- May 29, 2013
- Mac Studio - Mac13,1
- M1 Max
- 32 Core
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
The primary reason why I decided on an mATX motherboard was because I wanted a tower that was physically smaller than the Mac Pro from which I came from.
I realized that I didn't need all the extra PCI-e slots that a full sized ATX motherboard would provide. If I have no use for the extra PCI-e slots, there's really no reason to go with ATX. All the other features are still available, so I didn't sacrifice anything.
If you look at some of the pictures I've posted, you can see how much space I've saved when compared to my old Mac Pro. Since I live in a little Manhattan studio in NYC, every little bit of space saved is very valuable.
There are no performance penalties with either mATX or ATX. They will perform pretty much exactly the same. The only major difference would be the different number of PCI-e slots.
Just look for a motherboard that has the features you like/need. For example, Thunderbolt is not available on the Maximus VIII Gene, so if that's something you need, you should look for another motherboard.
If you are looking for a motherboard that overclocks well, you would have read reviews of the individual motherboards. All Z170 motherboards allow for overclocking. How much difference there is between the motherboards when it comes to overclocking, I don't know. But I suspect that whatever difference there is, it would be very minimal.
The motherboard should not affect the performance of your GTX 1080 Ti. All Z170 motherboards support up to 64GB of RAM as long as they have four DIMM slots. The number of hard drives a motherboard supports just comes down to how many SATA ports are included. The Z170 chipset supports up to six SATA ports.