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MSI P41T-C31 review

Alan Lu
21 Sep 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
44
inc VAT

It's short on storage and USB ports, but this fast board is great value if you're looking to build a basic PC.

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Specifications

LGA775, ATX, Intel G41 chipset, supports: Pentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme

MSI's P41T-C31 immediately scores points for its low price.

It lacks an integrated graphics processor, but provides a PCI-E x16 slot for a dedicated graphics card, two PCI-E x1 slots (one of which would be obscured by a dual-slot graphics card) and three PCI slots.

The storage support makes it obvious that this is a budget board. There are just four SATA ports, with no RAID capabilities and, although there's an IDE port, there's nowhere to connect a floppy drive. There are just two memory slots, but each can take a 4GB module, allowing a maximum of 8GB. The fastest memory it supports is 800MHz, while the FSB tops out at 1,333MHz, which is fine for most Intel LGA775 processors.

The I/O panel at the rear has a full set of legacy ports, including two useful PS/2 ports for your keyboard and mouse, plus a parallel and serial port that are rather less likely to find a use. There are just four USB ports, and although there are two more internal USB headers, which can provide an extra two ports each, no brackets are supplied. The Realtek sound processor has six analogue mini-jack ports that can provide up to 7.1 surround sound, but there are no digital audio outputs.

Despite these limitations, the P41T-C31 redeems itself with its performance, beating many of the pricier Intel boards. The P41T-C31 isn't for people who want to build a high-end PC, but it covers all the basic requirements and did well in our tests. At this price, it earns our Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketLGA775
Form factorATX
Size305x193mm
Processor supportPentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridgeIntel G41
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH7
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speedPC2-6400
Memory slots2
Maximum memory8GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£44
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailsuk.msi.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 slots3
Fan headers2
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports4
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC889 (6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers4/2
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports2x PS/2, parallel, serial
Other portsnone
Cables included1x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security 2009 60-day trial

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset

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