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The MSi G41TM-E43 is a Micro-ATX motherboard that supports Intel CPUs.

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Pros

Sound through HDMI eliminates need for sound card, convenient

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Attractive aesthetic and useful colour co-ordination scheme

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Works out of box with Windows 7, easy installation and no software updates required

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Integrated overclock switch offers convenient manual control

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Board layout is compact but leaves sufficient space for all components without getting in the way

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Cons

BIOS lacks some expected controls like voltage adjustment

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Video driver updates cause problems with HDMI output

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Does not offer Firewire support, many motherboards do in this range

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The MSi G41TM-E43 is a Micro-ATX motherboard that supports Intel CPUs. It contains onboard video, audio and network support, as well as a support for up to 8 USB 2.0 ports. The video is handled by an Intel G41 chipset and can be sent to high definition displays through an HDMI port. Audio is handled by a Realtek chipset and can be rendered in 8 channels for surround sound. Up to 4 SATA II drives can be connected natively, although RAID support is not built in. There are a limited number of PCI-E slots available, making this an unsuitable board for hardcore gamers or computer enthusiasts.

Features
  • Micro-ATX form factor
  • Suports Intel LGA775 CPUS, including Intel Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Duo, Yorkfield, and Wolfdale based processors in LGA775 package
  • Onboard video: Intel G41 Chipset
  • Supports DirectX10
  • USB 2.0 controller, up to 8 ports
  • 4 SATA II ports
  • 1 channel Ultra ATA 100 bus master IDE controller
  • PCI Master v2.3, I/O APIC
  • 2 x DIMM DDR2 SDRAM slots, 8GB Max 
  • 1 x PCI Express x16, 1x PCI Express x1, 2 x  32-bit v2.3 master PCI bus slots
  • Integrated audio: Realtek ALC888S / ALC889, 8-channel audio with jack sensing
  • 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111DL
  • PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, 6 in 1 audio jack, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, RJ45 LAN jack, Graphics Card port, DVI-D port, HDMI port
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