After the official release of the ATX12VO power supply specification in early 2020, Intel has been hoping that the ATX12VO power supply standard can be further promoted. In Intel’s view, the ATX12VO power specification can help desktop computers meet increasingly stringent power consumption standards and environmental protection requirements from governments around the world while improving the power efficiency of computer hosts.
MSI Insider recently revealed that MSI is preparing to launch a motherboard that supports ATX12VO, named Pro H610M 12VO motherboard, which is an entry-level product. MSI did not reveal too much information about the new product, only that it is the Micro-ATX specification. Since the Z590 Pro 12VO was released last year, this is the second motherboard of MSI that supports ATX12VO.
The price of the Pro H610M 12VO motherboard should be slightly more expensive than 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 new specification abandons the support for the old 3.3V and 5V, and only focuses on 12V. At the same time, it abandons the 24Pin interface in the original motherboard and recreates a new 10Pin interface with pure 12V input. The original 3.3V and 5V are handed over to the motherboard for voltage conversion and then output.
The test results show that the idle power consumption of the system using the ATX12VO power specification power supply can be greatly reduced. In fact, 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.