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MSI G41TM-E43 LGA775 motherboard review

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.


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 socket LGA775
Form factor microATX
Size 244x205mm
Processor support Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridge Intel G41
Chipset south bridge Intel ICH7
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics Yes
Supported memory type DDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speed PC2-6400
Memory slots 2
Maximum memory 8GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £43

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 1
Dual graphics architecture none
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 2
Floppy ports 1
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 4
RAID chipset (max disks) none


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC888S (6x analogue out, S/PDIF header)
USB2 ports / headers 4/2
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 2x PS/2
Other ports HDMI, DVI, VGA
Cables included 2x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x Molex to SATA power
Brackets included none
Software included none

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment none
CPU clock max adjustment 700MHz

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