPI hot patch). More information in suyukai post I find a way to use macOS on SSD(pm981) in blade!...

macOS have native support and works better with 4k blocks. Check NVMe format. Performance tested with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. Samsung EVO 970 1Tb NVMe and Sabrent Rocket 1Tb NMVe have the same Read/Write performance. But Samsung EVO stays about 8-12° C hotter on heave load. Even with additional passive cooling.

Note: I do recommend to use at least 1Tb NVMe for dual boot with Windows 10.

RAM

Memory module Modules size Speed CL Amazon URL Confirmation
Ballistix Sport LT 32GB 2x16Gb 2666 CL16 Amazon stonevil
Kingston Technology HyperX Impact 32GB 2x16Gb 2666 CL15 Amazon Razer Blade 15 Advanced RAM upgrade

Recommended Upgrades

Accessories Description Amazon URL Confirmation
Advancing Gene NVMe M.2 Heatsink Passive cooling for NVMe. Decreased temperature for about 10-12° C on heave load Amazon stonevil

Recommended Tools

Tool URL
iFixIt Pro Tech Toolkit iFixIt

(Optional) Extreme Upgrade only for Advance Gamers

Accessories Description Amazon URL
Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut Thermal Grease Paste Liquid metal thermal paste Amazon
MG Chemicals 422B Silicone Modified Conformal Coating Coating Amazon
3M Scotch Super 88 Vinyl Electrical Tape Electrical tape Amazon

Useful information

Repository

BIOS_mod/ folder. This folder contains the latest RBA AMI BIOS mod with all the required unlocked options.

This BIOS mod is actual only for Razer Blade Advanced early 2019 with

Version
System BIOS 1.04
EC FW 1.03
MCU FW 1.00.00.00

Do not use this mod if your system is different! Please check with BIOS.

BIOS_mod/Nvidia_2080_Max-Q_BIOS_mod/ this folder contains patches for 80w or 90w TDP for Nvidia 2080 Max-Q.

EFI/ folder is basically a full copy of my EFI folder from EFI drive with a removed machine serial number.

ACPI Patches

  • EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/DSDT.aml
  • EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/SSDT-12-OptTabl.aml
  • EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/SSDT-USBX.aml

can be different for your computer.

Extensions/ folder with all required macOS Extensions (kext's).

Tools/ folder with various tools to flash BIOS, etc. macOS IORegistryExplorer v2.1 is included with this repository. This tool is necessary for debugging USB, etc. configuration.

Tools/AMI/ is a folder with AMI BIOS flashing and modding tools. Tools/Nvidia/ is a folder with Nvidia BIOS flashing tools.

Development/ACPI_patches/ is a folder with uncompiled versions of the SSDT's created for various ACPI hot patches.

Drivers/Windows/Apple USB Ethernet drivers for Windows is a folder with Apple USB-A Ethernet drivers for Windows extracted from Apple BootCamp.

Required Tools

Tool Description Download URL
balenaEtcher a free and open-source utility used for burning image files such as .iso and .img files, as well as zipped folders to create live SD cards and USB flash drives. balenaEtcher
UniBeast a tool for building macOS installation media UniBeast
TINU an alternative tool for building macOS installation media TINU
Clover Configurator an easy to use macOS application designed to help you create custom configuration files for the Clover EFI bootloader via a streamlined graphical interface Clover Configurator
KextBeast a quick installer for .kext, .bundle, and .plugin files KextBeast
Continuity Activation Tool is a tool that makes the changes necessary to enable Continuity features on compatible hardware Continuity Activation Tool
Kext Updater this little tool is totally easy to have up-to-date kext's Kext Updater
MaciASL a native AML compiler and IDE for OS X, with syntax colouring, tree navigation, automated patching, online patch file repositories, and iASL binary updates, written entirely in Cocoa, conforms to OS X guidelines MaciASL
iasl -//- iasl
GenSMBIOS a Py script that uses acidanthera's macserial to generate SMBIOS and optionally saves them to a plist GenSMBIOS Github Repository
one-key-cpufriend a script for modifying macOS CPU Performance one-key-cpufriend Github Repository
USBMap a Py script for mapping out USB ports and creating a custom SSDT or injector kext (WIP) USBMap Github Repository
Intel Power Gadget a software-based power usage monitoring tool enabled for Intel Core processors Intel Power Gadget
iStat Menus an advanced Mac system monitor iStat Menus
Prime95 a free Mersenne Prime search tool. Maybe, the best tool for CPU torture testing Prime95
UNetbootin this tool allows you to create bootable USB drives for Windows and Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. UNetbootin

Preparation

BIOS update

It is very important to make all the updates for BIOS before starting any macOS deployment. ACPI sources will be different after BIOS update and this will require to dump ACPI sources and patch them again. And, that is not a pleasant task.

Download BIOS, EC, ME, etc. Firmware and apply them from stock Windows partition.

Razer Hardware Drivers download URL

  • Boot into Windows.
  • Open Razer Hardware Drivers download URL in preferred browser.
  • Download the latest BIOS, EC, ME, etc. Firmware updates.
  • Apply these updates in a required order. This is very important! Read documentation carefully.

Useful information

BIOS unlock

Certain changes for the BIOS configuration should be done to make macOS bootable on the Razer Blade Advanced.

  • Disable VT-d. Apple stopped supporting this long time ago and will not boot in some cases with enabled VT-d. Do not mistake VT-d for VMX or VTX.
  • Increase memory pre-allocated for DVMT. Usually DVMT is pre-allocated for 32Mb. MacOS requires 64Mb minimum.
  • Deactivate CFG-Lock. Required by macOS Power Management.
  • Disable Secure Boot.
  • etc.

Some of these configurations can be fixed one or another way in Clover configuration file. But, it is better to play safe and change configuration in BIOS. Deactivation of the CFG-Lock can help a lot with power management.

