ASRock has registered 12 AMD A520 motherboards in anticipation of the Ryzen 4000 launch. Earlier, ASUS had also listed five mATX A520 boards on its website (accidentally of course), indicating that a new budget chipset for AMD’s new processors was being prepped for launch.
The models listed (from the above image) are:
- A520M Pro4
- A520M Pro4 R2.0
- A520M Pro4 R3.0
- A520M-HDV R2.0
- A520M-HDV R3.0
- A520M-HVS R2.0
- A520M-HVS R3.0
Like the ASUS boards, these are all mini and micro-ATX boards for small form-factor PCs. Compared to the B550 chipset, A520 will drop overclocking support and PCIe 4.0. This is truly the barrel bottom with only the bare essentials.
You get 16 PCIe lanes, 4 SATA ports, and less than a dozen USB 3.1 ports. Prices should be in the sub-$75 range, with the cheapest boards costing just around $50. As such, you can build a budget PC using a Ryzen APU and an A320 board for just under $200.
The A520 boards should launch sometime in the second half of 2020, possibly before the Ryzen 3000 refresh.