# Choosing the right SMBIOS

When choosing the right SMBIOS for your machine, you've gotta understand that it's more than just simple CPU match up. Many things can affect how your machine works as your SMBIOS determines CPU Power management, GPU profiles, USB maps and much more.

The main things to consider when selecting your SMBIOS:

  • CPU Type

    • Specifically mobile vs desktop vs server, as this can greatly affect sleep and overall system stability
    • This also determines whether or not you can use Apple's XCPM and what profiles you get
    • Note AMD CPUs do not need to concern about this
  • GPU Type

    • Many things are affected here, like GPU power management(AGPM), display out support(AGDP), sleep(AGDC) and much more.
      • This is especially relevant when we look to the Mac Mini SMBIOS that only uses mobile hardware, which doesn't match well with desktop hardware. This is the reason we highly discourage them unless used for Intel's NUC series and such which are based off mobile hardware.
      • Laptops should also pay very close attention, as Apple always assumes that when a dGPU is present for the SMBIOS, all display outs will be routed through it. This can become an issue when an Optimus laptop has its external displays wired through the iGPU instead, causing black screen issues which would require more patching.
    • CPUs without an iGPU need to pay very close attention, as features like Quicklook and such will be broken if the SMBIOS expects an iGPU(ie. Every single iMac SMBIOS)
      • For these situations, look closely at the iMac Pro and Mac Pro SMBIOS
    • DRM is also tied in here as well however this is mostly resolved here: Fixing DRM
  • OS Support

    • Mainly relevant for older hardware, as macOS may still have support for the CPU however no longer supports SMBIOS from that era
      • Arrandale CPUs are a great example, as they still have OS support even in macOS 11, Big Sur(however no iGPU support past 10.13.6)
  • USB Devices

    • Certain SMBIOS will have their own USB map which may attach to your hardware causing USB issues.
    • Also to note, Skylake+ SMBIOS will also require a USBX device to fix USB current output
XCPM Supported SMBIOS
SMBIOS
MacBook8,1+
MacBookAir6,x+
MacBookPro11,x+
Macmini7,1+
iMac14,x+
iMacPro1,1
MacPro6,1+

# How to decide

Generally our recommendations with SMBIOS is as follows:

  1. Find the right CPU Generation and tier as closely as possible
  2. Then match up with either iGPU only or dGPU SMBIOS
  3. Finally decide on misc things(like exact GPU and CPU)

And there's also some special notes with SMBIOS:

  • iMacPro1,1 and MacPro7,1 are the only 2 SMBIOS that will allow for dGPU to handle all the workload including background rendering and other tasks that the iGPU would handle
    • We only recommend this SMBIOS if you require this, however you'll likely need to fix power management as sleep may break if your hardware isn't of this class(ie. HEDT/Server/AMD): Fixing Power management
    • Note that this requires a Polaris, Vega or Navi GPU to work properly.
  • iMac20,2 is a custom SMBIOS meant only for Apple's custom i9-10910 CPU, so unless you have an i9-10900K we recommend using iMac20,1
  • MacMini SMBIOS should be avoided unless you're running mobile hardware without a built-in display
    • Intel NUC are the ideal hardware for this SMBIOS
  • iGPU-less CPUs MUST pay very close attention when selecting a SMBIOS, as Apple always assumes the iGPU is present on the iMac SMBIOS, so you will need to find a SMBIOS without this requirement like iMac Pro or Mac Pro.
    • This also applies to AMD CPUs

# macOS SMBIOS list

This is a full list of all of the SMBIOS Apple has ever supported in macOS with extra information like CPU and GPU types.

Info pulled from both EveryMac and OpenCorePkg

Special Note:

  • The letter beside each CPU Family is the tier of CPU, see below table for more info:
Letter Type
Y Mobile(Low end)
U, M Mobile(Mid tier)
H, QM, HQ Mobile(High End)
S Desktop
EP, SP, W, X HEDT/Server

