[RndTbl] new ECC computer options

Kevin McGregor kevin.a.mcgregor at gmail.com
Sat Mar 4 09:04:34 CST 2017

Now that Ryzen has been officially released, I've found some answers.

Ryzen does support ECC. The current batch of models does. However, AMD has
not "certified" it to work in the same way they test their server models
(of previous gens). Future Zen-architecture models for the server market
will be "certified" by AMD to work with ECC.

This is no different from past architectures, meaning that like in the past
motherboard manufacturers will produce AM4 boards which fully support ECC
(at a reasonable price) and are "certified" to work with ECC *by the
motherboard manfacturer*.

So, I'm just going to wait a few months for the dust to settle then buy a
Ryzen with an ECC-capable motherboard.


On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 1:49 AM, Trevor Cordes <trevor at tecnopolis.ca> wrote:

> On 2017-01-28 Kevin McGregor wrote:
> > The AMD FX series is definitely "enthusiast" as are the AM3+ boards
> > that support it. The AMD Opterons are the server-class models. The FX
> > series definitely supports ECC; I use them with ECC with no trouble.
> I spent some time reading more about the upcoming Ryzen stuff and the
> consensus regarding ECC support on "desktop" and "power user" boards is
> that nobody knows.  Most people think there will be ECC options because
> some previous gen boards did, but no company has committed to saying
> the support will be in Ryzen.
> It does appear that ECC is guaranteed if you use a "server" or
> "workstation" board (i.e. probably over $200, or without x16 slot), but
> then that puts Ryzen in the same boat as Xeon and for the same money
> I'll just buy a Xeon.
> So I guess we can hope, and wait and see.  It's like the world is a big
> conspiracy to keep ECC out of "affordable" boards, when (from my
> reading and MUUG discussions) ECC on the desktop is desired by tons of
> people.  You'd think there'd be a niche in there somewhere if some
> enterprising company can realize it...
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