Another FreeBSD compatibility report

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2017 at 13:02

“It works.“

Keeping some notes here for future reference, in case a new setup is needed or people ask questions.


FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #0 r322167: Mon Aug  7 15:19:45 UTC 2017 amd64

Why not 11-STABLE? no particular reason. New hardware, I figured 12-current would have better driver support.



CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Eight-Core Processor          (3593.35-MHz K8-class CPU)
  Origin="AuthenticAMD"  Id=0x800f11  Family=0x17  Model=0x1  Stepping=1
  AMD Features=0x2e500800<SYSCALL,NX,MMX+,FFXSR,Page1GB,RDTSCP,LM>
  Structured Extended Features=0x209c01a9<FSGSBASE,BMI1,AVX2,SMEP,BMI2,RDSEED,ADX,SMAP,CLFLUSHOPT,SHA>
  SVM: NP,NRIP,VClean,AFlush,DAssist,NAsids=32768
  TSC: P-state invariant, performance statistics
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 16 CPUs
FreeBSD/SMP: 1 package(s) x 8 core(s) x 2 hardware threads

Its topology is properly recognized: sysctl kern.sched.topology_spec shows all 3 layers of caching.


SKU 90MB0TE0-M0EAY0, Prime B350M-A (Asus)

  • Has own smart integrated power scaling so powerd must be disabled:
    • the on-board power management chip doesn’t seem to be fully recognized (some errors show up);
    • integrated board just does work just fine so no need to run an additional program that takes CPU cycles.
  • PS/2 keyboard and mouse – fully functional:
    kbd1 at kbdmux0

    (no mouse plugged in so no device activated)

  • On-board Realtec gigabit Ethernet – fully functional:
    re0: <RealTek 8168/8111 B/C/CP/D/DP/E/F/G PCIe Gigabit Ethernet> port 0xf000-0xf0ff mem 0xfe204000-0xfe204fff,0xfe200000-0xfe203fff irq 34 at device 0.0 on pci6
    re0: Using 1 MSI-X message
    re0: Chip rev. 0x54000000
    re0: MAC rev. 0x00100000
    miibus0: <MII bus> on re0
    rgephy0: <RTL8251/8153 1000BASE-T media interface> PHY 1 on miibus0
    rgephy0:  none, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 10baseT-FDX-flow, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, 100baseTX-FDX-flow, 1000baseT-FDX, 1000baseT-FDX-master, 1000baseT-FDX-flow, 1000baseT-FDX-flow-master, auto, auto-flow
    re0: Using defaults for TSO: 65518/35/2048
    re0: Ethernet address: xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
    re0: netmap queues/slots: TX 1/256, RX 1/256
  • Three USB host controllers; two are USB 3.1 but not yet recognized as such, otherwise fully functional:
    xhci0: <XHCI (generic) USB 3.0 controller> mem 0xfe4a0000-0xfe4a7fff irq 32 at device 0.0 on pci1
    xhci0: 32 bytes context size, 64-bit DMA
    usbus0 on xhci0
    usbus0: 5.0Gbps Super Speed USB v3.0
    xhci1: <XHCI (generic) USB 3.0 controller> mem 0xfe300000-0xfe307fff irq 32 at device 0.0 on pci3
    xhci1: 32 bytes context size, 64-bit DMA
    usbus1 on xhci1
    usbus1: 5.0Gbps Super Speed USB v3.0
    xhci2: <XHCI (generic) USB 3.0 controller> mem 0xfe500000-0xfe5fffff irq 37 at device 0.3 on pci9
    xhci2: 64 bytes context size, 64-bit DMA
    usbus2 on xhci2
    usbus2: 5.0Gbps Super Speed USB v3.0
    ugen2.1: <0x1022 XHCI root HUB> at usbus2
    ugen1.1: <0x1b21 XHCI root HUB> at usbus1
    ugen0.1: <0x1022 XHCI root HUB> at usbus0
    uhub0: <0x1022 XHCI root HUB, class 9/0, rev 3.00/1.00, addr 1> on usbus2
    uhub1: <0x1022 XHCI root HUB, class 9/0, rev 3.00/1.00, addr 1> on usbus0
    uhub2: <0x1b21 XHCI root HUB, class 9/0, rev 3.00/1.00, addr 1> on usbus1
  • On-board HD audio – not tested yet:
     hdac1: <AMD (0x1457) HDA Controller> mem 0xfe800000-0xfe807fff irq 43 at device 0.3 on pci10
     hdacc1: <Realtek ALC887 HDA CODEC> at cad 0 on hdac1
     hdaa1: <Realtek ALC887 Audio Function Group> at nid 1 on hdacc1
     pcm1: <Realtek ALC887 (Rear Analog)> at nid 20 and 24,26 on hdaa1
     pcm2: <Realtek ALC887 (Front Analog)> at nid 27 and 25 on hdaa1
     pcm3: <Realtek ALC887 (Internal Digital)> at nid 17 on hdaa1
  • 2x On-board SATA controller – fully functional:
    ahci0: <AHCI SATA controller> mem 0xfe480000-0xfe49ffff irq 33 at device 0.1 on pci1
    ahci0: AHCI v1.31 with 8 6Gbps ports, Port Multiplier supported
    ahcich0: <AHCI channel> at channel 0 on ahci0
    ahcich1: <AHCI channel> at channel 1 on ahci0
    ahcich4: <AHCI channel> at channel 4 on ahci0
    ahcich5: <AHCI channel> at channel 5 on ahci0
    ahci1: <AHCI SATA controller> mem 0xfe808000-0xfe808fff irq 42 at device 0.2 on pci10
    ahci1: AHCI v1.31 with 1 6Gbps ports, Port Multiplier supported with FBS
    ahcich8: <AHCI channel> at channel 0 on ahci1


