Intel DG41TY Motherboard Review

This is a review of the Intel DG41TY motherboard which is an entry level motherboard that supports the following Intel processors – Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core, Celeron Dual-Core, and Celeron 400 sequence processors that use LGA775 socket.

A little after three years, the motherboard of my computer – an Intel DG31PR became faulty with the USB and on-board Audio not working. I realized that it was time to replace my motherboard.

The following are the specifications of my PC.

  • 2GB DDR2 RAM @ 800 MHZ bus speed.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor that requires LGA 775 Socket.
  • 320 GB SATA hard disk
  • A DVD writer that plugs in an IDE connector.

I didn’t have any plans to replace the processor or the memory which were working fine.

So the mother board I wished to buy should support my Intel Core2 Duo processor and the memory card. It should also have at least one IDE connector, and multiple Serial ATA (SATA) connectors.

After some research, I zeroed in on the Intel DG41TY desktop board.

Later I learned that any “41 series” motherboard is compatible with Intel Core2 Duo processor, and will have the 775 socket.

I chose DG41TY because it was the cheapest motherboard available from a reputable manufacturer. Of course there were local varieties like the ones manufactured by a company called Zebronics which were available cheaper, but I did not want to take a chance with my money.

Intel DG41TY Motherboard Review

I bought the Intel DG41TY motherboard for Indian Rs 3150 (Including tax) which in US dollars translates to ~ $60.

What is included in the box

Intel DG41TY Motherboard
Intel DG41TY Motherboard – Inside the box.

The box contains the following –

  • Intel Desktop Board DG41TY
  • SATA cables – 2 nos
  • ATA 100/66 cable – 1 nos
  • Board and back panel I/O layout stickers
  • Quick reference guide, and
  • Intel Express installer driver and software DVD
Intel DG41TY motherboard
Intel DG41TY motherboard

The DG41TY Motherboard Features

Following are the features of the Intel DG41TY desktop board.

  • MicroATX form factor
  • Supports 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz System bus
  • Supports dual-channel DDR2 800 / 667 SDRAM memory (8 GB max)
  • Supports the following processors – Intel Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core, Celeron Dual-Core, and Celeron 400 sequence processors.
  • PCI Express x16 Graphics connector
  • 4 SATA connectors
  • One ATA 100/66 connector
  • 2 PS/2 ports – one each for the mouse and keyboard.
  • Parallel port for attaching a printer
  • VGA port for connecting the monitor
  • DVI-D port
  • 4 USB-2 ports
  • 1 Ethernet port
  • Audio port
Intel DG41TY board features
Intel DG41TY board features

When compared with the DG31PR, the DG41TY desktop board offers two additional ports namely a parallel port and a DVI-D port.

Back side of DG41TY motherboard
Back side of DG41TY motherboard

The software included in the DVD consists of – Drivers for the motherboard, Intel Integrated Assistant, Antivirus (Kaspersky & Kingsoft), Media player (DivX for Windows), Diskeeper Home Edition, Laplink PCmover Express, Norton Internet Security, Skype, TypePad, Kingsoft Powerword, and a bunch of games.

For the record, if you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or any modern Linux distribution, all the drivers are included with them and you may not need to use the drivers from the DVD. I didn’t use the DVD at all as Ubuntu and Windows 7 detected the onboard Audio, USB, and other interfaces with out any problem.

DG41TY Motherboard fully connected
DG41TY Motherboard fully connected

The DG41TY motherboard comes with UEFI boot which means it supports Windows 8 as well. However, UEFI boot is disabled by default and you need to enter BIOS configuration screen and enable it explicitly.

Intel offers a 3 year limited warranty in India for the DG41TY Desktop board. However, the procedure for getting the warranty is a bit sketchy. When I inquired at the shop, I was told it involves a tedious process of filling up forms and sending it to Intel. The shop offered me an unofficial 1 year warranty instead. Which means within one year if anything were to happen to the motherboard, the shop where I bought the motherboard will replace/repair it for me. Fair enough.

The performance of the DG41TY desktop board is marginally better than the erstwhile DG31PR motherboard. The Windows Experience Index gave DG41TY a score of 3.4 where as for the DG31PR motherboard, it was 3.3 – all other things remaining the same.

Windows Experience Index for DG41TY motherboard
Windows Experience Index for DG41TY motherboard

This means you will be able to enjoy playing simple games. The game Half Life plays quite well. However, this is not a gamers’ motherboard and you may not be able to play the more processor / graphics intensive games that are being developed currently.

End note

Intel DG31PR motherboard has been discontinued. So if you are trying to replace it with another, Intel DG41TY Desktop board is a good fit. While you may not get drastic improvements in performance, on a feature to feature basis, the DG41TY desktop board is compatible with the DG31PR motherboard. Don’t forget that this board also supports all the old Intel processors which use the LGA775 socket. So if you are thinking of replacing the motherboard of your old computer having say an Intel Pentium or even a Celeron processor, then the Intel DG41TY motherboard is a good buy.