AMD on Tuesday launched what can only be described as the â€œhome essentialsâ€� (read: bare-bones basic) of CPU chipsets for todayâ€™s and tomorrowâ€™s Ryzen chips.
The A520 chipset is a slight upgrade over the previous budget A320 chipset. One main difference is the addition of USB 3.2 10Gbps ports from the CPU. The A520 also gets four PCIe 3.0 lanes, vs. the four PCIe 2.0 lanes of the A320.
The biggest difference, though, is in CPU support. AMD said the A520 will let you socket in todayâ€™s Ryzen 3000-based Zen 2 chips and offer a path for â€œfuture upgrades.â€� That means it should work with the upcoming Ryzen 4000-based Zen 3 CPUs.
For those seeking a basic chipset to build on a current Ryzen CPU, with an eye toward an eventual upgrade, the A520 is probably not a bad place to start. Obviously, that means you donâ€™t get access to PCIe 4.0 support, but thatâ€™s probably not in the cards in a budget chipset meant to run a budget CPU.