As a successor to the previous entry-level A320 chipset, the A520 chipset is designed for Ryzen 3 and Athlon processors and comes with very few features in comparison with the features already available on the more expensive X570 and B550 motherboards.

First of all, it lacks CPU overclocking capabilities, and there is no support for PCIe 4.0 so we have to rely on sixteen PCIe gen 3 lanes for graphics card. I / O connectivity is also more limited than that of its high-end counterparts, with 4 SATA ports and 9 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. All motherboards are expected to be Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX format.

These are the models revealed in the registry by ASRock.

  • A520M Pro4
  • A520M Pro4 R2.0
  • A520M Pro4 R3.0
  • A520M-HDV
  • A520M-HDVP
  • A520M-HDV R2.0
  • A520M-HDV R3.0
  • A520M-HVS
  • A520M-HVS R2.0
  • A520M-HVS R3.0
  • A520M-ITX / ac
  • A520M / ac

These new registered motherboards are expected to arrive sometime in the third quarter of 2020 and will replace the old A320 chipset motherboard series.

It is clear that if you plan to build a PC for a long run, your bet should be on B550 or X570 motherboard, since these platforms support PCI-Express 4.0 and CPU overclocking. For general office use, or for tight budget builds, the A520 chipset is the most pocket-friendly option.