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MSI G41TM-E43 LGA775 motherboard review

Alan Lu
31 Mar 2010
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MSI G41TM-E43 LGA775 motherboard
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
43
inc VAT

MSI's G41TM-E43 is a good-value microATX motherboard with no serious flaws.

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Specifications

LGA775, microATX, Intel G41 chipset, supports: Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme

MSI's G41TM-E43 is a microATX motherboard suitable for building either a compact media centre PC, as well as a general-purpose computer. The integrated Intel GMA X4500 graphics chip can play high definition video and there's a HDMI port for connecting a TV, in addition to DVI and VGA monitor ports. You can use any two of these to drive two monitors.

There aren't any S/PIDF ports for connecting a surround sound amplifier, but one can easily be added using a bracket connected to the S/PDIF header. These are available for around £5 online. The six mini-jack connectors allow you to output analogue surround sound as well as using line-in and microphone inputs.

There are four SATA ports for connecting optical drives and hard disks. Instead of facing upwards, they are placed parallel to the rest of the motherboard. This can make connecting a SATA cable trickier, but can also help make cable runs tidier. There's no RAID controller for using multiple hard disks together to boost speed or increase data redundancy.

If you need the power of a dedicated graphics card, there's a PCI Express x16 slot to take one. If you are more interested in adding an expansion card such as a sound card or TV tuner, there are two PCI slots as well as a PCI Express x1 slot. The large, passive cooler for the northbridge chip means this board is completely fanless.

MSI's G41TM-E43 may not have lots of exciting new features, but it's a good-value motherboard with enough slots and ports for most people. Whether you're building a general-purpose desktop computer or a home-theatre PC on a budget, it's ideal.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Processor socketLGA775
Form factormicroATX
Size244x205mm
Processor supportPentium 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 graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speedPC2-6400
Memory slots2
Maximum memory8GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£43
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.msi.com.tw

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 headers2
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports4
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC888S (6x analogue out, S/PDIF header)
USB2 ports / headers4/2
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports2x PS/2
Other portsHDMI, DVI, VGA
Cables included2x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x Molex to SATA power
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentnone
CPU clock max adjustment700MHz

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