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MSI P41T-C31 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £44
inc VAT

It's short on storage and USB ports, but this fast board is great value if you're looking to build a basic PC.


LGA775, ATX, Intel G41 chipset, supports: Pentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme

MSI’s P41T-C31 immediately scores points for its low price.

It lacks an integrated graphics processor, but provides a PCI-E x16 slot for a dedicated graphics card, two PCI-E x1 slots (one of which would be obscured by a dual-slot graphics card) and three PCI slots.

The storage support makes it obvious that this is a budget board. There are just four SATA ports, with no RAID capabilities and, although there’s an IDE port, there’s nowhere to connect a floppy drive. There are just two memory slots, but each can take a 4GB module, allowing a maximum of 8GB. The fastest memory it supports is 800MHz, while the FSB tops out at 1,333MHz, which is fine for most Intel LGA775 processors.

The I/O panel at the rear has a full set of legacy ports, including two useful PS/2 ports for your keyboard and mouse, plus a parallel and serial port that are rather less likely to find a use. There are just four USB ports, and although there are two more internal USB headers, which can provide an extra two ports each, no brackets are supplied. The Realtek sound processor has six analogue mini-jack ports that can provide up to 7.1 surround sound, but there are no digital audio outputs.

Despite these limitations, the P41T-C31 redeems itself with its performance, beating many of the pricier Intel boards. The P41T-C31 isn’t for people who want to build a high-end PC, but it covers all the basic requirements and did well in our tests. At this price, it earns our Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor socket LGA775
Form factor ATX
Size 305x193mm
Processor support Pentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium Extreme, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridge Intel G41
Chipset south bridge Intel ICH7
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR2 667/800
Maximum memory speed PC2-6400
Memory slots 2
Maximum memory 8GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £44

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 3
Fan headers 2
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 4
RAID chipset (max disks) none


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC889 (6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 4/2
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 2x PS/2, parallel, serial
Other ports none
Cables included 1x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets included none
Software included Norton Internet Security 2009 60-day trial

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/Chipset

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