AMD A620 Motherboard Review Ft. ASRock PRO RS WIFI & Gigabyte A620M Gaming X

By: Hassan Mujtaba

Since its launch, the AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs for the AM5 platform have targeted the premium segment with X670 and B650 class motherboards. Only at the start of 2023 did the company start to make the platform more lucrative for PC gamers by slashing prices of its new CPU lineup, offering bundle promos/discounts through its retail partners, and introducing more options such as Ryzen 7000 Non-X and X3D parts.

That changed in March when AMD’s motherboard partners introduced more affordable options based on the A620 chipset. These new options drop PCIe Gen 5.0 support in favor of Gen 4.0 which makes sense since Gen 5.0 hardware is super expensive. Graphics cards currently don’t support it and SSDs that utilize it are just too expensive and budget-tier options are still a year away. With that in mind, a PCI express 4.0 design is more than enough to meet budget users’ needs.

As such, the AMD A620 chipset will also feature no USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports will be limited to just two compared to 6 on the B650 series. The PCH will get 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and retain the 6 USB 2.0 ports. Pairing these entry-level boards with something like a Ryzen 7000 Non-X CPU or an X3D for pure gaming purposes would make for a super affordable yet super powerful PC.

In today’s review, we will be taking a look at two AMD A620 PCH motherboards from ASRock and Gigabyte and see how they compare.