If the BIOS is upgraded to the latest version and

Version
System BIOS 1.04
EC FW 1.03
MCU FW 1.00.00.00

it's safely to use already modded dump from BIOS_mod/ folder and jump to BIOS flashing.

Otherwise, follow the BIOS export step.

BIOS export

  • Boot into Windows.
  • Download this repository.
  • Open Tools\AMI\AfuWin64\ folder.
  • Run AFUWINGUIx64.EXE application.
  • In AFUWINGUI application click Save button to export current BIOS.

AFUWINGUI_Save

  • Save BIOS to Desktop folder.
  • Close AFUWINGUI application.

BIOS modding

Most of the options are required for further undervolting and overclocking. But, some of them are necessary for the macOS. These options are marked with !

  • Open Tools\AMI\AMIBCP64\ folder.
  • Run AMIBCP64.exe application.
  • In AMIBCP application click Open, navigate to Desktop and open BIOS saved in previous steps.
  • In AMIBCP application
    • Unfold root folder in the left pane. This folder is blank and have no name.
    • Unfold Setup subfolder.
    • Click Power & Performance subfolder.
      • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
        • Power & Performance (second row from top)
        • CPU - Power Management Control !
        • Intel(R) Speed Shift Technology

Power_Performance

  • Unfold CPU VR Settings
  • Click View/Configure CPU Lock Configuration folder in the left pane
  • In right the pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
    • CFG Lock
    • Overclocking Lock

CPU_VR_Settings

  • Click CPU - Power Management Control folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • CPU - Power Management Control (second row from top) !
      • Intel(R) SpeedStep(tm)
      • Intel(R) Speed Shift Technology
      • C states
      • Package C State Limit
      • CPU Lock Configuration (scroll way down) !

CPU_Power_Management_Control1

CPU_Power_Management_Control2

  • Click OverClocking Performance Menu folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • OverClocking Performance Menu (second row from top)
      • XTU Interface
      • Processor
      • Ring
      • GT
      • Uncore
      • Memory

OverClocking_Performance_Menu

  • Unfold OverClocking Performance Menu subfolder.
  • Click Processor folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • Processor (second row from top)
      • Core Voltage Offset
      • Offset Prefix below Core Voltage Offset

Processor

  • Click Ring folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • Ring (second row from top)
      • Ring Max OC Radio
      • Ring Down Bin
      • Min Ring Ratio Limit
      • Max Ring Ratio Limit

Ring

  • Click GT folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • GT Domain (second row from top)
      • GT Voltage Offset
      • Offset Prefix below GT Voltage Offset
      • GTU Voltage Offset
      • Offset Prefix below GTU Voltage Offset

GT

  • Click Uncore folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • Uncore (second row from top)
      • Uncore Voltage Offset
      • Offset Prefix below Uncore Voltage Offset

Uncore

  • Click Memory Overclocking Menu folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • Memory Profile (second row from top) RAM XMP Profile
      • Memory Profile (another one somewhere in the middle of the list) RAM XMP profile
      • Memory Reference Clock RAM XMP Profile
      • Memory Ratio RAM XMP Profile
      • Memory Voltage RAM XMP Profile

Memory_Overclocking_Menu1

Memory_Overclocking_Menu2

  • Click Chipset folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • System Agent (SA) Configuration (second row from top) !

Chipset

  • Unfold Chipset subfolder.
  • Click System Agent (SA) Configuration folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • System Agent (SA) Configuration (second row from top) !
      • VT-d !
      • Graphics Configuration !
      • PEG Port Configuration
      • VT-d (another one somewhere in the middle of the list) !

System_Agent_Configuration

  • Unfold System Agent (SA) Configuration folder in the left pane
  • Click Graphics Configuration folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • Graphics Configuration (second row from top) !
      • Primary Display
      • Internal Graphics
      • DVMT Pre-Allocated !
      • DVMT Total Gfx Mem !

Graphics_Configuration

  • Click PEG Port Configuration folder in the left pane
    • In the right pane, change Access/Use from Default to USER for
      • PEG Port Configuration (second row from top)
      • ASPM
      • ASPM L0s

PEG_Port_Configuration

  • Click Save As in AMIBCP application.
  • Save BIOS with new name to Desktop folder.
  • Close AMIBCP application.

BIOS flashing

  • Open Tools\AMI\AfuWin64\ folder.
  • Run AFUWINGUIx64.EXE application.
  • In AFUWINGUI application click Open button.
  • Choose new modded BIOS from Desktop folder.
  • Close all application except AFUWINGUI. Close also all Windows TaskBar apps like Nvidia Expierence, Razer, etc.
  • Click Flash button in AFUWINGUI application and confirm flashing BIOS.

AFUWINGUI_Flash

  • Follow AFUWINGUI application on-screen instruction.
  • Close AFUWINGUI application.
  • Reboot Windows.

Useful information

BIOS configuration

There are a few changes in the BIOS that are vital to make macOS happy and bootable on RBA. Undervolting and Overclocking are explained in the following chapter.

  • Reboot computer.
  • Repeatedly press DEL key to enter BIOS configuration menu.
  • In BIOS navigate to menu
    • Advanced
      • Power & Performance
        • CPU - Power Management Control
          • CPU Lock Configuration
            • Disable CFG Lock
            • Disable Overclocking Lock
    • Advanced
      • Overclocking Performance Menu
        • Disable XTU Interface
    • Advanced
      • Thunderbolt(TM) Configuration
        • Switch Security Level to No Security
    • Chipset
      • System Agent (SA) Configuration
        • Graphics Configuration
          • Set DVMT Pre-Allocated to 64
          • Set DVMT Total Gfx Mem to MAX
    • Chipset
      • System Agent (SA) Configuration
        • Disable VT-d
    • Chipset
      • SATA And RST Configuration
        • Check SATA Mode Selection set to AHCI
    • Security
      • Set Secure Boot to Disabled
    • Boot
      • Set Fast Boot to Disabled
      • CSM Configuration
        • Set CSM Support to Disabled
    • Save and Exit
      • Hit Save Changes
      • Hit Save Changes and Reset

Note: If some of these options are not available in BIOS, please, boot back in Windows and check modded BIOS dump for missing changes.

