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Some Mini-ITX boards have gone nuts

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I’m a big fan of Mini-ITX motherboards. I’ve built one mini-itx build last year and I’m in the middle of building another. They have everything I need for a modern computer in a small form factor. But I have never built a mini-itx computer with a motherboard like this ASUS ROG Maximus VI. It’s ridiculous.

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Mini-ITX

With the memory DIMMs installed, it looks like the CPU will be surrounded by printer circuit board walls. It looks like some kind of futuristic play set of some kind.

At $220 it is way out of my price range for a motherboard of any size. I don’t even spend that much on a CPU sans tax. There are a lot of luxury items built in but are they worth it? I  appreciate the integrated wireless solution and while the sound card is a nice addition, I don’t know if I have the ears to be able to tell the difference. On the plus side, it’s a very good looking motherboard.

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