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MSI B85M GAMING LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel B85
  • 4th-generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Curtis K.
  • 9/12/2014 9:34:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Unknown

Cons: Board was DOA has to be returned for replacement.

Other Thoughts: Purchased as component in a combo deal. All of the other parts seem to be ok but hard to tell as the mother board will not turn on.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you provided we suggest to avoid the situation by checking following steps below, since many reasons can cause the situation like this.
1. Check your pwoer connection JPRW1 and JPRW2.
2. Check CPU, video connection, Memory, and power supply.
3. Verify system outside of the case.
Also, feel free to contact our tech support team for further assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2014 7:25:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsnearly perfect

Pros: This board is incredible. FINALLY a non-metallic, black colored IO plate for my black case! Even the SATA cables are black. Besides the unbelievably stylish visuals, the features are very nice. The audio quality is decent for onboard. The voltages were stable and the temperatures of every board component were acceptable.

With the AMD version of this board, I was able to get an AMD Vishera FX6300 to 4.5GHz stable at 100%. With this version, I got a locked Pentium G3220 to run at an FSB of 106 after only bumping up the RAM and CPU voltage a tiny bit. Clearly this board was made with nice electrical components.

The #1 reason to get this board is because the MSI B85M-G43 doesn't have mosfet coolers of any kind and they're cheap ones that run unbelievably hot. This board takes care of that problem and is a much better option.

The case badge is also totally sick!

Cons: There is one glitch that happens every time I do a build with this board. You can't turn on XMP the first time you enter the BIOS. You have to save, exit, then enter it again for the XMP option to be there. Also, it interprets the XMP profile specs completely wrong. It said profile 2 on my Gskill 1866 RAM was 8-9-9-10 timing when it's actually 8-9-9-28. Whatever, at least it got the voltages correct and the timings were correct in the OS (verified with CPU-Z). Additionally, because there isn't enough room for the text, you can't tell which of your XMP profiles has a command rate of 2T or 2N. So you have to guess, boot into your OS, check it with CPU-Z, then reboot and change it if it's wrong. Let me save you some time. With Gskill RAM, it's always profile 2 that runs at the proper 1T/1N timing.

Another slight con is that fan controllers 3 and 4 are permanently set to 100%. You cannot slow them down. Only 1 and 2 support slower speeds. The Z87 edition of this board does not have that problem.

Other Thoughts: There is a very recently released BIOS version that allows overclocking of certain late model Intel chips like the unlocked Pentiums. So everyone saying you can't overclock them is now incorrect.

Since the IO plate is already black, the cables are black, and everything else is black and red, you can get red or black Gskill RAM, an 80mm SIlenx CPU cooler with black and red fan, and hide your awful colored SSD upside down in a black Icy Dock cooler all for super cheap, all available on Newegg. That combo is cheap and results in a very stylish build with good speeds and temperatures.

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  • Gary S.
  • 8/14/2014 1:17:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuite a lot to like about this board

Pros: There are 6 SATA ports, 4 DDR3 ports with support for 32GB of RAM , and plenty of expansion options for add-ins, There are more options in the UEFI BIOS than I will probably ever tinker with too.

Cons: Board seems slightly larger than other boards and a DVD/Blu--Ray drive may hit against the board in some cases and not fit but that is a minor issue.

Other Thoughts: Overall a very nice board with a lot of options going for it. Updated right away to the 10.2 BIOS and could overclock to my hearts content. This is also the only board I have had where I did not need to diddle with the INTEL OEM fan to click into place. Not even INTEL boards did that. Is is overall quite solid and stable.

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  • Brett J.
  • 8/13/2014 10:11:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board when paired with Intel G3258

Pros: First things first, I'm usually not a huge fan of motherboard aesthetics because, let's be honest, how often do you really spend looking in your case even if you have a window? That said, this board is insanely good looking. The red-and-black color scheme is very easy on the eyes, and if you wanted to you could build a very good looking machine using some Corsair Air Series fans (with the red rings) and some other red products.

As far as performance goes, this board does not disappoint. As of BIOS 10.2, the B85M can overclock Intel's Pentium Anniversary (G3258) CPU, and voltage is not locked to 1.200v like some Gigabyte boards. This allows a user to push their K-Series or G3258 CPU as hard as they want--I, personally, was able to hit 4.4GHz @ 1.220v with the stock Intel cooler, and then I was able to push it to 4.8GHz @ 1.325v when I paired it with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cooler. 4.4GHz on stock cooling is insane: that's a 37.5% overclock without having to buy any after-market cooling, and when you take into account how many games still rely heavily on one single, beefy thread of execution that makes the G3258 and B85M Gaming a very tempting and cost-efficient combination.

