DFI LanParty BI G41-T33 Motherboard Review

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Intro and Specs

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Today we have the opportunity to take a look at another board in the LanParty series from DFI.  The LanParty series has always been a favorite of mine because of the tweaking options and the overclocking ability that they have.  The board we get to look at today, though, was one that most would not think would belong in that series of boards.  It is a micro board, uses the older LGA775 socket coupled with DDR3 memory, and has the G41 chipset that sports the GMA X4500 on-board graphics chip.  Does that sound like a board in the LanParty series?  We plan to put it through our testing to see if it is a board that you should be looking at for your next upgrade.  First off though, let’s look at the specs.

LANPARTY BI G41-T33 Specifications

CPU

  • LGA 775 socket for:
    - Intel Core2 Quad / Intel Core2 Duo
    - Intel Wolfdale 45nm processors
  • Supports Intel Enhanced Memory 64 Technology (EMT64T)
  • Supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST)

FSB/QPI/HT

  • 1333/1066/800MHz FSB

Chipset

  • Intel Chipset:
    - Northbridge: Intel G41 Express chipset
    - Southbridge: Intel ICH7 I/O Controller Hub

System Memory

  • Two 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
  • Supports DDR3 800/1066MHz
  • Supports maximum memory bandwidth of 17GB/s in dual channel mode when using DDR3 1066MHz
  • Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface
  • Supports up to 4GB system memory
  • Supports unbuffered x8 and x16 DIMMs

Expansion Slots

  • 1 PCI Express x16 slot (PCIE 1.1)
  • 1 PCI Express x1 slot (PCIE 1.1)
  • 2 PCI slots (PCI 2.3)

BIOS

  • Award BIOS
  • 8Mbit SPI interface BIOS

Graphics

  • Intel GMA X4500
    - Supports 3D, 2D and video capabilities, DX10 and OpenGL 1.5

Audio

  • Realtek ALC662
  • 6-channel High Definition Audio
  • S/PDIF output interface

LAN

  • One Realtek RTL8111C PCI Express Gigabit controller
  • Supports 10Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps data transmission
  • IEEE 802.3 (10/100Mbps) and IEEE 802.3ab (1Gbps) compliant

Serial ATA

  • Supports 4 SATA (Serial ATA) interfaces which are compliant with SATA 1.0 specification
  • SATA speed up to 3Gb/s (SATA 2.0)

IDE

  • Supports up to two IDE devices
  • Ultra ATA 100/66/33

Rear Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 DB-25 parallel port
  • 1 DB-9 serial port
  • 1 DB-15 VGA port
  • 1 RJ45 LAN port
  • 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • Mic-in, line-in and line-out

Internal I/O

  • 2 connectors for 4 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 connector for an external serial port
  • 1 front audio connector
  • 1 CD-in internal audio connector
  • 1 S/PDIF-out connector
  • 4 Serial ATA connectors
  • 1 40-pin IDE connector
  • 1 FDD connector
  • 1 24-pin ATX power connector
  • 1 4-pin 12V power connector
  • 1 chassis open connector
  • 1 front panel connector
  • 3 fan connectors

Power Management

  • Supports ACPI specification and OS Directed Power Management
  • Supports ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
  • Wake-On-Events include:
    - Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
    - Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
    - Wake-On-LAN
    - Wake-On-Ring
    - RTC timer to power-on the system
  • System power management supported
  • Microsoft®/Intel® APM 1.2 compliant
  • Soft Power supported – ACPI v3.0b specification
  • AC power failure recovery

Hardware Monitor

  • Monitors CPU/System/AUX temperature and overheat alarm
  • Monitors CPU/DIMM/3.3V/5V/12V/V3SB/1.1V/VBAT voltages and failure alarm
  • Monitors CPU/System/2nd fan speed and failure alarm
  • Read back capability that displays temperature, voltage and fan speed
  • Watchdog timer function

PCB

  • 4-layers, microATX form factor
  • 24.4cm (9.6”) x 24.4cm (9.6”)
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