With computer hardware, a form factor specifies its layout and physical dimensions. Form factors help prevent incompatibilities between multiple hardware manufacturers.
Motherboard form factors
As computers advanced, so have motherboards. Below is a listing of the various motherboard form factors and links to additional information. Today, the most common motherboard form factor for desktop computers is the ATX form factor.
- AT (advanced technology)
- ATX (advanced technology extended)
- Baby AT
- BTX (balanced technology extended)
- ITX (Information Technology eXtended)
- LPX (low profile extension)
- Full AT
- Full ATX
- NLX (new low profile extended)