Super Micro C2SEA G45
Phoronix: Super Micro C2SEA G45
Back in June we had looked at the Super Micro C2SBX+ motherboard, which was a workstation motherboard oriented around the Intel X48 Chipset. This was our first time reviewing a Super Micro product at Phoronix, but from the success of the C2SBX+ we decided to look at another one of their motherboards. This time around we have our hands on the Super Micro C2SEA, which is a desktop motherboard that uses the Intel G45 Chipset and provides integrated GMA X4500 HD graphics.
Many more G45/ICH10x boards available now
The article concludes: "There are not too many G45 motherboards currently at retailers" ... which may have been true last week but as of this morning, Newegg lists five distinct Intel G45/ICH10x motherboards as being available as of this posting, (actually seven, the Intel-manufactured boards are available in both "retail" and "oem" flavors.)
ASUS P5Q-EM <-- This mATX board seems to be the best of the lot with a full 16-lane PCIe slot, and full overclocking features in the BIOS.
Intel BOXDG45FC <-- This is Intel's own mini-ITX variation, however the Intel BIOS lacks features found in the other boards.
SUPERMICRO MBD-C2SEA-O <-- The full ATX board reviewed in the article.
GIGABYTE GA-EG45M-DS2H <-- This mATX board has better overclocking than Intel's, but only supports a 4-lane PCIe slot.
Intel BOXDG45ID <-- This is Intel's own mATX variation, has full 16-lane PCIe slot, and a CIR header, but lacks some BIOS features the other boards have.
I am considering a build based on the ASUS P5Q-EM myself.
For the C2SEA, you can get lm_sensor support by adding
modprobe w83627ehf force_id=0x8860