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BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85N 3D LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel B85
  • 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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  • Alex M.
  • 11/24/2014 9:13:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood basic MB

Pros: Cheap
HDMI out
USB 3.0
SATA 6Gb/s
PCIe 3.0

Cons: Couldn't figure out how to overlock my CPU (does this MB even do that? I'm no tech genius.)

Other Thoughts: I bought this because I wanted a cheap Mini-ITX motherboard that had HDMI out, USB 3.0, 6Gb/s SATA, PCIe 3.0, and supported a relatively new Intel CPU. This was the cheapest one that fit all my requirements. I wanted pretty good upgrade-ability without having to buy a lot now. I installed 1x8GB RAM, a Pentium G3258, 2x500GB HDDs (laptop drives that were replaced by SSDs), and a Corsair CS450M power supply. No video card. I couldn't figure out how to get it to overclock my CPU, if it even does that, but that isn't a big deal since I am not doing anything hardcore- just streaming shows to the TV. I haven't tried the dual ethernet, but I can't imagine my 50Mbps internet is any faster with two cords. Two is better than one, though.

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  • Douglas Y.
  • 8/18/2014 12:46:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBiostar good!

Pros: Layout, size features

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Very good boards. I have always liked Biostar and have found them to very reliable and easy to use.

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  • Douglas S.
  • 8/7/2014 12:29:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery impressed.

Pros: Very small, like all mini-ITX boards (About the size of a power supply or a CD-ROM drive.) mSATA onboard makes this a self-contained computer. With a mSATA drive, all you need is a small case with a power supply, (CPU and RAM, of course) and you have a fully functional (and tiny) PC. Dual Gb LAN is nice, but not why I bought the board.

Cons: No screw for the mSATA drive. Neither the Samsung 830 drive or the motherboard came with a screw to attach the mSATA drive to the MB. It is necessary, since the mSATA installs at a 45 degree angle, then is pushed down and held down by a screw. There are two mounting points on the board, one for longer cards and one for shorter. If you have to install a longer card (which most are), you have to remove the top half of the shorter mounting point.Since I couldn't find a screw, I used the top half of that mounting point as the screw to hod down the card. I don't know what you would do if you had one of the short cards.

It will not recognize my Team memory as 1600. It sees it as 1333. I had to set 1600 manually even after bios flash. No issues with ram after I set it in the bios.

Also. the layout of the board is backwards. not a huge issue but all of the pinouts and sata connectors are on the top of the board. It may be a problem for some, but it's not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: I've been buying Intel MB's exclusively since forever. They don't make them anymore, so I've had to look elsewhere. Overall, with the pros and cons considered, I really like this board. This is my first Biostar board and I'm impressed. Nice small package, plenty of options for a decent price. Nothing matches the amount of options in this price range. I considered other motherboards, but I kept coming back to this one for the options. I'm glad I did.

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  • Gilbert I.
  • 7/3/2014 8:17:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFor Plex server

Pros: - Good documentation
- solid design
- PCI express slot
- Dual gig NICS
- supports low profile CPU cooler

Cons: - lack of fan control software to change fan settings in Operating system. Have to go into bios to change that.
- only 3 pin fan control connector but 4 pin for CPU fan.

Other Thoughts: Bought this motherboard because of the dual NICs for VPN support and to use in a computer as a dedicated Plex server. The price was a little high for my taste but guess its because I am paying for the small form factor. Just had it for over a week and is performing great. It has one CPU fan connector and only one 3pin case fan connector. I had to put a splitter to power 2 additional fans in the PC case. The bios updater couldn't be easier to use to update. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because of the lack of utilities that comes on the CD, but all in all, very well built (not flimsy) motherboard for a PC running 18 hours per day!

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