ASUS Prime B560M-A AC & B560M-A

Moving down the Prime series of models from ASUS, the Prime B560M-A AC and B560M-A are essentially smaller (micro-ATX) versions of the Prime B560M-Plus. The other difference between the two B560M-A models is the AC variant includes a Wi-Fi 5 CNVi. Both models include a black and silver patterned PCB, with silver heatsinks covering the CPU section of the power delivery. Providing power to the advertised 8-phase power delivery is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

ASUS includes two full-length PCIe slots including one operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the other at PCIe 3.0 x4, with one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. For storage, there are two M.2 slots, one operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 with its own M.2 heatsink, and a second bare slot operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 with support for SATA drives. Towards the bottom right-hand corner of the boards is four SATA ports, two with straight angled and two with right-angled ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. The ASUS Prime B560M-A AC and B560M-A both have four memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5000 and a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB.

The ASUS Prime B560M-A AC includes an unspecified Wi-Fi 5 CNVi, which the regular B560M-A model doesn't include. Everything else on the rear panel is the same including one Intel I219-A GigabitEthernet port, a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec that powers three 3.5 mm audio jacks, and a PS/2 combo port. USB connectivity includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. Finishing off the rear panel is a trio of video outputs including two HDMI and one DisplayPort.

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  • siggidarius - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    With pricing like that for both motherboards and cpus, and good availability Intel is becoming a great value option.
    Personally I don't see why I'd choose AMD cpu in 200-350USD bracket with local prices.
  • ballsystemlord - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    "Intel great value option" LOL. How the mighty have fallen.
  • m53 - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    @ballsystemlord: Or in other words how AMD starts price gouging and becoming more anti-consumer. How the "value brand" is now too expensive for the average customers.

    (not disagreeing with you. Just showing the other side of the reality.)
  • WaltC - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    If it wasn't for AMD you might be in one of these Intel "value" motherboards, only you'd be paying 2x-3x as much for you were about 4 years ago, remember? And there's no question that if it wasn't for AMD you'd be paying *huge sums* for ~14nm++++++++++++++++++++ CPUs Intel is selling now for bargain-basement prices *because* of AMD. Don't you realize that if not for AMD you'd be paying more, though the nose, for inferior components? Have you even checked to see that Z590 motherboards are ~$1k and up and can't even provide system-wide PCIe4 bus coverage? Heck, that's more expensive than the most expensive x570 motherboards. Welcome to the real side of reality....;) Without AMD there would be no competition in these markets at all and Intel would be selling the same--likely worse garbage--at stratospheric prices.
  • laduran - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Everything you said is provably false
  • Qasar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    you sure about that ? i guess you forgot the wonderful <10% gen on gen performance increases we were getting before Zen was released, and the ever increasing prices for that performance ? or the fact that mainstream was stuck on quad core cpus and you NEEDED to get intel HEDT cpus to get anything more then 4 cores ?
  • RanFodar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Tbf what AMD did to competition back then doesn't mean it's an excuse for them to copy Intel's playbook in the past. They can maintain their value position, but even the lowest Ryzen 5000 SKU is a bit overpriced for consumers here in the Philippines. Maybe Intel needs to thank AMD for being in such a position that is desired for consumers.
  • pablo906 - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - link

    Even the 3000 series? I've seen the 3000 series for pretty good prices around the world, the 5000 is supply constrained and demand outstrips supply so there is no reason to lower the price....That's how markets work
  • jabber - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    I remember not that long ago an AMD 'budget board' would have HDMI/eSATA/Toslink/6 USB ports (some USB3) and decent audio chip etc. and the Intel budget board would give you just VGA/PS2/ serial, a couple of USB2 and a parallel port instead. Terrible.
  • cxtalxg - Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - link

    Such a dumb argument, you do realize than intel had massive generations jumps from core 2 duo, to intel core 1st gen, then second gen. While amds overpriced phenoms flopped. All these companies are the same, lack of competition means lack of advancement

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