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ATX vs M-ATX boards - what are the pro and con?

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Hi,

I want to build a Media server /HTPC. Why should I go with ATX vs -m-atx. is it just the size of the board?
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Hi,

I want to build a Media server /HTPC. Why should I go with ATX vs -m-atx. is it just the size of the board?
Yes. However, the size of the board of course limits the amount of expansion slots (PCI, not USB).
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well most m-atx boards dont have more than 1 pcie x16 slot, and i havent seen any with more than 2. many m-atx boards also only have 2 memory slots. so if u plan on using SLI/crossfire and more than 2 sticks of ram, make sure you find a board that will supoort it.
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mAtx allows for smaller, more compact cases which is ideal for htpc......it all depends on which board you get too.....there are X58 CF/SLI mAtx boards, so you can build a powerful gaming machine, but cooling in small cases will be an issue
    
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I too would like to hear some results to your question. Ive found that M-Atx have less expansion ports as mentioned above by Skitzogreg, and ive noticed that they generally have weaker power phases, but I dont know if that is inherent to all M-Atx boards or not.
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With a smaller form factor comes cutting corners. All depends on what you want. Some mATX boards trump full-size ATX in terms of features, at a cost. Cooling will get cramped.
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