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Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 Desktop Motherboard - Intel B85 Express Chipset - Socket H3 LGA-1150

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  • Matt S.
  • 6/13/2014 5:38:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Compatible

Pros: This board was good for a basic build and had decent features for the price.

Cons: This board is advertised as being 4th Generation i3, i5, and i7 LGA-1150 compatible. After almost a month of going back and forth with the manufacturer support, it turns out that, depending on the revision, is actually not compatible with 4th Generation processors. I bought a 4th Gen LGA-1150 i5-4590 and it is not compatible with Rev 1.0 boards without a bios update. To update the bios, the manufacturer suggests using an older processor first to update the bios and then to install a 4th Gen processor.

I do not find it acceptable to expect the user to purchase two CPUs to make a product do what is advertised. And not everyone has a spare processor laying around.

Rev 2.0 boards will work with this CPU. it is the Rev 1.0 that are the problem. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing which one you will receive.

Other Thoughts: I will continue to look for a basic board that is actually compatible with 4th Gen CPUs and do not require the user to purchase a second older CPU to update the bios. If it is advertised as 4th Gen CPU compatible, then it should work with a 4th Gen CPU. No exceptions.

The box should read "4th Gen Compatible *with the purchase of an older CPU to first update the bios.*"

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 110939 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Derald S.
  • 6/4/2014 12:20:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard without a lot of high priced features

Pros: Great inexpensive board. Has the features I wanted (SATA 3, Socket 1150, PCIe3) without a lot of extra expensive features (no RAID or overclocking). Works with Intel i5-4690S CPU out of the box (BIOS version FB) although I did update it to the latest BIOS (FE). I had revision 2.0 of the board.

Worked with my existing RAM (Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1333) and Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti with no issues.

Cons: Doesn't overclock even with a K CPU (not a legit con since I knew it didn't overclock).
Only has 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 on back panel (with 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 front panel headers)
Only supports Crossfire, not SLI.
Doesn't allow me to manually set the core multiplier even though I have the option in the BIOS. What I mean is that under load, the CPU I used turbo's to 3.5 GHz. Single core turbo is 3.9 GHz. I set the four cores to 3.9 GHz in the BIOS regardless of load but the CPU still "only" turbo's to 3.5 with four core load. This is because I have the Enhanced Intel Speed Step enabled. If I disable that option, I get 3.9 GHz speed regardless of CPU loading. Thus, I can have "auto" turbo control or forced high freq turbo - not both. This is not a real "con" just something I noticed.

Other Thoughts: Great board. Does exactly what I needed it to do - run my i5-4690S CPU at low power draw, high freq 3.5-3.9 GHz and remains stable. No motherboard related crashes.

Note that I am dual booting Windows 7 for my games and Mac OS X for my DAW / Logic Pro X workstation. No problems with Mac OS X install, no stability problems at all.

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  • Christian O.
  • 4/18/2014 8:43:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes what I need it to, after BIOS update

Pros: Cheap, effective.

Cons: My board was Rev 2.0, and came with BIOS version FB. First installing it, I couldn't get it to POST, I thought. Everything seemed fine but no video. Suspecting my monitor, I plugged in my old VGA monitor and got video, and discovered that only VGA worked until the OS was done booting. After upgrading to BIOS version FC, that issue was fixed, and I can now see the BIOS on my DVI monitor. I don't think it should have been necessary to do this, and if I hadn't had a VGA monitor handy, I might have returned the motherboard as defective and ordered a different make. The confusion and frustration that this caused me is why I knocked off two eggs.

Other Thoughts: Now that the BIOS is up to date it is operating exactly as expected. If you get one that you think isn't POSTing, try connecting a VGA monitor.

I got this board because it's exactly like the one that I got for my home server, but in ATX form factor, so in the event that either one should die, bringing it up with otherwise identical hardware should be fairly trouble-free.

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  • Byron A.
  • 4/15/2014 9:54:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Board

Pros: Appears to be a good board but it will not shut itself off!

Cons: It took several resets of the memory cards in their slots to get the system to recognize them all. The system will not shut itself off. Customer service continued to drag things out by suggesting fixes one at a time and taking days to get back with me after each one. This process has taken close to a month and still the board will not properly shut down. Even if the power switch is turned off in BIOS the system will shut down and then restart. I've had to spend way too much time changing BIOS settings, reinstalling operating systems, removing components, swapping hard drives, swapping power supplies, flashing BIOS, and even removing the CPU to look for bent pins. This has taken over a month with still no resolution to the problem!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 108786 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Greg B.
  • 4/5/2014 5:17:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: my first time building a pc i used i5 with it and its fast enough for the games i play like Shaiya i'm very happy with it so far

Cons: none

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  • Cecil S.
  • 3/24/2014 12:31:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid and stable board

Pros: Clean layout, with four SATA3 ports and two SATA2 ports in a good location and room for tons of RAM.
Three fan headers.
Supports procs up to i7 4771.
Affordable (I got it on sale).

Cons: Will not boot with more than 8GB of RAM until the chipset driver is installed.
Does not come with latest BIOS (but it does have an easy-to-use upgrade utility).

Other Thoughts: I rebuilt my system using this board and an i7 4771, 240GB Samsung SSD, 16GB of G.Skill RAM (but I had to start with 8), and a GTX760. The only driver I had to install was the chipset, Windows 8.1 took care of the LAN, audio, and video drivers for the onboard video and video card. I did a clean install because I didn't want any instability caused by driver conflict. So far everything is rock stable --- this is a good board.

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  • Richard d.
  • 3/15/2014 5:20:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOverall great Product

Pros: Works great with a great price point

Cons: None so far

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  • James S.
  • 3/7/2014 7:31:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGA-B85-HD3 Problems

Pros: Good layout and features

Cons: Issues with USB3.0 and video corruption. Seems like if you looked at it wrong it would freeze or get a BSOD.

Other Thoughts: Returned board and ordered a different one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 107212 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

1. Be sure that you're running a fresh new Windows installation instead of pre-existing.

2. Are you using an add-on video card? If so, please test with onboard.

3. Please download the latest USB3.0 drivers from gigabyte.com.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Patrick K.
  • 3/3/2014 12:23:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerforms great but soundcard is glitchy

Pros: Booted up fine, performs well overall, price is entirely reasonable.

Cons: Sound card doesn't work well on mine. Whenever there are multiple playback audio channels, there is an annoying hiss on my microphone channel. I have done everything I could in software to try and alleviate this, and it seems to be a hardware issue. Will know for sure when new sound card arrives in mail next week.

Other Thoughts: I wish my board had a sound card that worked. Probably couldn't even RMA this one as it is largely functional, and only has slight problems. Not sure if anyone else has ever had this same problem

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  • mark h.
  • 2/18/2014 5:16:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice board for the bucks

Pros: Went together & plays nicely with all the "standard" parts - ssd, cd, chip, ram, etc. lots of motherboard controlled fan headers

Cons: "speedy boot" is so fast you'll probably never get into the bios again!

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