9 Best A520 Motherboards

Users wanting to upgrade to a Ryzen CPU have multiple choices when it comes to the motherboard that’s going to power their build. You still have the B450 chipset, which can be an excellent budget solution in case you find a quality B450 board at its regular retail price. Next, we have the B550 chipset, the new budget and mid-range solution packing PCIe 4.0 support and upgraded VRM designs over the B450 series.

Then there’s the X570, the flagship chipset with more PCIe 4.0 lanes, powerful VRMs (on most boards), lots of USB ports, but also a higher price than any other chipset. Finally, AMD recently released the A520 chipset made for extreme budget users, affordable office builds, and small and quiet HTPC machines. This latest chipset powers a number of motherboards, but which ones are the best? We will try to answer that question today, listing the best A520 boards for various use cases.

Best A520 Motherboards – Our Picks

Best A520 Motherboards – Our Picks
AwardModel 
The Cheapest A520 MotherboardASRock A520M-HDV asrock a520m hdv
Best A520 Motherboard For Cheap Office BuildsASUS Pro A520M-C/CSM asus pro a520m c csm
MSI A520M Pro-C Dash msi a520m pro c dash
Best A520 Motherboard For a Budget Gaming RigASUS TUF Gaming A520M-Plus asus tuf gaming a520m plus
Gigabyte A520 Aorus Elite gigabyte a520 aorus elite
Gigabyte A520M DS3H gigabyte a520m ds3h
Best A520 Motherboard With Wi-Fi ConnectivityMSI MAG A520M Vector Wi-Fi msi mag a520m vector wi fi
A520 Motherboard With Best DesignGigabyte A520M Aorus Elite gigabyte a520m aorus elite
Best Mini-ITX A520 MotherboardASRock A520M-ITX/ac asrock a520m

Should You Buy A520 Motherboard?

Before we list the best A520 boards, let’s try answering the question asked above. Firstly, gamers should avoid A520 boards unless they are looking for an extremely affordable motherboard capable of running budget gaming CPUs, such as the Ryzen 3 3300X or the Ryzen 5 3600. Even then, you should think about getting a B450 or a lower-tier B550 motherboard. With the first option, you’re getting more USB lanes and better VRMs and with the second you get that along with PCIe 4.0 support.

Those looking for a base for an affordable and reliable office computer could check out A520 options. There’s a couple of boards designed specifically around office needs. They include features such as legacy video ports (did someone mentioned VGA?) and other ports that aren’t usually found on most modern motherboards, increased security, and high endurance. Just remember that the A520 boards aren’t compatible with AMD 3000 APUs such as the Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G.

If you want to pair an AMD APU and the A520 motherboard wait for the Ryzen 4000 series APUs to start selling for the general public. At the moment 4000 series APUs are only available to OEMs. This is why it’s better to pair a cheap APU (like the Athlon 3000G) with an affordable B450 board than to use the A520. Not only do you have to wait for 4000 APUs but you’ll also pay more since the new APUs are quite expensive.

Overall, while the A520 is a very affordable chipset, we recommend getting a cheap B450 board instead of an A520 motherboard. Gamers will get more connectivity options, better VRMs (on select B450 motherboards), or even PCIe 4.0 support if they opt for a budget B550 board. And those looking for a motherboard and CPU combo for their office PC builds can get the cheapest B450 board right now and combine it with an affordable APU (like the Athlon 3000G) instead of waiting for 4000 APUs to start selling to the public.

But if you still want an A520 board, keep on reading because we’ve shared the best ones down below.

The Cheapest A520 Motherboard

ASRock A520M-HDV
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16, 1 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
1 × D-Sub
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

ASRock is offering the most affordable A520 motherboard you can find right now, the ASRock A520M-HDV. It can be a solid choice for an HTPC that can also run games since it can run a cheap Ryzen CPU along with a decent gaming-grade GPU. The board is pretty much barebones.

It has two DIMM slots but also one PCIe x16 and one PCIe x1 port. You don’t have any VRM heatsink but that’s okay since this model isn’t designed to run anything more powerful than the, let’s say, Ryzen 5 3600.