Hardware preparation

WiFi and NVMe replacement

WiFi and NVMe replacement is easy enough for this Model. You just need to unscrew the bottom case. Check the video provided below for more information.

Useful information

(Optional) NVMe format with 4k block

This step is optional. MacOS works faster and better with NVMe with 4k blocks. Usually NVMe formatted with 512 or 512e block size for unknown reason. Maybe another Windows compatibility issue. Anyway, Windows 10 works with no issues with NVMe with 4k blocks.

The best way to format NVMe drive is to boot from Linux Live USB media and use smartctl and nvme-cli tools.

  • Download balenaEtcher on Windows or macOS machine.
  • Download Ubuntu Desktop Live Image on same Windows or macOS machine.
  • Insert USB media with at least 16Gb. Drive will be formatted and all data will be erased.
  • Run balenaEtcher
  • Select image Ubuntu Desktop Live Image downloaded before.

balenaEtcher_Select_Image

  • Select USB media.

balenaEtcher_Select_Media

  • And press Flash!.

balenaEtcher_Flash

Note: Ubuntu lacks the support by default drivers for most Broadcom WiFi modules.

There are 3 way to overcome this issue:

  • Use USB to Ethernet cable.
  • Install proprietary WiFi drivers installation. Follow this instruction WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx
Accessories Description Amazon URL
USB to Ethernet Internet access AmazonBasics USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Install a new NVMe drive in the target Razer Blade.
  • Insert USB media with Ubuntu Desktop.
  • Press Power Button to start computer.
  • Press repeatedly F12 until you Boot Menu will show.
  • Select USB media with Ubuntu Desktop.
  • Select Try Ubuntu without installation
  • When Ubuntu starts connect computer to the Internet. This can be done from the WiFi menu in the top right corner.

Ubuntu_Show_Applications

  • Click on the bottom left button and type Terminal and press Enter.

Ubuntu_Terminal

  • In Terminal application type
sudo apt -y install smartmontools

Ubuntu_Install_smartmontools

  • and press Enter.
  • In Postfix Configuration window select No configuration with Up/Down arrow keys and press Enter.

Ubuntu_Install_smartmontools_postfix

  • In Terminal application type
sudo apt -y install nvme-cli
  • and press Enter.

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_cli_fail

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_cli_url

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_cli_url_open_with1

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_cli_url_open_with2

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_cli_url_open_with3

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_cli_url_open_with4

  • Click on a download button on the top right Firefox window corner.
  • Click on the downloaded package and click Open.
  • In the installer window click Install button.

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_cli_window

  • Verify your NVMe to be recognized and manage 4K blocs by typing this command in Terminal window
sudo smartctl -a /dev/nvme0
  • and press Enter

Ubuntu_Run_smartctl

  • You should have two lines under Supported LBA sizes one with data 512B starting with ID 0 one with data 4K starting with ID 1.

Ubuntu_Run_smartctl_result

  • If 4K is absent, NVMe does not support 4k blocks. Reboot computer and follow macOS install media preparation.
  • Usually NVMe formatted to 512B. And this 512B will be marked with asterix *.
  • Format the NVME with 4K blocs with the command
sudo nvme format -l 1 /dev/nvme0
  • and press Enter and follow on-screen instructions.

Ubuntu_Install_nvme_format

  • This command will erase all the information on the NVMe drive.
  • To verify that the LBA 4K size is properly selected re-type the smartctl command
sudo smartctl -a /dev/nvme0

Useful information

(Optional) Liquid Metal re-paste

Be very careful and do this at your OWN RISK!

This step is not necessary and can be recommended only for hardcore gamers with experience of building their own rigs. Razer is already using very good thermal paste, so re-pasting thermal paste is not very useful until liquid metal is used. The Grizzly Conductonaut Thermal Grease Paste may be the best one. Read more about liquid metal thermal paste and all the issues it can cause before making the decision to proceed.

Useful information

macOS

macOS install media preparation

Use you own OR borrow some friend Mac computer.

  • On macOS, download UniBeast OR TINU up to your preferences.
  • Run UniBeast OR TINU application.
  • Follow the instruction and build macOS installation media macOS 10.14 Mojave. It is very important to build media with the latest available version of Mojave.
  • Copy this applications and the files to the USB installation media
    • Clover Configurator
    • KextBeast
    • MaciASL
    • iasl
    • This repository ZIP archive.

Useful information

macOS installation

  • Insert the macOS USB install media.
  • Boot/Reboot computer.
  • Press repeatedly F12 until you Boot Menu will show.
  • Select the macOS USB install media.
  • Open Disk Utility from Tools menu.
  • Format NVMe to APFS.
  • Follow usual macOS installation procedure.
  • After reboot repeatedly tap F12 again until get Boot Menu.
  • Select macOS USB install media again to boot in Clover.
  • In Clover, select NVMe drive to continue installation.
  • Repeat this procedure again when macOS reboots the computer.
  • Follow the usual macOS installation procedure.
  • You can use TimeMachine Backup restore procedure during macOS installation.

Note: Do not try to connect the computer with iCloud before you generate proper SMBIOS! This step is explained in the 'iCloud. iMessages and FaceTime' step.

