Computers, Laptops & Tablets > Accessories & Hardware 116 116 people found this article helpful ATX 24-pin 12V Power Supply Pinout Pinout for the Standard ATX 24-pin 12V Motherboard Power Connector by Tim Fisher VP and General Manager, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has more than 30 years' of professional technology experience. He's been writing about tech for more than two decades and serves as the VP and General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on July 29, 2020 Tweet Share Email Accessories & Hardware The Quick Guide to Webcams Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Printers & Scanners Raspberry Pi The ATX 24-pin power supply connector is the standard motherboard power connector in computers today. The connector itself is a Molex 39-01-2240 connector, often called a Molex Mini-fit Jr. ATX 24-Pin 12V Power Connector Pinout (ATX v2.2) Below is the complete pinout table for the standard ATX 24-pin 12V power supply connector as of Version 2.2 of the ATX Specification (PDF). If you're using this pinout table to test power supply voltages, be aware that the voltages must be within ATX specified tolerances. Pinout Reference for ATX 24-pin 12V Power Connectors Pin Name Wire Color Description 1 +3.3V Orange +3.3 VDC 2 +3.3V Orange +3.3 VDC 3 COM Black Ground 4 +5V Red +5 VDC 5 COM Black Ground 6 +5V Red +5 VDC 7 COM Black Ground 8 PWR_ON Gray Power Good 9 +5VSB Purple +5 VDC Standby 10 +12V1 Yellow +12 VDC 11 +12V1 Yellow +12 VDC 12 +3.3V Orange +3.3 VDC 13 +3.3V Orange +3.3 VDC 14 -12V Blue -12 VDC 15 COM Black Ground 16 PS_ON# Green Power Supply On 17 COM Black Ground 18 COM Black Ground 19 COM Black Ground 20 NC White -5 VDC (Optional - Removed in ATX12V v2.01) 21 +5V Red +5 VDC 22 +5V Red +5 VDC 23 +5V Red +5 VDC 24 COM Black Ground The pinouts for the 15-pin SATA Power Connector, 4-pin Peripheral Power Connector, 4-pin Floppy Drive Power Connector, and for other ATX power supply connectors can be seen in our ATX Power Supply Pinout Tables list. More Information on the ATX 24-Pin 12V PSU Connector The ATX 24-pin 12V power supply connector can only be plugged in while pointing a specific direction on the motherboard. If you look carefully at the following illustration, you can see that the pins take a unique shape, a shape which the motherboard matches in only one direction. Lifewire / Alex Dos Diaz The original ATX standard supported a 20-pin connector with a very similar pinout as the 24-pin connector but with pins 11, 12, 23, and 24 omitted. This means that the newer 24-pin power supply is useful for motherboards that require more power, and therefore eliminates the need for ATX 12V power supplies to provide an auxiliary power cable (although some still may). 1:20 How to Manually Test a Power Supply With a Multimeter 24-Pin & 20-Pin Compatibility The additional four pins are usually detachable (like you can probably see in the lower part of the image above), allowing it to be used on a 20-pin motherboard connection. The extra block of pins simply hangs over the motherboard connector—they don't plug into another slot. Some motherboards allow the reverse: to use the older 20-pin power supply cable on a 24-pin motherboard connection. If you need to use a 24-pin power supply connector on a motherboard that only accepts a 20-pin cable, there are a number of online retailers where you can purchase a 24-pin to 20-pin adapter, like this StarTech adapter from Amazon. Though the motherboard appears to accept all 24 pins using this type of adapter, it still, of course, means that the additional four pins go unused. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up! Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire Molex 4-pin Peripheral Power Connector Pinout ATX 6-pin 12V Power Connector Pinout SATA 15-Pin Power Connector Pinout How to Manually Test a Power Supply With a Multimeter ATX Power Supply Pinout Tables Motherboard Fan Connectors: What They Are and How They Work ATX 4-pin 12V Power Connector Pinout Power Supply Voltage Tolerances Computer Power Supply Motherboard Ports: What They Are and How They Work Installing a Desktop PC Motherboard Parallel ATA (PATA) What the Red Light on a Motherboard Means (and How to Fix It) What Is FireWire? Floppy Drive 4-Pin Power Connector Pinout What Is a Lightning Connector?