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    Thumbs up GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    I think so.

    I've had it for a couple of weeks and wanted to let you guys know what I think of it. I got it for a Q6600 that I replaced with a Q9650 in my main rig.

    64.99 at newegg: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    Here's what I'm using with it:
    Q6600 G0 with 1.325 VID
    4GB set of G.Skill HK DDR2800 (4-4-4-12 at 1.8-1.9v)
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
    2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB drives with all my media and backups
    A Sata DVD drive I had laying around
    Rosewill R102-P-BK MicroATX Case (Very nice for $20 with 120mm fan(s))
    OCZ GameXStream 600W I had laying around (Nice but annoying blue lights)
    Onboard video for now (Not bad but people say you can't overclock much with it)
    Onboard sound for now (Might upgrade if I turn this thing into an HTPC)

    The first thing I noticed when I saw this thing was how small it is. The lay out looked great except for the Ram is going to be in the way if you try to put a card that is too long in the PCI-Express 1x slot.

    After getting it up and running I noticed it already had the latest bios F3 so I loaded optimized defaults and saved and restarted. Then, I poked around in the bios and set everything up the way I wanted it with stock speeds.

    I installed Windows 7 RC and all the drivers were loaded fine with no complaints in Device Manager.

    I overclocked the processor up to 3GHz at 333x9. It took a little bit for me to get it stable since my Q6600 is voltage hungry and the board has a bit of Vdroop.
    I got it stable enough for Prime95 at 1.35 Vcore set in Bios resulting in 1.312 Idle and 1.28 load according to CPU-Z ,but Intel burn test caused the Vcore to drop down to 1.264 and it crashed after a bit. I had to bump it up to 1.36825 which results in 1.328 at idle and 1.28 at load.
    It passes Intel Burn Test Now with 15 passes no problem but gets a little warm(cores at 72-72-65-65) with my Zalman 9500 cooler which is fine with me.

    I actually left CPU-EIST and C1E (i think they are called) enabled and everything is perfectly stable and they work fine.

    S3 works great as well.

    My first impression is that it's a great board. For now I'm using it for backups and media streaming to replace my old pentium 4 box.

    I plan on turning this into an HTPC for music, dvd, blu-ray and local OTA TV stations.

    I'm thinking about this gigabyte video card for it (fanless with hdmi and only takes up one pci slot looks like a winner to me): Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R455D3-512I Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
    and an auzentech or ht omega sound card along with an avermedia or hauppauge tuner.
    Antec Three Hundred
    OCZ StealthXStream 700W
    GA-EP45-UD3P
    Q9650
    Xigmatek S1283
    4x2GB OCZ REAPER 1150
    EVGA 9800 GTX+
    SB X-fi Titanium
    Samsung Sata DVD Burner
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
    Vista Ultimate x64

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    Default Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    Have you checked the heats? I'm from Virginia USA so air quality in the summer isn't always so refreshing.

    By artdrivers at 2009-06-24
    -----Update-----

    By artdrivers at 2009-07-03
    Last edited by artdrivers; 07-04-2009 at 04:35 AM.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H rev.1.1 F11
    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
    Microsoft comfort curve USB keyboard 2000 ver.1.0
    Logitech G500 USB mouse
    Monitor: CMV937A
    7.1+2 Channel High Definition ALC889A
    Dual boot Windows 7 32bit home & Windows 7 64bit home


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    Default Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    Quote Originally Posted by artdrivers View Post
    Have you checked the heats? I'm from Virginia USA so air quality in the summer isn't always so refreshing.

    By artdrivers at 2009-06-24
    -----Update-----

    By artdrivers at 2009-07-03
    Unfortunately, no program picks up a sensor for the northbridge. But, the heatsink on it gets pretty hot when running Intel Burn Test. I had put a 40mm fan on it while I was running IBT but took it off afterwards because that little thing is annoying.

    I already mentioned what the cpu temps at load are like, but at idle right now the cores are at 36-36-33-36 and the cpu is at 23.

    My three hard drives are at 27, 33 and 31.

