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Old 01-01-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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AM3 USB3.0 motherboard experiences with Linux?


Hi,

Planning to buy a new MoBo which would be ATX, have USB3.0 and up to 16Gb memory support. As cheap as possible and working well with Linux.

I've identified a few potential ones, and googled around a bit, but it would be good to hear from you, if you have any experiences..

Candidates:
Asrock 770 Extreme3
Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870
MSI 870A-G54
GA-870A-UD3

Thanks!
 
Old 01-01-2011, 01:24 PM   #2
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I'm a big fan of ASRock. My current main desktop uses an ASRock board, which is AM3, but doesn't have USB3.0. Everything worked perfectly out of the box.
 
Old 01-01-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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I'm a big fan of ASRock. My current main desktop uses an ASRock board, which is AM3, but doesn't have USB3.0. Everything worked perfectly out of the box.
Thanks. At least in Newegg reviews, the ASRock board gets positives from a couple of linux users. The Asus board has had some audio problems with linux apparently due to some unusual chip. Given that the ASRock is also the cheapest, it looks like a good choice...
 
Old 02-27-2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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Hi,

Planning to buy a new MoBo which would be ATX, have USB3.0 and up to 16Gb memory support. As cheap as possible and working well with Linux.

I've identified a few potential ones, and googled around a bit, but it would be good to hear from you, if you have any experiences..

Candidates:
Asrock 770 Extreme3
Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870
MSI 870A-G54
GA-870A-UD3

Thanks!
Hi.

Have you purchased any motherboard yet? If so, which one did you chose?
I'm looking into the MSI 870A-G54 AM3, but it is hard to find info about whether it is linux compatible or not.
 
Old 02-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB works well in Debian Squeeze
 
Old 02-28-2011, 01:07 AM   #6
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Similar to the mobo that I have (ASUS M4A78T-E). No issues at all with Linux. The on board audio was every so slightly unsteady with Doom 3 but I use a Creative card.
 
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Similar to the mobo that I have (ASUS M4A78T-E). No issues at all with Linux. The on board audio was every so slightly unsteady with Doom 3 but I use a Creative card.
I bought the M4A785T-M/CSM with PHENOM IIX4 955 for the wife. It runs well, but, I have to reinstall os already(wins7 only) it caught a cold.
 
Old 02-28-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
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Got the non-USB 3 version of the MSI, works perfectly but no ACPI shutdown. That might be a Ubuntu problem, though, as it's the family desktop I put 10.04 on it.
 
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Got the non-USB 3 version of the MSI, works perfectly but no ACPI shutdown. That might be a Ubuntu problem, though, as it's the family desktop I put 10.04 on it.
I had that problem with 3 installations 2 of them on 1 machine(desktop & server version ubuntu), the workaround was to use power button, add shutdown to the menu
and not touch the power button icon.
 
Old 03-03-2011, 11:51 PM   #10
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http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...achine-842046/
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1147295
 
Old 03-05-2011, 08:38 AM   #11
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Not surprising the asock is the cheapest. Its using the older 770/SB710 (SATAII) chipset, not the 870/SB850 (SATAIII) chipset that the rest are using. Asrock is also more of a budget brand than the rest, though MSI makes some pretty cheap boards as well.

I'm not fussed on arock myself. You should see the N68-S UCC board my housemate has, its the cheapest, most flimsy motherboard I've seen in years. In defence of the 770 Extreme3, its not in the same price level as the U68, so it shouldn't be as nasty.

MSI I'm not fond of either. I've had too many troubles with MSI over the years.

The asus should be good, but I'm a bit wary of it. Its using a VT1818 sound chip, and if its anything like as bad as he VT1708S, its going to be afwul. Though I have to admit I havent heard it myself, the only person I know with a M4A87TD/USB3 is using a sound card, and uses windows anyway.

I'd probably go for the GA-870A-UD3. I've been impressed with the AM2+/AM3 770/870 gigabyte boards I've seen, they are solid and reliable in my expereince, and I'm pretty sure you should have no issues with it. The only problem with the gigabyte boards is they are a fair bit more expensive than the others. You could say 'you get what you pay for' or it could be from borderline fanboys like me talking them up.

BTW, I'm running a GA-770T-USB3 board myself. Should be a bit cheaper than the GA-870s. I've never had any problems with it, starting, shutting down etc are fine. Using aptosid now, though it was sidux when I installed. I've also tried the same board with debian squeeze when it was still 'testing', so it should be fine with the current debian stable version as well. I think I tried a few other distros as well, but its been a while.

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Old 03-05-2011, 10:15 AM   #12
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There's no problem with the Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 everything works including sound in Debian, as far as Ubuntu it 's in VBox.
On my other machine I have 4 OS's 2 of them Ubuntu. The problem is with Ubuntu and the bug on gnome indicator applets power button.
 
  


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