High Sierra - ROG Maximus XI Hero / 8700k + GTX 1080 + NVME boot drive

​ My last setup ended up dying with a socket issues on an Z370 Aorus board so I picked up this Maximus XI Hero from Best Buy yesterday...

High Sierra - ROG Maximus XI Hero / 8700k + GTX 1080 + NVME boot drive

My last setup ended up dying with a socket issues on an Z370 Aorus board so I picked up this Maximus XI Hero from Best Buy yesterday and within a couple of hours I had a good base.

Things that are still broken:

  • On board WiFi / BT (probably will never work)
  • HDMI Audio
  • GPU Performance seems low in certain instances but has an overall higher score compared to geek bench base mark?
  • HDR Display support? Does apple even have this available?
  • On board Ethernet

Things that work fine:

  • NVME Storage (both of my Samsung 970 Evo M.2 drives are detected )
  • All USB ports so far (haven't verified USB 3 or 3.1 speeds) (Haven't tested Type-C port yet)
  • 4k Display resolution (system report shows 24bit color depth 60Hz refresh rate and x16 PCIe lane width)
  • XMP Detection (Ram speeds correctly identified as 3200Mhz)
  • Intel CPU Power Management
  • Graphics acceleration with latest Nvidia drivers and appropriate kexts
  • iMessage / iCloud without any weird work arounds or fixes
  • APC Battery Backup detected correctly

Parts List:

  • Aus Maximus XI Hero WiFI (Z390)
  • i7 - 8700K @ 5.1Ghz
  • 16Gb G Skill Ram @ 3200Mhz
  • GTX 1080 Hybrid
  • 500Gb NVMe 970 Evo SSD x2 (one for macOS and one for Windows)
  • Corsair H100i v2
  • LG 50" 4k HDR TV
  • Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Silent)
  • Corsair M65 Mouse
  • Atheros 9380 based n900 wireless PCIe card

Kexts List:

  • FakeSMC
  • Lilu
  • WhateverGreen
  • NullCPUPowerManagement
  • USBInjectAll
  • RealtekTL8111 (Probably not needed at all)


  • apfs
  • ApfsDriverLoader-64
  • AppleImageCodec-64
  • AppleKeyAggregagtor-64
  • AppleKeyFeeder-64
  • AppleUITheme-64
  • DataHubDxe-64
  • EmuVariableUefi-64 (absolutely necessary for working nVidia Drivers)
  • FirmwareVolume-64
  • FSInject-64
  • OsxAptioFix2Drv-64
  • OsxFatBinaryDrv-64
  • SMCHelper-64
  • VBox-64


  • FSInject-64

Clover Patches: (if it's not listed then it's blank or not checked)


  • change SAT0 to SATA (Patch)
  • change HDAS to HDEF (Patch)
  • FixShutdown - Checked
  • FixHPET - Checked
  • FixIPIC - Checked
  • FixRTC - Checked
  • FixTMR - Checked
  • Nvidia - Checked
  • PluginType - Checked
  • APSN - Checked
  • APLF - Checked


  • Dart=0
  • XMPDetection=Yes
  • Default Boot Volume = LastBootedVolume


  • Type = "Unknown" (For custom cpu set in AppleSystemInfo.string)(had to use xCode to manually add the CPU Dictionary and Type string to config.plist)


  • USB - Inject
  • Audio - Inject "11" + ResetHDA


  • KernelPM
  • Apple RTC
  • AppleIntelCPUPM
  • AppleAHCIPort (External Icons Patch)

RT Variables:

  • From SMBIOS
  • BooterConfig "0x28"
  • CsrActiveConfig "0x3"


  • iMac18,3 (the rest auto populated accordingly)

System Parameters:

  • Inject Kexts = Detect
  • Inject System ID - Checked
  • Nvidia Web - Checked

The weirdest thing is that my mechanical keyboard will start in Bios mode with this motherboard, I've tried flashing different firmware versions and different USB ports to it but it continues. This did not happen with any other board, hitting the windows lock and F1 keys at the same time takes it out of BIOS mode but it can be aggravating when trying to get into the BIOS settings and fast boot is enabled.

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