    I see your NorthBridge is pretty warm. Is that what you were wondering about? What motherboard are those readings from?
    Antec Three Hundred
    OCZ StealthXStream 700W
    GA-EP45-UD3P
    Q9650
    Xigmatek S1283
    4x2GB OCZ REAPER 1150
    EVGA 9800 GTX+
    SB X-fi Titanium
    Samsung Sata DVD Burner
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
    Vista Ultimate x64

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    Default Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    The sensors on the Gigabyte board are not accurate. My case temp is 90F Thats how I know they are not accurate. The case temperature probe is centered next to the heat sink 1 inch from the memory. I can adjust the speedfan settings. The sensor readings are the same as the bios sensors read. It is working well I can actually look inside my case and watch the fans stop when I set the auto off "see", and adjust the speeds manually. The fan led's will go off and the blades stop turning. I also can turn auto on. This is a great way to monitor or adjust speeds for gaming or browsing.
    ----UPDATE----

    By artdrivers at 2009-07-03
    Last edited by artdrivers; 07-04-2009 at 05:21 AM.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H rev.1.1 F11
    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
    Microsoft comfort curve USB keyboard 2000 ver.1.0
    Logitech G500 USB mouse
    Monitor: CMV937A
    7.1+2 Channel High Definition ALC889A
    Dual boot Windows 7 32bit home & Windows 7 64bit home


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    Default Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    I post a setting here after leaving my fans off in Speedfan for a couple of miniutes. All the temperatures will go up SEE My case probe went up to 102C The 90C could be the top core choke next to the cpu. It is the only item close to 90C I have installed small heatsinks in this area for added cooling which only help about 3 to 5C. I have seen it at 102C after dropping out of a game.
    It is to hot to touch.
    By artdrivers at 2009-07-03
    I am running my fans 20% faster than the normal that Gigabytes bios runs them. I believe if you take that Northbridge temperature you see above and cut it in half you will be alot closer to the accual Northbridge temperature.
    Last edited by artdrivers; 07-04-2009 at 06:04 AM.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H rev.1.1 F11
    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
    Microsoft comfort curve USB keyboard 2000 ver.1.0
    Logitech G500 USB mouse
    Monitor: CMV937A
    7.1+2 Channel High Definition ALC889A
    Dual boot Windows 7 32bit home & Windows 7 64bit home


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    Default Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    b d0za if you decide to try Speedfan be sure you download the correct version and turn your Hard Drive S.M.A.R.T. on in bios. It makes all the difference in the world. I believe that Gigabyte board came with the hard drive S.M.A.R.T. turnned off as default, which can lock up Speedfan when it performs a sensor check. If your RAID is using the same identicle harddrives you shouldn't have any issues with it. let us know how it comes out.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H rev.1.1 F11
    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
    Microsoft comfort curve USB keyboard 2000 ver.1.0
    Logitech G500 USB mouse
    Monitor: CMV937A
    7.1+2 Channel High Definition ALC889A
    Dual boot Windows 7 32bit home & Windows 7 64bit home


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    Red face Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    I just got this MOBO in a barebones kit. First attempt at putting together a barebones kit or PC from scratch. Have done basic installs hardware/software to date.

    My question/ issue is when I put everything together do I need to do anything for this board and bios to use a SATA hard drive? I see the hard drive info in the bios however it is under secondary master and it wont boot. The bios just keeps repeating. I then tried an older IDE hard drive that I know works running XP and it didnt even recognize the drive in the bios.


    Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    Quote Originally Posted by postnetnc133 View Post
    Any thoughts?
    how many drives do you have?
    Other hardware?

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    Default Re: GA-G41M-ES2L great budget board?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    how many drives do you have?
    Other hardware?
    Only 1 hdd and the only other hardware for now is the dvd-rw it came with. Both are SATA drives.

    This board having 4 on board SATA ports I did notice if I plug the hdd or dvd in either SATA0 or SATA 3, then I dont see them being recognized. I am using SATA1 and SATA2 for the hdd and dvd drive and then the bios shows them there but again as secondary master and slave.

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