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Brand - Asus, Model - Asus TUF GAMING A520M-PLUS (Wi-Fi), Chipset Brand - AMD, Chipset - AMD A520, CPU Sockets - AM4, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series Desktop Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 4800(OC)/ 4600(OC)/ 4466(OC)/ 4400(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz, Memory Channel - Dual, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 slot, type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA), LAN Chipset - Realtek LANGuard, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000 Mb/s, Wi-Fi - Yes, Wi-Fi Technology - Wi-Fi 5, USB Port - 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A, VGA Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 4, BIOS Type - 128 Mb Flash ROM, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 10, TPM Port - 1, COM Port - 1, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x AURA RGB headers, Form Factor - microATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - AMD A520 (Ryzen AM4) micro ATX gaming motherboard with M.2 support, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub, USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, SATA 6 Gbps, and AURA Addressable Gen 2 headers, Comprehensive cooling: Large VRM heatsink, PCH heatsink, Fan Xpert 2+, Made for online gaming: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology, Aura Sync RGB: Onboard RGB headers and addressable Gen 2 headers for RGB LED strips, easily synced with Aura Sync-capable hardware, Others - 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module, 1 x Realtek 1Gb Ethernet port, 3 x Audio jacks, 1 x BIOS FlashBack button, 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port, 1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header, 2 x 4-pin Chassis Fan headers, 1 x 24-pin Main Power connector, 1 x 8-pin +12V Power connector, 1 x Clear CMOS header, 1 x Front Panel Audio header, 1 x S/PDIF Out header, 1 x Speaker header, 1 x 10-1 pin System Panel header, Warranty - 3 Year Replacement
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.