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Motherboard manufacturers unite against Intel's efficient PSU plans

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In preparation for Intel's Alder Lake launch later this year, the company has been trying to convince manufacturers to move over to its more energy efficient ATX12V0 power standard, ready for these 12th generation, monster CPUs. But since this would involve big, and potentially awkward changes for manufacturers of both motherboards and PSUs, Intel has been met with a "united front of rejection" from both sides.



I have to admit, I would rather that Intel's 12VO did not become a thing. Just means fragmentation across the market component wise.

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12v only and through a 10 pin connector?  I mean.....it sounds neat and all since most components are 12v already anyway.  I guess USB would still be the lone wolf there with 5v required.  3.3v would still be required too for the CMOS battery.  They could use voltage regulators on the board to convert that down and all, but why put extra VRM's on a board if they're not really needed?  That'll drive up board costs further than they already are is my guess.  The PSU does that already, just need to route the electricity to the proper spot as is.  ATX standard has been the standard for 20 years too.

It's a neat idea, as much as I dislike Intel lately.  But yeah, its going to alienate literally everyone except those with deep pocketbooks.  So a hard pass from me as well.  I can use my PSU from anything as old as a Pentium 3 / Socket A up to a current generation Ryzen / Intel rig (maybe even older if a modern PSU has a heavy enough 5v rail).  Why mess with a standard that just flat out works?

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At first I was a little irritated by this, that Intel could just try to change a standard that's been in place for years...until I read that Intel also created the current ATX standard....so I guess I can't get too upset about it.


I personally think it would be better if there was an open standard developed and maintained by a group of manufacturers, like VESA.  Then products could be all developed in unison without much disruption.

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