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AMD launches new A520 motherboard chipset for 3rd Gen Ryzen processors

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Motherboards with AMD's new budget-friendly A520 chipset will soon come to market.
  • The new chipset replaces the previous-gen A320, which wasn't guaranteed to have support for 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs.
  • No overclocking or PCIe 4.0 support, but these motherboards will be affordable.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It could well be an aircraft from Airbus, but it's actually a motherboard chipset from AMD. The A520 replaces the older A320, which launched alongside Ryzen 2000 series processors. The new A520 comes rocking full support for 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs, including the powerful Ryzen 9 3000 series.

What's new with the A520 chipset isn't PCIe 4.0, unfortunately. Nor is there room for overclocking. This is the budget-friendly chipset option for AMD PCs and so we shouldn't expect all the high-end features from the X570 chipset to trickle down to the affordable range of motherboards.

What is included with the A520 chipset is full support for newer Ryzen 3000 series processors and faster USB ports. Here's how the new chipset compares against the outgoing A320 and higher-end B550 and X570 chipsets.

CategoryA320A520B550X570
CPU storagePCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 4.0PCIe 4.0
CPU graphicsx16 PCIe 3.0x16 PCIe 3.0x16 PCIe 4.0x16 PCIe 4.0
CPU USB1x USB 3.2 Gen 2
(Doesn't support 3rd Gen Ryzen)
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2
(Plus 4x SuperSpeed on 3rd Gen Ryzen)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2
(Plus 4x SuperSpeed on 3rd Gen Ryzen)
8x USB 3.2 Gen 2
(Plus 4x SuperSpeed on 3rd Gen Ryzen)
Dual-GPU support--
General purpose lanesPCIe 2.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 4.0
CPU chipset uplinkPCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 4.0
Overclocking support--

If you want to make the most of your shiny new Ryzen 3000 series processor, you'll want to choose one of the best motherboards, rocking at least the B550 chipset.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.