Released July, 2010
The Pros:Lots of overclocking options in the BIOS. Includes several proprietary features from the manufacturer - live BIOS updates, CPU core unlocking and OC Genie overclocking software. Lots of connectivity options given the motherboard's form factor.
The Cons:Poor documentation - not very clear, especially with the more advanced features. Reported issues with onboard sound. Only one usable PCI slot.
The MSi 880GM-E41 is a budget-friendly M-ATX motherboard with a n AM3 socket geared for a Phenom II or Athlon II CPU. Featured is support for six SATA drives, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, RAID, six audio jacks, and dual-channel DDR3 RAM.
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As the base unit in the 880GM series, the E41 differs from the P55 Intel series by incorporating VGA/HDMI graphics capabilities with DirectX 10.1 and support for 512MB of VGA max share memory. More importantly it inherits an OC Genie smart overclocking chip so that anyone without technical experience can safely overlock their system without worry. Missing however is support for SLI, CrossFire, eSATA, or Firewire.
- M-ATX Motherboard
- AM3 Socket
- Geared for Phenom II CPU
- All Supports Athlon II
- AMD 880G+SB710 Chipset
- DDR3 Memory Only (Dual Channel)
- Four DIMM Slots (16GB Max)
- PCI-Ex16 x1
- PCI-E Gen2 (1x16)
- PCI-Ex1 x2
- PCI x1
- IDE x1
- SATA-II x6
- RAID 0/0+1/JBOD
- 10/100/1000 LAN
- 6 Audio Ports
- USB 2.0 x4
- VGA x1
- HDMI x1
- DirectX 10.1
- Active Phase Switching
- Auto OC Genie
- Unlock CPU Core
User Reviews (10)
lots of overclocking options in the BIOS
includes several proprietary features from the manufacturer - live BIOS updates, CPU core unlocking and OC Genie overclocking software
lots of connectivity options given the motherboard's form factor
easy to setup and configure
poor documentation - not very clear, especially with the more advanced features
reported issues with onboard sound
RAID drivers - slower than average performance
poor build quality - the board feels flimsy
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