Micro ATX Vs ATX: Which Size Motherboard Is Right For You?

Micro ATX Vs ATX

Building a new gaming PC means making a number of interesting decisions. AMD or Intel? How much ram should I have? Should I push the boat and get a 4K capable graphics card? Is it worth adding some eye-catching water cooling for an extra quiet build? Before you do anything but make the main decision you need to make one: what form of a new system of elements can it be?

Unless you’re making something particularly small, your two best options are Micro ATX & ATX let’s compare Micro-ATX Vs ATX. A number of important factors can be dictated by the PC’s look, feel, and overall component options.

Micro-ATX Size & Design:-

M-ATX is a little smaller yarn ATX, cut length about 25%, the general size is 244x244mm. It supports both ATX motherboards with the same processor and graphics card, as well as four RAM slots, but usually cuts some extra features to help save space.

An M-ATX board usually comes with up to two PCI Express x16 slots, the second mounted very close to the bottom edge of the board. This makes it difficult to fit dual graphics cards in most cases designed with m-ATX boards in mind, and may also have fewer PCI express x4 and x1 slots, fewer USB and SATA connectors, and less m.2 drive mounts.

ATX Size & Design:-

The largest motherboard layout is the ATX standard. It is the original standard for x86 and x64 desktops and offers the most ports and connectivity options available. Standard ATX motherboards are 305mm by 244mm (12 “by 9.6”). This means that if you are buying an ATX motherboard, you will need a properly sized ATX case.

As the largest motherboard, ATX motherboards typically include four RAM slots (currently supporting 128GB +), multi-drive support, and a varying number of PCI-e expansion slots (at least two PCI-e x16) for graphics cards and other expansion devices such as network cards.

Best Gaming Motherboard: Micro ATX or ATX 

The best motherboard designs for gamers are either Micro ATX or ATX. Micro ATX motherboards are cheaper and offer the best value, with ample expansion and RAM support to build a top-notch gaming PC.

However, depending on your budget, these options are available. The Mini-ITX assembling is particularly fine for gamers as latest sandwich-style cases (like the Dan A4 and Ghost S1) are preliminary to filter into the market. Though, mainly gamers will get it easier and more affordable to prefer a Micro-ATX or ATX instead.

What Should You Choose?

Now that we’ve covered the important qualities and specifications, let’s look at the important question: which to choose?

The answer depends a lot on what type of PC you are going to build and how you intend to use PCIe and RAM slots.

For gaming PC, Micro-ATX is more preferable however the only reason to go for an ATX motherboard is if you plan on using more PCIe slots than micro-ATX has built-in, such as for installing a quad-GPU and for using multiple add-on cards.