# MacBook

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
MacBook1,1 Yonah(M) GMA 950 Mac-F4208CC8 10.4.6 (8I2025) 10.6.8
MacBook2,1 Merom(M) GMA 950 Mac-F4208CA9 10.4.8 (8N1108) 10.7.5
MacBook3,1 Merom(M) GMA X3100 Mac-F22788C8 10.5 (9A3111) 10.7.5
MacBook4,1 Penryn(M) GMA X3100 Mac-F22788A9 10.5.2 (9C2015) 10.7.5
MacBook5,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M Mac-F42D89C8 10.5.5 (9F2114) 10.11.6
MacBook5,2 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M Mac-F22788AA 10.5.6 (9G2110) 10.11.6
MacBook6,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M Mac-F22C8AC8 10.6.1 (10A2047) 10.13.6
MacBook7,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 320M Mac-F22C89C8 10.6.3 (10D2162) 10.13.6
MacBook8,1 Broadwell(Y) HD 5300 Mac-BE0E8AC46FE800CC 10.10.2 (14C2061) Current
MacBook9,1 Skylake(Y) HD 515 Mac-9AE82516C7C6B903 10.11.4 (15E2066) Current
MacBook10,1 Kaby Lake(Y) HD 615 Mac-EE2EBD4B90B839A8 10.12.5 (16F207) Current

# MacBook Air

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
MacBookAir1,1 Merom(M) GMA X3100 (11") Mac-F42C8CC8 10.5.1 (9B2324) 10.7.5
MacBookAir2,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M (13") Mac-F42D88C8 10.5.5 10.11.6
MacBookAir3,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 320M (11") Mac-942452F5819B1C1B 10.6.4 (10F3061) 10.13.6
MacBookAir3,2 Penryn(M) GeForce 320M (13") Mac-942C5DF58193131B 10.6.4 (10F3061) 10.13.6
MacBookAir4,1 Sandy Bridge(M) HD 3000 (11") Mac-C08A6BB70A942AC2 10.7 (11A2063) 10.13.6
MacBookAir4,2 Sandy Bridge(M) HD 3000 (13") Mac-742912EFDBEE19B3 10.7 (11A2063) 10.13.6
MacBookAir5,1 Ivy Bridge(U) HD 4000 (11") Mac-66F35F19FE2A0D05 10.7.4 (11E2520) 10.15.6
MacBookAir5,2 Ivy Bridge(U) HD 4000 (13") Mac-2E6FAB96566FE58C 10.8.2 (12C2034) 10.15.6
MacBookAir6,1 Haswell(U) HD 5000 (11") Mac-35C1E88140C3E6CF 10.8.4 (12E3067) Current
MacBookAir6,2 Haswell(U) HD 5000 (13") Mac-7DF21CB3ED6977E5 10.8.4 (12E3067) Current
MacBookAir7,1 Broadwell(U) HD 6000 (11") Mac-9F18E312C5C2BF0B 10.10.2 (14C2507) Current
MacBookAir7,2 Broadwell(U) HD 6000 (13") Mac-937CB26E2E02BB01 10.10.2 (14C2507) Current
MacBookAir8,1 Amber Lake(Y) UHD 617 (13") Mac-827FAC58A8FDFA22 10.14.1 (18B2084) Current
MacBookAir8,1 Amber Lake(Y) UHD 617 (13") Mac-226CB3C6A851A671 10.14.5 (18F2058) Current
MacBookAir9,1 Ice Lake(Y) Iris Plus G4/G7 (13") Mac-0CFF9C7C2B63DF8D 10.15.4 (19E287) Current

