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MSI B85-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX High Performance CF Intel Motherboard

  • Intel B85
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 8/1/2014 3:57:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsCompatible with Haswell Refresh CPUs

Pros: Nice board for the money. Needed something nice to support my first build, and this does the job. Has a fancy and easy to set up BIOS (unlike my old Dell's bluescreen like BIOS). User manual and reference guide was more helpful than I thought. Don't forget to read it. I was extremely excited and surprised when it booted up no problems with an i5 4460, which I thought would require a BIOS update (See Other Thoughts for more info).

Cons: Not many, but they may get you worried of you're a first time builder like me.
-UPC sticker on the back of the mobo left sticker residue, which had me worried as I though it would short circuit.
-Only two SATA cables.
-Apparently false advertising about RAID but I won;t be using it so yeah.
-Installing the CPU. It may have been the most horrifying thing I did with my new build. It literally sounded like all the pins were breaking one by one as I was pushing the lever and retention plate down. Nothing happened though. System works fine.

Other Thoughts: Now, let's get to the compatibility. If you think this won't work with Haswell Refresh CPUs without a BIOS update, you're wrong. This seems to be a new batch of these boards which include the updated BIOS. Neither MSI, Intel or Newegg state that. I can confirm it works with the i5 4460, which is a Refresh CPU.

System:
i5 4460
MSI B85-G41 PC Mate motherboard
8 GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 RAM
EVGA GTX 770 SC 2 GB
Seasonic M12II 620W 80+ Bronze Modular PSU
CM Storm Enforcer case
Seagate 1 TB HDD

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  • Jennifer M.
  • 7/26/2014 4:37:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good for its price, didnt really let me down on anything.

Cons: Doesnt support raid... but didnt expect it.

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  • Aaron L.
  • 7/17/2014 9:50:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsmobo

Pros: great mobo for the price, good quality, nothing wrong with it.

Cons: obviously not for enthusiast; lacks support for several things that are clearly presented in specs. could use more fan support so I had to get y-splitters but i do have 9 fans in my case :).

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  • Daniel P.
  • 3/24/2014 7:29:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot what I was expecting

Pros: USB 3.0 (but this is only useful if you have high end USB drives, many 3.0 drives are just as slow as 2.0 in benchmarks)

Easy to update the BIOS while in Windows

Compatible with great CPU's

Cons: no smart response and therefore this board does not have the part of Super RAID that makes it RAID.

Other Thoughts: I feel a bit ripped off because the features it advertised were not available on this model. But I am not going to dismantle the computer and mail it back in, unless they are willing to send me one of the MSI Z/H/Q 87 so that I don't have any down time.
For anyone who is wanting to know what boards have which super raid features:

intel rapid start: Z87, H87, Q87, Q85, B85
intel smart response: Z87, H87, Q87
intel smart connect: Z87, H87, H81, Q85, B85

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  • Daniel P.
  • 3/24/2014 5:37:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFancy BIOS

Pros: BIOS is neat
Good budget board
USB 3.0
2 cpu fan
Supports nice CPUs

Cons: This board does NOT support RAID.
The features say Super RAID but apparently that is not the same as RAID.
Purposely misleading, please read other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I was buying this because it said Super Raid, I would have selected a different model had the description been more clear. I do not want to go through the process of returning it.

The following should be listed in the description of all of these boards:
Please be advised that Intel Smart Response is required to perform RAID
Therefore, H81/Q85/B85 do not have RAID support, but they still can support Rapid Start and Smart Connect.

intel rapid start: Z87, H87, Q87, Q85, B85
intel smart response: Z87, H87, Q87
intel smart connect: Z87, H87, H81, Q85, B85

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  • CHRISTOPHER C.
  • 3/9/2014 9:15:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI B85-G41

Pros: Good Board... Runs smooth, no major issues. Fired right up after windows 7 installation with a i5-4670 (Haswell).

Cons: None so far to speak of. If I come across any I will post in the future. So far so good.

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  • Peter L.
  • 2/25/2014 11:15:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Basic Mobo

Pros: A good basic motherboard without a lot of bells 7 whistles. Installed a i5-4430, and was up and running in minutes without issues.

Cons: The 1x PCI-E slots are right next to the 16x slot, and if you have a large, hot video card, cards in the 1x slots might get a bit warm.

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  • Jesse L.
  • 2/18/2014 9:35:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsD.O.A used item not new

Pros: Nothing at this time, perhaps once I get to use it.

Cons: I have been ordering parts and supplies from Newegg for years. I ordered a bundle and received an open box motherboard….no problem I figured Newegg may have bench tested it….nope D.O.A.

Thing like this happen…here is my issue. I called and say “send me a new board ill pay for it, also send me and RMA for the board and ill ship it to you, when you receive it you can refund the money. Rep from Newegg says “sorry cant do that” ok well what happens to my overnight shipping?? 8 days later I’m still waiting. Rep says today “it takes up to 8 days to process your return”. Refund my shipping then…nope can’t do that. Also it’s funny how you get the survey only when things go right.

I’m disappointed that customer service is dropping off the planet.

Other Thoughts: Please don’t let growth destroy your foundation. As a consumer we have options AND your pricing is not as unique as it once was.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • C. F.
  • 12/28/2013 4:00:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsHappy to say........

Pros: I've build several computer as far back as OS98. This mobo fired right up. Seems like a stable board. Installed a i5/4g. The bio menu makes it simple to arrange all sorts of different system tweaks to suit most any techno-geek..

Cons: I ran into a hardware compatibility issue with a SATA/ WD320g hard drive pulled from an older system. Quick fix; just swapped it out with a newer SATA; 500g. Bio recognized. All is well that ends well.

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  • Kirk S.
  • 11/22/2013 12:50:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDissapointed

Pros: Cheap 1150 Mobo

Cons: Can not overclock the CPU with this mobo! This was an oversight for me, and is now a regret.

Ordering a different one asap. If you Game, or plan on Overclockin DON'T but his board.

Other Thoughts: Should have done a little more research beyond price.

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