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Intel DG45ID review

Alan Lu
23 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
90
inc VAT

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Specifications

LGA775, microATX, Intel G45 Express chipset, supports: Celeron, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad

Intel's DG45ID is a microATX motherboard and the only Intel board here with integrated graphics - Intel's GMA X4500HD.

This can play Blu-ray video, and there are HDMI and DVI ports for connecting an HD TV. It scored less than 6fps in our Call of Duty 4 test, though, so it's not capable of playing the latest games. Gamers will need to fit a dedicated graphics card in the PCI Express x16 slot.

Due to its small size, the DG45ID has fewer expansion card slots than some of the motherboards here. There are two PCI Express x1 slots and just one PCI slot, but that's probably enough for most, especially as optical S/PDIF, FireWire and eSATA ports are built into the back panel. There are no PS/2 ports for an old keyboard and mouse, so you'll need USB models.

The DG45ID is the only Intel motherboard in our round-up to have a 1,333MHz frontside bus (FSB) rather than a faster 1,600MHz one, but only the most expensive Intel LGA775 processors need 1,600MHz. The BIOS doesn't have overclocking controls, but this is unlikely to be a concern if you're building a media centre PC.

Intel's DG45ID is ideal for a media centre or mini PC, or if you don't need a dedicated graphics card for gaming. At £90 including VAT it isn't cheap though. If you don't need HD playback or the expansion slots, Zotac's nForce 630i-ITX WiFi is even smaller and cheaper at just £64 including VAT from www.cclonline.com.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketLGA775
Form factormicroATX
Size244x224mm
Processor supportCeleron, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridgeIntel G45 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speedPC2-6400
Memory slots4
Maximum memory8GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£90
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.intel.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architecturenone
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots1
Fan headers2
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports5
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel ICH10R (5x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)IDT 92HD73E
USB2 ports / headers6/6
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy portsserial header
Other portseSATA
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentRAM
CPU clock max adjustment0MHz

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