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I'm partial the smaller one but everyone seems to love their ATX boards. Is there a rational reason for this? or do people just like things bigger? /wink

Anyway, all kidding a side. Is there a real reason I should choose ATX over mATX for a new Ivy Bridge setup? I won't ever have more than 2 cards in my computer and even having more than 1 will probably be rare so... I just dunno.

Thanks all!

Appreciate it!
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What size case are you using? I don't see any point in using a mATX board in a full size case.
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What size case are you using? I don't see any point in using a mATX board in a full size case.

I'm building my own actually, and the smaller the better. But if there's a good enough reason to go slightly larger, then by all means.
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Only complaint I've ever heard with mATX boards is that large heat-sinks get in the way of everything. They're not somehow inferior or anything like that, they're just compact.
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Originally Posted by Cavi Mike View Post

Only complaint I've ever heard with mATX boards is that large heat-sinks get in the way of everything. They're not somehow inferior or anything like that, they're just compact.

my mobo's heatsink doesn't get in the way of anything. if you only need a few pcie slot, then matx is perfect for you. the only difference between matx and atx is the number of pcie slots. check out my build log in my sig below
post #6 of 13
i would say go mATX.
it's going to be fully functional for all of your needs.


custom case!
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Yup really for the most part atx has more slots for expandability. although there are a few features like m-pcie slots which are more common on ATX and itx boards, Also i think built in sound cards are is something that you tend to find on asus matx gene line, but has been popping up on atx boards like msis xpower II and sniper series (thats all i can think of off the top of my head, im a bit tired so might be rambling) tongue.gif

But if matx is really all you feel you would need, go that route biggrin.gif
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Yup really for the most part atx has more slots for expandability. although there are a few features like m-pcie slots which are more common on ATX and itx boards, Also i think built in sound cards are is something that you tend to find on asus matx gene line, but has been popping up on atx boards like msis xpower II and sniper series (thats all i can think of off the top of my head, im a bit tired so might be rambling) tongue.gif
But if matx is really all you feel you would need, go that route biggrin.gif

I won't need a sound card built in smile.gif I gots one to put in the other PCI-E slot, and eventually plan on getting rid of it for SPDIF out to receiver/amp for a speaker set up. Besides, most computer speakers do the processing in their subwoofer - I could be wrong - but I think that renders a card not very useful?

Since mATX is decided... which of the following do you all recommend?
  1. ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
  2. MSI X79MA-GD45
  3. Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H
  4. Asus Maximus V Gene
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I won't need a sound card built in smile.gif I gots one to put in the other PCI-E slot, and eventually plan on getting rid of it for SPDIF out to receiver/amp for a speaker set up. Besides, most computer speakers do the processing in their subwoofer - I could be wrong - but I think that renders a card not very useful?
Since mATX is decided... which of the following do you all recommend?
  1. ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
  2. MSI X79MA-GD45
  3. Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H
  4. Asus Maximus V Gene

no arguement, asus maximus v gene!
post #10 of 13
out of the list i would go with the gene, my GF has 2 gene boards (1155 and 1156 sockets) so far and they have worked flawlessly so far smile.gif
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