Motherboard Linux Compatibility List - Linux

Motherboard Linux Compatibility List

Even though many motherboards today properly work on Linux, motherboard manufacturers never list Linux as an officially supported OS (operating system). When you check the supported OS (operating system) in the specifications of a motherboard, what you’ll always see is either “Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1” or “Windows 10“. A Linux USB installer can be used to boot a PC without having to install the OS. The basic functionalities such as audio, LAN, Bluetooth, and WiFi can be quickly checked if working properly so we’re not sure why some manufacturers would not take the time to test their motherboards for Linux compatibility.

To make switching to Linux easier for our fellow gamers and PC enthusiasts, we made a list of motherboards that work out-of-the-box on Ubuntu or on Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. “Works out-of-the-box” means the motherboard’s audio, LAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth function properly after a fresh installation of an OS (operating system). The list will be regularly updated as more motherboards get tested on Linux.

Related readings:
Back2Gaming’s Linux Gaming Benchmarks
Milestones of Linux as a Gaming Platform

ASUS

Model Socket Chipset As Tested By
EX-H110M-V LGA 1151 Intel H110 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Prime B250M-K LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Prime H270-Plus LGA 1151 Intel H270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Prime H270M-Plus LGA 1151 Intel H270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Prime Z270-A LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Prime Z270-K LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Prime Z270M-Plus LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Prime Z270-P LGA 1151 Intel Z270 Phoronix on Ubuntu 16.10
Strix Z270E LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Strix Z270F LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Strix Z270H LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
Strix Z270I LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10
TUF Z270 Mark 1 LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ASUS on Ubuntu 16.10

ASRock

Model Socket Chipset As Tested By
X99 Extreme3 LGA 2011 Intel X99 Phoronix on Ubuntu 14.10

GIGABYTE

Model Socket Chipset As Tested By
Z170N-Gaming 5 (rev 1.1) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 Back2Gaming on Ubuntu MATE 17.04
Z97-D3H (rev 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Back2Gaming on Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS
Z97-HD3 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Phoronix on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

MSI

Model Socket Chipset As Tested By
B350 Tomahawk AM4 AMD B350 Phoronix on Ubuntu 16.10
X99A Raider LGA 2011 Intel X99 Phoronix on Ubuntu 16.10
X99S SLI Plus LGA 2011 Intel X99 Phoronix on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
B85M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel B85 Phoronix on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS