Released January, 2010
The Pros:Updates to the BIOS are very simple to install. Very affordable for socket 775. Receptive to CPU overclocks.
The Cons:Only 2 RAM slots limits potential memory capacity. SATA ports cramped next to graphics card slot, larger cards may eclipse it. Northbridge gets unexpectedly hot and may require extra cooling.
The Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L is an entry-level, micro-ATX motherboard that uses the Intel G41 chipset and supports common 45nm Intel CPUs including Core 2, Pentium, Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Celeron. It builds from the GA-G41M-Combo by incorporating 3x USB power boost for greater power for USB devices (ergo faster iPhone/iPad/iPod charging), as well as DVI/HDMI connectivity through the optional GA-G41M-ES2H module (which is a derivative of the GA-G41M-ES2L).
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Featured on the standard module is base-level integrated graphics w/VGA connectivity, base-level audio (5.1-channel max), Gigabit LAN, and USB(8) / eSATA(4) port support. The board is more expensive than the combo, but more multimedia friendly.
- Micro ATX Form Factor
- LGA 775 Socket
- Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad, Extreme
- Intel Pentium Extreme
- Intel Pentium D
- Intel Pentium 4 Extreme
- Intel Pentium 4
- Intel Celeron
- Intel G41 NorthBridge
- Intel ICH7 South Bridge
- Two DDR2 slots (8GB Total)
- Intel G41 Integrated Graphics
- D-Sub Connectivity
- 2/4/5.1-Channel Audio
- S/PDIF In/Out
- Gigabit LAN
- PCI Express x16 (1)
- PCI Express x1 (1)
- PCI (2)
- SATA 3Gb/s (4)
- USB 2.0 (8)
- Windows Vista/XP
- Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L | D-Sub
- Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2H | D-Sub, DVI, HDMI
User Reviews (2)
Updates to the BIOS are very simple to install
Very affordable for socket 775
Receptive to CPU overclocks
Thorough documentation included in box
Works well right out of box, minimal software adjustments required
Only 2 RAM slots limits potential memory capacity
SATA ports cramped next to graphics card slot, larger cards may eclipse it
Northbridge gets unexpectedly hot and may require extra cooling
Lacks PCIe 2.0 support, fairly standard these days
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