# MacBook Pro

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
MacBookPro1,1 Yonah(M) Radeon X1600 (15") Mac-F425BEC8 10.4.5 (8G1453) 10.6.8
MacBookPro1,2 Yonah(M) Radeon X1600 (17") Mac-F42DBEC8 10.4.6 (8I2032) 10.6.8
MacBookPro2,1 Merom(M) Radeon X1600 (15") Mac-F42189C8 10.4.8 (8N1051) 10.7.5
MacBookPro2,2 Merom(M) Radeon X1600 (17") Mac-F42187C8 10.4.8 (8N1037) 10.7.5
MacBookPro3,1 Merom(M) GeForce 8600M GT (15/17") Mac-F4238BC8 10.4.9 (8Q1058) 10.11.6
MacBookPro4,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 8600MG GT (17") Mac-F42C89C8 10.5.2 (9C2018) 10.11.6
MacBookPro5,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M/9600M GT (15") Mac-F42D86C8 10.5.5 (9F2114) 10.11.6
MacBookPro5,2 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M/9600M GT (17") Mac-F2268EC8 10.5.6 (9G2141) 10.11.6
MacBookPro5,3 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M/9600M GT (15") Mac-F22587C8 10.5.7 (9J3050) 10.11.6
MacBookPro5,4 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M/9600M GT (15") Mac-F22587A1 10.5.7 (9J3050) 10.11.6
MacBookPro5,5 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M/9600M GT (13") Mac-F2268AC8 10.5.7 (9J3050) 10.11.6
MacBookPro6,1 Arrandale(M) HD Graphics/GeForce GT 330M (17") Mac-F22589C8 10.6.3 (10D2063a) 10.13.6
MacBookPro6,2 Arrandale(M) HD Graphics/GeForce GT 330M (15") Mac-F22586C8 10.6.3 (10D2094) 10.13.6
MacBookPro7,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 320M (13") Mac-F222BEC8 10.6.3 (10D2125) 10.13.6
MacBookPro8,1 Sandy Bridge(M) HD 3000 (13") Mac-94245B3640C91C81 10.6.6 (10J3210) 10.13.6
MacBookPro8,2 Sandy Bridge(QM) HD 3000/Radeon HD 6490M (15") Mac-94245A3940C91C80 10.6.6 (10J3210) 10.13.6
MacBookPro8,3 Sandy Bridge(QM) HD 3000/Radeon HD 6750M (17") Mac-942459F5819B171B 10.6.6 (10J3210) 10.13.6
MacBookPro9,1 Ivy Bridge(QM) HD 4000/GeForce GT 650M (15") Mac-4B7AC7E43945597E 10.7.3 (11D2097) 10.15.6
MacBookPro9,2 Ivy Bridge(M) HD 4000 (13") Mac-6F01561E16C75D06 10.7.3 (11D2515) 10.15.6
MacBookPro10,1 Ivy Bridge(QM) HD 4000/GeForce GT 650M (15") Mac-C3EC7CD22292981F 10.7.4 (11E2068) 10.15.6
MacBookPro10,2 Ivy Bridge(M) HD 4000 (13") Mac-AFD8A9D944EA4843 10.8.2 (12C2034) 10.15.6
MacBookPro11,1 Haswell(U) Iris 5100 (13") Mac-189A3D4F975D5FFC 10.9 (13A2093) Current
MacBookPro11,2 Haswell(HQ) Iris Pro 5200 (15") Mac-3CBD00234E554E41 10.9 (13A3017) Current
MacBookPro11,3 Haswell(HQ) Iris Pro 5200/GeForce GT 750M (15") Mac-2BD1B31983FE1663 10.9 (13A3017) Current
MacBookPro11,4 Haswell(HQ) Iris Pro 5200 (15") Mac-06F11FD93F0323C5 10.10.3 (14D2134) Current
MacBookPro11,5 Haswell(HQ) Iris Pro 5200/Radeon R9 M370X (15") Mac-06F11F11946D27C5 10.10.3 (14D2134) Current
MacBookPro12,1 Broadwell(U) Iris 6100 (13") Mac-E43C1C25D4880AD6 10.10.2 (14C2507) Current
MacBookPro13,1 Skylake(U) Iris 540 (13") Mac-473D31EABEB93F9B 10.12 (16A2323a) Current
MacBookPro13,2 Skylake(U) Iris 550 (13") Mac-66E35819EE2D0D05 10.12.1 (16B2657) Current
MacBookPro13,3 Skylake(H) HD 530/Radeon Pro 450 (15") Mac-A5C67F76ED83108C 10.12.1 (16B2659) Current
MacBookPro14,1 Kaby Lake(U) Iris Plus 640 (13") Mac-B4831CEBD52A0C4C 10.12.5 (16F2073) Current
MacBookPro14,2 Kaby Lake(U) Iris Plus 650 (13") Mac-CAD6701F7CEA0921 10.12.5 (16F2073) Current
MacBookPro14,3 Kaby Lake(H) HD 630/Radeon Pro 555 (15") Mac-551B86E5744E2388 10.12.5 (16F2073) Current
MacBookPro15,1 Coffee Lake(H) UHD 630/Radeon Pro 555X (15") Mac-937A206F2EE63C01 10.13.6 (17G2112) Current
MacBookPro15,2 Coffee Lake(U) Iris Plus 655 (13") Mac-827FB448E656EC26 10.13.6 (17G2112) Current
MacBookPro15,3 Coffee Lake(H) UHD 630/Radeon Pro Vega 16 (15") Mac-1E7E29AD0135F9BC 10.14.1 (18B3094) Current
MacBookPro15,4 Coffee Lake(U) Iris Plus 645 (13") Mac-53FDB3D8DB8CA971 10.14.5 (18F2058) Current
MacBookPro16,1 Coffee Lake(H) UHD 630/Radeon Pro 5300 (16") Mac-E1008331FDC96864 10.15.1 (19B2093) Current
MacBookPro16,2 Ice Lake(U) Iris Plus G4/G7 (13") Mac-5F9802EFE386AA28 10.15.4 (19E2269) Current
MacBookPro16,3 Coffee Lake(U) Iris Plus 645 (13") Mac-E7203C0F68AA0004 10.15.4 (19E2269) Current
MacBookPro16,4 Coffee Lake(H) UHD 630/Radeon Pro 5600M (16") Mac-A61BADE1FDAD7B05 10.15.1 (19B2093) Current

