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Why are basically all H67 mobo's micro-ATX?

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I was shopping around in preparation for my new system (and first build). I was planning on getting the i5-2400, but to my dismay the only ATX mobo's I can find are using the P67 chipset (which I already know is used for OC k edition sb CPU's). I'm not really looking for high-end overclocking atm which is why I didn't choose the i5-2500k. I would like to use the onboard graphics coupled with the new i5's for awhile until I can replenish my PC budget with enough for the GTS 450.

Do you think that companies are planning at all in the future to make more ATX sized H67 chipset mobo's? Newegg only has 2 by Gigabyte which aren't what I was looking for. Also, why are the P67 motherboards so expensive? I couldn't think that they cost that much more to manufacture.

It seems like the previous generation i5's had many more motherboards to choose from to better suit your individual budget. The most I wanted to spend on the motherboard was in the park of about $115. If you couldn't tell already, this is somewhat of a budget build.

I feel like the motherboard companies here are basically making you choose between options for what you buy, a cheap-o motherboard with minimal features but sports a 1155 socket, or a super high-end board for $175+ with similar features that you would find on a $110 1156 socket mobo.
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 4/5/11 at 7:24pm
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Your asking about something that is a relatively new socket - the 1155 just was re-released, so to have tons and tons of boards that support all the features for the price isn't going to happen. The 1156 socket has been out much longer which is why you are seeing them with more choices (102 vs. 62 options, 10 of which have onboard HDMI and are ATX form factor) - most people that are doing budget orientated 1155 builds are using micro atx form factor not ATX. Save up a bit so that you can afford to get everything that you actually want, or compromise somewhere.
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Most H67 chipsets are mATX because they are mostly used for HTPCs or business PCs or just regular average everyday joe PCs who don't need a midtower case. Most are contempt or happy with mATX cases.

P67 is more geared towards gamers and enthusiasts, and since most have mid-towers, they are built as such.
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Do you think we will expect any ATX sized H67 motherboards in the future? I realize the 1155 platform is still fairly new, but out of all 35 of the H61/H67 motherboards, I'm surprised to see that only 2 out of those 35 are ATX.

Being a highschool student on the minimum wage payroll, you can understand that there isn't exactly a river of in-flowing cash.
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 4/5/11 at 7:39pm
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post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by EliteGamer83 View Post
Do you think we will expect any ATX sized H67 motherboards in the future? I realize the 1155 platform is still fairly new, but out of all 35 of the H61/H67 motherboards, I'm surprised to see that only 2 out of those 35 are ATX.

Being a highschool student on the minimum wage payroll, you can understand that there isn't exactly a river of in-flowing cash.
Yeah I'd wait a month or two though. If not H67, then Z68 or whatever it's called.
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Most H67 chipsets are mATX because they are mostly used for HTPCs or business PCs or just regular average everyday joe PCs who don't need a midtower case. Most are contempt or happy with mATX cases.

P67 is more geared towards gamers and enthusiasts, and since most have mid-towers, they are built as such.
+1 I doubt things will change much, as most people with a need for a atx board, will be using the k series with the p67 boards! ( just my opinion! )
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You can use Micro-ATX boards in most ATX cases. Just 4 PCI slots instead of 7.
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post #8 of 15
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You can use Micro-ATX boards in most ATX cases. Just 4 PCI slots instead of 7.
Yeah what's the point then though? I never could understand why people did this.

I very much believe in buying a board that matches the case (in size). I wouldn't wanna have possibly 7 expansion slots but only be able to use 4 of them. Unless I loaded the rest with eSATA and USB ports
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So what do you get if you use a non-K series CPU on a P67 motherboard?
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Yeah what's the point then though? I never could understand why people did this.

I very much believe in buying a board that matches the case (in size). I wouldn't wanna have possibly 7 expansion slots but only be able to use 4 of them. Unless I loaded the rest with eSATA and USB ports
Because mATX motherboards are cheaper.
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