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Quick OverviewModel - MSI A520M-A PRO
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Bring stability and efficiency to your computer with the A520M-A PRO AM4 Micro-ATX Motherboard from MSI. Utilizing the AMD A520 chipset, this motherboard is compatible with CPUs using the AM4 socket. Install up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM in two slots, with speeds up to 4600 MHz supported when overclocking. Storage drives can be installed using four SATA III ports and an M.2 slot. Connect a graphics card using the PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, or another adapter card using the PCIe 3.0 x1 slot.
A rear I/O panel includes four USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two 2.0 Type-A ports. Two serial PS/2 ports also allow you to connect a legacy keyboard or mouse. Display connections include HDMI and DVI-D ports, while an RJ45 port enables Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Three 3.5mm audio jacks are also present on the rear I/O panel, and the A520M-A PRO utilizes Realtek audio codecs for 7.1 Surround Sound support. The MSI A520M-A PRO AM4 Micro-ATX Motherboard is compatible with Windows 10 operating systems.
Get support for Gen 3 Ryzen processors utilizing the AM4 socket, thanks to the AMD A520 chipset.
MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans. Total Fan Control allows you check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to four temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
Fan headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis support allows your fans spin up smoothly, ensuring quiet operation.
Onboard LEDs for key components will indicate the source of the problem so you know exactly where to look to get up and running again.
Double ESD protection improves the grounding layer around the mounting holes, preventing static discharge surges from damaging the motherboard.
An enhanced PCB design with 2oz thickened copper increases conductivity, improving heat dissipation and performance reliability during overclocking.
Enable the A-XMP profile with auto power settings for optimized memory speed and stability.
Core Boost technology allows for precise and undistorted current delivery to the CPU. In addition to multi-core CPU support, Core Boost also complements CPU overclocking.
Like a dedicated sound card, audio components and circuits are located on a reserved motherboard section and electrically isolated.
Using separated layers in the PCB, this motherboard ensures accurate sound quality for both left and right audio channels.
Fine-tune the motherboard for gaming performance, efficiency, or overclocking. Conveniently flash or upgrade the BIOS in a few minutes from the CMOS Setup Utility. Or, get immediate access to your critical hardware information such as temperature, memory capacity, clock speed, and voltage to view performance in real time.
Dragon Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Take control of advanced motherboard features such as color calibration, live updates, user scenarios, hardware monitoring, overclock settings, MSI Total Fan Control, data-transfer device optimization, and product registration.
Model - MSI A520M-A PRO, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD A520, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors and AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 1866/ 2133/ 2400/ 2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200 /3466 /3600/ 3733 /3866 /4000 /4133 /4266 /4400/ 4600+ MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 2, Memory Max. - 64GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - No, PCI Express Slot - 1x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, 1x PCIe x16 slot, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 (Supports PCIe 3.0, Supports SATA 6Gb/s, Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices), LAN Chipset - Realtek RTL8111H, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, WiFi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 5 x USB3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 4 x USB2.0, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 4 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - No, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - No, Form Factor - Micro ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - Turbo M.2, Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs, Core Boost, With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance, DDR4 Boost, Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best performance and stability, 2oz Thickened Copper PCB, An enhanced PCB design improves heat dissipation and performance reliability, Audio Boost, Dragon Center, A brand new software which integrates all MSI exclusive tools with user friendly user interface, Others - 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 1x 4-pin system fan connectors, 1x Front panel audio connector, 2x System panel connectors, 1x Chassis Intrusion connector, 1xTPM module connector, 1x Clear CMOS jumper, 8 mounting holes, 3 HD audio connectors, 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.