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When it comes to ITX motherboards a lot of us are looking at this design. I was wondering the other day what we could do to make board design better. One of the biggest issues is the limited space we have to work with in the boards. With this in mind are there features on many of the ITX boards we could remove to improve other areas?

For example, I was thinking about sound. ITX systems typically are currently being built for two main general uses, HTPC or Gaming. With the ease of use of USB sound for gaming and the fact the video cards carry sound via HDMI and Display port, could we cut the onboard sound to give back some space on the board? Cutting the number of SATA ports down to 4 has already been done by a lot of boards. What about killing onboard Wifi since USB solutions are cheap and easy to use?

The thought I am having is what we can cut to give us better options for CPU power, allowing better overclocking, as well as more room on the board in general for other features we might think of like MSATA.

Any thoughts?
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I would love it if one could stuff two pci-e lanes on an itx. Impossible though, the ram would never fit on the board with that damn cpu in the way... I like your idea of removing the sound and wifi, but only because I'm not using either one of those.
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Mini-DTX pls. Kthxbai! wave2.gif

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Mini-DTX pls. Kthxbai! wave2.gif

+1 for that, since most "gaming" itc cases support Mini-DTX anyways.

On another note, I want more Shuttle-ish motherboards, since everyone uses long GPUs anyways. Might aswell have an Msata and Mpcie wifi under it right? It would also allow for 4 ram slots and more sata connectors, and so on. and it shouldn't effect case sizes that much since they are already long for the GPU. (might effect things like radiator clearance tho -on the sg05 for example-)
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I agree with the above; most high end ITX boards should really just be DTX; users who go the route of a moderately high end ITX system usually go liquid cooling - which frees up that second slot for something nice... say a raid card, or sound card?
    
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You could do the second slot if you went the SODIMM route. You can still get DDR3 up to 1600 and 16 gig can be done for only a little more money with dual slot. However going the second slot means you can no longer go the ITX route with a higher end discrete video card as they are dual slot. and the DTX would actually need a three slot case.
Edited by Mopar63 - 5/23/13 at 2:48pm
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Eh, my GTX 670 is now technically a single slot now that I've waterblocked it and removed the bracket. Well, that is if it didn't have stacked DVI sockets biggrin.gif I'm not so sure how it would do with a second one literally touching as the backplate on mine gets mighty warm. One can dream. And yes I'm aware of the dual gpu cards but that would make it stick out beyond the back of my MB and ruin my asthetics tongue.gif
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