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    Default Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

    My GA-G33M-DS2R broke down and I need recommendationas for a new M-ATX card.

    Use the below configuration:

    Antec Fusion 430 V2
    Asus Radeon EAH4350 Silent/DI/512MD2 512MB
    Corsair XMS2 DHX TwinX DDR2 PC6400/800MHz CL5 2x2GB DDR2
    Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3,16GHz Socket 775 Box
    Noctua NF-P12 120mm
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    Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD252HJ 16MB 250GB 3,5 tum S-ATA
    Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD753LJ 32MB 750GB 3,5 tum S-ATA
    Scythe Ninja Mini


    At least 8Gb RAM is a requirement. Optical Audio out is a requirement. With the DS2R I use the Gigabyte S/PDIF to my surround system. Onboard graphics is not really an issue since I use the Asus GPU-card.

    Thanks for a great forum.

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    Default Re: Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

    Anyone? Or am I the only one using M-ATX..?.. :-)

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    Default Re: Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

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    Default Re: Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

    I second that! I just bought one for my bro's P|C along with an E5300 and 2GB of DDR2 (only a web surfing PC really) and they are great boards. I got an OC to 3.6GHz too fully stable. The chip does 4GHz stable in my UD3P so that little MATX board is doing great for the money. The UD3P was 120 and I paid 36 for the G41M-ES2L (ES stands for Energy Saver/Saving).

    Unless you do work needing a fast GPU, the onboard GMA 4500 is pretty good. It supports DX10 too meaning that it'll accelerate Direct2d for use in future web browsers like Chrome, Firefox (they have a D2D alpha out atm called Minefield) and IE9. However the GMA4500 does not have HD video HW decoding, that's only on the GMA4500HD Version.
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    Default Re: Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

    I'd give that a third,

    I would have suggested the G31M:
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

    ...since I have prior experience with it but it only supports 4gig of RAM, great low buck board though, very high build quality.

    The G41 looks like it would be a good bet, gets good reviews:

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

    The recent Gigabyte boards have been very good, I have two GA-EP45-UD3P boards and love them, if you're thinking about upgrading I'd opt to go with a midsize case and go for the full size ATX, more features etc.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

    Thanks for the proposals.

    I have found this one:

    GA-EG41MF-US2H

    8Gb RAM
    Optical Digital Out
    PCI Express x16

    Any thoughts or recommendations regarding this one?


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    Default Re: Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

    Note the red fine print.
    * Do not populate both DIMM sockets of the same channel (e.g. DDR and DDR2), or populate 4 DIMM sockets with double-sided memory modules to prevent system's failure to start or incorrect detection of memory modules. Please refer to the user manual for the memory configurations table.
    According to the manual they all have to be single sided is all slots are pupulated.

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    Default Re: Micro-ATX Motherboard Recommendations Needed

    Indeed. The ES2-L has no limitations on RAM module density, therefore this is the one I'd go for.

    Like Chike said, if you happen to have double density/sided modules you will be limited. Also note that both boards only have 2 DIMM slots and to get 8Gb of RAM you will need tow 4GB sticks. If you need a board with 4 DIMM slots you will need to pay more.
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    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
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    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
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    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
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