MSI chose to include the Realtek ALC1150 audio codec as opposed to the ALC887 or ALC892 on other boards in this price-range, and the sound experience benefits greatly from it. When gaming, a wide sound stage is necessary as well as good separation of channels, and this codec delivers especially when in 5.1 or 7.1 modes. Many other boards in this range (and even some of the less expensive Z87/Z97 boards) do not have an optical S/PDIF audio output, but the B85M Gaming does; for anyone with an external receiver, this is a game-changer (forgive the double entendre).

Four video outputs means all bases are covered as far as connectivity. Some motherboards in this price-range omit DisplayPort, but this one does not, which allows it to support 4K UHD monitors @60Hz. Intel's Haswell CPUs support triple-monitor setups without adding a dedicated graphics card (just have to change an option in the BIOS), and this board has three digital outputs: DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Definitely a plus in this price-range.

MSI's BIOS setup is no-nonsense and well laid-out, and has integrated BIOS fan controls that allows a user to create custom profiles for the three PWM fan headers integrated on the board (some mobos only have one or two PWM headers with the remainder being 3-pin, but all three headers on the B85M are 4-pin). Overclocking from the BIOS for a 24/7 OC was very simple.

MSI's RMA process and customer support were both spectacular, saving me from having to live with being an idiot.

Cons: Price. At the time of writing, this board is probably $10 more than it really has to be at $89.99, though I suppose you pay a premium for the aesthetics. If this board was $79, there wouldn't be another board in the $50-$100 price range that would be a better recommendation. As it is, if you don't need some of the added features mentioned in the Pros listed above, there are boards from all of the major vendors that are slightly less expensive while still covering the basics.

As another user noted, MSI's 10.2 BIOS (and, I believe, many of the earlier versions) report the wrong CPU temperatures. Upon first installation and POST I noticed my CPU was idling in the BIOS at 48C and immediately powered-down, reseated the CPU, and reinstalled the stock cooler. Upon entering the BIOS once again, it was still reporting high 40s temps, so I got frustrated and just continued on, thinking maybe the G3258 that I got was a lemon. When I booted to Windows I found that it actually idled at low 30s Celsius, which was much more to my liking. This is a relatively minor issue, but it's ridiculous that it was overlooked by MSI.

With the prevalence of SSD+HDD combinations, including only two SATA cables (done by almost all motherboard vendors these days) is deplorable. For users that purchase a CD/DVD/BluRay drive as well as a SSD for their operating system and a HDD for storage--probably the most common configuration, even still--having to purchase an extra SATA cable to fully set up a computer is a huge annoyance. Luckily, I have many extras laying around, but not including three SATA cables introduces needless frustration for first-time owners.

Other Thoughts: So, let me relate my story of ignorance and stupidity that I hinted at above. MSI has many B85 boards in this range with similar model numbers and each of them (of course) have different BIOS revisions and naming schemes. MSI BIOSes have a feature where you can boot a BIOS that's on a USB flash drive without actually flashing that BIOS--I forget its actual name, something like Boot To BIOS--but this functionality seems to be somewhat broken. Even when paired with the correct BIOS for the correct model number, I was unable to use this feature to temporarily boot a new BIOS without flashing. It tells you that the BIOS configuration is different and that it's unable to flash.

Well, I did not know that this would not function as I expected it to. I downloaded the BIOS for the B85M Gaming and tried to boot to it, and it told me it was wrong. Weird. So I downloaded the BIOS for the B85M-G43 and tried to boot to it: same error. I downloaded the BIOS for a few other MSI B85 boards and tried all of them, none would boot without flashing. Same error, every time.

Somewhere in all of this, I forgot which BIOS was the original, paired with the actual board I had in front of me. I was quite sure it was the one on the root of my USB key, but I was wrong. I went into M-Flash in the BIOS and tried to straight up flash this BIOS, but it told me the configuration was incorrect and that it could not flash. I figured--this was really dumb--that the version of M-Flash that had been packaged with the board was faulty, so I booted into windows and flashed that same BIOS using MSI's DOS-based flashing tool.

Uh, well, it turns out it was the wrong BIOS. I'd overwritten the WORKING BIOS that came with the board with a BIOS from another model, which overwrote everything--boot block included. With AMI bioses, if something is corrupted but the boot block is still good, you can put a good BIOS renamed to "AMIBOOT.ROM" onto a flash drive and hold Ctrl+Home during boot and it will recover it. No dice. I ****** my board up.

I contacted MSI about RMA and was fully forthcoming about my stupidity. They immediately approved my RMA--by immediately, I mean within minutes--and I sent my board to them. I followed all instructions of sending just the board, no original box and no accessories. Within a week or two, they sent me back a NEW! board, with a brand new box and a brand new set of accessories. No charge, no questions asked.

I was already a fan of MSI products and functionality; I am now a life-long customer.

