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Old 03-02-15, 10:23 AM
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Post ASUS Have announce B85M-Gamer Motherboard

Asus have recently release a lot of new products aimed at the top and mid-end of the market, but a few days ago, they announced a new budget motherboard to be hitting the shelves some point soon.

Welcome to the ASUS B85M-Gamer.

This new budget board sit squarely between the H81 and the Z97 chipset, and according to Asus' press release, has gaming features, and is aimed at those users who are looking towards the budget end of gaming system with it likely to paired with nVidia GTX 750 (Ti) or Radeon R7 GPUs and with the CPU's likely to be i3's, i5's or possibly even the Pentium K Anniversary Dual core.

As you see from the image below, the motherboard comes in the mATX flavour, and has a black PCB finished with a subtle amount of red flashing on the heat sinks, and a separate daughter board added on for the sound card, shown on the image by the red highlighting around the SupremeFX chip and AAFP port all the way up to the audio output jacks on the rear.


As you can see from the above image, the board comes with a single PCI-E 3 x16 slot, and 2 PCI-E 2 x1 slots, and has space to accommodate 4 DDR3 ram sticks for a maximum of 32GB, and also supports Intel's XMP profiles. The B85M is Haswell and Devils Canyon compatible, although those who are buying this board, aren't likely to be adding a 4690k or a 4790k to this.










The B85M-Gamer, comes with 4 SATA III ports (Supporting upto 6Gbit/s) and 2 SATA II (supporting upto 3Gbit/s) ports, and comes complete with 2x USB 3 and 2x USB 2 connections on the rear of the motherboard, along with 2x USB 2 headers, a single USB 3 header connections on the bottom of the motherboard.

You don't really get the bells and whistles of the Z97 chipset on this board, but it does come complete with onboard graphics (via the Intel HD Graphics intergrated into the CPU), and comes with a 15 pin VGA monitor port and HDMI connection also, so it isn't lacking in this department, and has the Intel Gigabit ethernet port with LANguard ESD protection.

Below are the specs from the press release.
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ASUS B85M-Gamer SPECIFICATIONS

CPU socket

LGA 1150 socket for the 4th- and new 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7, Pentium®, and Celeron® processors

Chipset

Intel B85 Express

Memory

4 x DIMMs2, up to a maximum of 32GB, DDR3 1600MHz

Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel HD Graphics

Supports HDMI at maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz / 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz

Supports D-sub at maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz

Supports Intel InTru™ 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel Clear Video HD Technology and Intel Insider™

Storage connectivity

4 x SATA 6Gbit/s connectors

2 x SATA 3Gbit/s connectors

Networking/LAN

Intel Gigabit Ethernet + LANGuard

USB

4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 2 mid-board)

6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board)

Audio

SupremeFX 8-channel high-definition audio

- High-quality stereo playback with 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)

- Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking

- SupremeFX shielding technology

- ELNA® premium audio capacitors

- Headphone amp



Dimensions / form factor

mATX, 9.2 x 8.1in (23.3 x 20.6cm)
The original press release can be found here.

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Old 03-02-15, 11:38 AM
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Nice find dude
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Old 03-02-15, 11:55 AM
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me likey, id love to get my hands on this
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Old 03-02-15, 12:08 PM
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Now let's see if this can get the G3852 at 4.5 Gigahertz. It probably will
The price will be a major marketing point. Because these are all the gaming features someone would need
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Old 03-02-15, 12:13 PM
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Nice find dude
Thanks Tom, I like to try and keep my eyes open for the things that usually don't get as much attention and coverage as the premium items.

I think that something like this, in this form factor is something that I think has been missing from the market with the latest iterations and has the potential to sell quite well.

Can you see if you can get onto Asus for a review sample please? I have a feeling from what I have read, that this is going to throw a few surprises up.

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me likey, id love to get my hands on this
I would also love to get my hands on one also to do a review on it, and possibly put in a new build for my kids.
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Old 03-02-15, 12:19 PM
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It is great to see such a great looking budget motherboard for the non-overclocking crowd.
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It is great to see such a great looking budget motherboard for the non-overclocking crowd.
I agree, and I think all brands should be targetting the non enthusiast/casual user who has no need of overclocking.
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Nice find dude, Asus really have just reset the bar for billy bargain boards.
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I wonder what a review would like.... as if the board was ok enough and price, then I would pick it up in a heartbeat.
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Old 03-02-15, 06:35 PM
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Im thinking for something like a little server, with the Pent K and and a few HDD's under my tv maybe for streaming and stuff too. if the price is right
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