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July 11, 2010 7:22:58 PM

I just thought this is a good topic 2 discuss...

what would the ATX's advantages be over a micro? [:grahamlv:3]

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July 11, 2010 7:25:34 PM

OK, i forgot 2 add this...

the same components on a micro and atx...wat is the diference?
July 11, 2010 7:30:44 PM

Micro is just a smaller board for those with less space. Every part works the same way, ATX just has more room to fit all of its functionality on. Everyone can't have a mid tower or bigger to be able to fit the ATX board or maybe they just want something smaller.
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July 11, 2010 7:33:14 PM

the mATX advantage is price. If you run a simple set up, one DVD drive, one HDD, one single slot video card, two sticks of RAM, the mATX is fine.

one you start adding wi-fi cards, sounds cards, dual slot video cards, multi-drives,etc., space becomes very cramped, very fast on the mATX.
July 12, 2010 5:48:10 AM

so, basically, your saying that the mATX has the potential as the ATX, but is let down by its expansion? But ive seen mATX mobos that have 2+ PCI E slots... like the Alienware Aurora...?
July 12, 2010 6:30:37 AM

Benefits of mATX mobos:

1. Generally cheaper than full ATX mobos.
2. Can be installed in smaller case to fit tighter space.
3. Nearly all comes with integrate video.

Cons with mATX mobos:

1. Generally speaking, fewer expansions options with PCI / PCI-e ports.
2. Most likely to have fewer RAM slots.
3. Fewer SATA connections (generally)
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