ASRock Takes the Throne for World's First Micro-ATX X99 Motherboard

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fonzy

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I was going to ask if anyone will be coming out with a MATX board for X99, glad to see at least one company is.

My next PC will be small form factor.
 

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At least the board still supports quad channel DDR4. Many people think you're not going to see any difference in performance, but this should improve micro stutter in games, and iGPU performance. I remember a long time ago, playing a game called Anarchy Online, testing the difference between single and dual channel memory in a crowded player area. The difference in framerate was immense.
 

ingtar33

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well.. we should see some small form-factor boards for x99... mostly due to the fact they moved the vrms onto the cpu for haswell which should free up a bit of motherboard space for smaller form factors.
 


If the VRMs were really moved onto the CPU die, for Haswell processors, then there would be no need for that heat-pipe VRM cooler that they are using around the CPU socket.
 

ingtar33

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the voltage regulation modules were moved off the motherboard for haswell, and onto the cpu. this is a well known thing. however i suspect there is still some need for some type of VRMs on haswell motherboards, most of them at 3+1 setups... not sure how it works... but it certainly relieves a lot of stress off the motherboard. I suspect the giant heatpipe sinks are mostly for show.
 
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