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GIGABYTE GA-EG43M-S2H LGA 775 Intel G43 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel G43
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 800
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An HTPC should run as quietly and efficiently as possible to minimize noise and distraction from the movie, video or music. The GA-EG43M-S2H motherboard from Gigabyte has advanced technologies to do just that. The board has dynamic 4 gear power switching, so when your system needs more power it gets it . . . and when the power load goes down, so does the supplied power. Less power means less heat and then the fans don't have to work as hard.

Integrated into the system are an Intel GMA x4500HD graphics sub-system with support for DX10, Intel Clear Video and full hardware HD decoding. Video outputs through your choice of a DVI or HDMI port. Sound is not forgotten with a Realtek 8 channel audio chipset.

Just because it is an HTPC doesn't mean that durability and security are unimportant. Gigabyte's DualBIOS system has a second BIOS chip on the motherboard for quick and painless recovery from crashes and viruses. They also built the motherboard with conductive polymer aluminum solid capacitors for increased longevity and power efficiency. An Ultra TPM module keeps your data as safe as your system.

  • newegg Intel G43 Express Chipset for Intel CPU Based on the Intel G43 Express chipset, the GIGABYTE GA-EG43M-S2H supports Intel LGA 775 (Socket T) processors including the Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo and Pentium D series as well as the next generation Intel 45nm processors.
  • newegg Integrated Intel GMA X4500 Graphics Core The onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 (GMA X4500) graphics core is powered by Intel's innovative hybrid graphics architecture and Clear Video Technology for incredible 3D realism and home theater entertainment to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
  • newegg HDMI Output The GIGABYTE GA-EG43M-S2H features an HDMI output for connection to your high-definition video equipment. With the HDMI interface ensuring lossless transmission of high-quality HD video signals, play back HD contents on your computer and view them on your large HDTV set for more comfort.
  • newegg Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity The GIGABYTE GA-EG43M-S2H features a fast Gigabit network interface for high-speed LAN connections at up to 1000Mbps data transfer rates with advanced security features to ward off malicious attacks. Gigabit LAN is ideal for supercharged seamless streaming of Internet audio and video content.
  • newegg IEEE 1394a Support IEEE 1394 is a widely used standard of interface between personal computers and digital AV equipment. With IEEE 1394a you can easily connect digital devices such as a digital camcorder to the IEEE 1394a port provided on this motherboard for up to 400Mbps data transfer speeds.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Richard R.
  • 1/23/2009 6:24:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good

Pros: No real issues with the board so far, audio over HDMI makes things easy (with a TV as the primary monitor)

Cons: None really. If I weren't using the built in HDMI video maybe the PCIe x4 may be an issue. If I were using an IDE optical drive, the IDE connector being on the right edge of the board may be an issue.

Other Thoughts: Bought an open-box board so was missing the CD of drivers and utilities. Everything was available from the Gigabyte website. This will be the basis for a WHS setup, and the 5 SATA ports should make this a good board for it.

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  • Daniel Z.
  • 1/15/2009 5:37:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRMAed replacement works great

Pros: Low power draw and lots of features at a great price. Perfect board for a Lightroom/Photoshop/Office machine. Handles lots of drives and dual independent monitors (although only one can be DVI or HDMI, the other is analog VGA).

Cons: First board (see my prior post) would not post. It turns out that one of my two Corsair memory sticks was also bad. But with the replacement board, at least is was able to post with one of the sticks, unlike the original.

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  • Daniel Z.
  • 1/1/2009 11:45:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA with undocumented beep sequence

Pros: Lots of features, low power draw (I'm about to start living and traveling in an RV fulltime and will often rely on solar). Inexpensive, but I would have been happy to pay more for a low power Intel board with higher ratings.

Cons: Would not post, no beeps, blank screen. Either memory stick in slot 1 with other 3 slots empty resulted in 12 one-second beeps followed by a half-seond beep - undocumented post error. Put the same memory in slot 3 or slots 1 and 3 resulted in no beeps.

