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Should I get mATX?

Poll Results: mATX or ATX mobo

 
  • 76% (13)
    mATX
  • 23% (4)
    ATX
17 Total Votes  
post #1 of 13
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I'm stuck on a decision of what size motherboard I should get for my first pc build. Its going to be my main rig for my graphic design job and gaming. I have all the parts I want figured out, except the case and motherboard.

List:

Mobo: (matx) maximus V gene OR (atx) ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155

Case: (matx) fractal design arc mini OR (atx) arc Midi r2

PSU: corsair tx650w

Ram: corsair vengeance 2x4 black

CPU: i5 3570k ivy bridge

Gpu: evga gtx 660

I originally wanted a matx motherboard because of the smaller case form factor. I have my setup in my bedroom, so I sort of wanted it more compact and a bit maneuverable. I will be overclocking the i5, but have no plans on watercooling. I don't really believe I need sli for the gaming and graphic design I will be doing, so no multiple gpu's probably either. I just wanted to ask, should I buy a matx or atx motherboard? Do think losing a a few PCI slots is worth the minor size difference in cases? I also feel that there isn't much of a size difference between atx and matx cases?


Appreciate some opinions or suggestions for my rig plans. Thanks
post #2 of 13
Well there would be the Mid tower and Full tower variants, but I'd say for your needs that a mid would work just fine.

If you want the space savings and maneuverability then mAtx is for you. BUT, know that of those 2 boards you are considering, that they both have 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
post #3 of 13
I'd go with a mATX setup with what you described. I did a build for a buddy based on an Asus Maximus V Gene and it's a very nice board. It's running a 3570K and had no problems overclocking it to 4.4GHz. At least for your average overclocker, it should be a very good board.

TBH, for people that have absolutely no interest in SLI/Crossfire, a mATX or ITX is a good way to go. SFF builds have been getting more and more popular and there are some beastly mATX/mITX motherboards out there that are as capable as a full ATX board - minus a few slots and some other features of course. IMO, losing 3 slots shouldn't be an issue for most people these days. Even with mATX you can still fit in a standard double-height GPU and two other PCI cards.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Would you say its worth the size difference. All my friends have full and mid atx casew, so i cant compare in real life. Basically, is there significant size differences between an atx mid tower to a matx tower? Thanks,
post #5 of 13
Depending on the case, 4-5 inches in height about the only difference (speaking of tower style). I prefer mATX because I never use more than 1 gpu and a wireless nic card. My first build was full atx and over the course of 7 or 8 years that it lasted me I never used more than the agp slot and 1 pci slot. No sense having all that if you aren't going to use it. Crossfire / SLI though it's worth it and in most cases you don't have a choice... not many dual gpu capable mATX boards that I've seen.

Downside is that cable management is virtually non-existent in most smaller cases. Can be done but you don't have the space to work with like a regular atx size case.
 
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post #6 of 13
if you only need one pcie slot then go mini-itx.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by KevGann View Post

Would you say its worth the size difference. All my friends have full and mid atx casew, so i cant compare in real life. Basically, is there significant size differences between an atx mid tower to a matx tower? Thanks,

I think it depends on the case design. Some mATX cases can actually be very small. The case used for my buddie's mATX build was a Silverstone FT-03. With the way this case was designed it actually has a very small foot print - about 8" x 10" which is about half that of a standard case. Granted, the interior design of this case is quite different from a standard layout which is how they get the foot print so small. Another mATX case that keeps the small foot-print is the Silverstone Sugo SG02-F.

If the small size appeals to you, then I'd go for it. However, the major draw back with such a small case is (depending on the design) you might be limited to fewer hard drives, fewer 5.25" drive bays, or sometimes limited to a shorter length PSU...things like that.
post #8 of 13
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Thanks
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Last question, do I lose over clocking performance with matx motherboards. I know I have the ability to do so, but am I better off with atx. I was recently told that atx usually have better vrm cooling.
post #10 of 13
VRM cooling has nothing to do with OC performance as long as VRM components don't overheat. MVG has a decent VRM much better than Extreme4 anyway.
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