Other specs include support for DDR4 4600 memory, four SATA III and one M.2 slot, as well as the Realtek ALC887 audio codec responsible for the audio section. On the rear you can find four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, but also a selection of video outs, perfect when using the board with an APU. These ports include one D-Sub, one DVI, and one HDMI port. As we’ve already said, this board is a pretty barebones product but at least it’s very affordable.

Best A520 Motherboard For Cheap Office Builds

ASUS Pro A520M-C/CSM
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2 mouse
1 × PS/2 keyboard
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
1 × D-Sub
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × COM port
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

Users looking for a board for building an office PC or setup that can be used in large companies should take a look at the two boards targeting business users. The ASUS Pro A520M-C/CSM features exclusive options such as a Dedicated LPC header and debug card with an LCD display, which can be very helpful for employees in the IT department. You also get faster BIOS, ASUS Control Center Express(ACCE) that should make IT management easier, and a moisture-resistant coating on the board, allowing users to run this board in harsh industrial environments.

Other than these business-specific features you’re looking at a pretty basic board. The Pro A520M-C/CSM has two DIMM slots and supports DDR4 4600 memory. It also includes four SATA III and one M.2 slot. While the board has one PCIe x16 slot it does come with two PCIe x1 and one PCI slot for easier expansion. You also get gigabit LAN and Realtek ALC887 audio codec. The rear panel features four USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two USB 2.0 ports along with a DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI port. The rear panel also includes one COM port, used by many industrial machines.

MSI A520M Pro-C Dash
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2 mouse
1 × PS/2 keyboard
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
1 × D-Sub
1 × COM
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

The second choice is the MSI A520M Pro-C Dash. This one includes pretty much the same specs. You get three different video outs on the back, gigabit LAN, two DIMM slots with support for fast memory, four SATA III and one M.2 slot. The board also includes one PCIe x16 slot, two PCIe x1 slots, and a single PCI slot. Finally, the rear panel includes two USB 2.0, four USB 3.2 Gen 1, and a COM port. As you can see, the two boards are very similar, so get the one selling for less.

Best A520 Motherboard For a Budget Gaming Rig

ASUS TUF Gaming A520M-Plus
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
1 × D-Sub
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

If you want to build an extremely affordable gaming rig, check out the three motherboards featured here. The TUF gaming A520M-Plus has VRM that should be good enough to run the 3700X processor. Just don’t go with anything more powerful. Other specs include four DIMM slots with support for up to 4800 DDR4 memory.

You also get four SATA III ports and one M.2 slot. Expansion slots include one PCIe x16, and two PCIe x1 slots. The board includes gigabit LAN, Realtek ALC887 audio codec, and a dedicated Key E M.2 slot that can host a Wi-Fi card.

Out on the rear panel, you can find one USB 3.2 Gen 2, four USB 3.2 Gen 1, and two USB 2.0 ports. You also get a selection of video ports that include one DVI, one D-Sub, and one HDMI port. It’s worth noting that this board also includes RGB support.

Gigabyte A520 Aorus Elite
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 3 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2
3 × USB 3.2 Gen1
4 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × optical S/PDIF Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

The Gigabyte A520 Aorus Elite is a very similar board available in the ATX and mATX versions. Its VRM can run the Ryzen 7 3700X CPU and here you get some specs that are a step forward compared to the ASUS model. For instance, the audio section is managed by the Realtek ALC1200 codec, which can be a part of much more expensive boards. Also, this one includes two PCIe x16 slots (but there’s no multi-GPU support whatsoever on the A520 chipset), and three PCIe x1 slots. This can be handy for someone who was lots of expansion cards.

Then there are four SATA III and one M/2 slot along with a DVI and HDMI ports found on the rear panel. On the back, you can find a gigabit LAN port, four USB 2.0, one USB 3.2 Gen 1, and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. Not bad considering the chipset used.

