Introduction to the FS-FP5V

Earlier last month, Sapphire Technology announced the ‘FS-FP5V’, their embedded Mini-STX (smaller than Micro-ATX and Micro-ITX) motherboards for the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 Processor Family.

When AMD announced this processor family, they intended this SoC to target the “digital casino gaming, digital signage, medical imaging, industrial controls/automation, thin client/office automation, and communications infrastructure markets”.

Intel launched a non-embedded competitor to this processor family back in Q3 2017, the Intel Xeon E3-12xx v6 processor family.

Specification comparison with Intel

The Intel Xeon E3-1285v6 Processor has 4C/8T @ 4.1GHz with an average TDP of 79W while the AMD Ryzen 1807B Processor has 4C/8T @ 3.35GHz an average TDP of 45W. Both processors support ECC, although LGA1151 motherboards with ECC support are harder to find in 2018.

Unlike AMD’s product brief for the processor family, the Sapphire FS-FP5V motherboard does not provide 10Gb ethernet. Instead, it uses the Realtek RTL8111G Ethernet Controller to provide 1Gb ethernet.

I purchased the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1807B Processor model.

What’s in the box

Sapphire sent us:

  • FS-FP5V w/ heatsink
  • I/O shield
  • Instructions Manual
  • Drivers CD

We received our FS-FP5V motherboard without a power adapter (12~19V DC OUT according to their instruction manual).

So, I ordered the SilverStone AD120-STX (120W 19V DC output) power adapter from Amazon.com.

Ultimately, I decided to purchase the SilverStone VT02B Mini-STX case for our motherboard.

Sapphire FS-FP5V installed to SilverStone VT02B Chassis

According to the user manual, the motherboard is set to automatically power on by default. The auto power jumper diagram was misleading, as the orientation of the pins did not correspond with the pin layout (jump JP6 to disable auto power on).

Setup and Issues

After installing the Windows 10 AMD chipset/GPU drivers, GPU-Z detected the GPU as:

AMD Radeon(TM) Vega 11 Graphics .

Windows 10 Screenshot

In addition, HWINFO64 detects ECC support in our Kingston 16GB ECC SODIMM. This was misleading as we confirmed ECC was not enabled by running the command:

wmic memphysical get memoryerrorcorrection

returns ‘3’ (None) (from Microsoft Documentation).

Entering that command on the Asrock X399 Professional Gaming Motherboard with AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950x returns ‘6’ (Multi-bit ECC).

This indicates that our unbuffered ECC memory is running in non-ECC mode.

The instruction manual and BIOS options does not mention ECC checking and according to the datasheet for the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 Processor family, ECC should be supported.

I suspect we need a new BIOS firmware update from Sapphire to enable ECC.