Useful information

Install EFI and Extensions

Once the macOS installation is finished:

  • Login with the user with admin privileges: usually, the first one created during the installation procedure.
  • Run Clover Configurator application from the USB installation media.
  • From Mount EFI on the left side mount NVMe EFI partition.
  • Copy this repository ZIP archive file to ~/Desktop/.
  • Unarchive this repository Zip archive file on ~/Desktop/.
  • Copy the folder EFI from unpacked archive to previously mounted EFI partition.
  • If you have different version of Razer Blade, please remove files listed below from EFI partition, otherwise this can cause kernel panic or other issues
    • EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/DSDT.aml
    • EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/SSDT-12-OptTabl.aml
    • EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/SSDT-USBX.aml
  • Copy all .kext files from the folder Extensions from previously unpacked archive to the ~/Desktop/ folder. Do not copy CPUFriendDataProvider.kext if you have different version of Razer Blade!
  • Run KextBeast.pkg application from the USB installation media.
  • Click Continue and click Agree.
  • Select /Library/Extensions and click Continue.
  • Click Install.
  • If extensions are installed without any issues run Terminal application from the /Applications/Utilities folder.
  • In Terminal application window type
sudo kextcache -i /
  • and press Enter.
  • When command kextcache finish execution, unmount and detach the macOS USB installation media, and reboot computer to apply new configuration.
  • Repeatedly press DEL key to enter BIOS configuration menu.
  • In BIOS, navigate to menu
    • Boot
      • Set Boot Option #1 to UEFI OS (drive_name)
      • Set Boot Option #2 and all next Boot Option # to Disabled
    • Save and Exit
      • Hit Save Changes
      • Hit Save Changes and Reset
  • Computer should boot Clover and show Clover Boot Menu.
  • If you have same Razer Blade Model trackpad, battery status, audio should become available.

If you have the same Razer Blade model, you are safe to jump to step iCloud. iMessages and FaceTime. Otherwise, you need to generate custom ACPI hot patches and USB mapping specific to your Razer Blade model.

Disable Hibernation

Hibernation does not work correctly with the majority of hackintosh notebooks anyway.

  • Run Terminal application from /Applications/Utilities/ folder.
  • To disable hibernation type and execute this command in Terminal application window
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
  • To remove hibernation sleepimage type and execute this command in Terminal application window
sudo rm /var/vm/sleepimage
  • To prevent create hibernation sleepimage in future type and execute this command in Terminal application window
sudo mkdir /var/vm/sleepimage

Tweak Energy Saver

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Click Energy Saver.
  • Click tab Power Adapter.

System_Preferences

  • Disable Wake for Wi-Fi network access.
  • Disable Enable Power Nap while plugged into a power adapter.

System_Preferences_Energy_Saver

ACPI patching

If you have a little bit different version of Razer Blade (just like mid 2019 Model OR Base Model OR different version of BIOS) the ACPI and USB patches will not be compatible with you Razer Blade!

In this case, ACPI hot patches should be created from scratch.

Again, it is very important to apply all BIOS patches, firmware updates before this step (!).

ACPI export

  • Reboot computer.
  • In Clover Boot Menu press F2 and F4.
  • Repeat again with fn+F2 and fn+F4.
  • Select normal macOS boot.

DSDT patching for battery, trackpad

  • Login with the user with admin privileges: usually the first one created during installation procedure.
  • Run Clover Configurator and mount NVMe EFI partition.
  • Navigate to folder /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/.
  • Copy folder origin to Desktop folder.
  • Copy MaciASL from the macOS USB installation media or re-download from Internet to ~/Applications/ folder.
  • Copy iasl from the macOS USB installation media or re-download from Internet to.
  • Unpack iasl.zip if required.
  • Run Terminal application from /Applications/Utilities/ folder.
  • Copy iasl from ~/Downloads/ folder to /usr/local/bin/ folder with command in Terminal application
sudo cp ~/Downloads/iasl /usr/local/bin/
  • Navigate to ~/Desktop/origin/ folder in Terminal application with command cd ~/Desktop/origin/.
  • Disassembling .aml files with command in Terminal application
/usr/local/bin/iasl -da -dl DSDT.aml SSDT*.aml
  • Run MaciASL application and open file ~/Desktop/origin/DSDT.dsl.
  • Click Patch button in toolbar.
  • In Patch window on left panel scroll and find [bat] Razer Blade (2014) and click Apply. Do not close window!
  • In Patch window on the left panel, scroll and find [gfx0] Disable/Enable on _WAK/_PTS (DSDT) and click Apply. Do not close the window!
  • Click Close in Patch window.
  • Click Compile button in toolbar. DSDT should be compiled without any issues.
  • Next step is hot patch DSDT for trackpad.
  • Hit Command+F for Search and search for method SSCN in scope Scope (_SB.PCI0.I2C0) lines like below.
Method (SSCN, 0, NotSerialized)
{
    Return (PKG3 (SSH0, SSL0, SSD0))
}

Method (FMCN, 0, NotSerialized)
{
    Return (PKG3 (FMH0, FML0, FMD0))
}
  • Copy this block
  • Rename this methods to something like this:
Method (_SCN, 0, NotSerialized)
{
    Return (PKG3 (SSH0, SSL0, SSD0))
}

Method (_MCN, 0, NotSerialized)
{
    Return (PKG3 (FMH0, FML0, FMD0))
}
  • Find a code like this:
Scope (_SB.PCI0.I2C0)
    {
        Name (I2CN, Zero)
        Name (I2CX, Zero)
        Method (_INI, 0, NotSerialized)  // _INI: Initialize
        {
            Store (SDS0, I2CN)
            Store (Zero, I2CX)
        }
        
        Device (TPD0)
  • Above line Device (TPD0) paste the previously copied code. The result should look like this:
Scope (_SB.PCI0.I2C0)
    {
        Name (I2CN, Zero)
        Name (I2CX, Zero)
        Method (_INI, 0, NotSerialized)  // _INI: Initialize
        {
            Store (SDS0, I2CN)
            Store (Zero, I2CX)
        }

        Method (SSCN, 0, NotSerialized)
        {
            Return (PKG3 (SSH0, SSL0, SSD0))
        }

