pros/cons of micro atx boards

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Guys my case is a bit too tight for a full sized mobo.

I bought a new amd64 system for my gamming machine. and was planning on using my xp2700 and gigabyte board as a lan gamming server, which is a bit tight in the server case i built up. not very good for airflow

what are the dissadvantages of running a micro atx board. all i need is on board sound and graphics, 1 gig of ram and two 160 gig drives and on board lan

is there a performance loss in the micro boards
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can you reccomened a suitable board.
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i'm not an expert on boards like some of these cats, but i can tell you, from looking around a while back, that the only real loss between a full sized or small board and a micro board is that there's just less on the micro board... less room for expansion, etc.
the chipset could be the same as a larger board but, say there's only one or two slots for RAM, then you need either a 512meg or 1gig card, which costs considerably more than four 256mb cards...
and a lot of micro boards have onboard graphics and sound if you're not too concerned with the superduper most killerest jobby job... also, a lot have AGP support (among other things, it takes up less space than a PCI card), which is great if you do want all of that...

hope that helps...
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Post 3+ Months Ago

The board I bought for my NES project ( http://www.homepage-host.uni.cc/p/nespc/index.html ) is a mini-itx and I have had no problems. These things, from what I have seen, run mighty cool too. This one is an 800mhz with only about an 1/8th of an inch clearance off the top of the CPU fan, no case fans, and I have run it for hours and hours emulating and playing DVDs with no heat or performance problems whatsoever.

The board was purchased from http://store.mini-box.com/ituner/
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Post 3+ Months Ago

usually you loose features eg overclocking, raid controller, a few pci slots and possibly a few ram slots, anything really to cut the size down, so it just depends what brand you buy and how much they took of the standard board to fit it on a small pcb.

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