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are there any advantages/disadvantages of using a mATX board?

im building mu hdad a comp and i want small and quiet, yet powerful.
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I'm real interested to hear people's take on mATX motherboards myself. The general impression I've got from reading around on the web is that most mATX aren't very overclocking friendly, but I've no idea how true that is.

Surely someone will enlighten us?
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Originally Posted by Boinky
I'm real interested to hear people's take on mATX motherboards myself. The general impression I've got from reading around on the web is that most mATX aren't very overclocking friendly, but I've no idea how true that is.

Surely someone will enlighten us?
There is a few like a Biostar one that overclocks well but usually there are more options with an ATX motherboards.
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I've heard also that most matx boards aren't very good overclockers. Plus, with those boards you usually get less of several things. Less pci slots, less ram slots, etc. There's maybe some exceptions but I don't keep up on micro boards really.
    
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I'm in the process of building a small little server rig and I've chosen a nice small mATX motherboard. The only real thing I notice was there's only 2 slots for ram! However Most coolers fit ok. And it's currently got a celeron pushing 3.5 ghz from a stock 2.4! However that's a bit of a suicide shot at 1.5 some odd volts.
    
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It depends on the board really.


ASUS P5LD2

Micro ATX, PCIe, 945 chipset, 4 DDR2 RAM slots, 2 additional PCI slots, 2 IDE for 4 devices, RAID.........

Most times you will just have 1 less PCI slot and/or only 2 RAM slots, but that's not common. Many of the ASUS micro's have 4 RAM slots.......
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I just put a socket 370 rig together for a family that was in need of a PC. It was an ECS mATX (I forget the model) board. The CPU was a PIII 1.0. I was able to OC to 1.5 no issues with stock cooling. It also fit their needs perfectly, everything is onboard, so no extra equip was required and this saved them a lot of money (of which they don't really have as there is 8 kids in that house). If this is for your dad, mATX may be the way to go as I doubt he plays CS:S or Doom 3. But IMO mATX is an excellent form factor for an application such as yours.
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I currently have an Asus P5LD2-VM (mATX board)

Honestly I'm happy with it except for the lack of PCI slots (2 in total and only 1 is usable due to the HSF sticking out from my video card near the first PCI slot).
It has 4 RAM slots and it supports Dual Core as well as 64-bit CPUs.

Of course it doesn't support RAID and it doesn't overclock like a P5WD2 Premium (which I should be getting soon enough) but at least I'm running at 3.8GHz stable which is not bad for such a mobo IMO.

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