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What would motherboard makers do with the extra space if the PCH/Southbridge wasn't used anymore?

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I'm curious what you guys think would happen if say Zen+ (and Intel's offerings) no longer had a PCH/Southbridge? What would motherboard makers do with that extra space there? Place more M.2 slots in that section? Or maybe just a slimmer form factor such as mini-ATX? Mini-ATX seems like an easier transition, if ever, than BTX for case designers, This came up in my mind after a mention of BTX motherboard designs, not that we need a new form factor. But I've always felt like the PCH took up a lot of space, well, the elaborate heatsinks usually did. I feel like there could be more in that region.

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Would be nice to have 6 or so M.2 SSDs on the motherboard biggrin.gif

I currently have 5 hard disks to supplement my C:\ SSD, so being able to replace all those with SSDs on the motherboard in my next build would save a lot of space.
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Maybe manufacturers could go crazy and put a MXM card slot there for a mobile style GPU? Would probably render PCI-E slots kind of pointless on that board, but it'd be possible to get a really thin form factor going that still has some graphics power to it.

More M.2 slots would be nice, as long as they're not sharing the PCI-E lanes. (unless we see a large lane count increase with newer tech)

Assuming it was integrated into the cpu, then communications between the CPU and different pieces could potentially be lower latency/faster in general.

Not sure what else other than the aforementioned possible smaller form factor motherboards. I suppose it'd be interesting to see.
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Well if I where to manufacture a board with no SB, I suppose a few slots for SSD's. Instead of cables, plug them right into the board.
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