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For an Immaculate Build That Keeps its Cool - CORSAIR Launches Versatile 5000 Series of Mid-Tower Cases

[Editor's note: Our review of the CORSAIR 5000D AIRFLOW can be found here]

CORSAIR, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced a new series of mid-tower ATX cases to suit nearly any build: the CORSAIR 5000D, 5000D AIRFLOW, and the iCUE 5000X RGB. Every 5000 Series case offers simple and tidy cable management thanks to the CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system, terrific cooling from included fans featuring CORSAIR AirGuide technology, and a spacious interior that fits multiple radiators, including two 360mm simultaneously. Between the understated styling of the 5000D, the optimized airflow of the 5000D AIRFLOW, and the eye-catching RGB lighting behind four beautiful tempered glass panels of the 5000X RGB, the 5000 Series has a case to meet any builder's priorities.

Debuting in the recently launched 4000 Series, the CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system has proven to be a hit with PC builders looking to minimize the hassle of cable routing while still achieving a clean, professional look for their system. The 5000 Series takes RapidRoute even further, with a concealed cutout, wide enough to fit all major connectors to your motherboard, and multiple removable routing channels through which you can run all your cables out of sight. With a generous 25mm of cable routing depth behind the motherboard, and a magnetic door behind which to hide your cabling, it's exceptionally easy to build a top-tier PC that also looks the part.

Seasonic Intros the SYNCRO Q704 Chassis

Seasonic over the weekend began its foray into the premium PC case market with the SYNCRO Q704 + Connect case. The case has been extensively designed around the company's Connect line of modular PSUs that feature a pop-out modular cabling spine, with shorter last-mile cabling, letting you minimize your cable clutter. The case itself includes one of two variants of the Seasonic Connect line of PSUs—650 W or 750 W. The ATX mid-tower case has an upside-down motherboard tray which essentially makes it a BTX tower. The case uses SECC steel along its main frame, aluminium along its front panel, and tempered glass along its right side panel. The case measures 537 mm (D) x 234 mm (W) x 493 mm (H)

The Seasonic Connect module aligns along the left side panel, with strategically located connectors to reach your motherboard's ATX and EPS inputs, graphics cards' PCIe power inputs, and drives' SATA power inputs using the shortest possible cabling. These are industry-standard modular connectors, and should be cable-modder-friendly. The motherboard compartment gives you room for graphics cards up to 34.5 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 18.5 cm in height. Storage options include two 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive bays, and three 2.5-inch mounts behind the motherboard tray. Ventilation includes three each of 140 mm/120 mm fan mounts along the front- and top-panels; and a 120 mm vent each along the bottom and rear. Front panel I/O includes a USB-C, two USB 3.x type-A, and HDA jacks. The case costs about $150 on its own, and $309 including a 650 W Connect PSU. The 650 W, 750 W, and 850 W PSUs for this case can be separately purchased for $120, $140, and $190, respectively.

Read the TechPowerUp Review of the Seasonic SYNCRO Q704 + Connect.

Raijintek Announces PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis

Raijintek have recently announced the PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis for high-end enthusiasts. The PAEAN PREMIUM features an industrial steel design with extensive liquid cooling hardware support including full-length graphics cards. The case includes two airflow optimized panels on the top and right along with a water cooling chamber underneath which can facilitate dual 360 mm radiators. The front and side panels of the chassis are constructed from 4 mm thick tempered glass allowing for a clear view of the interior components.

The chassis supports up to ATX motherboards and can accommodate a wide variety of components and configurations with room for 12 fans, and x2 HDD/SSD. The PAEAN PREMIUM comes with a selection of modern front I/O including USB Type C, x2 USB 3.0, and HD audio. The Raijintek PAEAN PREMIUM is expected to release in the coming months and should retail for 250 USD.

Enermax Launches CYBERBRON Entry-Level PSU Lineup: 500 W, 600 W, 700 W, 80 Plus Bronze

Enermax has announced a new entry-level PSU lineup, which they have somewhat clumsily named CYBERBRON (it's not Cybertron nor Cyberborn, but Cyberbron). These are pretty standard affairs, featuring a non-modular cable design (though the cables are flattened for easier routing), 80 plus Bronze certification, and Japanese electrolytic capacitors. A single+rail +12 V design lies under the hood as well, as does a 120 mm fan.

