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Intel DG45ID review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £90
inc VAT


LGA775, microATX, Intel G45 Express chipset, supports: Celeron, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad

Intel’s DG45ID is a microATX motherboard and the only Intel board here with integrated graphics – Intel’s GMA X4500HD.

This can play Blu-ray video, and there are HDMI and DVI ports for connecting an HD TV. It scored less than 6fps in our Call of Duty 4 test, though, so it’s not capable of playing the latest games. Gamers will need to fit a dedicated graphics card in the PCI Express x16 slot.

Due to its small size, the DG45ID has fewer expansion card slots than some of the motherboards here. There are two PCI Express x1 slots and just one PCI slot, but that’s probably enough for most, especially as optical S/PDIF, FireWire and eSATA ports are built into the back panel. There are no PS/2 ports for an old keyboard and mouse, so you’ll need USB models.

The DG45ID is the only Intel motherboard in our round-up to have a 1,333MHz frontside bus (FSB) rather than a faster 1,600MHz one, but only the most expensive Intel LGA775 processors need 1,600MHz. The BIOS doesn’t have overclocking controls, but this is unlikely to be a concern if you’re building a media centre PC.

Intel’s DG45ID is ideal for a media centre or mini PC, or if you don’t need a dedicated graphics card for gaming. At £90 including VAT it isn’t cheap though. If you don’t need HD playback or the expansion slots, Zotac’s nForce 630i-ITX WiFi is even smaller and cheaper at just £64 including VAT from

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor socket LGA775
Form factor microATX
Size 244x224mm
Processor support Celeron, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridge Intel G45 Express
Chipset south bridge Intel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics Yes
Supported memory type DDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speed PC2-6400
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 8GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £90

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 1
Dual graphics architecture none
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 2
PCI slots 1
Fan headers 2
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 5
RAID chipset (max disks) Intel ICH10R (5x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) IDT 92HD73E
USB2 ports / headers 6/6
Firewire ports / headers 1/1
Legacy ports serial header
Other ports eSATA
Cables included 2x SATA
Brackets included none
Software included none

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment RAM
CPU clock max adjustment 0MHz

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