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It is a budget-friendly, micro-ATX, multimedia-ready motherboard that supports Intel 45nm CPUs (Core 2, Pentium, Celeron) .

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Pros

boots up very fast, responsive design

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HDMI outputs HD video well, great for a home-theater PC setup

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easy to overclock, offers plenty of options

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instructions and manual are clear and well written

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easy installation with no surprise incompatibilities

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designed to make cable routing fairly easy

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Cons

some quality control issues where the system refuses to post after the first couple of times

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BIOS setup and navigation is a little awkward

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only 2 memory slots, makes it trickier to maximize the memory

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The Gigabyte GA-EG41M-S2H is a budget-friendly, micro-ATX, multimedia-ready motherboard that supports Intel 45nm CPUs (Core 2, Pentium, Celeron), versatile connectivity options (HDMI, DVI, HDCP), and DirectX 10.0 via an integrated Intel X4500 graphics accelerator. It’s essentially a duplicate of the GA-EG41MF-S2H, except that it trades in its superior sibling’s PCI Express x1 slot and FireWire support. Reviewers appreciate its HDMI port for transmitting to an HDTV, and its extra standard PCI port. However, there are only two memory slots, which means maximizing memory means purchasing two 4GB modules. In addition, there is no eSATA support, memory speed is limited to 800MHz, and many users have reported driver issues with Windows 7.

Features
  • Micro ATX Form Factor
  • LGA 775 Socket
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad, Extreme
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core
  • Intel Celeron
  • Intel G41 North Bridge
  • Intel ICH7 South Bridge
  • Two DDR2 Slots (8GB Total)
  • Intel X4500 GMA
  • D-Sub/DVI/HDMI
  • High-Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel
  • S/PDIF In/Out
  • Gigabit LAN
  • PCI Express x16 (1)
  • PCI (3)
  • SATA 3Gb/s (4)
  • USB 2.0 (8)
  • Windows Vista/XP
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