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July 12, 2009 by Lawrence Lee
|| Intel DG41MJ
LGA775 Mini-ITX Motherboard
| Street Price
The Intel DG45FC was
the first full-featured mini-ITX motherboard with support for Core 2 processors.
At the time of its release, it was fairly expensive and though the price has
since come down somewhat, it is still a bit more than what many users are willing
to pay. Those looking for a cheaper retail alternative have few options, the most notable
being the GeForce 7 motherboards produced by Zotac.
Intel recently released the DG41MJ, a more
affordable alternative to the DG45FC. DG41MJ uses the G41 chipset, instead of the DG45FC's G45. The differences between the G41, G43, and G45 chipsets are minor. The G41 and G43 have the X4500 integrated
graphics chip while the G45 chipset feature X4500HD graphics. X4500HD
has a feature called "variable length decoding" which makes it more
capable when rendering high definition H.264 and VC-1 video. G41 is paired with
an older Southbridge chip, ICH7, while G43 and G45 use either the ICH10 or ICH10R
Southbridge, the "R" denoting RAID capability. ICH10 offers the option
for more USB, SATA, and PCI-E ports as well as native support for integrated
high definition audio and gigabit ethernet among other things.
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