RMA request submitted - I really do want a low power board for photography, not games.

Other Thoughts: The HTPC folks are still having problems with all the Intel boards based on the newer integrated graphics chips first shipped in 2008. But I wasn't looking for HDTV, or great audio support - just basic 2D image editing with a fast CPU and low power draw. Sigh.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/22/2008 4:47:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt worked for about an hour!

Pros: ?

Cons: Had problems right from the start. 1st boot had problems getting into bios, and I said to myself "this does not look good". I got it to boot and made changes in the bios, installed vista and everything seemed o.k. I booted several times and everything seemed fine. The next morning DOA. I even threw the motherboad into a different case with a differnet PS and nothing!

Other Thoughts: Stay away from this board, it looks good on paper, but this board is not up to Gigabytes normally high standards.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/9/2008 8:12:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspfft

Pros: Shipped quickly

Cons: DOA. Comes with a CD full of useless stuff like motherboard throttling and other junk that just takes up space on your computer.

Other Thoughts: This new green technology stuff just isn't worth the money. It's all about energy saving and stuff. That's what I got the high-efficiency PSU for. They're just shoving colorful labels on this stuff to make you buy it, when really, it's just more confusing than you need it to be. I give it a 1/5 for at least coming in one piece.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/3/2008 12:39:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't believe the specs

Pros: It's an all inclusive board which makes it easy to build a relatively cheap system from.

Cons: It will only support 8 Gb of memory at DDR2 800 if you have 2 x 4Gb. If you put any combination of DDR2 800 with 4 sticks of memory in it, it won't boot. USB keyboard and mouse support are turned off in the BIOS, better have a PS/2 keyboard handy when initially configuring this. The layout of the board is odd and you can pretty much plan on connecting everything outside of the case and then sliding the motherboard in. There are no POST beeps so troubleshooting involves trying to decipher 4 LEDs on the board. The manual is pretty weak.

Other Thoughts: The motherboard works well inside the Rosewill mid-Tower case.

You'll probably need to update the BIOS right off the bat. Plan on spending a fair amount of time going through their website, the layout is poor and there doesn't appear to be a US mirror so the site is pathetically slow coming from Taiwan.

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  • David B.
  • 11/30/2008 7:47:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDead Board no refund

Pros: I loaded this board with e8400, 2ghz mem. I at least got it to post twice.

Cons: I upgraded bios to f4. after reboot. It never rebooted. Would not post. Got rma sent back to New Egg. They sent it back fo Gigabyte. After I got the board back. Still no Post. Just power on for 5 seconds then power off. Dead board.

Other Thoughts: Bon't bother with this one. Wasting your money. No refund.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/22/2008 9:29:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: No problems seeing Core 2 DUO E7300 right away, runs great, onboard video connections convenient for basic applications.

Cons: Wasn't free shipping. Oh well

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  • Brian H.
  • 11/14/2008 3:13:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPiece of Cake

Pros: Well made, clean and simple layout, tested HDMI on kitchen TV/monitor worked great with audio, DVI worked well on regular monitor, very stable, zero crashes, installed easily with included driver disc.

Cons: I cannot think of one?

Other Thoughts: I installed this with a 250W sparkle power PSU, using an E6420, 500GB Seagate SATA HD, 2X512MB=1GB Kingston DDR2 800MHz memory. I don't know what more you could ask for. This thing runs VERY fast. Rips iTunes music at the limit of my cd/dvd 42X or so!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/9/2008 8:49:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot what I had hoped for

Pros: Many features for the price, but it was DOA. No POST, no video output of ANY kind, either on-board or through the PCI-E slot with video card.

Cons: See above. RMA'd it back to Newegg for refund.

Other Thoughts: First Gigabyte board I have purchased, rather hesitant to try another after this experience.

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