AMD A320 motherboards review: ideal for your APU!

Six low-cost socket AM4 motherboards tested

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Introduction

There's plenty to choose from when you're shopping for an AM4 motherboard socket. Many left the A320 chip set behind due to the lack of interesting AMD APUs, but since the launch of Raven Ridge such an affordable board has suddenly become quite attractive. We tested six AMD A320 motherboards, ranging in price from just over 60 dollars to 89 dollars.


Gigabyte A320M-S2H ASUS Prime A320M-A
The Gigabyte A320M-S2H and ASUS Prime A320M-A are respectively
the cheapest and most expensive motherboard from this test.

At the launch of Ryzen, AMD introduced three chipsets for socket AM4. There were X370 for high-end systems (now followed by X470), B350 for the mid-range and A320 for entry level systems. During the presentation AMD made no secret of the fact that A320 was mainly intended for low-cost PCs with an APU, i.e. a processor with an integrated video card.

For a long time Bristol Ridge was the only apu for socket AM4 that AMD had in its assortment, but that series (with the AMD A12-9800 as its top model) was not very popular. These APUs still used the Bulldozer architecture and therefore performed poorly, while also consuming a lot of power. However, in February AMD launched the Raven Ridge APUs, which combine the much faster Zen architecture with a Vega GPU. For an affordable all-round PC, that platform makes a lot more sense.

ASRock A320M Pro4 MSI A320M Grenade
The ASRock A320M Pro4 and the MSI A320M Grenade.

For this test, we asked the four major motherboard manufacturers to send A320 motherboards. They all complied, ASRock and Gigabyte even with two models. The cheapest board in the test is just short of the Gigabyte A320M-S2H, which you can buy starting from 60 dollars. ASUS delivers the most expensive A320 board with its Prime A320M-A, which costs an average of 89 dollars, although this is still very affordable compared to many B350 motherboards.


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