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It's just me, but I'm not "sold" on mATX - it just feels too much like a compromise rolleyes.gif I realize that for a large group of people it's a "safer" (more versatile) choice, but it loses something in the process. I have the luxury of a dedicated workstation (which is in pieces at the moment redface.gif ) so I know this kind of easy for me to say, but I like the constraints that ITX imposes and I love the size if the S3. I have no doubt that the S5 will do well (and probably outsell the S3), but I can have either and chose the S3 smile.gif
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I can't figure out if I want to go with 240 rads or 280 rads. I've got some AP-15s already and I'm not sure if there are any good, quiet 140mm fans capable of doing justice to a UT60.... eh-smiley.gif
 
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It's just me, but I'm not "sold" on mATX - it just feels too much like a compromise rolleyes.gif I realize that for a large group of people it's a "safer" (more versatile) choice, but it loses something in the process. I have the luxury of a dedicated workstation (which is in pieces at the moment redface.gif ) so I know this kind of easy for me to say, but I like the constraints that ITX imposes and I love the size if the S3. I have no doubt that the S5 will do well (and probably outsell the S3), but I can have either and chose the S3 smile.gif

I think it's not as necessary as it used to be, but still has its places. We have insanely powerful cards now so you can play the newest games on the highest settings in a multi-monitor rig now with a single card. Before the GTX 400/HD5000 series, you needed at least two cards to do that. Hardware has advanced much quicker than software within the past four years or so.

The biggest reason for an mATX rig now is if you want a sound card or a raid controller in addition to your GPU.
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post #674 of 1735
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I think it's not as necessary as it used to be, but still has its places. We have insanely powerful cards now so you can play the newest games on the highest settings in a multi-monitor rig now with a single card. Before the GTX 400/HD5000 series, you needed at least two cards to do that. Hardware has advanced much quicker than software within the past four years or so.

The biggest reason for an mATX rig now is if you want a sound card or a raid controller in addition to your GPU.

My problem with that logic (and it makes complete sense wink.gif ) is that I'll "feature creep" myself into RIVE with Tri-SLI in an ST10-X with Dual 480 Monstas and ask "What Happened?" which is probably more a statement about self-discipline than anything else redface.gif
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I didn't say the S5 wouldn't get wider (it has to!), just not the full 3" difference of the board. The S3 already accepts 240 radiators in the Flex-Bays (big ones biggrin.gif), but 280's are just too long (would need 8 bays just for the radiator), so no-go on that.
So I would be safe buying a 240 for my current build and converting it over to a dedicated spot for a 240 on the S5? This is the way its sounding biggrin.gif
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So I would be safe buying a 240 for my current build and converting it over to a dedicated spot for a 240 on the S5? This is the way its sounding biggrin.gif

Yes smile.gif
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The decision to add 360 support to the S5 wasn't difficult really. Since the MB is about 3" longer; if you want to keep the capabilities if the two cases roughly similar, you have to stretch it (in length, not width) by that much and when you do, 360 support comes with it smile.gif

After the great pics last night and a little thought on the subject that is what I assumed.

Any chance of a blank or custom pedestal back plate for the S3 pedestal in case someone like myself wants to use the pedestal by itself as an S1?
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Simply amazing! I don't think I can ever go back to vertical, horizontal is just so much better.

I custom built my own case and love the short and wide look.

Check my pic's on my profile page.
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It's just me, but I'm not "sold" on mATX - it just feels too much like a compromise rolleyes.gif I realize that for a large group of people it's a "safer" (more versatile) choice, but it loses something in the process. I have the luxury of a dedicated workstation (which is in pieces at the moment redface.gif ) so I know this kind of easy for me to say, but I like the constraints that ITX imposes and I love the size if the S3. I have no doubt that the S5 will do well (and probably outsell the S3), but I can have either and chose the S3 smile.gif

Until ITX gets a X79 socket and more than two dimms, mATX will be the best choice for a compact enthusiast platform build.
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Until ITX gets a X79 socket and more than two dimms, mATX will be the best choice for a compact enthusiast platform build.

While it would be nice to have 32GB of ram (I care less about hexes in this platform) I have to feel like I agree with Jim, I feature creep straight to tri+ sli rather than sticking to mATX. I would like to see an ROG mITX board though. I would buy a mATX though even though I disagree in principle just to round out my lineup thumb.gif
     
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