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Intel BOXDG45FC MINI-ITX LGA775 DDR2 G45 PCI-E1 Audio GBLAN GMA X4500HD Video HDMI DVI Motherboard

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SKU: 32612
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Experience: 2 Months


Beautiful, Intel
Poor components compared to other parts
This is an OK board. Intel's standard is to have very solidly built boards, but it seems they have cheaped out on this one, especially with the power delivery. FYI, the power on the RAM you may have to manually set the voltage. Make sure you use something that will deliver clean power with this! However, IGP is more than enough to handle HD.

Experience: 10 Days


Easy Overclock Tested and runes cool nice looking
none so far
perfect little board for my small computer overclocked proccesor with and external piece of software it runes cool and looks nice

Experience: 2 Days


- Modern G45 chipset
- some nice ports on back including eSATA, HDMI and digital out
- 6 USB ports on the back
- Doesn't require 24pin + 4pin PSU. It accepts 20pin + 4pin for CPU (manual picture for where the 20 pin goes is lousy)
- Tiny box!
- Easy install for Win 7 beta 32bit and Linux
- No OCing and fairly limited BIOS options
- Thin/soft board (bent/flexed with a stock intel heatsink). Was borderline ok but not sure if this will cause long term problems with thermal contraction/expansion.
- Power connector is on edge of board with the clip facing out and overhanging over the edge of the board. This made it a very tight fit in the case (think plastic chopping).
- No VGA out and also no DVI to VGA adapter (there isn't much in the box besides a couple of straight sata cables)
- no cooling on southbridge. Rapidly hit 70C just entering BIOS when not in a case (so if it was actually doing something and in a case, would be much higher). I just stuck on a single spare memory heatsink (Enzotech BMR-C1) and the temp dropped to 55C (the cpu fan is close enough that it gets some air flow).
- Only 1 3pin fan header (also has 1 4pin fan header) Considering the stock Intel CPU heatsink I had was 3 pin and there were 2 fans to install this was quite annoying (used 1 splitter and 1 4pin moles to 3pin adapter).
- PCIe x1 not PCIe x16 (just mentioning it again in case someone misses the x1 vs x16)
- No PS/2 ports (or other legacy ports)
Keep in mind that No "legacy ports" (i.e. PS2 ports, IDE, etc) except for a serial port. Also only have DVI and HDMI and does not include a DVI-VGA connector.
With a 35W Celeron 430 (1.8GHz 65nm core2 solo)(for now), the power use with a 2.5" 320GB WD is about 41 watts from the wall (using a 120 watt Pico type PSU) while installing Linux.
Intel has Linux drivers for this MB. Win 7 beta 32bit also installed well (only missing driver was for the Intel Management (ME?)- vista version refused to install).
I strongly suggest adding some cooling to the southbridge (no attachment points so thermal glue or thermal tape needed) and keep an eye on the northbridge temps (northbridge heatsink is standard with two wire clips).

Despite a few issues, I do like this board especially as there are few other options for a modern ITX board.

This review was modfied by poster @ 03-18-09 02:19 PM

Experience: 1 Weeks


Small, compact, beautiful, high-end, perfect audio, cir ports, easy install, super easy to connect power leds and switches, barely any hassle. 10 usb ports.
tight fit into my case, not enough documentation, needed extra fan for cooling.
This beautiful blue board can run like a pro with barely any hassle at all. The only problem was my other hardware components were bending the board... easy fixes though.
The board got hot, so I had to add an extra fan.
Wiring was hard to place away from the components and fans... nothing new to computer-building.
This was my Christmas gift. I absolutely love this board... any other computer geek would say the same. :)

In my mind the only weaknesses were the expansion capabilities... 1 pci-express slot.
It has ports (input and output) on the motherboard for a consumer IR device, I can turn on my computer with a TV remote! - Or turn on my TV with my computer!
One thing I dint like was that it came with no manual... only a quick set-up guide with a layout diagram. I had to go download a manual off Intel's website: http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dg45fc/sb/e3002601_en.pdf
The big problem was that vista didn't appreciate the graphics. HDMI is really good... Vista thinks otherwise.

I am using Linux as my fist OS on this machine and thanks to a core 2 duo 3.0GHz processor I have usually 5% CPU usage... that gives me an extra 95% towards whatever I throw at it.

To put everything short: lots of functions, lots of usb ports, very fast, very compact, very good!

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Built in the mini-ITX form factor, Intel Desktop Board DG45FC is a small but powerful desktop board with integrated HDMI display output and hardware accelerated decode during high-definition playback.

Quick Specs:
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Form Factor Mini ITX
Processor Supported Xeon Dual-Core Celeron Celeron Dual-Core Core 2 Duo
RAID Levels 0+1 1 5 0
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Serial ATA/300
Processor Socket Socket T LGA-775
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Width 6.8"
Depth 6.8"
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification RoHS ENERGY STAR
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Number of Memory Slots 2
Graphics Controller Manufacturer Intel
Graphics Controller Model GMA X4500HD
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces 5
Number of PCI Express x1 Slots 1
Onboard Video On-board Video Chipset
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 1
Total Number of USB Ports 6
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 2
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 1
Memory Speed Supported 667 MHz 800 MHz
Energy Star Yes

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: IDT
     Sound Controller Model: 92HD73E
General Information  
     Brand Name: Intel
     Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: BOXDG45FC
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.intel.com
     Packaged Quantity: 1
     Packing: Box
     Product Line: Media
     Product Model: DG45FC
     Product Name: Media DG45FC Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Serial ATA/300
     RAID Levels: 0+1
     RAID Supported: Yes
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 1
     Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 1
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     DVI: Yes
     HDMI: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of DVI Outputs: 1
     Number of HDMI Outputs: 1
     Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 1
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6
     S/PDIF: Yes
     Total Number of USB Ports: 6
     Maximum Memory: 4 GB
     Memory Speed Supported: 667 MHz
800 MHz
     Memory Standard: DDR2-667/PC2-5300
     Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 2
     Additional Information:


  • Intel BIOS (resident in the SPI Flash device)
  • Support for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), Plug and Play, and SMBIOS

     Energy Star: Yes
     Environmental Certification: RoHS
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 5
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 2
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 6.75" (171.45 mm)
     Form Factor: Mini ITX
     Width: 6.75" (171.45 mm)
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Chipset Manufacturer: Intel
     Front Side Bus: 800 MHz
1066 MHz
1333 MHz
     Processor Socket: Socket T LGA-775
     Processor Supported: Xeon Dual-Core
Celeron Dual-Core
Core 2 Duo
     Processor Technology: Viiv Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
     Graphics Controller Manufacturer: Intel
     Graphics Controller Model: GMA X4500HD
     Onboard Video: On-board Video Chipset

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Does the bios of this board suport USB booting? (Evil eyeball- Aug 23, 09, 4 Replies)
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include ATOM cpu or just board only? (anthony_woo- Dec 24, 08, 3 Replies)
Estimated Time of Arrival? (ddude27- Dec 19, 08, 2 Replies)
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