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Asus P5G41T-M LX2 review

Alan Lu
1 Apr 2010
Asus P5G41T-M LX2
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
41
inc VAT

Asus' P5G41T-M LX2 is cheap for a DDR3 microATX motherboard, but it has no HDMI output and there are better-value alternatives available.

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Specifications

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

At just £41, Asus' P5G41T-M LX2 is surprisingly cheap for a microATX motherboard that can take DDR3 memory. Although faster on paper than DDR2, DDR3 memory didn't make this motherboard any quicker in our benchmarks than LGA775 boards with DDR2 RAM. We were surprised to find no overclocking controls. This isn't a huge flaw as, for most people, the performance gains from overclocking aren't worth the configuration hassle.

The integrated Intel GMA 4500 graphics chip isn't quick enough for playing the latest 3D games, but it is powerful enough to play HD video. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a HDMI output, making this motherboard less than ideal if you want to build a high definition media centre PC. Without HDMI to carry both video and audio over a single cable to a TV, you'll need to connect separate video and audio cables. There's only one VGA port, so you'll need a separate graphics card if you want to connect two monitors.

As expected for a compact microATX motherboard, there aren't a huge number of expansion options but there are enough for most people. There are two PCI slots for accommodating add-ons such as a wireless networking adapter. There are four SATA ports for connecting hard disks, but there's no RAID controller. There's a PCI Express x16 slot for a dedicated graphics card. It's sensibly located, so it's unlikely a large graphics card will obstruct any other slots.

Asus' P5G41T-M LX2 isn't a bad motherboard, but it's not especially quick in our benchmarks and is simply outclassed by the competition. Whether you want to build a media centre PC or a compact, general-purpose computer there are more generously equipped microATX motherboards such as the similarly priced MSI G41TM-E43.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA775
Form factormicroATX
Size244x191mm
Processor supportCeleron 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 graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/2200
Maximum memory speedPC3-17600
Memory slots2
Maximum memory8GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£41
Supplierhttp://www.ginger6.co.uk
Detailshttp://uk.asus.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 slots0
PCI slots2
Fan headers1
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports4
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Via VT1705 (3x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers4/4
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports2x PS/2, serial
Other portsVGA
Cables included1x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security 2009

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentnone

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