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Vendors Prep ATX12VO Motherboards Ahead of Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake Release

Vendors Prep ATX12VO Motherboards Ahead of Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake Release


When Intel introduced its ATX12VO (12 volts only) power connector specification last year, it only got support from a small number of motherboard and power supply manufacturers. A year later, the situation among motherboards is looking better. That’s good news for Intel’s upcoming 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs, which should arrive for desktop PCs by early 2022.

State of the ATX12VO Union

Intel formally introduced its ATX12VO spec on April 30, 2020. Meant to cut down on idle desktop power, the power connector was initially supported by ASRock with its Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR motherboard and High Power with its HP1-P650GD-F12S power supply. While Intel also talked about  PSU support from Corsair, Channel Well and FSP, (which actually demonstrated an ATX12VO PSU at CES 2020), those power supplies never hit retail


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