Motherboard producers unite towards Intel’s environment friendly PSU plans

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In preparation for Intel’s Alder Lake launch later this yr, the corporate has been making an attempt to persuade producers to maneuver over to its extra vitality environment friendly ATX12V0 energy normal, prepared for these twelfth era, monster CPUs. However since this is able to contain huge, and doubtlessly awkward modifications for producers of each motherboards and PSUs, Intel has been met with a “united entrance of rejection” from either side.

The proposed energy normal would ship only a single rail of 12V direct present by way of a 10-pin connector—versus the present 24-pin, alternating present normal—however would require an entire rehash of motherboard and part designs. Probably an costly one. Reviews from Igor’s Lab (through Sweclockers) notice the priority round compatibility points, and the potential to trigger main rifts throughout the business. 

There’s an actual reluctance, then, to maneuver away from the now 25-year-old present normal. Not solely are producers sad, however they cite customers who might have just lately bought high-performance PSUs that might simply be repurposed in future PC builds, would even be unlikely to be accepting of the modifications. 

Purchase an entire new, in all probability costlier PSU, in addition to a brand new mobo only for Intel Alder Lake? No thanks.

Contemplating the primary spherical of Alder Lake S CPUs are set for a late October/early November launch with Okay and KF fashions, together with the Z690 motherboard chipset, it does not appear to be the ability normal will achieve a lot traction earlier than then. 

Maybe by the point the remainder of the lineup is ready to launch round CES 2022, together with H670, B660, and H610 chipsets, there can have been an accord, in any other case this might find yourself being numerous arduous work wasted on Intel’s half.

Katie Wickens

 Screw sports activities, Katie would moderately watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. She will be able to usually be discovered admiring AI developments, sighing over semiconductors, or gawping on the newest GPU upgrades. She’s been obsessive about computer systems and graphics since she was small, and took Sport Artwork and Design as much as Masters degree at uni. Her thirst for absurd Raspberry Pi initiatives won’t ever be sated, and she’s going to cease at nothing to unfold web security consciousness—down with the hackers.