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    Default Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    I'm planning to do a long overdue upgrade and get a new motherboard with a modern CPU. I've been deciding on the exact models to buy and believe I've come to a conclusion... it's likely going to be an ASUS PRIME motherboard with a Ryzen 7 CPU. They're very new tech from just this year, and with Linux casually lagging behind on hardware support I wanted to make sure openSUSE is going to handle them properly.

    I wanted to know if any other users of the OS have an x370 / x470 / x570 chipset with a Ryzen 2000 / 3000 series CPU. If so do you encounter any problems with running openSUSE on them, and are there any things I should be on the lookout for? Note that I use Tumbleweed and run "zypper dup" daily so I should have the latest Kernel and drivers installed at all times.

    To be more specific, here are the exact components I'm almost decided on buying. The mobo will require a BIOS update to support the CPU, I'm already talking with a friend and seeing if we can borrow an older AM4 processor to flash the latest BIOS with.

    ASUS PRIME X370-PRO: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-X370-PRO

    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-7-3700x

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    Default Re: Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    Recently acquired a laptop with a fairly bottom end Ryzen 3 2200U, slightly older technology than the 7 series you're contemplating.

    Installed Leap 15.1 (kernel 4.12.14) and all went surprisingly well, quite impressed with the performance... So I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    The only minor problem is it throws a few ACPI warnings at boot, but they don't seem to impact on the use of the machine.
    Regards, Paul

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    Default Re: Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    Thank you for the info. Also:

    https://www.linuxlookup.com/review/a...erboard_review

    Someone did a review of this motherboard for Linux. Apart from no Aura Sync support which I don't care about, I'm seeing no issues mentioned otherwise. I don't know if they're using the latest BIOS version but doubt anything there should cause any breakage.

    Would still be good to hear from users of Ryzen 5 or 7 CPU's just to be safe. I'm assuming stuff like per-core Turbo Boost is controlled by the BIOS and if the Kernel requires any drivers for that they already exist.

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    Default Re: Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    I have a Ryzen 5 1600 & a B450M D53H GGABYTE and have had no real problems.
    It is working on tumbleweed snapshot 20191003.
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    Default Re: Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    No issues here with a Ryzen 3700x on Gigabyte x570 Gaming X.

    Actually only cpu temperature support isn't available (i'd like to have it with Conky), but it's coming with the new 5.4 kernel: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux...8ed63aea2209e8
    (if tumbleweed kernel devs don't backport it on the current 5.3.x release ).

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    Default Re: Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    Quote Originally Posted by ezio84 View Post
    No issues here with a Ryzen 3700x on Gigabyte x570 Gaming X.

    Actually only cpu temperature support isn't available (i'd like to have it with Conky), but it's coming with the new 5.4 kernel: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux...8ed63aea2209e8
    (if tumbleweed kernel devs don't backport it on the current 5.3.x release ).
    Sweet! The 3700x is likely what I'm about to get so that's exactly what I was curious about.

    Thanks for the heads up about the temperature reading too: I need to see CPU core temperatures at all times especially when rendering in Blender, so hopefully Kernel 5.4 will be there before I buy and install the new hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MirceaKitsune View Post
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    To be more specific, here are the exact components I'm almost decided on buying. The mobo will require a BIOS update to support the CPU, I'm already talking with a friend and seeing if we can borrow an older AM4 processor to flash the latest BIOS with.

    ASUS PRIME X370-PRO: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-X370-PRO

    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-7-3700x
    For this mobo you will need Ryzen 1xxx or APU Bristol Ridge.
    You can ask AMD for a help with it.
    They will send you APU Bristol Ridge A6 with a cooler for a week.
    Then you will need to return APU to AMD (without cooler).

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    Default Re: Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    Quote Originally Posted by Svyatko View Post
    For this mobo you will need Ryzen 1xxx or APU Bristol Ridge.
    You can ask AMD for a help with it.
    They will send you APU Bristol Ridge A6 with a cooler for a week.
    Then you will need to return APU to AMD (without cooler).
    That's very useful information, thank you. I heard an Athlon CPU should work as well for the BIOS update: Is that not the case?

    The problem is I'm from Romania. I don't know if AMD offers this CPU borrowing service here, or if it depends on which store I got the motherboard from. Do you think I have hope to receive support where I live?

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    For a first generation of AM4 chipsets (X370, B350, A320) you will need BIOS update to work with Athlon 200GE, Ryzen 2200G, etc.
    Nobody knows what BIOS revision your X370 motherboard will have.
    AMD can give you "Short Term Processor Loan Boot Kit" - see https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/fa...-Loan-Boot-Kit for details.
    Romania is in list.
    Right now AMD can loan you Athlon 200GE. IDK whether is it possible to obtain APU Bristol Ridge.

    Also you can buy suitable old CPU, update your BIOS, then replace this old CPU with a desired one using the same retailer.

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    Default Re: Compatibility with Ryzen 5 / 7 CPU models

    Quote Originally Posted by Svyatko View Post
    For a first generation of AM4 chipsets (X370, B350, A320) you will need BIOS update to work with Athlon 200GE, Ryzen 2200G, etc.
    Nobody knows what BIOS revision your X370 motherboard will have.
    AMD can give you "Short Term Processor Loan Boot Kit" - see https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/fa...-Loan-Boot-Kit for details.
    Romania is in list.
    Right now AMD can loan you Athlon 200GE. IDK whether is it possible to obtain APU Bristol Ridge.

    Also you can buy suitable old CPU, update your BIOS, then replace this old CPU with a desired one using the same retailer.
    Oh... AMD offers this service? I spoke with ASUS on the phone this morning, they said they can't borrow a CPU or offer service. I might call AMD tomorrow and ask them as well.

    So not all Athlon processors are supported by the stock UEFI of this motherboard? If need be I'll buy an additional cheap processor just to flash a new BIOS then re-sell it, but I'm really hoping not to have to waste money this way.

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