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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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  • Kristopher C.
  • 1/22/2015 12:36:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat budget board!

Pros: Came with newest BIOS update so didn't have to update to use with i5-4690k! (ease-of-use BIOS)
Overclocks the 4690k just fine with no issues!
Works fine with my HyperX DDR3-1600, i5-4690k, and Evga GTX 760 2GB setup

Cons: Wish it had two PCIe 3.0 slots instead of one, but not an issue at all.

Other Thoughts: Insert CPU, heatsink, and memory first before installing (you should do with all PCs anyways)

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  • Marc C.
  • 1/10/2015 2:49:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggslooks better then it preforms

Pros: So I guess it would be ok in a war since its military grade.

Cons: Fan control sucks the board decides what it needs and there is no quiet setting. This is beyond stupid.

Other Thoughts: Cap it does not support windows xp 64 good thing I did not read the specs. The reason I did not receive my rebate was because that other company starts with the letter A took longer then 15 days to ship my case so I was out of the time frame. Thanks (A) for losing then finding my case. MSI could not care less even throw I had the proof that it was (A) was at fault. Thanks MSI for you understanding and great costumer service in the rebate department. I guess all I can say is if you are going to buy an MSI board with a rebate you better be on top of it and make sure you read their fine print. Because they were going to give me two extra days however that was not even close enough. So buy at your own Risk.

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  • Kevin X.
  • 1/5/2015 9:37:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCame DOA

Pros: Looked beautiful coming out of the box.
IO shield is black.

2 Eggs because I believe that I would've really loved this MOBO if it actually worked.

Cons: Wish it wasn't DOA
It's such a hassle putting a system together only to realize that you have to wait another week before your build will be complete.

I've never purchased an MSI product before, really puts a bad taste in my mouth when I receive bad products.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 11/22/2014 9:47:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsB85M

Pros: Bought in a combo with G3258
has plenty of connections for what i need
overclocks the g3258 nicely, got to 4.2ghz without touching voltage

Cons: only supports crossfire, no sli, but i knew this going into it so not a big deal to me

Other Thoughts: im not too sure about why other people are saying this board wont oc a g3258, i updated bios from 10.0 to 10.2 and oc'd no problem

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  • MYRON W.
  • 11/21/2014 8:38:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI QUALITY

Pros: Looks great. WORKED 1st time. Has latest 10.2 BIOS.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: I wanted to do a budget build with some spare parts laying around and tried a different mfg. mobo. It was nothing but problems so I decided on a different route and used this board with a G3258 and am happy with the result. This board gives the room for further expansion 4690K and has OC ability. Lesson learned I will always use MSI for quality builds.

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  • Stephen K.
  • 10/15/2014 5:36:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs2nd board worked.

Pros: It is small yet nicely featured for an M-ATX board. MSI has fairly good customer service. The BIOS is nice.

Cons: The first one was defective. Either it was a refurbished one, or an open box but it was clearly bad. Thing is I didn't notice until it fried my CPU! Newegg RMA'd the board no problem but it shouldn't have gone out in the first place. I knocked off an egg for getting a bad board and another for having to wait for the RMA process to get a replacement.

Other Thoughts: This board does not allow overclocking, no matter what the description says. Intel has locked overclocking on all but the "z" boards. I wish I read some of the reviews of this board before I bought it but it came in a bundle, so my fault for not doing my research.

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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 |

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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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