I’m shopping for a new AMD Linux machine and I have been researching, reading and comparing specs and manuals and I’m still not quite sure about which motherboard to pick for best compatibility with Linux.
I have read a couple of topics here and while they have helped me a lot they were more on the side of “pick a x570 instead” which in my case does not make sense:
I do have quite competitive prices here, where I live
and so those b550 are quite affordable
Also I’m not gamer and I do not intend to do virtualization for a living.
I mainly build from source (but will be using OpenSUSE Leap | Kernel 5.3.18 ); use design/graphic programs (inkscape, GIMP, krita, Kdenlive, Synfig Studio) and Atom.
I basically thought I have decided for the MSI MPG B550 GAMING PLUS but
then I noticed its lan chipset it’s Realtek (which almost every has ) and I found many places pointing to headaches when using it on Linux.
I think only the Asus Strix boards have Intel lan, all others are Realtek. The X570 boards are better in this regard since many have Intel lan chips. Personally I had good luck with both Intel and Realtek.
For sound there should be no problem really. Many of these boards use some sort or Realtek chips (1220/1200) and they work fine on Linux. Problem would be on some boards that have “dual codecs” as sometimes Pulseaudio won’t recognize one of them. Fixable, but a bit of a pain.
The Asus Strix B550 boards seem to be the best and most recommended when it comes to price/performance. Surprisingly they are really affordable compared to the competition (usually the Strix lines have their premium).
thank you for taking the time to read and answer me : ) ! yup it seems so . I think I will go with that . I just need to figure out the difference between the ASUS ROG STRIX B550-A and the ASUS ROG STRIX B550-F (oddly enough the rog . asus . com does not have -A …hm)
Well of course the 5000 series cpu’s are right around the corner as well.
So it might make sense to wait for those to be released.
Maybe the 5600X is going to be priced closely enough to a 3600X,
that it would be worth opting for the newer chip.
Because those chips will perform a bit better in certain tasks.