# Mac Mini

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
Macmini1,1 Yonah(M) GMA 950 Mac-F4208EC8 10.4.5 (8H1619) 10.6.8
Macmini2,1 Merom(M) GMA 950 Mac-F4208EAA 10.4.10 (8R3014) 10.7.5
Macmini3,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M Mac-F22C86C8 10.5.6 (9G2030) 10.11.6
Macmini4,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 320M Mac-F2208EC8 10.6.4 (10F2025) 10.13.6
Macmini5,1 Sandy Bridge(M) HD 3000 Mac-8ED6AF5B48C039E1 10.7 (11A2061) 10.13.6
Macmini5,2 Sandy Bridge(M) Radeon HD 6630M Mac-4BC72D62AD45599E 10.7 (11A2061) 10.13.6
Macmini5,3 Sandy Bridge(QM) HD 3000 Mac-7BA5B2794B2CDB12 10.7 (11A2061) 10.13.6
Macmini6,1 Ivy Bridge(M) HD 4000 Mac-031AEE4D24BFF0B1 10.8.1 (12B2080) 10.15.6
Macmini6,2 Ivy Bridge(QM) HD 4000 Mac-F65AE981FFA204ED 10.8.1 (12B2080) 10.15.6
Macmini7,1 Haswell(U) HD 5000 or Iris 5100 Mac-35C5E08120C7EEAF 10.10 (14A389) Current
Macmini8,1 Coffee Lake(H) UHD 630 Mac-7BA5B2DFE22DDD8C 10.14 (18A2063) Current

