(EFI) Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 and macOS Monterey


For tech enthusiasts and avid users of Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 motherboards, the prospect of running macOS Monterey can be both exciting and daunting. This article aims to guide you through the seamless integration of (EFI) Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 and macOS Monterey. Let’s explore the compatibility, benefits, and steps to ensure a smooth operating system experience.

Understanding EFI and Its Role: EFI, or Extensible Firmware Interface, is a critical component of modern computer systems, acting as the bridge between the operating system and the system firmware. In the context of Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7, EFI plays a crucial role in the compatibility and boot process when running macOS Monterey.

Compatibility Between Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 and macOS Monterey: The Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 motherboard has garnered praise for its performance and feature-rich design. When it comes to running macOS Monterey, users may encounter certain challenges due to the differences in hardware and software architecture. However, with the right EFI configuration, users can achieve a successful integration.

Benefits of Running macOS Monterey on Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7:

  1. Optimized Performance: macOS Monterey is designed to harness the full potential of Apple hardware. Running it on the Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 ensures optimized performance and responsiveness.
  2. Access to Latest Features: Enjoy the latest features and improvements introduced in macOS Monterey, such as the enhanced Safari browser, Focus mode, and redesigned FaceTime.
  3. Seamless Ecosystem Integration: For users already invested in the Apple ecosystem, running macOS Monterey on the Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 provides a seamless integration experience with other Apple devices.
  4. Increased Productivity: Take advantage of the productivity-enhancing features of macOS Monterey, including the redesigned Notes app, Quick Note integration, and the powerful Shortcuts app.

Steps for a Smooth Integration:

  1. Verify Hardware Compatibility: Ensure that your Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 motherboard is compatible with macOS Monterey. Check for any firmware updates or BIOS settings that may facilitate compatibility.
  2. Create a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Drive: Prepare a bootable USB drive with the macOS Monterey installation files. Tools like UniBeast or UniBeast Pro can assist in creating the bootable drive.
  3. Configure EFI Settings: Access the UEFI/BIOS settings on your Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 motherboard and configure the EFI settings to align with macOS requirements. Pay attention to settings such as Virtualization Technology (VT-d), Secure Boot, and SATA configuration.
  4. Install macOS Monterey: Boot from the USB drive and initiate the installation process for macOS Monterey. Follow the on-screen instructions, and choose the appropriate settings for your system.
  5. Post-Installation Configuration: After the installation is complete, perform post-installation configuration tasks, including installing necessary drivers, updating EFI files, and addressing any compatibility issues.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully integrated macOS Monterey with your (EFI) Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 motherboard. This guide aimed to provide a user-friendly approach to the compatibility between the two, emphasizing the benefits and steps for a smooth integration. Now, enjoy the optimized performance, latest features, and seamless ecosystem integration that macOS Monterey brings to your Gigabyte Aorus Z270x Gaming 7 system. If you ever need to repeat the process or encounter challenges, you now have the knowledge to navigate them confidently. Happy computing!

- Mainboard: Gigabyte Aorus z270x Gaming 7
- CPU: Intel core i7 7700k 4.8 GHz overclocked
- RAM: Gskill Trident-Z 4x8 GB 3200 Mhz 
- SSD: Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
- Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon Vega 56 Nitro Plus
- Wifi and Bluetooth: Fenvi FV-T919 Wifi Bluetooth (PCI) - Intel Gbit Ethernet (O.B) - Killer e2500 Ethernet (O.B)

The Path I Follow

First of all, I couldn’t install Montere directly no matter what I did. Continuous reset or error. So I decided to install and use a clean Big sur. After a successful Big Sur installation, I manually made my ACPI settings, USB settings and all other settings one by one, and I was able to get everything working without any problems. I then downloaded and installed the Monterey update from System Preferences. installation completed without any problem and I was able to upgrade to monter. I’ve written the working and non-working features and hardware below.

Working Fearures

  • Graphics Card: Metal and Open GL support works fine. 3 x 3440 x 1440 Ultrawide displays are working smoothly. 2 displays are connected via Displayport and the other via HDMI. Sound goes smoothly to all screens through the video card.
  • USB : All USB ports are working fine. Type-C input is also fine. Thunderbolt works fine on my sound card.
  • Airport: I have been able to send to my tablet without any problems. Likewise, I can send files from the tablet to the computer without any problems.
  • Bluetooth : It works fine. All my bluetooth hardware is connected without any problem.
  • Sleep and Wake mode: It works fine.
  • iMessage, Facetime and Handoff: It works fine.
  • Playing DRM protected content: Apple TV works fine, Netflix works fine (via Safari) , Disney Plus works fine (via Safari)

Non- Working Features

Sidecar doesn’t work because I installed with iMacPro1,1 SMBIOS without iGPU to play DRM content. I made an installation on another hard drive with an active iGPU. Sidecar does not work there, but DRM content is not played. So as you can see, I have set up a separate Mac for work and everything works except the gpu and DRM there, and I set up a separate Monterey for entertainment. The one for fun also works with DRM but no sidecars.

I couldn’t load the EFI folder without attaching the file. It gave an error that the file size is too large. I uploaded google drive. you can download it from there. I hope it helps someone. I’ve been working all day for 4 days. Efi

Download: EFI.zip | GDrive2 | OneDrive | MediaFire

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