For those who came in late, in September when AMD launched the new Ryzen 7000-series processors and AM5 platform it claimed that the motherboards would settle at an average $125 price tag. However, since the launch prices have not dropped and the great unwashed are ignoring the platform in droves.
Now, AMD’s A620 chipset promises to radically cut costs of AM5 mainboards and ASRock will be the first company to an A620-based platform.
VideoCardz published the first pictures of ASRock's A620M-HDV/M.2 motherboard, revealing what is to expect from a typical platform based on AMD's low-cost platform for AM5-based machines.
ASRock saved cash by installing an inexpensive 3+1+1-phase voltage regulating module (VRM) that uses solid-state inductors and capacitors. It reduced the number of DIMM slots to two, and omitted PCIe 5.0 support both for graphics and storage.
Good for prices, but makes overclocking impossible. To be fair, AMD's Ryzen 7000X3D-series does not support overclocking but is good at games. AMD's A620 platform could be a good choice for gamers on a budget.
As for other expansion options available on the A620M-HDV/M.2, they comprise of a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2-2280 slot, an M.2-2230 slot for Wi-Fi adapters, two SATA ports, and two PCIe x1 slots. In addition to these, it also features a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a GbE connector, four USB 2.0/3.0 Type-A ports, and audio jacks.
ASRock is planning nine AM5 motherboards, according to an entry in the EEC customs database. Based on the model names of ASRock's motherboards, the company intends to offer AMD A620-based motherboards only in Micro-ATX form factor.