Gigabyte A520M DS3H
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

Finally, we have the Gigabyte A520M DS3H. The board’s VRM section (5+3 phases, the same setup as on the A520 Aorus Elite) lacks any sort of heatsink but it still should be able to run the 3700X without much heat. Other features include four DIMMs and support for DDR4 4400. You get four SATA III ports and one M.2 slot. There’s also one PCIe x16 and one PCIe x1 slots. The board features gigabit LAN and the audio section is powered by Realtek ALC887 audio codec. If you want the best audio get the Aorus Elite.

The rear panel hides one DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort. You also have two USB 2.0 and four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. Overall, while the A520 Aorus Elite is the prime candidate for a budget gaming rig the board’s quite expensive for A520 standards. So, instead, we would go with the DS3H, but only if you can find it for cheaper than any decent B450 board.

Best A520 Motherboard With Wi-Fi Connectivity

MSI MAG A520M Vector Wi-Fi
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
2 × SMA
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiYes

As for the best A520 board with a Wi-Fi connection, check out the MSI MAG A520m Vector Wi-Fi. It’s a gaming-oriented board and its packs Wi-Fi 5 connectivity along with Bluetooth 4.2. Other specs include two DIMM slots and support for DDR4 4600, four SATA III ports, and one M.2 slot. Then you get a gigabit LAN along with the Realtek ALC892 codec responsible for powering the audio section. In terms of expansion slots you get one PCIe x16 and two PCIe x1 slots.

The rear panel features four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, along with one HDMI and one DisplayPort connectors. Overall, this is a solid budget board with Wi-Fi but, again, if you find a half-decent B450 board with Wi-Fi connectivity for the same money, get that one. When it comes to alternatives, there’s the Gigabyte A520M DS3H model that comes with Wi-Fi connectivity.

A520 Motherboard With Best Design

Gigabyte A520M Aorus Elite
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiYes

The Gigabyte A520M Aorus Elite is by far the best looking A520 motherboard. Even its mATX version looks slick, with the large rear panel shroud and subtle Aorus logo that burns bright at the side of the board. On the other side, the ATX version has a couple of RGB effects, which is really cool to find on such a cheap motherboard. Overall, the Aorus elite is the only A520 board that cares about its design so it’s naturally the best looking A520 motherboard.

Best Mini-ITX A520 Motherboard

ASRock A520M-ITX/ac
ChipsetAMD A520
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
2 × SMA
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiYes

Last but not least we have the best Mini-ITX A520 board. The choice is between two models from ASRock and Gigabyte and we went with the ASRock board because it has a better, 8-phase VRM. Nevertheless, if you plan on building an HTPC or a budget Mini-ITX gaming rig you could go with the Gigabyte A520I AC because its VRM should be fine for anything up to the 3700X.

As for the ASRock A520M-ITX/ac, it packs very solid specs for a Mini-ITX board rocking the budget A520 chipset. The board packs two DIMM slots with support for DDR4 4733. Next, you have 4 SATA III ports and one M.2 slot that comes with a heatsink, which is rather nice to see. There’s also one PCIe x16 slot, which is about all when it comes to expansion slots.

Connectivity-wise, there’s gigabit LAN along with a Wi-Fi card that supports Wi-Fi 5 speeds and Bluetooth 4.2. The Realtek ALC887 codec is powering the audio section and the rear panel features two USB 2.0, three USB 3.2 Gen 1, and one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port. Another pleasant surprise. The rear panel also hosts one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector. Overall, this Mini-ITX board is pretty packed and should be a nice choice for quiet and low-powered HTPC or some budget Mini-ITX gaming build. But only if the price is right and lower than of any B450 Mini-ITX solution.

Goran Damnjanovic
Goran Damnjanovic
Goran is Levvvel's senior hardware writer. He studied psychology but found that video games and PC hardware were much more interesting. Over the years he's developed expertise in everything gaming tech related.
Goran Damnjanovic
Goran Damnjanovic
Goran is Levvvel's senior hardware writer. He studied psychology but found that video games and PC hardware were much more interesting. Over the years he's developed expertise in everything gaming tech related.

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