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Foxconn G43MX LGA775 motherboard review

Alan Lu
12 Apr 2010
Foxconn G43MX LGA775 motherboard
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
55
inc VAT

The G43MX isn't a bad motherboard, but its 4GB memory limit, lack of IDE ports and single fan header count against it.

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Specifications

LGA775, microATX, Intel G43 chipset, supports: Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme

Foxconn's G43MX microATX motherboard can accept up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM in its two memory slots. Although this should be enough for most tasks, especially if you're using the board to build a media center PC, other microATX motherboards we've seen can take as much as 8GB or 16GB. The spacing between the RAM slots and the PCI Express x16 slot is quite cramped, so fitting memory is a little trickier with a large graphics card installed than it is with other boards.

The integrated Intel graphics chip can play HD video, but there isn't a HDMI output. This makes it more inconvenient to connect a TV, since you need to run two cables, one for video (via VGA or DVI) and another for audio.

The BIOS lets you overclock the frontside bus and there are controls for adjusting the voltage of the processor, RAM and chipset. There's only one fan header for connecting a processor fan. This is inconvenient, but you can always add fans that connect to the power supply directly.

There are six SATA ports for connecting storage devices, which is generous for a microATX motherboard. There's no IDE port though, so you can't re-use an existing IDE DVD writer. As expected for a motherboard this compact, there are only two PCI slots and a single PCI Express x1 slot for accommodating peripherals such as TV tuners and WiFi adaptors. This should be enough for most uses. If not, you can always buy USB adaptors instead. In addition to the four ports, each of the three headers supports two ports each – so you could connect a total of 10 USB devices.

Foxconn's G43MX is capable microATX motherboard, but it's a little overpriced compared to the competition. MSI's G41TM-E43 is a better buy overall.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA775
Form factormicroATX
Size244x208mm
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 G43
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speedPC2-6400
Memory slots2
Maximum memory4GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£55
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
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 headers1
Floppy ports1
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC888 (6x analogue out, S/PDIF header)
USB2 ports / headers4/6
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports2x PS/2, parallel
Other portsVGA, DVI
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment200MHz

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