Released January, 2010
The Pros:Handles a wide array of CPUs, old and new. Well built, installs easily and everything fits together well. Able to do plenty of tweaks in the BIOS, get things fine-tuned exactly how you like it.
The Cons:Only two slots for RAM, forcing more expensive larger-capacity memory to be purchased. PCI slot very close to the PCI-E slot, thicker video card will crowd it out. Low on expansion card slots, can't add too much.
The Gigabyte GA-G41MT-ES2L is an entry-level, micro-ATX motherboard that uses the Intel G41 chipset and supports common 45nm Intel CPUs including Core 2, Pentium, and Celeron. It builds from the GA-G41MT-D3 by adding along high-definition audio with support for 2, 4, 5.1, and 7.1-channel audio via S/PDIF.
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Like its counterpart, the GA-G41MT-ES2L hosts two dual-channel 1066/800MHZ DDR3 memory module slots, four 3GB/s SATA ports, and support for Gigabit LAN and USB 2.0. There's also advanced USB Power Boost technology for quicker iphone/ipod/ipad charging, and integrated graphics, though a third-party card (assuming enough space) is required for HDMI and DVI connectivity.
- Micro ATX Form Factor
- LGA 775 Socket
- Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad, Extreme
- Intel Pentium
- Intel Celeron
- Intel G41 NorthBridge
- Intel ICH7 South Bridge
- Two DDR3 slots (4GB Total)
- Intel G41 Integrated Graphics
- D-Sub Connectivity
- High-Definition Audio
- 2/4/5.1/7.1-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
User Reviews (1)
handles a wide array of CPUs, old and new
well built, installs easily and everything fits together well
able to do plenty of tweaks in the BIOS, get things fine-tuned exactly how you like it
on-board graphics are more than adequate for non-gamers
only two slots for RAM, forcing more expensive larger-capacity memory to be purchased
PCI slot very close to the PCI-E slot, thicker video card will crowd it out
low on expansion card slots, can't add too much
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