        Method (FMCN, 0, NotSerialized)
        {
            Return (PKG3 (FMH0, FML0, FMD0))
        }
        
        Device (TPD0)
  • Scroll down to method _CRS for scope _SB.PCI0.I2C0. It should look like this:
Method (_CRS, 0, NotSerialized)  // _CRS: Current Resource Settings
{
    If (LLess (OSYS, 0x07DC))
    {
        Return (SBFI)
    }

    If (LEqual (TPDM, Zero))
    {
        Return (ConcatenateResTemplate (I2CM (I2CX, BADR, SPED), SBFG))
    }

    Return (ConcatenateResTemplate (I2CM (I2CX, BADR, SPED), SBFI))
}
  • And replace with:
Method (_CRS, 0, NotSerialized)  // _CRS: Current Resource Settings
{
    Return (ConcatenateResTemplate (I2CM (I2CX, BADR, SPED), SBFG))
}
  • Click Compile button in toolbar. SSDT-12-OptTabl should be complied without any issues.
  • Choose Save from File menu.
  • Choose Save As… from File menu.
  • Down below in Save window select ACPI Machine Language Binary from File Format: menu.
  • Save this file as DSDT.aml. MaciASL application will recommend the file name automatically.
  • Copy the newly created file DSDT.aml to /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/

Next step is hot patch ACPI to disable Nvidia GPU in macOS for saving battery and decreasing the overall heat.

Nvidia GPU disable

  • Open SSDT-12-OptTabl.dsl with MaciASL application.

  • Find this header:

\_SB.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP and expand it, click on _OFF
  • Find this line of code:
Method (_OFF, 0, Serialized) // _OFF: Power Off
  • Above the code, paste this line of code:
Method (_INI) {_OFF() } // added to call _OFF
  • Once that is pasted in, click on the Patch button in toolbar and copy and paste this code into the Patch window:
into method label _INI parent_label \_SB.PCI0.GFX0 insert

begin

//added to turn nvidia/radeon off\n

External(\_SB.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP._OFF, MethodObj)\n

\n

end;
  • Close the Patch window.
  • Click Compile button in toolbar.
  • If SSDT-12-OptTabl.dsl is compiled without any issues skip to next patch. If compilation failed with error:
[Unknown ASL Compiler exception ID] (TGPC [Integer])
  • Hit Command+F for Search, search for a line like below and delete this line.
External (_SB_.PCI0.PEG0.TGPC, IntObj)    // (from opcode)
  • Now, SSDT-12-OptTabl.dsl should be compiled without any issues.
  • Click Patch button in toolbar.
  • Click Close in Patch window.
  • Click Compile button in toolbar. SSDT-12-OptTabl.dsl should be compiled without any issues.
  • Choose Save from File menu.
  • Choose Save As… from File menu.
  • Down below in Save window select ACPI Machine Language Binary from File Format: menu.
  • Save this file as SSDT-12-OptTabl.aml. MaciASL application will recommend this file name automatically.
  • Copy newly created file SSDT-12-OptTabl.aml to /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched/

Useful information

USB mapping

Required Accessories

Device USB version USB connection type
Any 2.0 USB-A
Any 3.0 USB-A
Any 3.x USB-C
Cable USB-A to USB-C cable Amazon USB-C
  • Download USBMap repository.
  • Open USBMap folder in Terminal.app OR iTerm.app if you prefer this one.
  • Make USBMap.command executable with chmod +x USBMap.command.
  • Detach all the USB devices from the Razer Blade.
  • Run USBMap.command with ./USBMap.command.
  #######################################################
 #                      USBMap                         #
#######################################################

Plist:          USB.plist
UIA Boot Args:  None
USBInjectAll:   Not Loaded - NVRAM boot-args WILL NOT WORK
AptioMemoryFix: Loaded

NVRAM Arg Options:
  E. Apply Exclusion-Arg.txt
  H. Exclude HSxx Ports (-uia_exclude_hs)
  S. Exclude SSxx Ports (-uia_exclude_ss)
  C. Clear Exclusions

R.  Remove USB.plist from Scripts Folder
T.  Reset Settings to Defaults
P.  Edit Plist & Create SSDT/Kext
D.  Discover Ports
U.  Validate USB Power Settings
Q.  Quit

Please select an option:
  • Press U to Validate USB Power Settings.
  • Command will show something like this:
  #######################################################
 #           Validating USB Power Settings             #
#######################################################

Checking EC
 - EC is properly setup
Checking USBX requirements
 - MacBookPro15,2 not found in IOUSBHostFamily.kext - checking for USBX
 --> USBX device found: USBX@0

EC Setup Properly:   True
USBX Setup Properly: True

Press [enter] to return
  • If command asks required confirm to install USBX.
  • Press Q to go back to the main screen.
  • Press P to get to the Edit Plist & Create SSDT/Kext screen.
  • Press T to get the list of USB types. It will be useful.
  #######################################################
 #                     USB Types                       #
#######################################################

0: Type A connector
1: Mini-AB connector
2: ExpressCard
3: USB 3 Standard-A connector
4: USB 3 Standard-B connector
5: USB 3 Micro-B connector
6: USB 3 Micro-AB connector
7: USB 3 Power-B connector
8: Type C connector - USB2-only
9: Type C connector - USB2 and SS with Switch
10: Type C connector - USB2 and SS without Switch
11 - 254: Reserved
255: Proprietary connector

Per the ACPI 6.2 Spec.

