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  • DFI BloodIron G41-T33 Motherboard Review
  • DFI BloodIron G41-T33 Motherboard Review



    In terms of basic motherboards you can't go wrong with the DFI BloodIron G41, this MicroATX motherboard not only supports the latest Intel 775 processors but comes with an onboard graphics processor giving you the flexibility to use this system in a variety of different situations from a high-end HTPC application to a budget gaming or family rig.  

    As we mentioned earlier the DFI BloodIron G41 is based on the Intel G41 which is a mid-level  chipset using the Intel X4500 Media Accelerator and ICH7 Southbridge.  There is only a single PCIe video slot available so you'll be limited to only a single high-end video card or using the onboard video controller.  Both are viable alternatives depending on how you plan to use your system.  If you intend to do any sort of 3d gaming you'll want to get something better than what is found onboard but as we have seen normal desktop and video applications should run just fine.

    From a performance standpoint we are not disappointed.  The BloodIron G41 did a superb job at running thru our benchmarks; in fact the only disappointment came from 3D gaming.  This was not un-expected and is why we re-ran the gaming benchmarks using a 3870. 

    Overclocking performance was virtually non-existent and unexpected; this is a LanParty motherboard after all.  Keep in mind you CAN overclock using this motherboard however without a memory divider, limited memory voltage support, and 3-phase PWM there is only so much you can do.  In fact the most we could get out of our Q6600 was 2.5Ghz.

    Now for the ever popular list of Good things and Bad things. happy smile
    Good Things
    Compact MicroATX form factor
    Excellent choice for the HTPC
    Single PCIe Video support
    Onboard Graphics (Intel X4500)
    Sexy Red PCB
    Ready to use design
    Perfect for mom
    Bad Things
    Lack of overclocking ability
    Rather plain for the gamer
    No fancy heatsinks or active cooling
    Ninjalane Rating
    DFI BloodIron G41-T33 Motherboard Review

    Furious 5 of 5

    We would like to thank DFI Inc. for helping to make this review possible.