Good motherboard for Ryzen (first-gen)

Greg V greg at
Sat Sep 22 18:44:48 UTC 2018

On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 5:53 AM, Eric van Gyzen <eric at> 
> I would like to build a Ryzen desktop.  Can anyone recommend a good 
> motherboard?
> I'm planning on a first-gen, because the second-gen has similar 
> stability problems as the first-gen had, and AMD hasn't released 
> errata for the second-gen yet (as far as I know...I would love to be 
> wrong).

IIRC the weird freeze/segfault bugs were only in the early batches of 
1st gen. If you get 2nd gen, you're *definitely* getting a stable chip. 
My R7 1700 is from Aug 2017, never had any issues. So a 1st gen bought 
today should be fine too of course, unless *somehow* you get very very 
very old stock.

> I would like to be a cool kid with a Threadripper, but I can't 
> justify the cost, so I'm thinking maybe a Ryzen 7 with /only/ 8 
> cores.  :)
Yeah, yeah. Good discounts on 1st gen Threadripper can be found these 
days though… but still there's board cost + RAM cost (you have to 
fill up 4 memory channels on TR if you want performance to not suck).

> Ideally, I want an Intel NIC, ECC memory support, and a 3-year 
> warranty.

For ECC, you can google board name + ecc ram. You can often find 
reports on forums/subreddits/whatever.

Since you care about warranty, you probably don't care about 
overclocking, so do not watch the following videos: B450 boards — X470 — :)

But still, good power delivery is important for an 8-core even at stock 
settings, so avoid the latest ASUS TUF board, and super cheap boards in 

I have an MSI X370 SLI PLUS. The firmware is good, RGB lighting support 
is good (most important thing! lol. controllable under FreeBSD with, the VRM is okay but not super great 
(8-core @ 1.39V 3.95GHz → ~100 ℃ without any direct airflow over 
the VRM heatsink). NIC is Realtek, recognized by re(4), I never tried 
it (I use a Mellanox card). Audio is Realtek, works fine 99% of the 
time (very occasionally sound stops working, sysctl 
dev.hdac.0.polling=1 brings it back). There is a pin header for the SPI 
flash chip  to recover a failed firmware update (I actually did this 
once :D), but the pins are tiny (2mm instead of the usual 2.54).

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