Manufacturers win first battle against Intel: Z690 without ATX12VO

This is just the beginning and everything indicates that we have a soap opera for a while. But reportedly most motherboard manufacturers are turning their backs on Intel and its new standard ATX12VO. The reasons are various, but what is certain is that there has been pressure from the blue giant to make the leap due to new energy requirements and better efficiency. So why don’t they take the plunge?

ATX12VO vs ATX 24 pins for Z690, a losing battle and an open war

We all know that the 24-pin connector has the hours counted, since it is very difficult for the industry not to choose to improve efficiency at a lower cost. The problem and the doubt comes with the date and the platform.

Intel Alder Lake was set to be the driving force behind this change, but the company despite its continued efforts to implement it on new motherboards has encountered head-on collision and outright denial from most motherboard manufacturers.

The reasons are undoubtedly brief, but very logical. since we now know that Intel has established a rather peculiar requirement that is necessary if you want to use its socket and chipset to sell boards: at least one model has to support the new ATX12VO standard.

How to bypass Intel’s restriction with this standard of power supplies and boards?

Well, in a very simple way, since apparently the requirement was very permissive. Some manufacturers are going to adopt a kind of board or adapter to go from ATX12VO to the traditional 24-pin.

On the other hand, the requirement does not require that the motherboard have to be launched on the market, so they could design a model already created and adapted to ATX12VO, present it to the blue giant and leave it out of the market, thus never seeing the light of day. .

This curiously is not happening as such in Z590, where some brands have models with this new standard in the market, perhaps as a test to see how sales work. But in any case there is no going back and the adoption as well as new PSU models with this standard will flood the shelves and the stock in the stores, forcing users to change their sources and thus spending huge amounts of money than before. They didn’t have to, especially to save just a few euros on their annual electricity bill due to the ATX12VO’s stand-by mode.

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