Best Motherboards for Linux

Best Motherboards for Linux – While all five motherboards listed above are well suited for a Linux HTPC, our personal picks would be the Gigabyte  as the best Intel board (due to the GeForce 9400 chipset, Firewire ports, very good board layout and dual Bios), the Asus  as the best AMD board (due to the GeForce 8300 chipset, Firewire ports and ECC RAM support) and  because of it’s mini-ITX form factor.

OVERVIEW

Building a Linux PC (motherboard) nowadays is very easy. Almost all available hardware is Linux compatible. But to be safe, always check if the hardware you are going to buy is compatible with Linux. Google will help you. I also always check Phoronix.com where they test different hardware for Linux compatibility.

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1.ASRock B550 Phantom

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2.ASRock B365

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3.ASRock X570 Gaming 4AM4

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4.MSI Prestige X570

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5.GIGABYTE B550I AORUS

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6.ASUS ROG Strix B550-I

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7.GIGABYTE X570

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8.MSI Arsenal

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9.MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen

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10.MSI Z390-A PRO

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Best Motherboards for Linux – BUYER’S GUIDE

    • micro-ATX or mini-ITX form factor
      Size usually matters with a HTPC, few people would want a big tower case in their living room, not to mention the WAF (wife acceptance factor). Also most HTPC specific cases are designed for these form factors.
    • Nvidia GeForce 8200/8300 or 9300/9400 series on-board GPU
      Nvidia’s closed-source Linux drivers are currently the best choice for video play-back in the Linux world, as they support hardware assisted video play-back, which is at it’s best with the 8x (for AMD) or 9x (for Intel) series cards, using the VDPAU API.
    • an on-board HDMI and/or DVI video out port
      The best choice for connecting to your HD-TV, projector or AV receiver.
    • an on-board coax or optical S/PDIF audio out port
      Unless you have a very modern AV receiver with HDMI inputs, you will need S/PDIF to route the audio to your AV receiver.
  • silent, fan-less (no chipset fan)
    In a HTPC we want as few fans as possible to avoid noise, so a small (generally noisy) chipset fan is unacceptable.
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WRAP UP

This Linux PC build can be used for many tasks including gaming. However, I use my Linux computer mainly for video editing in Kdenlive. That is why I tried to make this Linux PC build the most suited for video and photo editing. The choice of different parts was also justified by the price at the time I bought everything on Black Friday in 2019.

Also, after I bought everything, I realized it was not the best choice. So, below I show what computer I built, what options I considered before buying and what other Linux PC builds are possible. The content is the following:

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