Operating protections are pretty standard as well: OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), SCP (Short Circuit Protection) and OTP (Over Temperature Protection). Dimensions stand at 150 (W) x 86 (H) x 140 (D) mm. The 700 W version delivers 54 A on the +12 V rail, 17 A under +5V, and 19 A under +3.3 V. Connectors stand at 1x ATX 24, 2x EPS 8, 4x PCIe 6+2, 8x SATA, 4x Molex and 1x Floppy. Pricing starts at around 56,99€, 66,99€ and 76,99€,

MonsterLabo Announces The Beast

MonsterLabo, a maker of fanless PC cases, today announced its latest creation - The Beast. Featuring a design made from glass and 6 mm thick aluminium, the ATX case is resembling a design we usually could see only from the folks like InWin. The whole chassis is actually made up of two 3 KG aluminium heatsinks that feature ten 6 mm copper heat pipes each. All of this is used for heat dissipation and the case can accommodate up to 400 W of TDP in passive mode. When two 140 mm fans, running at 500 rpm, are added the case can cool more than 500 W of TDP. The Beast measures at 450 mm (L) x 380 mm (W) x 210 mm (H), making it for one large and heavy case. It supports graphics cards up to 290 mm in PCB length and is fully capable of supporting the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series "Ampere" graphics cards. Pre-orders for The Beast are starting on October 9th, with an unknown pricing. You can expect it to be a high premium over 349 EUR price of The First case. Pre-orders will be shipping in Q1 2021.

MSI Rolls Out the MAG B460 Torpedo Motherboard

MSI today rolled out the MAG B460 Torpedo, a Socket LGA1200 motherboard based on the Intel B460 chipset. This marks the debut of the new "Torpedo" brand extension that's part of the MSI Arsenal Gaming (MAG) product family, positioned a notch below the MAG Tomahawk. MSI has been giving the Tomahawk extension value additions over the past few generations, pushing its typical pricing up, along with features such as dual Ethernet, rear I/O shroud, etc. The MAG B460 Torpedo keeps things simple within the ATX form-factor. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses a 13-phase VRM to power the CPU. The VRM heatsinks appear slightly smaller than the ones on the MAG B460 Tomahawk. The tiny heatsink over the PCH is hard to miss, too.

Expansion slots on the MSI MAG B460 Torpedo include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 reinforced slot wired to the CPU, a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x4) slot wired to the B460 PCH, and two other PCIe x1 slots. Storage connectivity includes two M.2 NVMe slots, both PCI-Express 3.0 x4 wiring, one of which includes a heatsink; and six SATA 6 Gbps ports. Networking features one 2.5 GbE interface driven by a Realtek 8125B controller. The onboard audio solution uses a Realtek ALC1200 codec with audio grade capacitors, 8-channel jacks, and headphones amp. As part of the CoreBoost feature set, you get to eke out more performance from your non-K 10th Gen Core processors by relaxing power limits. MSI is pricing the MAG B460 Torpedo at USD $109.99, about $30 cheaper than the Tomahawk.

Thermaltake Intros Versa T25 Tempered Glass Case

Thermaltake today introduced the Versa T25 TG (model: CA-1R5-00M1WN-00). This ATX mid-tower case is characterized by a tempered glass front panel that conceals two large intake fan vents, and a tempered glass panel over the left side. Inside, the case features a typical horizontally partitioned layout, with the upper compartment serving up room for graphics cards up to 30 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 150 cm in height. The PSU bay in the bottom compartment offers up to 16 cm room, which can be extended to 20 cm by removing the drive cage.

Storage options include two 3.5-inch/2.5-inch bays in a detachable drive cage in the bottom compartment, and two 2.5-inch drive mounts. Ventilation options include two 200 mm front intakes, which can be made to hold either two 200 mm fans, or two 140 mm fans, or three 120 mm fans; two 140/120 mm top exhausts; and a 120 mm rear exhaust. A 120 mm fan at the rear comes included with the case, and factory-fitted. Front panel connectivity includes two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.x type-A port, and HDA jacks. The case measures 416 mm x 210 mm x 480 mm (HxWxD). The company didn't reveal pricing.

The Curious Case of the 12-pin Power Connector: It's Real and Coming with NVIDIA Ampere GPUs

Over the past few days, we've heard chatter about a new 12-pin PCIe power connector for graphics cards being introduced, particularly from Chinese language publication FCPowerUp, including a picture of the connector itself. Igor's Lab also did an in-depth technical breakdown of the connector. TechPowerUp has some new information on this from a well placed industry source. The connector is real, and will be introduced with NVIDIA's next-generation "Ampere" graphics cards. The connector appears to be NVIDIA's brain-child, and not that of any other IP- or trading group, such as the PCI-SIG, Molex or Intel. The connector was designed in response to two market realities - that high-end graphics cards inevitably need two power connectors; and it would be neater for consumers to have a single cable than having to wrestle with two; and that lower-end (<225 W) graphics cards can make do with one 8-pin or 6-pin connector.

