MSI is preparing to launch its first H610 motherboard with ATX12VO connector soon, according to a newly published product page for the PRO H610M 12VO that can confirm the M-ATX motherboard’s key features. Chief among them is support for Intel’s ATX12VO specification, a new power standard that the company established to help the PC industry meet governmental energy regulations and ensure maximum system performance for next-generation hardware, including PCIe 5.0 desktop cards. Intel advanced its ATX12VO specification to a new version just a few months ago to usher in the new 12+4-pin 12VHPWR connector that debuted with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card. Availability and pricing details for MSI’s PRO H610M 12VO are still to come, but owners can expect a motherboard for 12th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors with support for up to 64 GB of DDR5-4800 memory, a single PCIe 16x slot, an Intel I219V Gigabit LAN controller, and a series of ports that include DisplayPort and HDMI.
It says the relatively new power solution’s appeal is that it “minimizes power supply production costs and cable chaos for users.” That kind of product pruning usually appeals to systems makers, buying hundreds or thousands of identical components. However, while potentially making your PSU cheaper, the ATX12VO standard will probably be slightly more expensive than other H610 boards due to the need for additional DC-to-DC converters onboard.
The component costs balancing act might make ATX12VO sound pointless, but its adoption has some other benefits. For starters, the ATX12VO connector is more compact than the ATX power in that it replaces for improved board space use. ATX12VO is also supposed to be more power efficient by converting 2V to 5V and 3.3V on the motherboard and is claimed to be particularly good at reducing idle power. Lastly, necessary PSUs shouldn’t just be cheaper; they should be simpler too.