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Ryzen Motherboard ECC Memory Summary

Ryzen Motherboard ECC Memory Summary

This is just a list tracking what is known about which AM4 motherboards currently on the market support running with ECC memory.

If you see (or have tested) anything not on my list, please drop a comment and let me know about it so I can update.

Overview by Brand

ASRock

So far, all ASRock B350 and X370 boards have the following text in the spec sheets:

– AMD Ryzen series CPUs support DDR4 3200+(OC)/2933(OC)/2667/2400/2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Additionally, there’s been confirmation from ASRock that the X370 boards have working ECC. An ASRock support rep. says that all AM4 boards support ECC (But a commenter notes that the relevant options are missing in some bios versions). So it’ll probably work! When I find confirmation for specific boards, I’ll add it to my detailed list.

ASUS

Many of the ASUS X370 and B350 boards are currently listed with support for ECC memory (e.g. from the PRIME B350-PLUS):

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz ECC and non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

but the “ECC” part of that has gone and come again over different revisions of the spec page. Some reports say that you may need an updated bios on some boards.

Some ASUS boards have been confirmed to work, both by AMD techs directly and by user testing. Details in the table below where known.

Biostar

On product pages for all B350 and X370 boards, they list

Support Non-ECC & ECC Un-buffered DIMM Memory modules

I’m still looking for confirmation on whether ECC memory is functional, but it’s a good start.

Gigabyte

On their spec comparison page, Gigabyte says that for their X370 boards:

Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules

but on the B350 boards:

Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)

which is pretty disappointing. It’s not clear exactly what “operate in non-ECC mode” even means (no EDAC?). I haven’t seen any tests yet to confirm either way.

MSI

There’s no mention of ECC in the specs list for any of the MSI boards. Status TBD, but I’m not optimistic.

Table of Infos

To get the “Works” status, I look for a review or test where someone has induced memory errors e.g. using Rowhammer, and has seen reports of corrected memory errors in the OS logs.

Board Chipset Form Factor ECC Status
ASUS PRIME X370-PRO X370 ATX Confirmed, Works
ASRock X370 Taichi X370 ATX Mostly works (no UE halt)
Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 X370 ATX Probably Works
Scanning CDs with CCD/LED scanners

Scanning CDs with CCD/LED scanners

So, back on my recommended scanners post, I made a note that CCD sensor scanners that use LED lighting – which at this point is basically all of them – have an issue with scanning CDs. It looks like this: A CD scanned with a CCD/LED scanner has an annoying complex rainbow pattern This is, frankly, quite awful. It’s hard to read anything with the light pattern that appears, and it doesn’t look anything like the classic highlight that you see when holding a CD under a single light source, or on a CCFL-lit scanner. But I’ve finally found a solution!

One of the releases I picked up recently had its CDs in little translucent plastic sleeves. If I scanned the CD through the sleeve, rather than directly on the scanner bed, the rainbow pattern completely disappeared! It turned out that the frosted sleeve diffused the light enough to give a clean scan. Unfortunately, the sleeves that came with that release were too wrinkled to get good results, so I had to go look for alternate materials.

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Recommended Scanners for Album Art Scanning

Recommended Scanners for Album Art Scanning

Here’s a quick list of currently available scanner models that I recommend for people doing album art scanning.

The Criteria

I’m not covering scanning 12″ vinyl in this guide. For that, you need a large format scanner, which is a completely different price category of professional equipment.

I generally recommend a CCD sensor (not a CIS/Contact Image Sensor). This is important in particular if you’re scanning digipak cases – with a CCD sensor, you can scan right through the tray without disassembling the case. It also improves the quality when scanning exterior of boxes or thick booklets that don’t lay completely flat. CIS sensors can only get a sharp image if the thing being scanned is perfectly flat against the glass surface.

The scanner must be able to do 600dpi scanning (non-interpolated). This is pretty much a given at this point, of course, since even the cheapest current model scanner can usually pull off 1200dpi or higher. But keep this in mind when looking for used or older model scanners.

The scanner must be a direct-connection USB device. Many network scanners and all-in-one devices apply compression and pre-filtering that often can’t be disabled; this reduces the effectiveness of later descreening steps. Scanners marketed as “Photo” scanners are usually good at preserving fine detail without compression artifacts.

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Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

So, when poking around my Documents directory, I found this incomplete short piece of Science Fiction. Might as well share it…


I wake up to find him still sitting at the workbench he’d been hunched over hours ago when I’d given up for the night. He hears the rustle as I search the nearby floor for the cleanest of my uniforms and asks, without turning around, “You awake?”

I am, barely.

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Digital Dark Age

I vow: To not delete content. To preserve URLs (or redirect them if all else fails). To keep this site up for as long as I am able. To make sure that the Internet Archive can see my content, in case I fail at any of the above.

Ender’s Game Movie

Ender’s Game Movie

All in all, I’m actually quite surprised with how well the adaption of the Ender’s Game novel to the big screen went. There were changes made – but for the most part, they really did make sense. A fairly significant amount of material was dropped, but for the most part it wasn’t really story-critical and mostly served to reduce the amount of character development given to side characters.

(Note that if you haven’t read the novels or seen the movie, the following will contain spoilers; but honestly, who hasn’t read Ender’s Game by now?)

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