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Foxconn G45M-S review

Alan Lu
21 Sep 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
65
inc VAT

With mediocre performance and few PCI and PCI-E slots, this motherboard has nothing to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Specifications

LGA775, microATX, Intel G45 chipset, supports: Pentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme

Foxconn's G45M-S microATX board sits in the middle of the LGA775 motherboard price range but doesn't have any particularly innovative or remarkable features.

It has a single PCI-E x16 slot as well as an integrated Intel GMA X4500HD graphics processor. The latter can handle HD video but you'll need a dedicated graphics card if you want to play most games. There's a PCI-E x1 slot, which would be rendered useless by a dual-slot graphics card, and two PCI slots. The G45M-S has six SATA ports, although you can convert one into an eSATA port using the provided bracket and cable. There are also the usual IDE and floppy ports for older drives. Four memory slots allow you to add up to 16GB of RAM.

The back of the board provides a wide range of ports, including VGA, HDMI and, unusually, a DisplayPort. There's no DVI connector, so you'll have to use an HDMI-to-DVI adaptor if you want to connect to a DVI-only monitor. There are two PS/2 ports for older mice and keyboards, which could be handy as there are only four USB ports on the back. An additional four USB headers on the board allow you to add up to eight additional ports, either connected to your case or a rear bracket. There's also a single FireWire port.

Unfortunately, this motherboard delivered a particularly unimpressive performance in our tests, scoring just 75 overall. If you need a microATX motherboard, you're better off saving £13 and opting for Gigabyte's cheaper GA-EG41MF-S2H.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA775
Form factormicroATX
Size244x244mm
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 G45
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speedPC2-6400
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£65
Supplier
Detailswww.foxconnchannel.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 slots1
PCI slots2
Fan headers3
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel ICH10R (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC888GR (6x analogue out, HDMI)
USB2 ports / headers4/4
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports2x PS/2
Other portsDisplayPort, HDMI
Cables included2x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x floppy, 2x Molex to SATA power
Brackets included1x eSATA
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset

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