MSI Announces New A520, B550 mATX Motherboards

MSI has announced two new entry-level mATX motherboards, the MAG A520M BAZOOKA WIFI and the MAG B550M VECTOR WIFI. These are both interesting boards, with the A520 board being one of the few that feature an integrated Wi-Fi solution. It features a heatsink on the VCore portion of the VRM, as well as an available M.2 heatsink. One the B550M VECTOR WIFI front, we also have another mATX form factor board featuring a similar or identical layout, VRM, etc. Click the links to find out more on each of these new boards.

New Article: GIGABYTE A520 AORUS ELITE – A Preview

AMD’s A520 chipset occupies what could be seen as a crowded space. Now that Ryzen 5000 series CPUs are supported on the 400-Series chipsets, is there really room for the A520? Most would simply look at it and say, no, B450 boards only cost a bit more and you have the overclocking support. It’s a no brainer. Or, is it? After all, if you’re using your rig for work as well as play, do you really need cost up features like 2.5GbE? What about integrated Wi-Fi if you’re parked near your modem or router? Are you one to shy away from overclocking to retain that warranty, or simply don’t want to invest in an expensive cooler? These factors and more make A520, especially the “premium” A520 boards, more enticing.

Today, we have a quick preview of an enthusiast level A520 motherboard, the GIGABYTE A520 AORUS ELITE.

MSI: AGESA v1.1.9.0 BIOS Updates Coming Soon for 400/500 Series Boards

[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI, the world leading gaming motherboard brand, releases optimized BIOS updates for AMD 500-series and 400-series motherboards. The latest AGESA Combo PI V2 1.1.9.0 beta BIOS has been released for MEG X570 GODLIKE, MEG X570 UNIFY, MEG B550 UNIFY / UNIFY-X, MPG B550 GAMING EDGE WIFI and MAG B550M MORTAR / MORTAR WIFI. And the rest models will be able to download soon in January 2021.

MAIN HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE OPTIMIZED BIOS UPDATES

– Optimized AMD Curve Optimizer function.
– Optimized Re-Size BAR function with NVidia Graphics cards.

*Download and install the latest BIOS by using M-Flash or Flash BIOS Button to update target models.
**Ensure to always download the latest BIOS from msi.com corresponding product pages.

Read more @ MSI

GIGABYTE BIOS Update: AMD 500 Series Motherboards Get Smart Access Memory + Rage Mode

Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 27th, 2020 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, today announces the latest BIOS update on AMD X570、B550 and A520 motherboards for the features of AMD Smart Access Memory and Rage mode. These innovative features enabling a bandwidth boost when the CPU accesses the GPU memory on graphics cards, which enhances and unleashes the ultimate system performance. Now, users with an “AMD Yes” platform on GIGABYTE AMD 500 series motherboards with AMD Ryzen™ 5000 processors and Radeon™ RX 6000 series VGA cards, will be able to experience an extra gaming and performance boost.

Through the AMD Smart Access Memory and Rage mode, the CPU has access to the GPU memory. This access unlocks the limited bandwidth to full bandwidth when running 4K gaming. By accessing the GDDR6 GPU memory more rapidly on AMD 500 series motherboards paired with Ryzen™ 5000 series processors and Radeon™ RX 6000 series VGA cards, CPU’s operating performance and gaming performance are both improved. Based on results of gaming tests with Smart Access Memory and Rage Mode enabled, the 1080P gaming improved by 17%, and a performance increase of 10% was unlocked on 2K and 4K resolutions.

To utilize Smart Access Memory for optimized performance is quite simple on GIGABYTE’s AMD 500 series motherboards pairing AMD Ryzen™ 5000 series processors and Radeon™ RX 6000 series VGA cards. Just simply update to the latest BIOS and VGA card driver from GIGABYTE’s official website. Enable “Above 4G Decoding” and “Re-Size BAR Support” in the BIOS setting, and make sure the system operating under UEFI mode. The Rage mode can be simply activated in the VGA card driver. Now you can enjoy the performance boost on GIGABYTE’s gaming platform!

Read more @ GIGABYTE

ASUS TUF GAMING A520M-PLUS

The A520 motherboard chipset represents the budget end of the market, perfectly placed to build cheap AMD Ryzen 5000 gaming PCs around. Following on from the Gigabyte A520 Aorus Elite and ASRock A520M ITX/ac we’ve already enjoyed, we have the Asus TUF Gaming A520M Plus. From its Sabertooth motherboard origins, the TUF sub-brand has expanded into other product lines, and not just from Asus.

Read more @ PC Gamer

ASRock A520M ITX/ac

The ITX form factor has a dedicated following, and the ASRock A520M ITC/ac definitely seems to thinks so. With the ever increasing integration of functionality into the chipset, there really isn’t a need for multiple PCIe slots like there has been in years past. Does a typical gamer need more than one slot for a graphics card? If the board has WiFi, LAN, USB 3.0 and decent audio, most of the core bases are covered.

Read more @ PC Gamer

GIGABYTE A520 AORUS ELITE

The main things separating A520 boards from their more expensive B550 and X570 siblings are the use of cost-saving auxiliary controllers and circuitry, along with the use of lower quality power delivery systems. Many boards lack VRM heatsinks meaning they should not be used with the higher core count CPUs.

Read more @ PC Gamer

ASUS TUF GAMING A520M-PLUS

This is a compact mATX motherboard that makes the most of AMD’s budget chipset. Although there is no PCIe 4.0 support, this is hardly necessary for low-end motherboards. But we have all the main features at our disposal – support for many processors (including older models), an M.2 connector with the ability to install both types of drives, a USB 3.2 Gen2 port and even a connector for RGB devices.

Read more @ Green Tech Reviews (Russian)

MSI Releases Combo PI V2 v1.1.0.0 BIOS for 500-Series Motherboards

After the previous updating, MSI keeps making a great effort to offer optimized BIOS updates for AMD 500-series motherboards. With high expectations, the latest AMD Combo PI V2 version 1.1.0.0 BIOS for X570 and B550 motherboards will be ready for users to download and update constantly from the end of September. As for A520 motherboards, Combo PI V2 version 1.1.0.0 BIOS will be released by the end of October. In addition to AMD 500-series motherboards, the updated version is also expected to support AMD future processors. Please read the following information related to key points for the BIOS improvements.

  • Optimized compatibility for AMD Ryzen 3000-Series and Ryzen 4000 G-Series Desktop Processors and future AM4 socket processors*1
  • Solve some specific OC failure issues
  • Update SMU module
  • Optimized DDR4 memory overclocking solution

Find the full list of supported motherboards and more @ MSI

BIOSTAR A520MH V6.1 & B550MH V6.1 Motherboards Announced

BIOSTAR, a leading brand of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices, today proudly announces the all new A520MH V6.1 and the B550MH V6.1 motherboards.

Designed to run the latest AMD Ryzen processor range, the new A520MH V6.1 and the B550MH V6.1 motherboards from BIOSTAR are two of the latest mainboard reboots focused on providing sleek performance based user experience, carrying some of the latest technology mixed with BIOSTAR’s renowned product durability.

Coming in an all new black PCB with tattoo design, both motherboards are styled to suit any pc build with their Micro-ATX form factor, these two motherboards are highly suitable for many user applications such as business use or casual content consumption.

Read more @ BIOSTAR