Conclusion: From a features point of view the G41TM-E43 motherboard delivers for the HTPC user. Features like Blu-Ray audio playback through the onboard sound, an ok integrated graphics chip with the G41, HDMI and DVI-D support on the rear I/O, support for Core 2 Quad CPUs like the Q9400 can make a great HTPC.
Conclusion: Despite its label as a HTPC ready motherboard, the MSI G41TM-E43 falls slightly short of achieving full HD hardware acceleration. That honor has to go to the Intel G45 and the NVIDIA GeForce 9300 mGPU. It doesn't mean that it won't be able to play your Blu-ray or other HD material. It just means that one needs to have a decent processor to ensure that playback remains smooth.