Ah, the A320 chipset. It’s not exactly the chipset of choice for most gaming devices, but they can run mid-to-low-end CPUs and any other AM4 motherboards.thanks Tom’s hardware, The news comes Asus with Gigabyte Ryzen 5000 series support has been enabled on many of their A320 motherboards. This means that A320 users have an upgrade path that can bring huge performance improvements without having to purchase a new motherboard.
A320 has always been a cheap chipset. They tend to contain very little VRM cooling (if any), and they do not have the connectivity and functionality of the B350 and X370 boards. However, due to the low power consumption characteristics of the Zen architecture, you can run things like Ryzen 1700 with a high-end GPU without losing much performance. One of the many ways to reduce the cost of motherboards is to use low-capacity BIOS chips. In view of the huge number of AM4 CPUs, not all CPUs can be supported. In order to solve this problem, the manufacturer seems to have given up support for the Bristol Ridge processor. These are the APUs before Ryzen AM4, so it is unlikely to miss their support.
We checked the support pages of several motherboards and it seems that the popular 5000G series processors are not yet supported. With its powerful integrated graphics performance, putting Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 7 5700G into the A320 motherboard will provide a big step for gamers with limited budgets. Interestingly, it supports the more rare 4000G series processors.
Gamers on a limited budget can upgrade to a Ryzen 5000 CPU with 32GB RAM. Throw in any GPU you have, and you will have a powerful small game console. Many motherboards even support the Ryzen 9 5950X processor! We certainly would not recommend this combination. A 16-core processor with a motherboard without VRM cooling is fraught with danger. Stick to a 65W CPU like Ryzen 5 5600X and you will be fine. If you are upgrading from the first generation Ryzen CPU, you should experience quite a significant improvement.
It seems that some A320 motherboards do not add support for Ryzen 5000, so if you are considering an upgrade, be sure to check the motherboard’s support page to see if there is a BIOS update that includes 5000 series support. And don’t forget to follow our Black Friday CPU trading page. 5600X may be at the receiving end of a substantial price cut.