ASUS has listed five AMD A520 boards on its website, well ahead of the official launch. Recently, AMD launched the Zen 2 based Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X parts, along with the B550 chipset for its midrange processors. This was accompanied by an announcement that the older B450 boards won’t officially support the Ryzen 4000 “Vermeer” CPUs, and users wanting to upgrade would have to get either a B550 or X570 platform.
Of course, this didn’t sit well with the fan base and the entire AMD subreddit has been on fire lately. Regardless, back to the topic on hand. ASUS listed five A520 boards on its website (now taken down), rekindling speculations of a third chipset for the upcoming Zen 3 based Ryzen 4000 CPUs as well as the Renoir desktop APUs.
The five A520 motherboards listed on the ASUS website are as follows:
- PRIME A520M-A
- PRIME A520M-E
- PRIME A520M-K
- TUF GAMING A520M-A
- TUF GAMING A520M-PLUS
These are all supposed to be M-ATX models for small form factor builds on a budget. Considering that the A320 boards were supported across the first and second generation of Ryzen CPUs and in some cases even the 3rd Gen chips, it’s almost certain that the A520 chipset will support both the 3rd and 4th generations of Ryzen CPUs.
Of course, I/O options are going to be limited and PCIe 4 support will most likely be dropped but that shouldn’t be an issue for people looking to build a PC in the budget and lower-end segments.