AMD A520 Motherboards launched Today - PC SEEKERS

AMD A520 Motherboards launched Today

 Credits: ASUS

AMD on 16th of June launched their mid-range B550 chipset and announced their availability starting that same day. On the same day, AMD also announced 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000XT CPUs along with the new budget A520 chipset. The availability of the A520 chipset motherboards was unknown till a couple days ago when leaks started suggesting that the motherboard manufacturers will make their A520 motherboards available to the consumers on 18th August.


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AMD in it's blog post from June quoted that

The new A520 chipset for socket AM4 is the latest addition to the AMD 500 series chipset family providing a streamlined trusted platform to satisfy everyday PC users. The new AMD 500 series motherboards including the new A520 provide essential performance for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors and beyond. AMD A520 motherboards are expected to be available at leading retailers and etailers starting in August 2020 from board partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Colorful, Gigabyte and MSI.


A520 chipset is the entry level chipset in the 500 series of chipsets comprising of an mid range chipset i.e. B550 that launched in June this year and the higher end chipset i.e. X570 that launched last year with the Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 CPUs.

Chart credit: wccftech

A520 chipset based motherboards are entry level and generally have less feature integration compared to a B550 or an X570 chipset based motherboard. From the chart you can conclude that it has lesser I/O compared to other higher end chipset based motherboards. It is also obvious that A520 motherboards do not support overclocking as the entry level A320 motherboards did not support overclocking either. Although SLI or Cross-fire is almost already dead, for whatever it's worth, A520 motherboards do not support SLI or Cross-Fire where as X570 and B550 motherboards do. 

A520 doesn't support PCIe Gen 4 speeds just like B550 but B550 chipset based motherboards supported PCIe Gen 4 lanes coming off of the CPU where as A520 motherboards do not support that either. Cost cutting measures any where possible to provide cheap entry-level boards for everyday use.

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Today Gigabyte and Asus started selling their A520 chipset based motherboards on Newegg. Sooner or later MSI and Asrock are also expected to start selling their A520 boards on Amazon and Newegg.

 Source: newegg

Gigabyte have started selling 2 mATX boards on Newegg: Gigabyte A520M DS3H mATX and a cheaper Gigabyte A520M S3H mATX board and both are available for purchase right now. Where as Asus is selling its Asus Prime A520M-K motherboard which is currently out of stock.

At the time of writing we could not find any other A520 boards on Newegg while there are zero listings of them on Amazon but we are pretty sure that there will be more A520 boards available as Asrock has already listed at least 6 A520 boards to be available to the consumers sooner or later.

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