Intel DG41MJ: Affordable 775 Mini-ITX

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A board's layout is important in several regards. The positioning of components can dictate compatibility with other products (third party heatsinks mainly) and also ease of installation. Poorly placed power connectors can also disrupt airflow and make the system more thermally challenging.

Conforming to the mini-ITX form factor results in many of the board's onboard connectors to be jammed right up against one another. The fan headers next to the first DIMM slot are difficult to access depending on the size of the CPU cooler used. The 4-pin ATX12V power connector and USB headers are awkwardly placed near the back panel making making cable management awkward.

The Northbridge is cooled by a large aluminum heatsink with long fins resembling a bed of nails. The heatsink measures 38 mm high from the PCB surface. The ICH7 Southbridge chip is left bare. The board has 3 SATA ports, 2 DIMM slots, and a single PCI expansion slot.

The back panel only offers a single digital A/V output: DVI-D.

The DG41MJ with memory and Alpine 7 Pro cooler installed.

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