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Best Mini-ITX Cases 2021: Our Picks for Space-Saving PC Builds

The compact 6.7 × 6.7-inch Mini-ITX motherboard form factor has been around for two decades, and has been fairly common for several years now. But while most other types of tech have continued to shrink, most of us are still building PCs in bulky towers with full-size ATX motherboards. But here in 2021, this simply isn’t necessary anymore for most people. Mini-ITX boards and cases are growing in popularity, and personally I believe this smaller form factor will–or at least should–overtake ATX within the decade.

The days of multi-GPU SLI or CrossFire gaming rigs are over. Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and high-end audio are all built onto the most motherboards these days. Multi-terabyte M.2 SSDs are the size of a finger, and cloud services and NAS take care of most mass data storage. So, most PC builders just don’t need a large ATX system anymore, especially with as many great Mini-ITX motherboards that are currently on the market.

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