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It builds from the GA-G41M-Combo by incorporating 3x USB power boost for greater power for USB devices.

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Pros

Updates to the BIOS are very simple to install

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Works well right out of box, minimal software adjustments required

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Thorough documentation included in box

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Very affordable for socket 775

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Receptive to CPU overclocks

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Cons

Northbridge gets unexpectedly hot and may require extra cooling

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Only 2 RAM slots limits potential memory capacity

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SATA ports cramped next to graphics card slot, larger cards may eclipse it

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Lacks PCIe 2.0 support, fairly standard these days

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The Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L is an entry-level, micro-ATX motherboard that uses the Intel G41 chipset and supports common 45nm Intel CPUs including Core 2, Pentium, Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Celeron. It builds from the GA-G41M-Combo  by incorporating 3x USB power boost for greater power for USB devices (ergo faster iPhone/iPad/iPod charging), as well as DVI/HDMI connectivity through the optional GA-G41M-ES2H module (which is a derivative of the GA-G41M-ES2L). Featured on the standard module is base-level integrated graphics w/VGA connectivity, base-level audio (5.1-channel max), Gigabit LAN, and USB(8) / eSATA(4) port support. The board is more expensive than the combo, but more multimedia friendly.

Features
  • Micro ATX Form Factor
  • LGA 775 Socket
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad, Extreme
  • Intel Pentium Extreme
  • Intel Pentium D
  • Intel Pentium 4 Extreme
  • Intel Pentium 4
  • Intel Celeron
  • Intel G41 NorthBridge
  • Intel ICH7 South Bridge
  • Two DDR2 slots (8GB Total)
  • Intel G41 Integrated Graphics
  • D-Sub Connectivity
  • 2/4/5.1-Channel Audio
  • S/PDIF In/Out
  • Gigabit LAN
  • PCI Express x16 (1)
  • PCI Express x1 (1)
  • PCI (2)
  • SATA 3Gb/s (4)
  • USB 2.0 (8)
  • Windows Vista/XP
Model Variations
  • Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L | D-Sub
  • Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2H | D-Sub, DVI, HDMI
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