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Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 Mainboard Socket AM3+

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Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 Mainboard Socket AM3+
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Updated: 09/12/2015 05:20

Review of Linux Compatibility

The ATX mainboard “GigByte GA-970A-UD3″ has a AM3+ socket with AMD 970 chipset. The components like wie Gigabit-LAN, FireWire, HDMI audio are supported by latest Linux distributions are recognized in the following way by the kernel:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port B) [1002:5a14] (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port B) [1002:5a14]
00:02.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port B) [1002:5a16]
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:04.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port D) [1002:5a18]
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:09.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port H) [1002:5a1c]
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:0a.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx1 port A) [1002:5a1d]
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:11.0 SATA controller [0106]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [1002:4391] (rev 40)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [1458:b002]
	Kernel driver in use: ahci
	Kernel modules: ahci
00:12.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1002:4397]
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci
00:12.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1002:4396]
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:13.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1002:4397]
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci
00:13.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1002:4396]
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 SMBus Controller [1002:4385] (rev 42)
	Kernel modules: i2c_piix4, sp5100_tco
00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller [1002:439c] (rev 40)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller [1458:5002]
	Kernel driver in use: pata_atiixp
	Kernel modules: pata_atiixp, pata_acpi
00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1002:4383] (rev 40)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1458:a002]
	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
	Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller [1002:439d] (rev 40)
	Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller [1002:439d]
00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384] (rev 40)
00:14.5 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller [1002:4399]
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci
00:15.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB700/SB800/SB900 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0) [1002:43a0]
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:16.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1002:4397]
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci
00:16.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1002:4396]
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration [1022:1200]
00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map [1022:1201]
00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller [1022:1202]
	Kernel modules: amd64_edac_mod
00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control [1022:1203]
	Kernel driver in use: k10temp
	Kernel modules: k10temp
00:18.4 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control [1022:1204]
02:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: Etron Technology, Inc. EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller [1b6f:7023] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller [1458:5007]
	Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 06)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Motherboard [1458:e000]
	Kernel driver in use: r8169
	Kernel modules: r8169
04:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: Etron Technology, Inc. EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller [1b6f:7023] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller [1458:5007]
	Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
05:0e.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller [1106:3044] (rev c0)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd GA-7VT600-1394 Motherboard [1458:1000]
	Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci
	Kernel modules: firewire_ohci

The GigaByte GA-970A-UD3 is fully supported since Ubuntu 12.04: https://friendly.ubuntu.com/12.04/Gigabyte%20Technology%20Co.,%20Ltd./GA-970A-UD3/A:CGyp:GsM:BEG:B8L:B8Lp:Zo:BHe:D5D:BWA/.

Ethernet

The support of IOMMU has to be enabled in the Bios in order to allow a working Ethernet connection under Linux. Unfortunately, activating IOMMU also disbles the board’s support for CrossFireX, i.e. the parallel use of several GPUs:

AMD-Vi: Enabling IOMMU at 0000:00:00.2 cap 0×40
[fglrx] IOMMU is enabled, CrossFire are not supported on this platform
[fglrx] Disable IOMMU in BIOS options or kernel boot parameters to support CF

Identified Hardware Configurations (1 Result)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Distribution
Kernel
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Scan Date
Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS 4.4.0-31-generic - 30/07/2016

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 Comments

9 Responses to “Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 Mainboard Socket AM3+”

  • fred says:

    for me, it wasn’t enough to turn on IOMMU in the bios, I also had to pass `amd_iommu=on` to get it to send out packets. once I did both, it started working.

    • LHG-Team says:

      Hello Fred,
      Do you know, if this additional kernel option is necessary for certain kernel or BIOS versions only?
      Which Linux version/distribution do you use (“lsb_release -a”, “cat /proc/version”)? Can you tell us, which BIOS version you have?
      Thanks,
      Your LHG team.

  • Allan says:

    I was looking for other thing about this MB and suddenly I’m here again, so as I use my system only with a single GPU, I never had a problem, just with the Ethernet card without enabling IOMMU, after enabled in BIOS my Ethernet card works without any problem, but, the command ‘cat /var/log/dmesg | grep IOMMU’ shows me this :

    [ 1.448694] AMD-Vi: Enabling IOMMU at 0000:00:00.2 cap 0×40
    [ 6.313102] [fglrx] IOMMU is enabled, CrossFire are not supported on this platform
    [ 6.313104] [fglrx] Disable IOMMU in BIOS options or kernel boot parameters to support CF

    So, for now I’m rating this card with only 4 stars, because in near future I’ll need the CrossFire as I’m planning to buy another GPU. So, you could add this as a issue to this MotherBoard, I don’t know about SLI, my only one Nvidia here is a TNT one ~~.

    Best Regards,
    Allan

  • Allan says:

    Thanks a lot for the IOMMU info. I know how to do my “tricks” inside linux, but when I had no-connections and didn’t know what to do, your site was the only one who really knows what has to be done.

    • LHG-Team says:

      Nice to hear that the text was helpful.

      Could you please send us the content of /var/log/dmesg via mail (linux.hardware.guide@gmail.com) or post it here as a comment? We would like to include the detailed information of the motherboard’s components in the description.

  • Jukka Luoma says:

    Revision 3 is not (at least) 64 bit. compitable.
    Realtek network nic doesn’t work. Latest Reltek driver only receives netork traffic.
    I could not detect any transmission with tcpdump.
    Only USB3 works.
    I tested it with Ubuntu 13.04

    • LHG-Team says:

      Could you please paste the output of your “dmesg” into this comments area in order to collect more information about this mainboard (and its problems)? Output of “lsusb -v” would also be nice, since there seems to be a problem with USB.

    • igor says:

      The above mentioned problem with usb and ethernet is solved when iommu is enabled in bios

    • LHG-Team says:

      Thanks for this very helpful advice! We added it to the description of the GA-970A-UD3.

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