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    Post BTX Form Factor Cases

    What are the advantages of having a BTX form factor Case, instead of using the standard ATX?

    Are BTX Cases woth buying......Even though they are only designed for intel systems...?
    Last edited by Coolzer; January 21st, 2006 at 02:55 AM.

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    "BTX (for Balanced Technology Extended) is a form factor for PC motherboards, originally slated to be the replacement for the aging ATX motherboard form factor in late 2004 and early 2005. It has been designed to alleviate some of the issues that arose from using newer technologies (which often demand more power and create more heat) on motherboards compliant with the circa-1996 ATX specification. The ATX and BTX standards were both proposed by Intel. Intel's decision to refocus on low-power CPUs, after suffering scaling and thermal issues with the Pentium 4, has added some doubt to the future of the form factor, and it has not been widely accepted by the market as of late 2005.

    Thermal design - the BTX layout establishes a straighter path of airflow with fewer obstacles, resulting in better overall cooling capabilities. With CPUs and graphics cards being capable of consuming nearly 100W of power each, this was viewed as an essential improvement as computing technology develops beyond 2005.
    Structural design - the greater need for heat sinks, capacitors, and other components dealing with electrical and thermal regulation has resulted in devices that can physically strain some motherboards. The BTX standard addresses this issue by specifying better locations for hardware mounting points."

    Intel as you note from this has serious doubt about the newer form factor. They have gone
    after lower power consuming designs for their cpus instead due to the P4 heat factors. The
    link here goes into greater detail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTX_%28computers%29)(edited for clarity)

    "An Introduction to BTX

    BTX (Balanced Technology eXtended) is a new personal computer form-factor that has been designed to replace the ATX case and motherboard layouts our computer components are currently built around. At the moment it is an Intel-only proposed standard, as AMD currently has no plans to support the BTX form-factor. There is no reason why it couldn't in the future though

    The form-factor of a computer affects the case layout, the positioning of components on the motherboard and the power supply positioning and connections. It allows motherboard, case and power supply manufacturers to know that their products will inter-operate with other parts designed to the same standard." http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1712

    PCStats is always better at explaining things.
    Last edited by PC TECH250; January 22nd, 2006 at 03:24 PM.

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    Ultimate Member Coolzer's Avatar
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    thanks for posting!
    very valuable info there.....and the link doesn't work either..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTX_(computers)

    PS I am gratefull for the info.....but why did you copy direct from the site.....Takes up a lot of thread space.....

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    That was only partial information added there. The first link provides links that also get you
    to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTX_%28computers%29 depending on the definition of pc
    terms used surrounding BTX. That will be edited out if favor of this link.
    Last edited by PC TECH250; January 22nd, 2006 at 03:25 PM.

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