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Brand - ASRock, Model - ASRock A520M-HDV, Chipset Brand - AMD, Chipset - AMD A520, CPU Sockets - AM4, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series Desktop Processors (not compatible with AMD Ryzen 5 3400G & Ryzen 3 3200G), Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Matisse) 4600+(OC)/ 4533(OC)/ 4466(OC)/ 4400(OC)/ 4333(OC)/ 4333(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4200(OC)/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3800(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3200/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133MHz, AMD Ryzen series APUs (Renoir) 4733+(OC)/ 4666(OC)/ 4600(OC)/ 4533(OC)/ 4466(OC)/ 4400(OC)/ 4333(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4200(OC)/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3800(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3200/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 2, Memory Max. - 64GB, Graphics - Integrated AMD Radeon, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slot, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket, supports M Key type 2242/2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s), LAN Chipset - Realtek RTL8111H, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000Mbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC887, Audio Channel - 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, USB Port - 4 x USB 2.0, 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, VGA Port - 1, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, SATA Port - 4 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, BIOS Type - 1 x 128 Mb flash, BIOS Model - AMI UEFI Legal BIOS, BIOS Version - ACPI 5.1 compliance, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - No, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1.5,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - 1, COM Port - 1, Form Factor - Micro ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - 6 Phase Power Design, Premium 50A Power Choke, Sapphire Black PCB, High Density Glass Fabric PCB, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop, Others - 1 x Chassis Intrusion and Speaker Header, 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin), 2 x Chassis Fan Connectors (4-pin), 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector, 1 x 4 pin 12V Power Connector, 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector, Warranty - 3 Year
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.