The new NVIDIA 12-pin connector has six 12 V and six ground pins. Its designers specify higher quality contacts both on the male and female ends, which can handle higher current than the pins on 8-pin/6-pin PCIe power connectors. Depending on the PSU vendor, the 12-pin connector can even split in the middle into two 6-pin, and could be marketed as "6+6 pin." The point of contact between the two 6-pin halves are kept leveled so they align seamlessly.

Cougar Intros DarkBlader X7 Mid-tower Case

Cougar today released yet another variation of its DarkBlader line of ATX mid-tower cases that feature an asymmetric trapezioid front panel design, following last week's release of the DarkBlader X5. The X7 is nearly identical to the X5 from last week, including the translucent (frost finish) larger half of the front-panel. Where it differs is the smaller half featuring a vertical ARGB lighting strip at the front intake; and the inclusion of one 120 mm ARGB fan instead of three, pre-installed at the rear vent. The translucent front panel comes in two trims, "midnight green" and "translucent black." These aside, the DarkBlader X7 is identical in every way to not just the DarkBlader X5, but also the original DarkBlader series from 2019.

Chieftec Announces CM-25B-OP Case from the Classic Series

CHIEFTEC, a world-wide renowned brand for reliable PC chassis and power supplies, today announces the CM-25B-OP as a new model in the Classic Series, which has proven to be a success in the system integration market since its launch in 2019. The CM-25B-OP is based on the chassis of the BM-25B-OP, while adding an additional 5.25" ODD drive and a refreshed front panel design. Built from 0.7 mm SECC and including tool-less drive installation kits, the Classic Series is perfect for system builders who value true quality and timelessly elegant design.

Lian Li Launching a Budget-Friendly PC Case With the LANCOOL 215

Lian Li is known at the higher-than-mainstream pricing bracket of the PC case world. The company made a name for itself with innovative-looking, angled motherboard brackets and well thought-out and engineered case layouts and materials, but has usually served the higher end of the spectrum. The company seems to be dipping its toes ever more slightly in the budget-friendly space with it's LANCOOL 215, though, which is bound to be releases this August.

The LANCOOL 215 will offer support for both standard and EATX motherboards, with the system being cooled by 2x 200 mm ARGB front fans that pull fresh (fresher in some places around the globe) air from outside the case through a perforated front panel. Hot air is then exhausted through a pre-installed rear 120 mm fan (non-RGB). A 360 mm radiator is supported in the front of the chassis, while the top supports a 280 mm one for added flexibility. But some would argue that having a good case for your PC hardware isn't enough unless you can showcase your PC hardware picks for your current build, so the LANCOOL 215 uses a tempered glass side panel for added "cool" factor. There's also an ARGB Lian Li logo on the bottom of the front fascia of the LANCOOL 215, and a PSU shroud which is practically standard these days. The best news? The LANCOOL 215 from Lian Li will be available for $69.99.

AeroCool Rolls Out the Prime Mid-tower Case

AeroCool really likes vertical RGB diffusers that cleave the front panel from the middle, as evident with the Klaw and Playa cases. Its latest such creation is the Prime, a value-segment ATX mid-tower case. It is characterized by three large ARGB LED diffusers along the center of the front-panel, flanked by a pair of mesh intakes for the front fans. The included 120 mm exhaust fan also featuring ARGB embellishments. Inside the case features a single chamber layout (no horizontal partition).