2x SKU MZ-7KE512B/EU

ada0 at ahcich0 bus 0 scbus0 target 0 lun 0
ada0: <Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB EXM04B6Q> ACS-2 ATA SATA 3.x device
ada0: Serial Number xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ada0: 600.000MB/s transfers (SATA 3.x, UDMA6, PIO 512bytes)
ada0: Command Queueing enabled
ada0: 488386MB (1000215216 512 byte sectors)
ada0: quirks=0x3<4K,NCQ_TRIM_BROKEN>
ada1 at ahcich1 bus 0 scbus1 target 0 lun 0
ada1: <Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB EXM04B6Q> ACS-2 ATA SATA 3.x device
ada1: Serial Number xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ada1: 600.000MB/s transfers (SATA 3.x, UDMA6, PIO 512bytes)
ada1: Command Queueing enabled
ada1: 488386MB (1000215216 512 byte sectors)
ada1: quirks=0x3<4K,NCQ_TRIM_BROKEN>

The drives advertise 512-byte logical sectors, 4096-byte physical sectors however my own benchmarking shows that the unit of transfer that exposes best performance is 64KB, with 32KB delivering 90% of best.



Advertised as “Gigabyte,” is really an Intel dual channel chipset in disguise.

Needs this in /boot/loader.conf:


Fully functional:

iwm0: <Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless AC 8260> mem 0xfe100000-0xfe101fff irq 35 at device 0.0 on pci7
iwm0: hw rev 0x200, fw ver 22.361476.0, address xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx

Activate with /etc/rc.conf:

ifconfig_wlan0="WPA SYNCDHCP"

(and appropriate /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf)


Motherboard and processor do not provide integrated graphics, so had to go for cheap (!) external adapter.

SKU 11190-02-20G
Advertised as “Sapphire HD 6450 1GB DDR3.”

hdac0: <ATI RV910 HDA Controller> mem 0xfe940000-0xfe943fff irq 55 at device 0.1 on pci8
hdacc0: <ATI R6xx HDA CODEC> at cad 0 on hdac0
hdaa0: <ATI R6xx Audio Function Group> at nid 1 on hdacc0
pcm0: <ATI R6xx (HDMI)> at nid 3 on hdaa0
vgapci0:  port 0xe000-0xe0ff mem 0xe0000000-0xefffffff,0xfe920000-0xfe93ffff irq 54 at device 0.0 on pci8
vgapci0: Boot video device

I do not use X11 on this computer so there was no need to look further, but I was curious.

This in xorg.conf does the trick:

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Driver      "radeon"

DRI initializes fine:

 info: [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
 drmn0: <Caicos [Radeon HD 7000 Series]> on vgapci0
 info: [drm] RADEON_IS_PCIE
 info: [drm] initializing kernel modesetting (CAICOS 0x1002:0x6778 0x174B:0xA01F).
 info: [drm] register mmio base: 0xFE920000
 info: [drm] register mmio size: 131072
 info: [drm] radeon_atrm_get_bios: ===> Try ATRM...
 info: [drm] radeon_atrm_get_bios: pci_find_class() found: 0:39:0:0, vendor=1002, device=6778
 info: [drm] radeon_atrm_get_bios: Get ACPI device handle
 info: [drm] radeon_atrm_get_bios: Get ACPI handle for "ATRM"
 info: [drm] radeon_atrm_get_bios: Failed to get "ATRM" handle: AE_NOT_FOUND
 info: [drm] radeon_acpi_vfct_bios: ===> Try VFCT...
 info: [drm] radeon_acpi_vfct_bios: Get "VFCT" ACPI table
 info: [drm] radeon_acpi_vfct_bios: Failed to get "VFCT" table: AE_NOT_FOUND
 info: [drm] igp_read_bios_from_vram: ===> Try IGP's VRAM...
 info: [drm] igp_read_bios_from_vram: VRAM base address: 0xe0000000
 info: [drm] igp_read_bios_from_vram: Map address: 0xfffff800e0000000 (262144 bytes)
 info: [drm] igp_read_bios_from_vram: Incorrect BIOS signature: 0xBFBF
 info: [drm] radeon_read_bios: ===> Try PCI Expansion ROM...
 info: [drm] radeon_read_bios: Map address: 0xfffff800000c0000 (131072 bytes)
 info: [drm] ATOM BIOS: HD6450
 drmn0: info: VRAM: 1024M 0x0000000000000000 - 0x000000003FFFFFFF (1024M used)
 drmn0: info: GTT: 512M 0x0000000040000000 - 0x000000005FFFFFFF
 info: [drm] Detected VRAM RAM=1024M, BAR=256M
 info: [drm] RAM width 64bits DDR
 [TTM] Zone  kernel: Available graphics memory: 16726090 kiB
 [TTM] Zone   dma32: Available graphics memory: 2097152 kiB
 [TTM] Initializing pool allocator
 info: [drm] radeon: 1024M of VRAM memory ready
 info: [drm] radeon: 512M of GTT memory ready.
 info: [drm] Supports vblank timestamp caching Rev 1 (10.10.2010).
 info: [drm] Driver supports precise vblank timestamp query.
 info: [drm] MSI enabled 1 message(s)
 drmn0: info: radeon: using MSI.
 info: [drm] radeon: irq initialized.
 info: [drm] GART: num cpu pages 131072, num gpu pages 131072
 info: [drm] probing gen 2 caps for device 1022:1453 = 3/e
 info: [drm] enabling PCIE gen 2 link speeds, disable with radeon.pcie_gen2=0
 info: [drm] Loading CAICOS Microcode
 info: [drm] PCIE GART of 512M enabled (table at 0x0000000000040000).
 drmn0: info: WB enabled
 drmn0: info: fence driver on ring 0 use gpu addr 0x0000000040000c00 and cpu addr 0x0xfffff80117903c00
 drmn0: info: fence driver on ring 3 use gpu addr 0x0000000040000c0c and cpu addr 0x0xfffff80117903c0c
 info: [drm] ring test on 0 succeeded in 3 usecs
 info: [drm] ring test on 3 succeeded in 1 usecs
 info: [drm] ib test on ring 0 succeeded in 0 usecs
 info: [drm] ib test on ring 3 succeeded in 0 usecs
 info: [drm] radeon_device_init: Taking over the fictitious range 0xe0000000-0xf0000000
 radeon_iicbb0 on drmn0
 iicbus0: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb0 addr 0xff
 iic0: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus0
 radeon_iicbb1 on drmn0
 iicbus1: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb1 addr 0xff
 iic1: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus1
 radeon_iicbb2 on drmn0
 iicbus2: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb2 addr 0xff
 iic2: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus2
 radeon_iicbb3 on drmn0
 iicbus3: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb3 addr 0xff
 iic3: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus3
 radeon_iicbb4 on drmn0
 iicbus4: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb4 addr 0xff
 iic4: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus4
 radeon_iicbb5 on drmn0
 iicbus5: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb5 addr 0xff
 iic5: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus5
 radeon_iicbb6 on drmn0
 iicbus6: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb6 addr 0xff
 iic6: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus6
 radeon_iicbb7 on drmn0
 iicbus7: <Philips I2C bus> on iicbb7 addr 0xff
 iic7: <I2C generic I/O> on iicbus7
 info: [drm] Radeon Display Connectors
 info: [drm] Connector 0:
 info: [drm]   HDMI-A-1
 info: [drm]   HPD2
 info: [drm]   DDC: 0x6440 0x6440 0x6444 0x6444 0x6448 0x6448 0x644c 0x644c
 info: [drm]   Encoders:
 info: [drm]     DFP1: INTERNAL_UNIPHY1
 info: [drm] Connector 1:
 info: [drm]   DVI-D-1
 info: [drm]   HPD4
 info: [drm]   DDC: 0x6460 0x6460 0x6464 0x6464 0x6468 0x6468 0x646c 0x646c
 info: [drm]   Encoders:
 info: [drm]     DFP2: INTERNAL_UNIPHY
 info: [drm] Connector 2:
 info: [drm]   VGA-1
 info: [drm]   DDC: 0x6430 0x6430 0x6434 0x6434 0x6438 0x6438 0x643c 0x643c
 info: [drm]   Encoders:
 info: [drm]     CRT1: INTERNAL_KLDSCP_DAC1
 info: [drm] Internal thermal controller without fan control
 info: [drm] radeon: power management initialized
 info: [drm] Connector HDMI-A-1: get mode from tunables:
 info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.HDMI-A-1
 info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
 info: [drm] Connector DVI-D-1: get mode from tunables:
 info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.DVI-D-1
 info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
 info: [drm] Connector VGA-1: get mode from tunables:
 info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.modes.VGA-1
 info: [drm]   - kern.vt.fb.default_mode
 info: [drm] fb mappable at 0xE0142000
 info: [drm] vram apper at 0xE0000000
 info: [drm] size 19906560
 info: [drm] fb depth is 24
 info: [drm]    pitch is 13824
 fbd0 on drmn0
 VT: Replacing driver "efifb" with new "fb".
 info: [drm] Initialized radeon 2.29.0 20080528 for drmn0 on minor 0

