Having announced the Ryzen 3000XT processors alongside the A520 chipset, AMD has formally launched the A520 motherboards yesterday which does bring both the Ryzen 3000 and the upcoming Ryzen 4000 processors support. This is great news for budget enthusiasts who do not have to spend much to use the new AMD CPUs for their new PCs.
Much like its brother B550 chipset, the A520 does not support older 1st gen and 2nd Ryzen CPUs nor the APUs, however, only the B450 chipset is the only one to support all generations of Ryzen CPUs, including the upcoming Ryzen 4000 CPUs. This strategy might help AMD a lot because if motherboards are cheaper people will not have any problem upgrading to new CPUs and AMD is doing that before the official Ryzen 4000 CPU announcement.
Specifications of A520 chipset
- 26x usable PCIe 3.0 lanes with a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processor – dedicated to 16x graphics with 4x left over
- Up to 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports (SuperSpeed 10Gbps) – almost the speed of a USB Type-C
- Up to 2 native USB 3.1 Ports
- Up to 6 native USB 2.0 Ports
- Up to 4x SATA Ports
- Also, there’s support for a choice of 1 x4 NVMe: either 2 SATA with 2 NMVes or 2 x2 NMVe drives, however all of the PCIe Gen 3
- The chipset could even support up to four 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) SATA drives.
Obviously, the specs aren’t too that convincing but however, if these motherboards come at less than $100 then you won’t complain much as they will support new CPUs. However, you will miss the overclocking support still, say, if you are making a budget gaming PC and want to use the budget Ryzen 3 CPUs then these motherboards will serve the purpose without hurting your pocket much.
Already, AMD’s page has revealed some of the first A520 motherboards from various vendors like ASRock’s A520M Pro4, ASUS TUF GAMING A520M-PLUS, Biostar A520MH, Gigabyte A520 AORUS Elite, and MSI’s MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI motherboard. More details of these motherboards are reflected on their respective webpages and soon more A520 motherboards will be coming to the market.
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