The motherboard tray of the AeroCool Prime offers clearance for graphics cards up to 30.2 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 15.9 cm in height. Storage features include two 3.5-inch drive bays, and up to three 2.5-inch mounts. The crawlspace behind the motherboard tray is 1.89 cm wide. Ventilation includes two 140/120 mm front intakes, a 120 mm top exhaust, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. You can mount a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator along the front intake. Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.x type-A ports (standard header), and HDA jacks. The case measures 205 mm x 442 mm x 376.5 mm (WxHxD). There are two minor variants of the Prime, the v1 comes with a non-illuminated rear fan, while the v2 comes with one that has ARGB illumination. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Montech Air X ARGB Case Starts Selling

New PC components entrant Montech released its Air X ARGB PC case to market, with distribution tie-ups with Newegg and Amazon. The Air X launched in March 2020, and its availability was originally slated for April, but the availability date was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a company that's just taking off on the scene, this is particularly hard. The case is finally available on Amazon and Newegg. The Air X ARGB features a full length Diamond Mesh front air intake, and full 6 port ARGB fan controller all for an attractive price of $79.99 (excluding taxes) for the white variant, and $75.99 (excluding taxes) for the black variant. The Montech Air X ARGB is a high value for money ATX mid-tower case featuring an airy front mesh-type intake with ARGB embellishments, horizontally partitioned interiors, fan vents at just the right places, and a number of drive mounts. Buy the variant you like from the store you prefer.

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Fractal Design Introduces Define 7 Compact Case

The new Define 7 Compact takes the strongest features of the contemporary 7 Series design and places them in a conveniently compact frame. The versatile open layout of the Define 7 Compact allows you to maximize the potential of the small footprint with full-size ATX hardware to meet your exact needs.

Interchangeable top covers allow you to switch between solid steel for full noise suppression or a ventilated cover for extra cooling. The top framework is fully removable for unprecedented ease of access to interior components, and five front ports (including one USB Type-C) means you don't sacrifice expandability for the small footprint.

BIOSTAR Introduces the Latest Racing B460 Series Motherboards in ATX and Micro-ATX Form Factors

BIOSTAR, a leading brand of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices, today announces the new RACING B460GTA and the RACING B460GTQ motherboards designed to run the new Intel 10th Gen Processors.

Stylishly designed in BIOSTAR's signature RACING colors the RACING B460GTA and the RACING B460GTQ motherboards are built for both commercial and casual use. Due to the higher power demand of the latest 10th generation Intel processors, the 400 series motherboards from BIOSTAR have been designed with significant attention towards power efficiency and cooling. Features like Super Hyper PWM that has DCR current sensing architecture offers excellent precision in delivering stable power with 100% fixed voltage to ensure critical components of the motherboards are protected with the maximum performance and reliability.

Cougar Intros MX331 Line of Mid-tower Cases

Cougar late last week rolled out the MX331 line of ATX mid-tower cases. The case comes in four variants based on looks and functionality: the base variant has a mesh front and an opaque left side-panel with some fan vents. The next variant comes with a mesh front, and tempered glass side panel. The variant after that, the MX331 Mesh X, builds on this with RGB embellishments and an included 120 mm RGB rear exhaust fan. The top variant has piano-black acrylic front, with tempered glass side panels. All four variants are internally identical, the top two come with additional USB 3.x ports.

Internally, the MX331 comes with a conventional horizontally partitioned layout. The top (motherboard tray) compartment can hold graphics cards up to 35 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 15.5 cm in height. Storage options include two 3.5-inch trays that can each hold 2.5-inch drives; and two additional 2.5-inch mounts behind the motherboard tray. Ventilation includes two 120 mm front intakes, two 120 mm exhausts at the top, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. The case measures 481 mm x 204 mm x 443 mm (HxWxD). The company didn't reveal pricing.
Cougar MX331 Mesh X Cougar MX331

InWin Announces Availability of the 216 PC Chassis

InWin today announced general availability of their 216 PC chassis. This is a somewhat understated design for the company, and one that will look good on either an RGB-heavy system or a more subdued take on PC technology. The front panel features a solid black, brushed aluminium cover that's classic and understated, with a single brushed aluminium side-plate that brings some color to the entire chassis. Air intakes make-up the right side of the front panel, allowing air to be pulled inside the chassis from up to 3x 120 mm fans. The tempered glass side-panel fastens with a magnetic locking mechanism, which means there's no need to tussle with screws when removing the panel to either upgrade hardware, clean up the chassis' innards, or troubleshoot.

The chassis supports anything from Mini-ITX through E-ATX motherboards, features a vertical GPU installation option (especially good if you have that sweet Cyberpunk 2077 limited edition RTX 2080 Ti, but I digress...). CPU cooler height clearance stands at 166 mm, PSU clearance at 220 mm, graphics card length at a maximum 380 mm, and its storage racks feature support for up to 2x 2.5" SSDs and 5x HDDs. The chassis also features 2x USB 3.0 ports, mic-in and audio-out on top of the front panel, and supports up to 1x 360 mm radiator (on the front of the chassis), alongside a 120 fan/radiator on the back of the chassis and 2x 120 mm fans on top. Like most cases these days, the PSU compartment features a shroud to hide away cabling. Sadly, no word on pricing was available at time of writing.

be quiet! Announces Pure Base 500DX PC Case

be quiet! introduces Pure Base 500DX, a more sophisticated version of the compact Pure Base 500 ATX case with a focus on high cooling performance through optimized airflow and advanced lighting features.

