ASRock is the first company to officially launch a board that is based on the intriguing ATX12VO standard - which should make the power supplies smaller and more efficient and also make it easier to arrange the shackles in the enclosures.
A few months ago We've told you about a new standard in the world of hardware that received Intel's blessing, And is designed to adapt motherboards and power supplies to the modern era where a 12 volt operating voltage is the definite ruler. We now have the first commercial demo on the subject - this is the Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR from a company ASRock.
This is a fairly standard looking motherboard based on the new LGA1200 bracket Intel Comet Lake processors, with the Z490 chipset, a well-known ATX configuration for all hardware enthusiasts, a pair of PCI-Express 3.0 × 16 slots, one M.2 slot for NVMe drives, an integrated Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth from home that provides Wi-Fi connectivity Fi 802.11ac dual channel, Gigabit Ethernet wired connection based on a home network card Intel, 7.1 channel sound card based on Realtek's ALC1200 encoder and more.
So where's the big news? This is the first modern board that lifts the old 24-pin main connector, which in most cases is one of the main challenges in arranging the shackles in the enclosures - instead there is a new compact 10-pin connector that is responsible for assembling only 12 volts of power supply, while conversions are required for 5 volt working voltages -3.3 volts (for fan controllers, optical drives or drives storage Based on SATA standard) is performed on the board itself.
We do not yet know the official price of the motherboard - but the product page on the official website clarifies that no wide international availability is planned for it
The new main connection will be able to supply up to 288 watts to the motherboard, with an additional familiar 8-pin connection for the CPU - and an additional 6-pin general connection to supply an additional 288 watts to all other motherboard components if needed. In practice, it is likely that a 10-pin main connection and an 8-pin connection to the processor will do the job in most cases, thus saving a large amount of unnecessary wires between the power supply and the board.
The source (right) and the heir - although without the availability of suitable power supplies the whole concept continues to be a fantasy only for now
The choice of ASRock The launch of the new ATX12VO technology in a relatively large ATX board (especially in relation to its modest number of features and connections) is somewhat puzzling, as the main benefit of reducing the amount of electrical wires in the chassis will be reflected in particularly compact chassis where any tiny volume savings can allow effective airflow and cooling More - but we are still happy to see that there is some progress on the subject, and believe that we will soon see more models and more manufacturers joining the trend and increasing the selection for consumers. Now all we have left to do is wait for the official announcement of power supplies that provide only 12 volts in line with the ATX12VO standard - some of which we already met at CES 2020 shows earlier this year, albeit so far without commercial launches.
Do you believe the new device will catch on and become the default on the market, or the old massive connection won't go away without a fight? Let's talk about it with everyone in the comments.