Press [enter] to return
  • Press Enter to return to the Edit Plist & Create SSDT/Kext screen.
  • Press M to return to the Main screen.
  • Press D to Discover Ports.
  • If all USB devices are removed and detached properly, USBMap will show the list of internal USB devices such as Bluetooth, Integrated Camera, Razer Blade.
 #######################################################
 #                  Detecting Ports                    #
#######################################################

1. HS01 - Controller XHC
2. HS02 - Controller XHC
3. HS03 - Controller XHC
4. HS05 - Controller XHC
    - BCM20702A0
5. HS06 - Controller XHC
6. HS07 - Controller XHC
    - Integrated Camera
7. HS08 - Controller XHC
    - Razer Blade
8. HS09 - Controller XHC
9. HS10 - Controller XHC
10. HS11 - Controller XHC
11. HS13 - Controller XHC
12. HS14 - Controller XHC
13. SS01 - Controller XHC
14. SS02 - Controller XHC
15. SS03 - Controller XHC

Populated:  XHC:3

Press Q then [enter] to stop

Waiting 5 seconds:
  • Write down the USB port identifications for the internal USB devices. This information will be required later to properly setup the USB type to properly enable a sleep mode. For RBA early 2019, it will be like this:
    • HS05 - Controller XHC - Bluetooth
    • HS07 - Controller XHC - Integrated Camera
    • HS08 - Controller XHC - Razer Blade
  • You will need to mark these ports like 255 later.
  • Detect properly USB 2.0 ports.
    • Insert in every USB-A port for 15-20sec and detach USB 2.0 (!) device. Command will highlight the newly detected ports with colour.
    • Write down the ports number.
  • Detect properly USB 3.0 ports.
    • Insert in every USB-A port for 15-20sec and detach USB 3.0 or 3.1 (!) device. Command will highlight the newly detected ports with colour.
    • Write down the ports number.
  • Detect properly USB-C ports.
    • Insert USB-C device into USB-C port for 15-20sec and detach. Command will highlight the newly detected ports with colour.
    • Write down the ports number.
    • Insert USB-A 2.0 device into USB-C port with USB-A to USB-C cable for 15-20sec and detach. Command will highlight the newly detected ports with colour.
    • Write down the ports number.
  • When ports are detected, press Q to go back to the Main screen.
  • In the Main screen, press P to open Edit Plist & Create SSDT/Kext screen.
  • All ports will be automatically marked like Type 3 ports.
  • Mark internal ports like Type 255. This is very important to enable a sleep mode. Without this computer will wake up every 20-40secs even with the lid closed.
  • Here, there are tips how to do this:
Select ports to toggle with comma-delimited lists (eg. 1,2,3,4,5)
Change types using this formula T:1,2,3,4,5:t where t is the type
Set custom names using this formula C:1:Name - Name = None to clear
  • You can do this with a command. For example:
T:4,6,7:255
  • Next you need to mark properly Type for USB-C.
    • In my case SS03 is Type 9.
    • And SS03 is USB 2.0 Type 8.
  • Next is to build and install USBMap.kext.
  • Press K to execute Build USBMap.kext.
  #######################################################
 #               Creating USBMap.kext                  #
#######################################################

Loading plist
Generating Info.plist
Writing to USBMap.kext
 - Created USBMap.kext!
Checking EC
 - EC is properly setup
Checking USBX requirements
 - MacBookPro15,2 not found in IOUSBHostFamily.kext - checking for USBX
 --> USBX device found: USBX@0

Created the following file:

USBMap.kext

Copy automatically to booted EFI? (y/n):
  • Confirm to install USBMap.kext automatically.
  • Press Q to Quit command.
  • Reboot computer.

Verify configuration by inserting USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 and USB-C devices just like during detecting procedure. Also, close the lid and turn over notebook. After 20-60sec, depending on the current load, fans should stop rotating. Wait for another 3-5min. They shouldn't start spinning again. If they start and stop after 10-20sec, you have done something wrong and need to start the procedure again.

Useful information

iCloud. iMessages and FaceTime

Follow the instruction in the article An iDiot's Guide To iMessage.

Useful information

FileVault

This step is optional, but highly recommended from the security standpoint.

  • Make sure you have full TimeMachine or clone backup. Some mistakes done during this procedure can make your drive and the data inaccessible!
  • Make sure you have prepared macOS installation media in the worst case scenario.
  • Do recommend to use
  • Make sure the required drivers are installed.
    • AptioInputFix-64 for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
    • AppleKeyAggregator-64 for PS/2 keyboard and mouse.
  • Make sure the Preboot volume is not hidden in Clover Configurator.
    • Open /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/config.plist with Clover configurator application.
    • Open Gui section.
    • Remove Preboot volume from Hide Volume in the top right corner.
    • Hit Command+S to save configuration.

Clover_Preboot

  • Open System Preferences… and Security & Privacy and FileVault tab.
    • Click lock to unlock System Preferences.
    • Click Turn On FileVault….
    • It will take time… Depending on the drive size and a number of files, this can take up to 12h. So, be patient.

System_Preferences_FileVault_Locked

System_Preferences_FileVault_Unlocked

  • Reboot computer.
  • At the Clover screen, make sure you select the FileVault Preboot option of NVMe drive.
  • Login prompt should appear.
  • Keyboard should work without any issues.
  • If keyboard does not work, maybe, additional drivers are required. Boot from macOS USB installation media and fix Clover boot configuration.
  • Enter credentials.
  • macOS should continue to boot.

