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Item#: N82E16813128354
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

Pros:

Fanless chipset cooling. Lots of plugs (if they worked).

Cons:

DVI / HDMI ports simply don't work for me. Nothing at all. Not even BIOS POST will display through them. Kind of annoying, since I bought the board for them. Though it doesn't seem like other people are having this problem.

I would also like to smack the board layout designer who thought it was brilliant to place the secondary ATX power cable all the way on the far side of the board from the PSU, certainly not close to the main plug-in. I have to get some kind of cable extender if I want to use a PCI slot, because right now the secondary ATX power cable is stretched tight over them.

Other Thoughts:

Intel Linux video drivers are unstable. This isn't a Con because I knew this would be a problem going in, it's just a fact of life on the bleeding edge. Stick with a G33 if this is going to be a problem...

Ethernet wasn't a problem surprisingly. Realtek drivers installed fine even with debian stable kernel 2.6.18.

I suppose if I get a cheap PCI-E card I can resolve my problems. But I bought this board because I wouldn't need to get a separate video card. Sigh.

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  • Matthew D.
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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