Tuesday, August 18th 2020

ASRock Launches AMD A520 Motherboards with Best In-class Features

The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, proudly introduce the new motherboard lineup for AMD A520 chipset, a new value solution to join the AMD 500 series family. The newly launched ASRock AMD A520 motherboards brought the support of latest AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Desktop Processors along with stunning performance to the masses.

"At AMD, our goal is to provide every PC user with the most powerful, flexible and reliable user experience across all verticals," said Chris Kilburn, corporate vice president and general manager, client component business unit, AMD. "We are pleased to introduce the AMD A520 chipset, offering a robust platform for the award-winning 3rd Gen Ryzen Desktop Processors alongside a promise for future support of the upcoming "Zen 3" architecture. With creative designs in a range of form factors from Mini-ITX to full size Micro-ATX coupled with an abundance of connectivity options from our partners at ASRock, the A520 chipset will offer a streamlined and trusted platform to satisfy even the most demanding home and office PC users."
"To allow the latest and greatest AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Desktop Processors can be enjoyed on all sorts of platform, ASRock provides all sort of solution for you to choose from, such as the A520M-ITX/ac, a Mini-ITX motherboard that is packed full of excitement including Dr.MOS VRM solution, 802.11ac WiFi and a full coverage heatsink for M.2 SSD, a robust little beast for the entry Mini ITX lover." Says Chris Lee, general manager of ASRock motherboard business unit.

ASRock also provides full size Micro ATX solution such as A520M Pro4 for those who is intended to populate all 4 DIMM slot and achieve maximum DRAM capacity, A520M Pro4 also provides perfect expandability with total of two M.2 slots and tons of USB ports, a heatsink for M.2 SSD is also included to ensure your high speed M.2 storage device always perform at its best. Nahimic Audio utility is also available on this motherboard, whether you are using headphones or speakers, via USB, Wi-Fi, analog output or even HDMI, Nahimic Audio offers you the most engaging listening experience, vibrant and rich with details.

With a wide range of options available including everything from Mini-ITX to full size 4 DIMM mATX, ASRock's A520 range includes something for everyone, ASRock has the right product to suit your needs.
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12 Comments on ASRock Launches AMD A520 Motherboards with Best In-class Features

#1
bonehead123
These boards would have been much more attractive if they had spent the extra .005918 worth of paint/pigment to make everything solid black, but apparently that would have cut too much into their margins :(
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Chrispy_
Important features for a new "normal" consumer board these days are M.2 slots for PCIe storage because inferior 2.5"/SATA drives are now more expensive than superior M.2 NVMe drives. We've passed the switchover point and SATA is now officially 'legacy'. If people want legacy then they don't need a new motherboard, their A320 or B450 will do just fine.

So, 0/4 boards have more than one NVMe M.2 slot, and I can see no USB-C to speak of. Actually maybe the Pro4 has one on the rear IO but it's hard to tell and none of them have a single USB-C internal header to speak of.

Look, I know A-series boards are budget boards, but that doesn't mean they have to be outdated as well.
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Houd.ini
Those are some of the most meagre VRMs I have seen outside of haute couture catwalks.
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#4
lukart
bonehead123These boards would have been much more attractive if they had spent the extra .005918 worth of paint/pigment to make everything solid black, but apparently that would have cut too much into their margins :(
It's not about margins at all, It would even make their life easier all in one color... Its about aesthetics most likely.
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#5
Jism
Houd.iniThose are some of the most meagre VRMs I have seen outside of haute couture catwalks.
And i bet it still runs a 3950x flawless. It's because of the design standards AMD requires for mobo makers, that it must run anything that fits into that socket, even OC'ed.
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#6
Hemmingstamp
Chrispy_If people want legacy then they don't need a new motherboard, their A320 or B450 will do just fine.
Only one NVMe slot on my B450 board which is occupied. My SATA SSD's on the same board are fast enough that I barely notice the speeds any longer.
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#7
xtreemchaos
well what a sorry state thay look, was i hoping for too much. think ill be sticking with my b450 and that was free with the cpu.
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#8
Caring1
Houd.iniThose are some of the most meagre VRMs I have seen outside of haute couture catwalks.
The iTX board seems to be the only decent one among them.
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#9
tabascosauz
Caring1The iTX board seems to be the only decent one among them.
Those who bought the B550M-ITX/ac are in for quite the surprise if they bought that board thinking it was a great deal compared to the rest of the B550 ITX SKUs :laugh: turns out they got baited by ASRock because the A520M-ITX/ac literally is the exact same board for less money. Still all Gen1 USB, still a single USB-C, exact same features, exact same layout.

I guess it does lose out on PCIe 4.0 and manual OC for being A520, but let's face it - 6 x 50A SiC654 is hardly "cool-running" for an ITX board, especially not with that cigar-sized paperweight ASRock calls a "heatsink", with which the A520M-ITX probably performs no better than the A520I-AC despite having 2 more Vcore phases.

Regardless of how great it is in the value department, it's a real shame that there's no Gen2 USB anywhere to be found. The B450 ITX all had them, and these A520 ITX boards are almost carbon copies of those boards in features and design.
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#10
ppn
Everything over USB. It will happen some day, things are moving in that direction.

So what is the VRM exactly, 8x DRmos on the ITX board looks good and runs much cool cigar shaped or not.. The naked ones not so lucky are propably reaching 140C under load.

Too bad I dont like the idea of ZEN2 chiplet design 7nm+12nm IMC for desktop. AMD just give me single Die CPU+IMC 8 core at $199 made on 6nm already.
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#11
ExcuseMeWtf
Pro4 looks reasonable, I hope it won't get too close price-wise to better chipsets.
JismAnd i bet it still runs a 3950x flawless. It's because of the design standards AMD requires for mobo makers, that it must run anything that fits into that socket, even OC'ed.
3950x? Even OC'ed? Press X to doubt.
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#12
kn00tcn
These boards would have been much more attractive if they had spent the extra .005918 worth of paint/pigment to make everything solid black, but apparently that would have cut too much into their margins :(
contrast is attractive, it's biologically hardwired in the human brain... a single color of absolutely everything looks like some unfinished rendering

99.999999999% of exaggerations using ridiculous imaginary numbers is extremely ugly, absolutely lazy argument
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