Useful information

Power Management

BIOS tweak

  • Reboot computer.
  • Repeatedly press DEL key to enter BIOS configuration menu.
  • In BIOS navigate to menu
    • Advanced
      • Power & Performance
      • Enable Intel(R) Speed Shift Technology
        • CPU - Power Management Control
          • Enable Intel(R) SpeedStep(tm)
          • Enable Intel(R) Speed Shift Technology
        • CPU Lock Configuration
          • Disable CFG Lock
          • Disable Overclocking Lock
      • Memory
        • Set Memory Profile to the best for installed memory. Usually something like XMP profile 1.
    • Save and Exit
      • Hit Save Changes
      • Hit Save Changes and Reset

CPUFriendDataProvider

  • Login with the user with admin privileges: usually, the first one created during the installation procedure.
  • Download One Key CPUFriend Github repository ZIP archive.
  • Unpack downloaded ZIP archive.
  • Run Terminal application.
  • Change folder in Terminal application to unpack ZIP archive folder with command like this:
cd ~/Download/one-key-cpufriend-master
  • In Terminal applications window, type the execute command:
./one-key-cpufriend.sh
  • Command will show something like this:
-----------------------------------------
|****** Choose Low Frequency Mode ******|
-----------------------------------------
(1) Remain the same (1200/1300mhz)
(2) 800mhz
(3) Customize
Which option you want to choose? (1/2/3)
  • For most cases, option 2 will be optional. Type 2 and press Enter.
  • Command will show something like this:
----------------------------------------
| Choose Energy Performance Preference |
----------------------------------------
(1) Max Power Saving
(2) Balance Power (Default)
(3) Balance performance
(4) Performance
Which mode is your favourite? (1/2/3/4)
  • Option 2 is recommended for most cases.
  • Type your option and press Enter
  • Command will ask for password. Type your password and press Enter.
  • Command will generate two customised macOS Extensions (kext's) on Desktop folder.
  • Run KextBeast.pkg application.
  • Click Continue and click Agree.
  • Select /Library/Extensions and click Continue.
  • Click Install.
  • If extensions are installed without any issues, run Terminal application from /Applications/Utilities folder.
  • In Terminal application window, type:
sudo kextcache -i /
  • And press Enter.
  • When command kextcache finish the execution unmount, detach the macOS USB installation media and reboot computer to apply new configuration.
  • Reboot computer.
  • With next boot macOS will enable granular and precise power management.

Useful information

Undervolting

There are several tools for Windows for undervolting and overclocking CPU and GPU. Just like:

With macOS, it is a different story. There are a few tools for macOS for undervolting, but they require additional macOS Extensions (kext's). Often, they are not free or not very well supported.

So, I decided to go Rogue and do undervolt with BIOS. Tools like XTU provide better control, but I need a solution that will work both in Windows and Debian Linux and macOS.

AMI BIOS provides a lot of different tools for undervolting and overclocking.

The most interesting and easy to use are:

  • Processor
    • Core Voltage Offset
  • GT
    • GT Voltage Offset
    • GTU Voltage Offset
  • Uncore
    • Uncore Voltage Offset

To apply configuration:

  • Reboot computer.
  • Repeatedly press DEL key to enter BIOS configuration menu.
  • In BIOS navigate to menu
    • Advanced
      • Processor
        • Set Core Voltage Offset to 100.
        • Set Offset Prefix to - (!).
      • GT
        • Set GT Voltage Offset to 100.
        • Set Offset Prefix to - (!).
        • Set GTU Voltage Offset to 100.
        • Set Offset Prefix to - (!).
      • Uncore
        • Set Uncore Voltage Offset to 60.
        • Set Offset Prefix to - (!).
      • Memory
        • Set Memory Profile to the best for installed memory. Usually something like XMP profile 1.
    • Save and Exit
      • Hit Save Changes
      • Hit Save Changes and Reset
  • Boot in macOS or Windows.
  • Download Prime95 application.
  • Run Torture Test... from Options menu for at least 1h.
  • If the system works stably, repeat all the steps and incremental increase undervolting for -5. It is better to keep undervolting for Processor and GT/GTU on the same level. Repeat again Torture Test.... If the system is unstable under Torture Test..., freezes or reboots, revert back to the previous working configuration.
Option Configuration start undervolting Recommended step My stable working configuration
Processor Core Voltage Offset -100 -5 -140
GT Core Voltage Offset -100 -5 -140
GTU Core Voltage Offset -100 -5 -140
Uncore Voltage Offset -60 -5 -120

CPU limitations can be very different even in same series. So, do not use my configuration blindly.

BIOS has many additional configurations for undervolting and overclocking, just like TDP (Thermal Design Power), but this requires extensive knowledge in CPU/Chipset/etc. and power management. This is not a part of this documentation. For more information, check the links provided at the end of the document.

Note: It looks like the mid 2019 Razer Blade Advanced has been undervolted from factory! But there are still room for improvement.

Useful information

Nvidia BIOS flashing

Razer Blade Advanced mid 2019 has very few changes in comparison to the previous early 2019 model.

  • Better screen refresh rate.
  • Can be packed with i7 9750H CPU for extra money.

The biggest disadvantage is 80w 2080 Max-Q instead of 90w in the previous model. This is a huge difference for general performance. Check article Comparison: 80w vs 90w RTX 2080 Max-Q.

  • Reboot computer.
  • Select Windows 10 partition in Clover.
  • Download this repository ZIP archive.
  • Unpack archive.
  • Backup Nvidia BIOS with GPU-Z application from Tools\Nvidia\ repository folder (!).
  • Open cmd.exe with admin privileges.
  • In cmd.exe window change folder to BIOS_mod\Nvidia_2080_Max-Q_BIOS_mod\ repository folder.
  • To apply 90w TDP type in cmd.exe window command
nvflash64.exe -6 Nvidia_2080_Max-Q_90w.rom
  • And press Enter.
  • Press Y for the warning(s).
  • Reboot computer.

Useful information

Razer Chroma

Razer Chroma support for Razer Blade notebooks and the latest Razer devices has not been implemented for macOS yet. I suppose, it will never be implemented.

Thanks to osx-razer-blade project, I've already had enough information, so I am working on cli tool to control Razer Blade keyboard and logo Chroma lighting.

Windows

NVMe partition

  • Open Disk Utility
  • Select Show All Devices from View menu.
  • Select the NVMe drive on left pane.
  • Click Partition button at the top toolbar.
  • Click continue with partition.
  • Add a new partition by clicking the [+] button under the circle.
  • Give it a name and desired size (minimum 50Gb required for Windows 10).
  • Set drive format to ExFat.
  • Click Apply.

