It’s been a long time coming, but AMD has officially released the entry-level A520 chipset. Apart from the launch, there are also a large number of A520 motherboards that will completely steal your attention.
Focusing on getting the best bang for your buck, the A520 chipset is examined without some key features that you may or may not remember. For starters, the chipset does not support CPU overclocking, which should not be a big deal breaker as there is not much manual overclocking space to start the Risen 3000-series processor (codename Matisse). In addition, A520 motherboards are a low-cost alternative to budget-lacking pockets, so they often come with modest power distribution subsystems, sufficient for stock use but not really adept at overclocking.
Above all, the A520 chipset loses the most important feature contained in AMD’s 500-series chipset – PCIe 4.0 support. PCIe 4.0 is not important for graphics cards because the PCIe 3.0 x16 interface is more than enough. Unfortunately, the lack of PCIe 4.0 on the A520 chipset means you will miss having a faster PCIe 4.0 SSD.
The A520 brings a significant upgrade over the previous A320 chipset. General-purpose lanes on the A520 chipset are compatible with the PCIe 3.0 standard rather than the slower PCIe 2.0 lanes on the A320 chipset.
The A520 chipset lands with 265 PCIe 3.0 slots when the Ryzen 3000-series processor has a motherboard. The storage design allows up to four SATA III ports. Connectivity-wise, the chipset can have five USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, two native USB 3.1 ports and six native USB 2.0 ports.
The Gigabyte A520 is priced under $ 69.99 in the Amazon listing, but we are expecting to see a cheaper model.