# iMac

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
iMac4,1 Yonah(M) Radeon X1600 Mac-F42786C8 10.4.4 (8G1165) 10.6.8
iMac4,2 Yonah(M) GMA 950 Mac-F4218EC8 10.4.7 (8I2057) 10.6.8
iMac5,1 Merom(M) Radeon X1600 Mac-F4228EC8 10.4.7 (8K1106) 10.7.5
iMac5,2 Merom(M) GMA 950 Mac-F4218EC8 10.4.7 (8K1106) 10.7.5
iMac6,1 Merom(M) GeForce 7300GT Mac-F4218FC8 10.4.7 (8K1123) 10.7.5
iMac7,1 Merom(M) Radeon HD 2400 XT Mac-F42386C8 10.4.10 (8R4031) 10.11.6
iMac8,1 Penryn(M) Radeon HD 2400 XT Mac-F227BEC8 10.5.2 (9C2028) 10.11.6
iMac9,1 Penryn(M) GeForce 9400M Mac-F2218FA9 10.5.6 (9G2030) 10.11.6
iMac10,1 Wolfdale(S) GeForce 9400M Mac-F221DCC8 10.6.1 (10A2155) 10.13.6
iMac10,1 Wolfdale(S) Radeon HD 4670 Mac-F2268CC8 10.6.1 (10A2155) 10.13.6
iMac11,1 Lynnfield(S) Radeon HD 4850 Mac-F2268DAE 10.6.2 (10C2234) 10.13.6
iMac11,2 Clarkdale(S) Radeon HD 4670 Mac-F2238AC8 10.6.3 (10D2322a) 10.13.6
iMac11,3 Clarkdale(S) Radeon HD 5670 Mac-F2238BAE 10.6.3 (10D2322a) 10.13.6
iMac12,1 Sandy Bridge(S) Radeon HD 6750M Mac-942B5BF58194151B 10.6.6 (10J4026) 10.13.x
iMac12,2 Sandy Bridge(S) Radeon HD 6770M Mac-942B59F58194171B 10.6.6 (10J4026) 10.13.x
iMac13,1 Ivy Bridge(S) GeForce GT 640M Mac-00BE6ED71E35EB86 10.8.2 (12C3104) 10.15.6
iMac13,1 Ivy Bridge(S) HD 4000 Mac-00BE6ED71E35EB86 10.8.2 (12C3104) 10.15.6
iMac13,2 Ivy Bridge(S) GeForce GTX 660M Mac-FC02E91DDD3FA6A4 10.8.2 (12C2037) 10.15.6
iMac13,3 Ivy Bridge(S) HD 4000 Mac-7DF2A3B5E5D671ED 10.8.2 (12C2037) 10.15.6
iMac14,1 Haswell(S) Iris Pro 5200 Mac-031B6874CF7F642A 10.8.4 (12E4022) 10.15.6
iMac14,2 Haswell(S) GeForce GT 750M Mac-27ADBB7B4CEE8E61 10.8.4 (12E4022) 10.15.6
iMac14,3 Haswell(S) GeForce GT 755M Mac-77EB7D7DAF985301 10.8.4 (12E4022) 10.15.6
iMac14,4 Haswell(U) HD 5000 Mac-81E3E92DD6088272 10.9.3 (13D2061) Current
iMac15,1 Haswell(S) Radeon R9 M290X Mac-42FD25EABCABB274 10.10 (14A389) Current
iMac16,1 Broadwell(U) HD 6000 or Iris Pro 6200 Mac-A369DDC4E67F1C45 10.11 (15A2301) Current
iMac16,2 Broadwell(S) Iris Pro 6200 Mac-FFE5EF870D7BA81A 10.11 (15A2301) Current
iMac17,1 Skylake(S) Radeon R9 M380 Mac-DB15BD556843C820, Mac-65CE76090165799A, Mac_B809C3757DA9BB8D 10.11 (15A4310) Current
iMac18,1 Kaby Lake(U) Iris Plus 640 Mac-4B682C642B45593E 10.12.4 (16E2193) Current
iMac18,2 Kaby Lake(S) Radeon Pro 555 Mac-77F17D7DA9285301 10.12.4 (16F2073) Current
iMac18,3 Kaby Lake(S) Radeon Pro 570 Mac-BE088AF8C5EB4FA2 10.12.4 (16F2073) Current
iMac19,1 Coffee Lake(S) Radeon Pro 570X Mac-AA95B1DDAB278B95 10.14.4 (18E226) Current
iMac19,2 Coffee Lake(S) Radeon Pro 555X Mac-63001698E7A34814 10.14.4 (18E226) Current
iMac20,1 Comet Lake(S) Radeon Pro 5300 Mac-CFF7D910A743CAAF 10.15.6 (19G2005) Current
iMac20,2 Comet Lake(S) Radeon Pro 5300 Mac-AF89B6D9451A490B 10.15.6 (19G2005) Current

# iMac Pro

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
iMacPro1,1 Skylake-W Vega 56 Mac-7BA5B2D9E42DDD94 10.13.2 (17C2111) Current

# Mac Pro

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
MacPro1,1 Woodcrest GeForce 7300 GT Mac-F4208DC8 10.4.7 (8K1079) 10.7.5
MacPro2,1 Clovertown GeForce 7300 GT Mac-F4208DA9 10.4.9 (8P4037) 10.7.5
MacPro3,1 Harpertown Radeon HD 2600 XT Mac-F42C88C8 10.5.1 (9B2117) 10.11.6
MacPro4,1 Nehalem GeForce GT 120 Mac-F221BEC8 10.5.6 (9G3553) 10.11.6
MacPro5,1 Nehalem Radeon HD 5770 Mac-F221BEC8 10.6.4 (10F2521) 10.14.6
MacPro5,1 Westmere EP Radeon HD 5770 Mac-F221BEC8 10.6.4 (10F2521) 10.14.6
MacPro6,1 Ivy Bridge EP FirePro D300 Mac-F60DEB81FF30ACF6 10.9.1 (13B4116) Current
MacPro7,1 Cascade Lake-W Radeon Pro 580X Mac-27AD2F918AE68F61 10.15.0 (19A583) Current

# Xserve

SMBIOS CPU Family GPU board-id Initial Support Last Supported Version
Xserve1,1 Woodcrest Radeon X1300 Mac-F4208AC8 Server 10.4.8 (8N1215) Server 10.7.5
Xserve2,1 Harpertown Radeon X1300 Mac-F42289C8 Server 10.5 (9B2117) Server 10.7.5
Xserve3,1 Nehalem EP GeForce GT 120 Mac-F223BEC8 Server 10.5.6 10.11.6