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ATX vs. mATX?

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Last response: in Motherboards
November 14, 2013 4:36:40 PM

What is the performance difference between the standard size ATX motherboard and a mATX? I know the size is smaller but other than that I don't know much else. Is a mATX motherboard good enough to build a gaming PC or should I stick with a full size ATX?

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a c 1527 V Motherboard
November 14, 2013 4:42:55 PM

If they have the same chipset it will be exactly same performance. AMD partners do not make any AM3+ mATX boards with the better chipsets but Intel partners do. So it really depends on what direction you are going.

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a c 406 V Motherboard
November 14, 2013 4:44:53 PM

Both are fine. You can't really SLI/CF on a µATX board because the cards are too close and might overheat, but other than that, you're generally fine.

You can't add as many expansion cards to a µATX case, but if you're only going to have at most one card (e.g. WiFi or a TV tuner), you're fine.
November 14, 2013 4:51:21 PM

Thanks, both answers help.