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The first computers to be invented occupied large rooms and required skilled personnel to operate them. However, technology advancement has led to the invention of very portable PC which are convenient for use and can even carry them as you travel. ATX and ITX motherboard computers provide the option of making much smaller PC. ITX and ATX differ in the following ways:
The cases and motherboard of mini-ITX system are much smaller compared to the micro-ATX. This leads to the use of very few raw materials hence the manufacturing process is less expensive and also do not utilize exotic ingredients. However, the power supply used is in form of form factor known as SFX which are not commonly available like the ATX units. This tends to increase their price when comparing quality and output, particularly when one fancies about modular cables. Moreover, it is hard to get a mini-ATX board with less than 50 dollars. You can find a decent micro ATX tower with less than 50 dollars. When compared to other small mobile device, a small motherboard like a micro or mini itx motherboard is still cheaper than computer repair or laptop repair while getting a better experience, especially with gaming.
Manufacturers love expandability due to advancement in technology. Boards of mini-ATX have only two slots of RAM. Micro-ATX on the other hand, have four slots hence have the options of upgrading in future. The two slots in mini-ATX compel the builders to maximize the capacity which can require one to spend 150 dollars for 16 GB instead of 60 dollars for two slots of 4 GB. The mini-ATX also contain one slot for GPU. Generally, micro-ATX can be upgraded in the future years more easily as compared to the mini-ATX.
Generally, ATX (Advanced Technology extended) is a modification that is used in outlining the dimension and configuration of the motherboard to help in improving standardization. It was first invented by Intel in 1995 and has been revised since then. Some of the merits of using ATX include:
• The main board controls the power supply hence the PC can be switched on using a modem.
• It is easier to install and ventilate since the CPU and the memory can be relocated.
• Power can be managed using a good BIOS support.
• It is more compatible and hence regarded more mainstream than the ITX.
It was developed in 2001 by the VIA technologies. ITX stands for Information Technology eXtended. This motherboard supports computers of low-cost kept in set-up boxes, cars as well as network devices. Some of their advantages include they have a small size, require minimum power maintenance and produce low noise. Its main disadvantage is that it requires the use of SFX form factor for its power supply which is a bit expensive.