ADVICE ON BUYING A MOTHERBOARD
Last updated: 12/20/99
The Universal Serial Bus USB is really catching
on. All of the Baby AT motherboards I have seen do not include the
cables with bracket and jacks to run between the USB header (connector) on
the motherboard to the exterior of the case. Not all Baby AT motherboards
have the same header or use the same cable/bracket assembly. In fact,
finding a USB I/O cable/bracket assembly for some motherboards can be very
difficult and they may not be available at all. USB connectors on ATX
motherboards are on the I/O panel on the motherboard and accessible from
outside of the case. To me, this feature alone mitigates the modestly
higher price of an ATX motherboard.
As I write the first draft of this article in June of 1999,
it is obvious to me, that the world of the generic computer has now moved
to the ATX standard. Baby-AT motherboards are still being manufactured, but,
for new computers, in particular, I would say that 1999 marks the death
of the Baby AT.
My advice: Don't try to save few bucks by using
an old Baby AT case and power supply. Now, is the time to switch. Buy
an ATX motherboard.
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