One of the complaints about the new AMD Ryzen 7000 series, for many, has been the relatively high total price of a Ryzen 7000 system. When taking into account that the new platform must include a new AM5 motherboard and DDR5 RAM, compared to a system on AM4 the price quickly rises.
At the presentation of the new series, AMD promised that there would be affordable motherboards available for the new series. It has been a long time coming, but now AMD and their partners have launched their A620 series of motherboards. The A620 represents the most affordable, but of course feature limited series of AM5 motherboards.
It is a chipset and a platform that is most suitable for the more muted systems. AMD itself states that the A620 is best suited with Ryzen CPUs with a TDP of 65W. However, it is possible to do more than that, but the performance may end up being limited, depending on which motherboard you choose. AMD recommends that you always check with the manufacturer's website for the specific motherboard.
Pt. there are three CPUs from AMD in the 7000 series with a TDP in that segment. It is their Ryzen 9 7900 with 12 cores, Ryzen 7 7700 with eight cores and finally Ryzen 5 7600 with six cores. The last is the cheapest alternative with a price of around DKK 2000, as it looks now.
If we look at the specifications, the A620 is not surprisingly at the bottom. There is no support for CPU overclocking, but there is still support for AM EXPO profiles for RAM. You are limited to a single PCIe 4.0 x16 for the graphics card and up to a single PCIe 4.0 x4 for M.2 NVMe storage.
There is therefore no support for PCIe 5.0 on the B620, which in this budget segment probably does not end up meaning much.
We cannot currently find any of the new A620 motherboards at any of the Danish retailers, but we expect that to change before long. If we compare the prices from abroad, we can look forward to prices around DKK 700-800. If that level holds, it is around half the price of the current cheapest B650 motherboards.