Somehow the maximum resolution of my screen (3440×1440) triggers a bug in the chipset, so I had to force a lower resolution:

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Card0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     24
                Modes "2048x1080" "1920x1080" "1440x900" "1280x720"

Again no use for X11 so this is not a problem in practice.


Partition table needs some manual care, to ensure that the partitions are aligned on 32K boundaries (the unit for best performance I determined by benchmarking):

% gpart show
=>        40  1000215136  ada0  GPT  (477G)
          40          24        - free -  (12K)
          64      409536     1  efi  (200M)
      409600     4194304     2  freebsd-ufs  (2.0G)
     4603904   995611264     3  freebsd-zfs  (475G)
  1000215168           8        - free -  (4.0K)

=>        40  1000215136  ada1  GPT  (477G)
          40          24        - free -  (12K)
          64      409536     1  efi  (200M)
      409600     4194304     2  freebsd-ufs  (2.0G)
     4603904   995611264     3  freebsd-zfs  (475G)
  1000215168           8        - free -  (4.0K)

(Offset/sizes are expressed in 512-byte logical blocks and must thus be multiple of 64.)

% zpool list
data   472G  23.8G   448G         -     1%     5%  1.00x  ONLINE  -

% zpool status
  pool: data
 state: ONLINE
  scan: none requested

        NAME                                            STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
        data                                            ONLINE       0     0     0
          mirror-0                                      ONLINE       0     0     0
            gptid/9dabadd3-8106-11e7-b698-88d7f67c12a8  ONLINE       0     0     0
            gptid/a18b6e21-8106-11e7-b698-88d7f67c12a8  ONLINE       0     0     0

Unfortunately ZFS does not allow sector sizes above 8K. So I had to make-do with its default. Performance is adequate, if not optimal:

% bonnie
File './Bonnie.9023', size: 104857600
              -------Sequential Output-------- ---Sequential Input-- --Random--
              -Per Char- --Block--- -Rewrite-- -Per Char- --Block--- --Seeks---
Machine    MB K/sec %CPU K/sec %CPU K/sec %CPU K/sec %CPU K/sec %CPU  /sec %CPU
          100 281097 100.0 268506 99.8 329275 100.0 449623 100.0 2515290 105.2 139557.6 187.5

% bonnie++
Version  1.97       ------Sequential Output------ --Sequential Input- --Random-
Concurrency   1     -Per Chr- --Block-- -Rewrite- -Per Chr- --Block-- --Seeks--
Machine        Size K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP  /sec %CP
xxxxx           64G    54  99 258883  99 240610  99   348  99 678770  99  5686 309
Latency               154ms     124ms    5358us   25507us    2164us    9822us

Version  1.97       ------Sequential Create------ --------Random Create--------
xxxxx               -Create-- --Read--- -Delete-- -Create-- --Read--- -Delete--
              files  /sec %CP  /sec %CP  /sec %CP  /sec %CP  /sec %CP  /sec %CP
                 16 24135  98 +++++ +++ 10962  46 25032  98 +++++ +++ 24933  99
Latency              6168us      59us     800ms    6269us      45us      83us


Suspend to sleep state C3 (acpiconf -s 3) works fine and resumes without problems. Including graphics and wifi.


In want of using this computer when I’m travelling but not leave it on all the time, it is important to be able to wake it up remotely.

Thankfully, wake-on-lan works fine with the on-board Realtek adapter.

Can wake both from suspended state (C3) and off (C5).

Needs in /boot/loader.conf

Energy usage

Idle: ~40W

Underload: ~140W

Performance – main use case

% cd cockroach 
% /usr/bin/time gmake build # incl all dependencies
      103.77 real       869.62 user        74.04 sys

% touch pkg/**/*.go && /usr/bin/time gmake build # just the Go code
       22.78 real        42.83 user         7.77 sys

I can live with that.


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