MSI has detailed the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5, the “world’s first power supply unit to be fully ready for ATX 3.0 and PCIe 5.0.” According to a blog post shared by the company, this is the “ultimate future-proof power supply unit,” with one of the chief reasons being its inclusion of the new PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR connector, which can supply up to 600 watts of power for next-generation graphics cards. MSI didn’t share the pricing or release date for the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 in its post, but it has offered a primer on ATX 3.0, Intel’s new power spec, as well as what makes its new PSU special.
MSI’s MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 Is the World’s First ATX 3.0 Compliant PSU
MSI welcomes the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 power supply unit, the world’s first power supply unit to be fully ready for ATX 3.0 and PCIe 5.0. With graphics cards becoming all the more important, users must know what components to buy for their system if they are looking to upgrade. To understand why the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 is the ultimate future-proof power supply unit, let’s begin with understanding ATX 3.0.
What is ATX 3.0?
ATX 3.0 is Intel’s new specification standard for existing PSUs. In short, ATX 3.0’s main purpose is to help provide more reliability, and better power efficiency and provide graphics cards up to 600 watts of power. ATX 3.0 is created in response to graphics cards’ increase in performance and the ever-increasing need for power.
ATX 3.0 puts heavy emphasis on power excursions to make sure high-performance graphics cards can be sustained and your system can remain stable. Thanks to ATX 3.0 there is now an increase in efficiency while idling and a new power connector is added to help achieve all the above.
ATX 3.0 added a new PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR connector that features 12+4 pins instead of the traditional 6 or 8. With the new PCIe 5.0 connector, the power supply and cable can supply up to 600 watts of power.
Fully Ready for PCIe 5.0 and ATX 3.0
Many power supply units on the market today don’t fully support ATX 3.0 yet. Many will require an adapter that connects the three or four 8-pin PCIe connectors to the single PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR connector. It is also challenging to figure out where to plug the adapters. MSI’s MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 power supply units are fully compliant with PCIe 5.0 and ATX 3.0. With a native 16 PIN (12VHPWR) PCIe connector the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 is ready for all high-performing future graphics cards. It can freely pipe up to 600W of power to PCIe 5.0 graphics cards. To withstand higher currents needed by the graphics cards or CPU, the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5 power supply units’ connectors utilize copper alloy terminals for better safety.
MSI has also provided quite a bit of testing information related to the MEG Ai1300P PCIE5, which can be found in the source link below. Next-generation graphics cards will require 600-watts of power and have power excursions up to 1,800 watts, according to the manufacturer.