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Ryzen/Mobo/Linux Mint compatabilty

Post by rymar » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:12 pm

I'm in the process of building a new system and I'd like to use the AMD Ryzen series of processors. Have searched online for a compatible motherboard but the more I look the more confusing the results. Anyone out there who's recently has built their own using this setup? I'm an experienced builder but so little is out there with respect to Ryzen and Linux as well as Linux and compatible mobos. It doesn't have to be the fastest gaming system because Windows is not part of this and...well gaming on Linux is still a ways from where it could be. Appreciate any feedback with details.
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Re: Ryzen/Mobo/Linux Mint compatabilty

Post by Spearmint2 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:00 pm

rymar wrote:I'm in the process of building a new system and I'd like to use the AMD Ryzen series of processors. Have searched online for a compatible motherboard but the more I look the more confusing the results. Anyone out there who's recently has built their own using this setup? I'm an experienced builder but so little is out there with respect to Ryzen and Linux as well as Linux and compatible mobos. It doesn't have to be the fastest gaming system because Windows is not part of this and...well gaming on Linux is still a ways from where it could be. Appreciate any feedback with details.
What I've seen in windows based forums at CNET is Ryzen works ONLY with the newest motherboards, or those providing BIOS updates since it's release. So, concentrate on newest motherboards and check those forums to see if any Ryzen users have had problems, or give it a go for the motherboard you are interested in.
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Re: Ryzen/Mobo/Linux Mint compatabilty

Post by ClixTrix » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:08 pm

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Re: Ryzen/Mobo/Linux Mint compatabilty

Post by catweazel » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:48 pm

Ryzen works fine with linux. You may need to go to at least a 4.11 series kernel to get full support for the hardware, preferably 4.13.
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Re: Ryzen/Mobo/Linux Mint compatabilty

Post by pcwolf » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:13 pm

I built a new system last month using an Asrock X370 board with a Ryzen 1700X booting from an M.2. NVME Samsung drive. I wanted the 16 cores for BOINC number crunching. Works fine dual-booting with Windows 10. Unbeknownst to me, I somehow managed to install both Linux Mint 18.2 KDE and WIN10 in legacy BIOS boot mode. (Do not understand well the difference between that and UEFI mode.) The latest Asrock UEFI update allows me to run my rather plain Corsair 8x2 3200-rated RAM at 2933; later updates are supposed to allow full speed. I understand RAM / RYZEN compatibility has been in flux since release of the CPU. Couple of Asrock MB for AMD4 socket are available at variety of stores just over $100.

Motherboard also came with Intel AC-3168 Wifi-BT M.2. form factor board. Mint recognized it first try and I am getting my full ISP promised rate with it.

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Re: Ryzen/Mobo/Linux Mint compatabilty

Post by Spearmint2 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:30 am

Unbeknownst to me, I somehow managed to install both Linux Mint 18.2 KDE and WIN10 in legacy BIOS boot mode. (Do not understand well the difference between that and UEFI mode.)
What's wrong with that? You can run 64 bit OS and GPT drives in Legacy too. About the only advantage I see for UEFI is windows 10 users who want Secure Boot.
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Re: Ryzen/Mobo/Linux Mint compatabilty

Post by rymar » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:35 pm

Ok so I'm going to call this solved but still somewhat unresolved.
Have been using Linux on and off for most of twenty years. Seen the good, the bad and..well...the ugly. Switched to Mint several years ago. Prior to that used Kubuntu. Currently I'm co-chair of the Vernon BC Canada Linux Users Group.

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