In the MSI Insider program earlier this year, MSI revealed that it is planning to launch
a motherboard that supports ATX12VO, named PRO H610M 12VO, which is an entry-level product with Micro-ATX specifications. This is the second motherboard of MSI that supports ATX12VO since the Z590 Pro 12VO was released last year.
PRO H610M 12VO is positioned as a commercial motherboard, equipped with two DDR5 memory slots. There’s a PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot for an NVMe SSD, plus a PCIe 4.0 x16 slot and a PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, and an M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi module. In addition, PRO H610M 12VO has four SATA ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, two rear USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one PS/2 port, and three audio jacks. Intel’s network card chip is selected, and the sound card is Realtek ALC897. In terms of video output, a DisplayPort 1.4 and an HDMI 2.1 port support 4K@60Hz, and a VGA port is also equipped.
It is expected that the price of the PRO H610M 12VO should be slightly more expensive than the comparable H610 motherboards due to the need for some additional conversion components. This motherboard may only be available to OEMs and will not appear in the retail market. The ATX12VO specification gave up support for the old 3.3V and 5V and only focused on 12V. At the same time, the 24Pin interface in the motherboard was no longer used, and a new 10Pin interface with pure 12V input was rebuilt. The original 3.3V and 5V are handed over to the motherboard for voltage conversion and then output.
Before Intel released the Alder Lake platform, it hoped that manufacturers would adopt the new specification more, but motherboard manufacturers and power supply manufacturers generally did not accept the ATX12VO power supply specification and were reluctant to redesign their products to adapt to the new specification.