Windows installation media preparation

  • Download Windows 10 ISO image.
  • Open Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File) URL in Safari. It better to download ISO image on macOS. Microsoft detects OS and prevent download ISO image on Windows machine. It can be override by browser User-Agent replacement but still easier todo this on macOS.
  • From Select Edition menu select Windows 10 May 2019 Update (!). Windows 10 October 2019 Update ISO image have issues Microsoft still have not fixed.

Windows_Download1

  • Click Confirm.

Windows_Download2

  • From Select the product language menu select preferred language.

Windows_Download3

  • Click Confirm.

Windows_Download4

  • Click 64-bit Download button.

Windows_Download5

  • Download UNetbootin tool.
  • Plug a USB media into Mac.
  • Open Disk Utility.
  • Select the USB media from the left panel and click on Info button. Write down the device name.
  • Run UNetbootin
  • Select the Diskimage radio button, click to select a Windows 10 ISO image.

Windows_unetbootin1

  • Choose Type as the USB media and select the device name of USB media.

Windows_unetbootin2

  • Click OK to start burning to the USB media.

Useful information

Windows installation

  • Insert Windows 10 USB installation media.
  • Reboot the computer.
  • Press repeatedly F12 until you Boot Menu will show.
  • Select the USB installation media with Windows 10.
  • Follow the usual Windows 10 installation procedure.

Note: Be careful and select right partition created before for Windows 10. Otherwise, you can destroy the macOS installation.

Useful information

Clover Boot fix

To fix dual-booting hackintosh, rename bootmgfw.efi to bootmgfw-orig.efi causing Clover to become unblocked. Add the tag -orig to the name so that it’s still a recognizable file and is shown in the Windows EFI partition for booting in the Clover Boot loader menu.

To rename bootmgfw.efi

  • Boot off macOS installation media.
  • Boot macOS.
  • Open Clover Configurator application.
  • Select Mount EFI on the left column.
  • Click Mount Partition for the drive where macOS and Windows is installed on.
  • Click Open Partition.
  • Navigate to EFI/Microsoft/Boot/.
  • Rename bootmgfw.efi to bootmgfw-orig.efi.
  • Restart.
  • UEFI OS (drive_name) should be an available boot device.

(Optional) Override Windows Boot Manager

If for some reason the UEFI OS (drive_name) isn’t shown as an available boot device, there is a way to override Windows Boot Manager and have it redirected to Clover.

  • Boot off macOS installation media.
  • Boot macOS.
  • Open Clover Configurator application.
  • Select Mount EFI on left column.
  • Click Mount Partition for the drive where macOS and Windows is installed on.
  • Click Open Partition.
  • Open the EFI partition and navigate to EFI/BOOT/
  • Copy BOOTX64.efi.
  • Navigate to EFI/Windows/Boot.
  • Paste BOOTX64.efi.
  • Rename BOOTX64.efi to bootmgfw.efi.
  • Restart.
  • Now Windows Boot Manager will redirects to Clover instead of booting Windows.

Note: Very often, with cumulative and security updates Windows 10 will place new bootmgfw.efi in EFI/Microsoft/Boot/. You can notice this by two Windows boot options in Clover boot screen. Just remove old bootmgfw-orig.efi and rename new bootmgfw.efi to bootmgfw-orig.efi.

Useful information

Hackintosh Dual Boot Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra

Known Issues and Limitations

Limitations

  • Nvidia Web Drivers are not available for macOS 10.14 Mojave. Nvidia does not want to implement support for Apple 2D/3D rendering framework Metal and does not want to share access for Nvidia drivers source code for Apple. So, currently no support for Nvidia GPU for macOS 10.14 Mojave is available. It's not a problem for me because I'm using Windows 10 partition for gaming and Debian Linux partition to run the ML tasks overnight.
    • HDMI and DisplayPort ports both are connected directly to Nvidia GPU and will not work in macOS 10.14 Mojave.
    • USB-C to HDMI should work without any issues.

HDMI_DP

  • Windows Hello camera is not supported in macOS.
  • Not all sensors are supported by VirtualSMC.

Issues

  • Sometimes, the screen does not wake up when you open the lid after the computer was in a sleep mode. You need to close and open the lid again. This issue has appeared after the latest BIOS update. Although annoying, it is not that important.

Conclusion

It's a pretty good laptop with a way better keyboard than 2016-2019y MacBook Pro. It is a solid workstation and an extremely good gaming machine. It has easy to upgrade NVMe and RAM and WiFi modules. This Model supports NVMe up to 2Tb and RAM up to 64Gb.

Major disadvantages are:

  • PC trackpads still cannot match with MacBook Pro. This one is good. It is much better than most PC notebooks have, but still not even close to MacBook Pro.
  • The screen is rather mediocre in comparison to MacBook Pro. 144Hz is good for gaming. If you are working with text a lot just like me, maybe, it will be better to get 4K panel. For content creators, it is mandatory to get the 4K panel.

P.S. Apple, please fix the keyboard and release a real Pro MacBook. Just take a look on Razer Blade Advanced as that is a good place for starting to design a new MacBook Pro.

Additional Information

Community

Credits

  • Apple for macOS. It is still the best OS
  • netkas for the original idea of creating a software SMC emulator
  • RehabMan for Laptop-DSDT-Patch, OS-X-Clover-Laptop-Config, OS-X-MaciASL-patchmatic, and more. You are a legend!
  • Acidanthera for VirtualSMC
  • Alexandre Daoud for VoodooI2C
  • Ben Raz for help with VoodooI2C and trackpad
  • Bat.bat for help with VoodooI2C and trackpad
  • Steve Zheng for one-key-cpufriend
  • vettz500 for the incredibly useful information about RBA 2018
  • Kishor Prins and Boo for osx-razer-blade
  • Additional big thanks go to all the contributors and researchers involved in Hackintosh development!
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