The interior of Pure Base 500DX has the same smart design and features as the critically acclaimed Pure Base 500, including support for high-end graphics cards up to 369 millimeters, CPU coolers up to 190 millimeters, and ample storage mounting options. The case supports installation of up to five SSDs - two of which can be displayed prominently in the main chassis chamber - or four SSDs and two HDDs. A PSU shroud and smart cable routing options including Velcro straps and plenty of eyelets provide a neat interior, while removable dust filters in the front and bottom of the case keep dust outside. The tempered glass side panel provides a great view into the interior of the case.

Abkoncore Unveils the Ramesses 310 Tower Case

Abkoncore today unveiled the Ramesses 310, a low-depth ATX full-tower case that combines tempered glass with matte-black steel. Inside, the case positions the ATX motherboard below an upper compartment that holds the PSU and drive bays. With height compensating for depth, the case is able to hold up to three 240 mm x 120 mm radiators, one each along the bottom-, rear-, and upper side panels. The motherboard tray boasts of full-ATX support as it features 9 expansion slots, so you could install a triple-slot graphics card even in the bottom-most slot.

Storage options on the Abkoncore Ramesses 310 include three 3.5-inch drive bays in the upper compartment, and two 2.5-inch mounts behind the motherboard tray. Six Abkoncore Spider Spectrum 120 mm fans come included with the case, with an internal RGB LED controller that takes in RF remote control input. RGB embellishment also frame each of the front-panel ports: four USB 3.1 type-A, HDA jacks, and the power/reset buttons. Measuring 220 mm x 550 mm x 330 mm (WxHxD), the case weighs 9 kg. Available now, the Ramesses 310 is priced at 160€.

Abkoncore Announces the H600X Mid-tower Case

ABKONCORE is officially announcing the release and direct availability of the H600X PC gaming enclosure. The H600X is an ATX chassis that supports RGB SYNC and a great choice for your next build. This Mid-tower ATX case is suitable for standard ATX mainboards, Micro ATX and MINI ITX mainboards. Spacious design allows for the assembly or large components such as long graphic cards up to 358 mm and high CPU coolers up to 173 mm. Power supply support for ATX up to 350 mm long and placed at the bottom inside a designated PSU chamber for lower temperature results throughout the system. The exterior of the H600X is cool due to the front rectangular mesh with carbon style pattern design. Furthermore, this chassis is equipped with many dust filters, on the top and bottom. One of the side panels is made out of tinted tempered glass so that hardware can be viewed once the built-in RGB fans are turned on and colored light is glowing over installed hardware.

Functionality is the key word for the H600X case, internal support for tool free mounting for HDD/SSD drives and additional SSD brackets on the rear of the mainboard panel. Frontal I/O support through 2x USB3.0, HD Audio and mic-jacks. Maximum cooling possibilities via the various spaces such as the pre-installed 2x 200 mm RGB spectrum fans mounted in the front and the 1x 120 RGB Hurricane fan mounted in the rear. Furthermore, there is additional space to mount 2x 120 mm or 140 mm fans on the top as well as liquid cooling radiator size 120/240/360 mm at the front or top.
Abkoncore H600X

GIGABYTE Lists AMD B550 and Intel Z490 Motherboards

Thanks to the findings of VideoCardz, we have information that GIGABYTE has listed its upcoming motherboards for AMD and Intel platforms. Starting with AMD's upcoming mid-range chipset, the B550 model is supposed to bring PCIe 4.0 connectivity options to lower-priced motherboard variants. So far, only high-end chipset versions like X570 had PCIe 4.0 support, while the mid-range option was lacking. GIGABYTE has prepared a total of six B550 AORUS models, along with a GAMING series which is supposed to be a tier below AORUS models. The B550 chipset will span all motherboard sizes, including ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX.

In the EEC listing, GIGABYTE also submitted Intel's upcoming Z490 motherboards for Comet Lake-S CPUs. In the listing, we see a total of 15 motherboards listed with an unusable entry. Again the W480 chipset appears, which is meant to power workstation motherboards. This chipset will go inside a new motherboard lineup called the "VISION" series. While we don't know what this new series brings, we know that both the workstation enabled W480 chipset and regular Z490 chipset will be a part of it.

