And the Winner Is…
We build plenty of machines here on MaximumPC: at least one an issue, and usually several more. The majority of these machines are ATX rigs, although over the past year we’ve dabbled with Mini-ITX a few times, while the Dream Machine tends to go on the bigger side of things. In other words, we have plenty of experience of building across various platforms and form factors.
Do we have a preference? We do have a fondness for smaller systems, as they look awesome when built properly, although we make no bones about the fact that they’re not always the easiest systems to put together. Throw in some water cooling, and you end up with a machine that looks amazing on your desk, as opposed to something you want to hide under it.
These thoughts are reflected in this head to head: ATX is easier to build with, more readily available, and offers more options for expansions and upgrades. Mini-ITX and microATX produce more compact systems, that perform just as well as their bigger cousins, and generally don’t limit what you can do. It’s good to have options.