Hackintosh-Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming Review in 2021-Full Tutorial Guide

Here is the complete Hackintosh tutorial for  Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming motherboards and its  equivalents. Your PC will run macOS without problems!

We enter the most interesting part, but also the most full-bodied. The installation of macOS, and therefore of our Hackintosh!

This tutorial is specifically made for a configuration with the Gigabyte Z390M Gaming motherboard , if you have the same motherboard, follow this tutorial to the letter and everything should be fine. It is possible that for other Gigabyte motherboards with the same Z390 chipset, the operations are equivalent. Be sure to check the compatibility of your hardware before starting.
You will also need an AMD graphics card if you want to have a graphics card. Nvidia cards are no longer supported since macOS Mojave. If you don’t want a dedicated card and want to use the graphics part of your processor, continue with the tutorial.

Prerequisites

  • A PC mounted with a Gigabyte Z390 motherboard ( examples here )
  • Have installed the F4 version of the Gigabyte bios ( available here)
  • A minimum 8 GB USB key (preferably USB 2!)
  • A Mac (to prepare the key) -> If you do not have a Mac available, go to the store to order a USB key already prepared (without forgetting to tell me for which motherboard).
  • This zip file containing the files necessary for the installation
  • 1 SSD to install macOS (or 2 if you want a dual boot with Windows)

Step 1: Create the installation key

For this step, you will necessarily need a Mac (or that of a friend) to create the installation key. You can also get one from the store .

First, you will need to download the latest version of macOS Catalina from the App Store. Then you will need to download the Unibeast software to create the key.

Once macOS and Unibeast have been downloaded, we will be able to start creating the installation key. To do this, change the language of your Mac to English and restart it.

Once your Mac is in English, launch Disk Utility to format the key.

Give it whatever name you want, select OS X Extended (Journaled) and the GUID partition format. Click Erase.Once the key is formatted, launch Unibeast, then select your key. Keep going.

Select Mojave, then continue. Then select UEFI Boot Mode, then continue. You should have the same result as me (with Catalina instead of High Sierra).

Continue, then wait for the files to copy to the key.

Once the software has finished preparing the key, do not unplug it, we will modify it a little more. Download the zip file contained here and unzip it. Open Clover Configurator present in the zip file. Go to the Mount EFI section.

Find your USB key, normally the EFI partition should already be mounted, if so click on Open Partition , otherwise mount it then open it.

Go back to the folder I made you download. You should have an EFI record . Replace the EFI folder on the EFI partition of your USB key with this one. Finally, drag the other folder that contains Clover Configurator and Clover to the Install macOS Mojave partition on the USB drive.

The key is finally prepared. We will be able to attack the installation on the computer.

Step 2: Prepare the BIOS

We are going to move on to one of the crucial steps: preparing the motherboard BIOS so that it can accommodate macOS without flinching. So start your computer, while tapping the delete key on your computer. You should boot into BIOS.

Set the BIOS as follows (images are available larger in the previous zip file):

The settings were made with the F4 bios version . Also tested with version F7 .

BIOS menu :

bios z390 m gaming hackintoshIn the Secure Boot menu :

bios z390 m gaming hackintosh

Peripherals menu :

bios z390 m gaming hackintosh

In the USB Configuration section :

bios z390 m gaming hackintosh

In the Super IO Configuration section :

bios z390 m gaming hackintosh

Chipset menu :

bios z390 m gaming hackintosh

Power menu :

bios z390 m gaming hackintosh

The BIOS setting is finished, we will be able to move on to installing macOS.

Step 3: Install the macOS system

  • Important : Connect the USB key to the USB 3.1 (red) port on the motherboard (other ports will not work)
  • Turn on your computer
  • Keep pressing F12
  • Choose your USB stick                                          
  • Choose Boot macOS Install from Install macOS Mojave  (as above)
  • Once on the installer, select your language
  • Click on Utilities  (top left in the bar) and Disk Utility
  • Select the drive you want to install macOS on (your SSD) in the left column
  • Click on Clear
  • Give it a name ( macOS  for example)
  • For the format, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) 
  • Click on Clear
  • Close Disk Utility
  • Follow the installer, and when it asks you to choose an installation disc, choose your disc ( macOS for example)
  • Once the installation is complete, the computer will restart automatically
  • Keep pressing F12
  • Choose your USB stick
  • At the boot screen, choose your disk ( Boot macOS Install from macOS )
  • Complete the installation of macOS, the system will restart automatically after

Step 4: Post-Installation

For now, you will not be able to boot into macOS without the USB drive. We will therefore allow booting directly from the SSD. We will take this opportunity to install the drivers (ethernet, audio, USB) necessary to use the machine correctly.

To do this, open the Clover Configurator again normally found on your USB key. Go back to the Mount EFI part and this time, mount the EFI partition of the key, and that of the SSD. Then copy the EFI folder contained on the key to the EFI partition of the SSD.

clover configurator hackintosh

After the EFI folder is moved to the EFI partition of the SSD, restart the PC. You can remove the key and put the UEFI partition of your SSD in priority # 1 in your BIOS .

Boot normally and select Boot macOS Mojave from macOS in Clover. Lines of code should appear and let you boot into your macOS session. Test the audio, ethernet network and USB ports, everything should work fine. However, 2 USB 3 ports on the motherboard will not be able to read USB 3 devices, a recurring problem on Z390 cards . I therefore advise you to plug in your keyboard and mouse so as not to be embarrassed, because they can read USB 2 peripherals without any problem.

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Congratulations, if you’ve followed this tutorial to the letter, you should have a 100% working Hackintosh, with iMessage and FaceTime as a bonus.

If you have any questions, or any problem, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me a message, I will do my best to help you.

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