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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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Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 Mainboard Socket AM3+
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Minimum: CDN$ 106.87 
Maximum: CDN$ 186.93  
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 [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port B)
00:02.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port B)
00:04.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port D)
00:05.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port E)
00:06.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port F)
00:07.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port G)
00:09.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port H)
00:0a.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx1 port A)
00:11.0 SATA controller [0106]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
00:12.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 SMBus Controller
00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller
00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:14.5 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller
00:15.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB700/SB800/SB900 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
00:16.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:16.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Juniper [Radeon HD 5700 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series]
02:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: Etron Technology, Inc. EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller
06:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
07:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: Etron Technology, Inc. EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller
08:0e.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller

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.


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:
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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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