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Intel Desktop Board DG45ID

G45 And GeForce 9400: Integrated Chipsets For Core 2

The DG45ID is listed as a product of the Media Series motherboards on the Intel Web site. It is a MicroATX motherboard that takes advantage of all of the features found in the G45 chipset, with the exception of expansion slots (due to the limited space in this form factor).

The board comes with four DIMM slots, allowing users to upgrade an initial dual-DIMM memory configuration by adding two more modules. One x16 PCI Express slot can be used for add-on expansion cards or a discrete graphics card, should you run into the obvious performance limits of Intel’s integrated GMA X4500HD graphics unit. Two more x1 PCI Express slots and a 32-bit PCI slot are available for upgrades.

Finally: Only Digital Video Outputs

We liked that Intel finally said farewell to the analog VGA connector and installed two digital outputs into the back panel: one DVI and one HDMI. You can add more display outputs by adding a discrete graphics card, as the BIOS permits using the integrated and a discrete graphics unit at once. 

The back panel also hosts a total of six USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks—including an optical audio output—a 1394a FireWire port, and an eSATA connector. The last of these is routed from the ICH10 to the back panel, leaving five SATA/300 ports for internal drives. There are three more headers that provide six more USB 2.0 ports.

This board supports all Core 2 processors with the exception of the 130 W Extreme Editions; the three-phase voltage regulator is very likely insufficient to provide enough power for those high-end CPUs.

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    Anonymous , 8 April 2009 19:09
    another article to prove that Intel IGP is inferior :D 
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    wild9 , 9 April 2009 00:14
    ..and the reason why people still buy AMD rigs :) 
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    wild9 , 9 April 2009 00:28
    Instead, you have to select nForce—which alone may be impossible for someone who is not familiar with the NVIDIA portfolio—check nForce 7 series and then select nForce 730i/GeForce 9400/9300.

    I hope nVidia picks up this. There are similar problems when trying to source drivers for AMD platforms, or find general information on their feature sets. With different labels to represent the same product it can be very confusing. Surely they can simplify it.
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    mi1ez , 9 April 2009 00:32
    Could you run an AMD card in the NVidia board and use physx accel through the mobo?
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    edisback , 9 April 2009 05:24
    Wow, Is Tom's Hardware saying that the G45/ GeForce 9400 motherboard architecture has made such a leap forward in power efficiency that the 'System idle power'(if not quite peak power) figures are not that dis-similar to the G31 motherboards reviewed in the "G31 And E7200: The Real Low-Power Story" story?,2039-13.html

    The power savings from the G45/ GeForce 9400 motherboard architecture(s) must be considerable considering the extra power required for the Quad processor's and all the extra components on the G45/GeForce 9400 motherboards ......

    Have the G45/ GeForce 9400 motherboards knocked the G31/ E7200 combo of their low power perch?
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    madogre , 9 April 2009 22:41
    No you cant run physx on the 9400 and then run an ATI GPU for gaming.
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    BenSheriff , 8 September 2009 10:26
    who the hell wants to run ati lolz. Nvidia always provides better clarity and perforamnce amd/ati has always got error , bugs , delays and ofc HEAt issues!