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The MSI G41M-P26 is a basic low-cost motherboard for smaller PCs in a Micro-ATX form factor.

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Pros

Fairly priced for the features/specs.

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Could serve as a budget gaming mobo with a more powerful graphics card and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

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Excellent choice for a HTPC build with any HD-capable GPU.

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Cons

Sports dated 10/100 Ethernet where most modern boards sport Gigabit Ethernet as standard.

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Even with its low price (it can be bought for $50 or less online), it's too dated as compared to other, newer low-end LGA 1155 boards.

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A little light on rear USB ports at 4--many similar motherboards sport 6 or more.

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Only two DIMM slots, supporting a max of 8GB of RAM.

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The MSI G41M-P26 is a basic low-cost motherboard for smaller PCs in a Micro-ATX form factor. A number of Intel CPUs are supported in the LGA775 package, and it works with 2 DIMM slots that can accept DDR3 chips overclocked to 1333MHz. Support for up to 4 SATA II ports is built in, and there are 4 rear USB 2.0 ports pre-installed with support for an additional 4 if required. On-board audio support can process sound in 7.1 channels, and on-board graphics is also available with support for DirectX 10 processing. Expansion is limited to a single PCI-E x16 and dual PCI slots. An RJ45 port is built in, and 10/100 LAN speeds are supported. The APS (Active Phase Switching) system is used to ensure that power consumption is kept low.

Features
  • Supports Intel Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Duo based processors in LGA775 package.
  • Supports Intel Yorkfield, Wolfdale in the LGA775 package.
  • Supports Intel next generation 45nm multi-core processors 
  • Intel G41 Chipset: Supports FSB 800/1066/1333 MHz
  • Supports two DIMM DDR3 800/1066/1333*(OC) DRAM, 8GB Max
  • 4 SATAII ports
  • 4 rear USB 2.0 ports
  • 7.1 channel audio output
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (Intel GMA X4500), DirectX 10
  • 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 x PCI slots
  • 10/100 Ethernet LAN
  • APS (Active Phase Switching)
  • 24.5cm(L) x 20.0cm(W) Micro-ATX Form Factor
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