ASRock Z97 Extreme6 (Mainboard, ATX, LGA1150, Intel Z97, DDR3, Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI, SATA3, USB3.0, 2GbE)

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ASRock Z97 Extreme6 (Mainboard, ATX, LGA1150, Intel Z97, DDR3, Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI, SATA3, USB3.0, 2GbE)
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Updated: 01/08/2016 14:22

Review of Linux Compatibility

The ASRock Z97 is an ATX motherboard with LGA1150 socket. It was successfully tested with an Intel i7-4970 CPU and Linux Mint 17 KDE. Almost all the basic stuff (i.e. SATA3 SSD, HDDs and DVD-RW; DDR3-2400 memory; etc) works flawlessly out of the box. Image and audio through HDMI worked fine straight away. There are no problems with DVI.

Audio:

However, there was a serious problem with analog audio — massive static wash, blown out playback — which made it unusable as it was. This is a known problem with the ALC1150 chipset on Z97 boards under Linux kernels pre-3.16. One recommended solution is a minor edit to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf to add

options snd-hda-intel vid=8086 pid=8ca0 snoop=0

This fixed the problem for the test system. Various advanced features such as M.2, SATA Express, etc. haven’t yet been verified.

Hardware specification at: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z97%20Extreme6/?cat=Specifications

Hardware Overview

The following hardware is recognized and supported by the Linux kernel:


00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor DRAM Controller [8086:0c00] (rev 06)
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:0c00]

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0412] (rev 06) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:0412]
Kernel driver in use: i915

00:03.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller [8086:0c0c] (rev 06)
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:0c0c]
Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8cb1] (prog-if 30 [XHCI])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:8cb1]
Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd

00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8cba]
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:8cba]
Kernel driver in use: mei_me

00:19.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (2) I218-V [8086:15a1]
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:15a1]
Kernel driver in use: e1000e

00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8cad] (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:8cad]
Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci

00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8ca0]
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:1151]
Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8c90] (rev d0) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8c94] (rev d0) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8c96] (rev d0) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1c.6 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8c9c] (rev d0) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8ca6] (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:8ca6]
Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci

00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8cc4]
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:8cc4]

00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8c82] (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:8c82]
Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:8ca2]
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:8ca2]

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 11)
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Motherboard (one of many) [1849:8168]
Kernel driver in use: r8169

03:00.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ASMedia Technology Inc. Device [1b21:1184] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

04:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ASMedia Technology Inc. Device [1b21:1184] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

04:03.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ASMedia Technology Inc. Device [1b21:1184] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

04:05.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ASMedia Technology Inc. Device [1b21:1184] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

04:07.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ASMedia Technology Inc. Device [1b21:1184] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Kernel driver in use: pcieport

06:00.0 SATA controller [0106]: ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1062 Serial ATA Controller [1b21:0612] (rev 02) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Motherboard [1849:0612]
Kernel driver in use: ahci

08:00.0 SATA controller [0106]: ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1062 Serial ATA Controller [1b21:0612] (rev 02) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Motherboard [1849:0612]
Kernel driver in use: ahci

09:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: ASMedia Technology Inc. Device [1b21:1142] (prog-if 30 [XHCI])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:1142]
Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd

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