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  • Joshua H.
  • 8/13/2014 8:22:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsB85M Gaming + G3258 = Awesome

Pros: I purchased this motherboard in a combo deal with an Intel G3258 for about $100 with shipping. For a budget build, you can't get any better than that. I was able to quickly get the CPU overclocked to 4ghz on stock cooling.
Plenty of connections, great build quality, nice appearance.

Cons: SpeedFan, MSI CommandCenter, and Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility all report different temperature readings for the CPU. Speedfan is off by about 60 degrees Celsius! MSI and Intel are within about 4 degrees Celsius.
Changing the CPU Ratio [Multiplier] is not intuitive in the BIOS. You need to over over the mouse, enter in the value (I used 40), and press enter.

Other Thoughts: Buy this board with a G3258, especially if you can get a combo deal.

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  • Mason T.
  • 8/12/2014 8:53:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent High Quality Motherboard

Pros: Very well built, high quality,

Cons: No integrated speaker to hear post beeps, Kingston HyperX Fury memory part # HX316C10F/4 is incompatible with this board

Other Thoughts: When we put my build together it would turn on fine but would not post and we narrowed down the problem to the RAM I purchased. I'm fairly sure that the RAM is fine and that it is just incompatible with this specific motherboard. If you plan to buy this MoBo be warned that the RAM that I purchased may not work with it.

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  • jesse n.
  • 8/10/2014 4:50:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswow got to 4.8 ghz

Pros: was hesitant to buy upon reading other people's reviews about no unlocking ability, but newegg gave me an a good deal cpu g3258 + this B85M motherboard for $89.99... What more can I say I updated bios to 10.2 right away and simple stuck cpu voltage to 1.3250 and like magic Im at 4.8....tested prime 95 for 24 hours max cpu temp at 72...running coolermaster t4 with cpu fans....then turned down to 4.4 at 1.275 volts,,,just to be safe LOL amazing overclock for the price

Cons: NONE, Awesome price, Awesome overclock, thanks newegg and intel

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  • Roger S.
  • 8/9/2014 9:54:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: cheap and works

Cons: doesnt overclock g3258. I have updated the mb to the latest bios v10.2. and it still wont let me oc.

Other Thoughts: looks pretty nice.

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  • Jonathan W.
  • 8/8/2014 7:32:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNearly perfect for me

Pros: Stands up to nearly all expectations

Cons: None really

Other Thoughts: Only annoyance I had was lack of SATA cables, 6 slots and they give you 2. Had to run to the store since I went with and HDD+SSD build.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/4/2014 8:00:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSome Problems

Pros: Board looks nice.

Cons: For starters the BIOS (10.2v) reports conflicting CPU temps. I am using an i3-4150 with stock cooler with A5 within a well cooled case (Corsair Carbide 200R). The BIOS reports my CPU running idle at 47-54 degrees centigrade. Using the MSI command center in Windows 7 (64bit) the temperatures report in the area of 31-34 degrees centigrade. The actual temp is what is being reported within Windows. The BIOS is wrong and way off. Almost 20 degrees Celsius is too much margin of error. And yes, the heat sink and cooler are installed correctly.

The second matter is that the SATA ports will not allow (2) of my older brand new never used SATA 2 Samsung HD502HJ hard drives to be connected together. It doesn't matter which Ports I use only (1) hard drive will be able to connect or be recognized within the BIOS. Trying different ports (1,2,3,4 which are SATA 3) or the last two ports (5,6 which are SATA 2) none of these drives will not work together using any port combination. Using just one Samsung HD502HJ hard drive will only work using SATA port (5) or (6) which are the SATA 2 ports. If trying to use any of the SATA ports numbered (1-4 which are rated as SATA 3) the hard drive will not come out of Standby without making some serious noise. I actually thought my hard drive was going to get destroyed. Yes, I installed all of the latest Intel drivers, etc. Both hard drives are brand new and have never been used. They are older SATA 2 type drives but both tested good on another machine.

Bottom line is there is a problem with the backwards compatibility with the (4) SATA 3 ports - there shouldn't be any. There is also a problem with the SATA 2 ports (5,6)as they will not allow both hard drives to be recognized either. Only (1) hard drive and an LG Burner can be used on those ports.

Other Thoughts: I don't think that this BIOS (10.2 or earlier) have been thoroughly tested. MSI needs to update this issue with the SATA 3 and SATA 2 ports either through another BIOS update or inform everyone that this motherboard is incompatible with certain hard drives. Also the BIOS temps are not accurate and not in an acceptable range.

I don't like having to go through the hassle of sending in a new motherboard for warranty or having to go through the hassle of explaining everything in great detail over and over again to some tech or rep over the phone that has no clue. Kind of sorry I bought an MSI board now - this will probably be the last.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.


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

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