The AMD A520 chipset may not be featured on the absolute best motherboards around, it's still worth considering if you're on a tighter budget or don't care for the advanced functionality offered by B550 and X570 chipsets. We've rounded up the best AMD A520 motherboards right here for you to start your search.
The Gigabyte A520 Aorus Elite is about as good as you can get with the A520 chipset from AMD. This motherboard has a 5+3 power phase design for added system stability, has better passive cooling for the VRMs, and plenty of ports on the rear of the motherboard. Gigabyte also included numerous fan headers and M.2 slots for speedy PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives.
If you want a motherboard with built-in Wi-Fi for cable-free net access, look no further than the MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI. It doesn't have quite as good of a VRM solution as our top pick, which will mean the power delivery should run at higher temperatures, especially when hitting maximum supported CPU clock speeds, but it's a good motherboard overall.
This ASRock A520M-HDV motherboard should only be bought if you absolutely cannot afford a better motherboard or if you don't require much in terms of functionality and performance. There's no passive cooling for the VRMs, nor are there plenty of I/O to play with. But this board does rock an M.2 slot and will support Ryzen 5000 series processors.
If you need a motherboard that will fit inside a mini-ITX PC case, you'll want to consider an ITX motherboard like the Gigabyte A520I AC. This is a great platform for an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor build, rocking a 6-phase power design for stable operation, as well as Wi-Fi and an M.2 slot.
Choosing the best A520 motherboard
The best motherboards for AMD Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series processors will come with B550 or X570 chipsets. These chipsets offer more advanced functionality (including PCIe 4.0) than A520 boards. Because of this, motherboard vendors will include higher-quality components, as well as better I/O and overclocking support on B550 and X570 motherboards.
Still, A520 chipset motherboards are still worth considering if you don't plan on overclocking your PC or need the best USB layout on the rear of the chassis. Our collection of A520 motherboards are brilliant for budget-friendly PC builds, as well as even more capable gaming rigs. Gigabyte's A520 Aorus Elite is our top pick thanks to its feature set, offering great value.
There are other great picks like the Gigabyte A520I AC, which will fit inside the most compact PC cases, while still offering good functionality for more capable Ryzen 5000 series PC builds. If you need something a little ... more, we have rounded up the best AMD X570 motherboards.
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.
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