Intel DG41MJ: Affordable 775 Mini-ITX

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Intel DG41MJ

July 12, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product Intel DG41MJ
LGA775 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Manufacturer Intel
Street Price US$95~$100

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.

The box.

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.

Package contents.

Intel DG41MJ: Specifications (from the product web page)

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