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ECS B85H3-M3(1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


Customer Reviews of the ECS (EliteGroup) B85H3-M3(1.0)

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  • Rex K.
  • 5/16/2014 4:45:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsCorrection!--bought 4, all work

Pros: Compact, lots of USB ports, economical.

Cons: Not the easiest to troubleshoot, flimsy VGA connector.

Other Thoughts: I wrote a previous review stating that 3 of 4 units I'd bought were bad. Turns out that it was the CPUs, not the motherboards! The motherboards all work fine with a good CPU. They failed in different ways with the bad CPUs, making it harder to troubleshoot by comparing what went wrong, but I don't buy motherboards for how they handle broken hardware but for how they work with working hardware. And these all work great.

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  • Rex K.
  • 5/13/2014 12:41:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsBought 4, only 1 works

Pros: Inexpensive, lots of USB ports.

Cons: Bought four. One works. Two are completely dead. One tries to power up but doesn't make it to POST. 25% success rate--terrible.

Other Thoughts: This product is discontinued, but I would not buy from ECS again.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard. Prior to shipping from our factory, all motherboards are tested to ensure that they are working properly. A DOA issue can be caused by any of the main components, including CPU, memory, power supply and motherboard. If possible we would recommend testing the motherboard in the following fashion.

Remove the motherboard from the case, with only CPU, CPU fan, memory and power supply connected. Place on a flat non static surface. Reseat the CPU. Test with only one memory at a time and reseat memory. Ensure that both the 24 pin and 4 pin (ATX12V) connections are connected from the power supply. Connect the power button from the case or short the power pins (6 and 8) to power on the system. If still have any issues or questions, please contact us and we can work with you to find a solution.

The odds of having 3 out of 4 motherboards fail are quite high. If you continue to have issues please contact us as we would like to find out more details on your configurations and help find a solution.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1- 510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Mark J.
  • 4/26/2014 10:43:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat low cost

Pros: Great low cost motherboard for socket 1150 with an abundance of features.

Cons: the closeness of the pci-e ports pose a problem when you have a double slot video card and the second slot cannot be used.

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  • Comics F.
  • 2/28/2014 3:00:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice board

Pros: Inexpensive - though now I see it on sale for $14 less than I paid! Boo. It seems sturdy and well made and has a lot of features for a "value" board. Three video outputs - VGA, DVI and HDMI. USB 3.0, lots of connectors and even has a standard PCI slot. Has four memory slots, not common on Micro ATX boards. It looks like it might support overclocking but I'm not interested.

Cons: I'm not sure how big a con this is. But on my board I cannot enable "IGD Multi-Monitor" in BIOS. My BIOS screen looks just like what it shows in the book. But I don't have the choices it says I will have under "Initiate Graphic Adapter" AND "IDG Multi-Monitor" is stuck on Disabled. I cannot change it to Enabled as shown in the owners manual.

I'm not sure how big a deal this is - Windows still detects both monitors (I have one hooked up VGA and the other DVI) and I can still expand my desktop across both monitors. But I think it might still be something detrimental because if Aero is enabled the second monitor will not fill the screen. If I use a basic windows theme (which fortunately I prefer. Aero is a gimmick and nothing useful) then it works just fine.

I'm actually dropping one egg as much for all the garbage loaded on the driver CD as I am over the video issue that I'm not sure is a video issue. I don't think I've ever encountered a motherboard driver CD that tried to install a bunch of games, trial ware and just junk. When I realized what was going on I terminated the program and installed manually.

Other Thoughts: I've tried looking for an updated BIOS but ECS's website is slow and I can't find downloads. So instead I submitted a support ticket, which took forever on ECS's slow, hard to fill out support screen.

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  • Christopher F.
  • 2/18/2014 9:40:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs2 serious issues

Pros: Price

Cons: 2 serious issues:
1. I also experienced the USB3.0 pin header issue as reported by another reviewer. It is recessed back from the edge of the board just far enough that the 20 pin connector I had would not fit into it. I tried too hard and ended up breaking the housing on the motherboard USB header in my attempt to get it in. I tried breaking the plastic completely hoping that I could wind up with enough access to straighten the pins and make a solid connection. All aboard the fail boat.
2. I'm running Intel Core i3-4130T Haswell with CPU Intel HD Graphics 4400. I cannot get audio out on hdmi after coming out of sleep on windows 7. A reboot is needed. Not sure if motherboard problem or chipset graphics problems, but very disappointed with this. I interrupt my recordings from HTPC if I reboot.

I did not return the board, but am living with it. YMMV.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service.

If you continue to have issues with your HDMI audio, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • ERIC T.
  • 1/3/2014 8:58:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHas a CIR port for HTPC

Pros: I bought this for 1 reason, the CIR port, and have confirmed the port works great with IR remotes and you can turn the PC totally off and back on, not sleep. You need to buy a cheap <$20 IR receiver.

Cheap, and has solid caps.

Cons: the driver install disk stinks! Don't use it, just download each driver and install independently. The disc was super super slow and installed a bunch of other b s I didn't want.

Other Thoughts: can not find the bios version anywhere but works so not going to upgrade it..

Surprised my normal motherboard vendor no longer includes a cir connector, oh well this one works fine.

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  • Steven M.
  • 12/30/2013 9:19:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Okay, I was originally skeptical about purchasing this motherboard as though I've never heard of them.. but this was my second ecs board, very easy to understand instructions, comes with user guide , driver install disk, rear io panel, and 2 sata cords... Right now my rig is
I5-4670
Asus Radeon R9 270
6gb Crucial 1600mhz ram
Sandisk 64gb SSD
WD blue 1tb
Raidmax 500w PSU

And everything works perfectly.. but! see cons...

Cons: Unfortunately i think its with all ECS boards, they are measured incorrectly... my old board stated micro atx and it is bigger by a decent amount.. and with that issu.. no more pci-e wireless card as it doesnt fit.. but not such a big deal for the price of the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: If you purchase this board.. make sure itll fit your case.. seems to be micro-ITX

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  • David M.
  • 12/27/2013 3:53:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA, Will not Post

Pros: 3 year warranty

Cons: DOA, Board will not post out of the box. Working now with ECS via email to get a replacement board.

Other Thoughts: I wish I had not purchased an "open box" item from NewEgg. My guess is someone else must have tried it and found out it didn't work, and rather than dealing with ECS support returned it to newegg instead.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard. We have already updated your case with some information about this issue. Please kindly check on your motherboard and feel free to contact us for more assistant. Again, ECS products are 100% tested from the factory.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECW13122710002

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Sally H.
  • 11/27/2013 7:40:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works fine

Cons: None

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  • Jason M.
  • 9/25/2013 12:06:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThey Tried

Pros: Decent looking board with a lot of nice features

Cons: This board has a small manufacturer mistake which makes it impossible to use the USB3.0 20 pin header. it is recessed back from the edge of the board just far enough that the 20 pin connector we had would not fit into it. Since we had been planning on using this for more builds and some of our clients wanted the future proof USB3.0 front ports working we had to go against using this board.

Other Thoughts: Good board in theory. I wish it had organized the USB3.0 port better.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to here that this motherboard did not meet your requirements and do appreciate your feedback. We would like for you to contact us, so we can find out specifics on the USB 3.0 product you are trying to attach to the USB 3.0 header. So far we have not come accross a connection that would not fit into the header. Again, your feedback on this would be appreciated.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD13092610003

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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