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Is there a difference in performance between a atx and micro atx?

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User Info: SophaerLam

3 years ago#1
If you want to build a PC for gaming and what is the main type of mobo and why choose one over the other? Thanks in advance for your response.

User Info: WyzeGye

3 years ago#2
Pick your case first, then match the mobo to fit. Nothing more to it.

User Info: thegreatsquare

3 years ago#3
There can be some difference in performance due to choice of mobo. but the difference is negligible at high gaming resolutions. Better to look at reliability of brand, which at the moment is Gigabyte #1 and ASUS #2. After that, the next thing to look at would be memory support. If there was one supporting 2133-2400 in your budget, I'd consider it a bit more., what WyzeGye said.
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User Info: daemon_dan

3 years ago#4
Eh, basically comes down to PCI-e bandwidth in relation to gaming, and that only really matters if you're running multiple cards.
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User Info: betatech

3 years ago#5
The main difference is size although ATX cases should be compatible with micro ATX.
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User Info: reincarnator07

3 years ago#6
Yes, but that's because many micro ATX mobos are cheaper to begin with. Beyond size and expansion options, there should be no difference between 2 equivalent boards.
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User Info: Killah Priest

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3 years ago#7
Size, features, sata ports, usb ports, fan headers, ram slots, pci-e slots.
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User Info: PhilOnDez

3 years ago#8
Linus made a video about this for Z87 boards in particular. He put a sabertooth up against the cheapest mITX mobo he could find. With what was otherwise the same setup there was at most a 1FPS difference in the games he tested which is barely even margin of error territory if you aren't running the same test multiple times.

He did say that the high end board would likely overclock better but as long as the smaller board had every feature you need (enough ram/pci slots, xfire/SLI support, sata ports etc etc) you would be fine going with the smaller board if you wanted to.

As has been mentioned above, the biggest differences are that bigger mobos tend to space the components out which can make assembly easier and they tend to have more expansion slots in case you want to run trifire/triSLI.
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