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AMD Launches A520 Motherboard For Budget PCs

AMD has officially launched the AMD A520 motherboard, the latest series for Ryzen processors. This entry-level motherboard will support the Zen-2 or 3rd generation Ryzen types. Motherboards with the A series are indeed known for their budget friendly motherboards.

Performance and features

Unlike the B550 and X570, AMD A520 motherboards do not have PCIe 4.0. Even though it only uses PCIe 3.0, it is clear that the price offered will be more affordable. Even those of you who hope to overclock will be disappointed because this budget motherboard doesn’t support overclocking.

Source: AMD

The AMD A520 motherboard offers several CPU and motherboard configurations. For CPU you can choose 3 kinds of port settings, namely:

  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 NVMe
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 NVMe + 2 x SATA
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 NVMe + 2 x PCIe 3.0 NVMe

As well as 2 kinds of chipset settings, namely:

  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 + 2 x PCIe 3.0
  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 + 2 x SATA

Comparison with some other mobo series

Compared to their predecessors, the AMD A520 and A320 motherboards actually don’t have much difference. The most obvious difference is that the A520 no longer has PCIe 2.0. When compared with the middle-level motherboard, it is quite significant. The B550 motherboard already uses PCIe 4.0, supports double GPU and overclocking.

Source: AMD

When compared in terms of the required budget, the A520 is still cheaper than the B550. If you need extra features like a second GPU slot or overclock capability, the B550 will still be an okay choice.

The following is a compatibility table between the types of motherboards and Ryzen processors on the market.

Source: AMD

Based on the table above, AMD A520 motherboards will only be compatible with Ryzen 3rd Gen. This is similar to the B550 motherboard which is only compatible for Ryzen 3rd Gen. So don’t buy the wrong processor if you use this motherboard. Are you ready to assemble a PC with a low budget but with maximum performance? please comment below.