Now that we have more-reasonably-priced Ryzen processors around, we have some affordable Ryzen motherboards, too. MSI is getting in on the act with no less than five new microATX motherboards based on the AMD A320 chipset. From the company's Performance Gaming series comes the A320M Gaming Pro, from the Arsenal series come the A320M Grenade and A320M Bazooka, and from the company's business-oriented Pro series come the A320M Pro-VD and A320M Pro-VD/S.
The A320M Gaming Pro could easily be mistaken for a much fancier motherboard thanks to its sharply-contrasting black-and-red color scheme befitting its status as a member of the Performance Gaming family. This motherboard offers LED lighting, but only around its back, providing an eerie red glow in your case. Meanwhile, the more subdued-looking A320M Grenade appears to be essentially the same motherboard, but in a black-and-grey design with top-side and rear red LED accents.
These Socket AM4 motherboards have a curious feature allotment and only offer two memory slots supporting DDR4 up to 2667 MT/s. The mobos get a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, four 6Gbps SATA ports, and an M.2 socket connected to PCIe 3.0 x4. They also have six USB 3.0 ports, plus VGA, DVI, and HDMI connectors for folks buying Bristol Ridge APUs. Realtek supplies the LAN and audio chips for these two boards.
The A320M Bazooka in black and silver is still pretty similar to the two boards above, although it doubles the allotment of DDR4 memory slots. The Bazooka also ditches the ALC887 codec used on the Gaming Pro and the Grenade and steps up to Realtek's ALC892. Besides those two changes, the Bazooka is slightly larger than its Gaming-family cousins, and its ambient LED lighting is white. It has all of the same connectivity options as the two boards above.
Finally, the A320M Pro-VD and A320M Pro-VD/S appear to be identical to the naked eye. Both are, again, microATX Socket AM4 motherboards with an AMD A320 chipset. However, the A320M Pro-VD only supports processors from the Bristol Ridge family, while the A320M Pro-VD/S supports Ryzen processors. Because of that difference, the Pro-VD is limited to 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory while the Pro-VD/S model can go up to 2667 MT/s.
These two last boards are truly baseline models, and as a result only get two memory slots, four SATA ports, and six USB 3.0 ports. There's no M.2 socket onboard, and the available video connections are limited to a DVI port and a VGA connector.
Since MSI just put up the product pages, we don't know when these board will be available or how much they will cost. If you're looking to build a Ryzen machine on the cheap, keep an eye out for them.
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