Antec Announces the P82 Flow Chassis

In the year of their 33rd anniversary, Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest mid tower of their Antec Performance Series: the Antec P82 Flow. The case is now commercially available from 69,99€ (suggested retail price including VAT).

The Antec Performance P82 Flow Mid-Tower computer case is the evolution of P8, keeping clean lines and the interior around performance. With the new appearance in minimalism, the P82 Flow is embellished with a white LED power-on light and stripe design of rich ventilation on the front panel, including three 140 mm white-blade fans in the front and a 140 mm white-blade fan in the rear, creating a more powerful, efficient, easy to build and cool system.

Kolink Introduces the Void RGB Midi-Tower

Kolink today has launched their Void Midi-Tower, which features a striking design on its front chassis. Through the usage of an infinity mirror and RGB lighting, the angular, V-shaped front panel achieves a very striking look - if the press materials are anything to go by. I have an Oblivion callback with this one - anyone remember the Tet?

The Kolink Void seems to tick many more boxes than a PSU at its price-point should, with support for 5x 120 mm fans (two on the top, one on the back, and two in the front with support for a 240 mm radiator), a PSU shroud, an included 120 mm RGB fan, tempered glass side-panel, steel innards, and support for up to four drives (2x 3.5", 2x 2.5"). Maximum graphics card length stands at 310 mm, maximum CPU cooler height at 160 mm, and PSU length can go up to 180 mm. The Kolink Void is compatible with Micro-ATX, Mini-ATX and ATX motherboards, and is available for £46.99 ($61, approximately).

MSI Registers Z490 Motherboards With the EEC

As we gear up for another Intel CPU launch with their 10th Gen Comet Lake-S CPUs with up to 10 cores, motherboard manufacturers have to go through the process of getting their products approved through various regulatory requirements. The Eurasian Economic Commission is one which constantly gives little snippets towards the future, and now, MSI motherboards based on Intel's Z490 chipset and LGA 1200 socket have shown up.

Knowing MSI's usual staple of motherboards for each product generation, there aren't many surprises here. The entries refer to these MSI motherboards: Z490-A PRO (Standard ATX); Creator Z490I (Mini-ITX); MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK (Standard ATX); MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI (Micro-ATX); MPG Z490 GAMING; CARBON WIFI (Standard ATX); MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS (Standard ATX); MEG Z490I UNIFY (Mini-ITX); MEG Z490 UNIFY (Standard ATX); MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE; WIFI (Standard ATX); MEG Z490 ACE (Standard ATX); MEG Z490 GODLIKE (E-ATX). You can expect the GODLIKE to be so in both features and price, as usual, topping out MSI's lineup.

Pure 12V PSU Standard, Named ATX12VO, Debuts Later This Year

Back at CES, at the FSP booth, we spied an inconspicuous-looking PSU with a curious 10-pin connector in place of the 24-pin ATX. The FSP500-30AKB turned out to be the first public exhibit of a the pure 12-Volt PC power supply standard being pushed by Intel, which is called "ATX12VO," which abbreviates Advanced Technology eXtended 12-Volt Only. According to the specification, the PSU only puts out +12 V and 12 Vsb voltage domains, and does away with the 5 V, 5 Vsb, and 3.3 V domains. This greatly simplifies the design of PSUs, as PCs of today don't use too many power-hungry 5 V or 3.3 V devices (such as half-a-dozen mechanical hard drives). The PC will still need 5 V for interfaces such as USB, but VRM on the motherboard will be responsible for DC-to-DC switching of 12 V to those lower-voltage domains. It's also likely that the motherboard will now put out a handful SATA power connectors.

Intel could debut ATX12VO within 2020 via its next-generation desktop platform, which features a 10-pin connector instead of 24-pin. It remains to be seen if the company could help the transition from current PSUs to the new standard by having its motherboard partners include a 24-pin to 10-pin adapter of some sort. In addition to the 10-pin connector, ATX12VO PSUs will put out two other purely-12 V connector types: 8-pin/4+4 pin EPS and 6+2 pin PCIe power. The EPS connector powers the CPU VRM, while the PCIe connector powers add-on cards, such as graphics cards. 4-pin Molex connectors could also be put out, but those will only feature 12 V pins (the 5 V pins will be absent).
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