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SquattingDawg September 22, 2009 05:57 PM

mATX vs ATX
 
So was just wondering as at some point in the future I will finally replace my 7 year old rig, but what are the advantages/disadvantages of mATX over ATX motherboards? All I really know about it is that mATX is smaller...

Thanks for your help!

enaberif September 22, 2009 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by SquattingDawg (Post 259528)
So was just wondering as at some point in the future I will finally replace my 7 year old rig, but what are the advantages/disadvantages of mATX over ATX motherboards? All I really know about it is that mATX is smaller...

Thanks for your help!

Smaller boards and usually don't overclock as well.

sswilson September 22, 2009 06:04 PM

As a general rule, a full sized board is going to have a few more higher end features (especially when it comes to overclocking) as well as higher end components and better thermal properties.

There is no absolute answer to this however as there are a few motherboard manufacturers who've put out high end chipset, full featured mATX motherboards in the last year.

Cowboy September 22, 2009 06:14 PM

Not to mention there are some pretty sweet acrylic mATX cases for sale on the forums...:whistle:

Skyllz September 22, 2009 06:30 PM

And a very sweet P5Q-EM motherboard for same also in that section... :ph34r:

SquattingDawg September 24, 2009 12:21 PM

Alright cool thanks for that. So there really isn't any difference at all except features? Is there any impact on gaming performance?

sswilson September 24, 2009 12:33 PM

It depends on whether or not you intend to overclock, or want to run sli/crossfire.

SquattingDawg September 24, 2009 12:45 PM

Well if I overclock anything it'll only be my CPU and I don't plan on uber-OCing it and I am only gonna go with one GPU. Hopefully these ATI 58** cards go down in price by the time X-mas rolls by =)

Cowboy September 24, 2009 12:48 PM

I run mATX boards almost exclusively now, and I really don't notice a difference in performance or lack of features vs ATX.

SquattingDawg September 24, 2009 04:54 PM

Alright. So really no difference other than size. Great news for me! So should I probably get a case made for mATX or can I just use whatever case I feel like getting?


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