AMD Pushes New Motherboard Format

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Playing to the popularity of small-form-factor PCs, AMD unveils the DTX standard, a new ATX-derivative motherboard. (PCMag.com)

LAS VEGAS—Small-form-factor PCs are becoming a mainstay for desktop PCs.

Even high-end gamers have gravitated to smaller-form-factor PCs, which typically take up less room and consume less power.

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However, there's no widely adopted format for SFF motherboards smaller than MicroATX in size. VIA has its Mini-ITX form factor, which allows just one expansion slot, while Intel's Micro- and Nano-BTX form factors have received little support outside of Intel-branded products.

AMD is stepping up to the plate, offering the DTX standard. DTX is strictly a mechanical specification based on the older ATX form factor. The standard will be completely open, and royalty-free. It's also not specifically tied to any AMD products.

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Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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