Originally Posted by btupsx
I agree that mATX is the standard bearer for all an around sweet spot, but that doesn't mean ITX is irrelevant either now, or in the future. Sure, it has its limitations at present, but who doesn't enjoy reading the ITX build logs on OCN? You have to get creative; that's part of the appeal, no?
That is the point exactly.
ITX started as a small form factor, and usually small form factor PCs are not meant to be powerhouses. Using ITX boards to do such machines is inherently intriguing, and not having the perfect case or the perfect board for the job is part of the challenge, which in the end is totally different than what a RIVE and a full tower will give you.
Eventually there will be much better boards, much better cases etc etc, but then part of the challenge will be gone, as builders will be fighting with and not against odds.
No surpizes, just cookie cutting solutions.
Those in need of something that "just works" will be happy, those with an urge to push the envelope will be looking at something else, perhaps even more troublesome.