ATX12VO, the single cable motherboard standard
ATX12VO, the single cable motherboard standard

ATX12VO will be a new standard for motherboards and power supplies, which will choose to offer only 12 volts, allowing desktop PCs to be mounted more easily and efficiently.

Thanks to ATX12VO it will be easier to build a PC in pieces, although initially Intel will promote the format among manufacturers of pre-assembled computers, to make the transition from the current ATX easier.

The name of ATX12VO refers to "ATX 12 V only", that is, a 12 volt only based ATX version. Therefore, the power supply will no longer provide 5V or 3.3V voltages to the components.

The power supply will connect to the motherboard via a 10-pin port, instead of the current 24-pin. In a simple PC it could be the only cable needed between the motherboard and the power supply, which will allow for a tidier interior of the case, although a second cable will be used if it requires more power.

This is the diagram of the new 10-pin connector, which should be identified with the white color on the board and the font:

ATX12VO, the single cable motherboard standard
ATX12VO, the single cable motherboard standard

The base square should handle voltage conversions, eg to 5V for the USB ports. Regarding HDD, SSD or optical drives, they will also receive power from a nearby port on the board, requiring conversion to 5 V.

The new ATX12VO platform is already perfectly defined, and now a leak indicates that Intel, the driving company, will bring it to the market during the year 2020.

Those who build their own PCs, especially PC gaming enthusiasts, will still have to wait to use ATX12VO. At the moment, Intel does not want to complicate the market with two standards, which would force manufacturers to create different lines of motherboards and power supplies.

So it will focus on offering ATX12VO to large assemblers (such as Dell, HP, Acer or Asus), who place large orders of the same component, and who would benefit more from the standard than the domestic user.

What do you think of the ATX12VO format? Do you find it interesting that it reaches end users to facilitate the assembly of PCs with a single cable?

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