From EPoX Motherboard Manual
Copyright 1997 by EpoX Computer Company
The EPOX EP-6 I BXA-M is designed with ATX form factor - the latest industry standard of chassis. The ATX form factor is essentially a Baby-AT baseboard rotated 90 degrees within the chassis enclosure and a new mounting configuration for the power supply. With these changes the processor is relocated away from the expansion slots, allowing them all to hold full length add-in cards. ATX defines a double height aperture to the rear of the chassis which can be used to host a wide range of onboard 1/0. Only the size and position of this aperture is defined, allowing PC manufacturers to add new 1/0 features (e.g.; TV input, TV output, joystick, modem, LAN, audio, etc.) to systems. This will help systems integrators differentiate their products in the marketplace, and better meet your needs.
• By integrating more 1/0 down onto the board and better positioning the hard
drive and floppy connectors material cost of cables and add-in cards is reduced.
• By reducing the number of cables and components in the system, manufacturing time and inventory holding costs are reduced and reliability will increase.
By using an optimized power supply, if s possible to reduce cooling costs and lower acoustical noise. An ATX power supply, which has a side-mounted fan, allows direct cooling of the processor and add-in cards making a secondary fan or active heatsink unnecessary in most system applications.
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