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Sink your competition with the MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI AM4 Micro-ATX Motherboard from MSI. Featuring the AMD A520 chipset, this gaming motherboard is compatible with processors using the AM4 socket. Two dual-channel RAM slots support a total memory capacity of 64GB and speeds up to 4600 MHz when overclocking. Storage drives can be installed using four SATA III interfaces or an M.2 slot, while a PCIe 3.0 x16 and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots provide room for various adapter cards.
The rear I/O panel features four USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two USB 2.0 Type-A ports. A legacy mouse or keyboard can be connected to the PS/2 port, while displays can be hooked up using the DisplayPort or HDMI outputs. An RJ45 port is also present, supporting Gigabit Ethernet. Two Wi-Fi antenna connectors facilitate Wi-Fi 5 connectivity, while the preinstalled wireless controller further facilitates Bluetooth 4.2. The rear panel also sports three 3.5mm audio jacks. Relying on Realtek audio codecs, this motherboard supports 7.1 Surround Sound. The MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI AM4 Micro-ATX Motherboard is compatible with Windows 10 operating systems.
The AMD A520 chipset supports 3rd Gen Ryzen processors using the AM4 socket.
Keep high-end CPUs running at full speed, thanks to the extended PWM heatsink and optimized circuit design.
Part of the motherboard's heatsink design, the M.2 Shield FROZR ensures smooth SSD performance when temperatures rise.
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.
MSI fan headers can automatically detect if a fan needs to run in DC or PWM mode, streamlining the fan tuning experience.
Combining VRM design with Core Boost, this motherboard is designed to tackle heavy gaming loads.
Core Boost technology allows for precise and undistorted current delivery to the CPU. In addition to multi-core CPU support, Core Boost also benefits CPU overclocking.
Enable one-second overclocking with Game Boost, delivering more FPS for smoother gameplay.
Load-line calibration ensures your CPU voltage remains stable under any load, even with demanding, CPU-heavy performance.
Overvoltage protection prevents potential short-circuit damage to the CPU and other critical components.
Motherboard circuitry ensures case standoff keep-out zones are clear, preventing any contact between components and damage to the motherboard.
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.
An enhanced PCB design with 2oz thickened copper increases conductivity, improving heat dissipation and performance reliability during overclocking.
Double ESD protection provides an optimized grounding layer around the mounting holes, preventing static discharge surges from damaging the motherboard.
The Dragon Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Take control of advanced motherboards features for color calibration, live updates, user scenarios, hardware monitoring, fan control, RGB lighting, and product registration.
Developed under an exclusive partnership with BlueStacks, the MSI App Player is intended to provide a seamless gaming experience between mobile games and the PC platform, utilizing customized features as specific keyboard lighting and better graphics when multitasking.
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.
Synonymous with USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 1 features a maximum throughput of 5 Gb/s when used with compatible devices.
Model - MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI, 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 - 4600/ 4400/ 4266/ 4133/ 4000/ 3866/ 3733/ 3600/ 3466/ 3200/ 3066/ 3000/ 2933/ 2800/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133/ 1866MHz, 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 x16 slot, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 (Supports PCIe 3.0 x4, 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 - Yes, WiFi Technology - Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168, Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) up to 433 Mbps speed., Bluetooth - Bluetooth 4.2, USB Port - 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 4 x USB 2.0, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - No, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 4 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - No, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - No, COM Port - No, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Mystic light, RGB Connector - 1 x 4-pin RGB LED connector, Form Factor - mATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - Extended Heatsink Design, MSI extended PWM heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed, M.2 SHIELD FROZR, Onboard M.2 thermal solution to keep M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run cooler & faster, Turbo M.2, Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s, 2oz Thickened Copper PCB, An enhanced PCB design improves heat dissipation and performance reliability, EZ Debug LED, Easiest way to troubleshoot, Core Boost, With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance, DDR4 Boost, Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability, Audio Boost, Others - 1 x DisplayPort, 1x Serial port connector, 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 2x System panel connectors, 1x Chassis Intrusion connector, 1x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connector, 1x TPM module connector, 1x Clear CMOS jumper, Wi-Fi Antenna connectors, 6 mounting holes, WIRELESS LAN & BLUETOOTH: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168, Dual Mode Bluetooth 2.1,2.1+EDR,3.0,4.0,BLE,4.2, 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.