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

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  • Intel B85
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85N 3D mini ITX motherboard combines the finest components and the advanced technologies with Intel B85 chipset, offering a great platform for you to enjoy the power and power-efficiency of 4th generation Intel Core processor in LGA 1150 package. BIOSTAR Hi-Fi 3D technology brings you audiophile-class sound, right from your PC. An mSATA/Mini PCIe combo connector allows easy upgrade for SSD or other modules. An array of protection methods, like moisture-proof PCB, all solid durable capacitors and ESD protection, ensures unbeatable durability and reliability, while a host of additional features enable superb experience on your next PC build.

Hi-Fi 3D

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Hi-Fi 3D Technology enables high definition multi-dimensional sound where it matters the most with height, width and depth in front of the listener. It's based on the physics of reproduced sound and the basic human perception of sound. The high resolution sound reproduction stands above existing sound enhancements or virtualization technologies.

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Blu-ray Audio

Upgrading your Audio performance in the easiest way is choosing BIOSTAR ultimate Motherboard. It does support Blu-ray audio DRM (compatible driver/software) and provide the higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz than the 16 bit/ 48KHz from the normal MB. You will experience the high quality sound effect with pure Blu-Ray Audio.

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Smart Ear 3D

Smart Ear 3D provides true reproduction of virtual 3D space using any headphones! It delivers the true 3D sounds for music, movies and also games. It's fantastically, especially if you've never experienced this kind of acoustic phenomenon before.

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Hi-Fi Pre AMP

Hi-Fi 3D Technology is built-in power amplifier to boost the speaker volume. It will increase double volume level with high-quality HD audio output. Hi-Fi 3D Technology not only improves on the headphone but also enhances your speakers' sound volume. Hi-Fi preamp can boost the line level audio signals from analog and digital sources to levels that a power amplifier can detect and boost again to successfully power up the loudspeaker.

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Hi-V Caps

Hi-V Caps is "Metalized Polypropylene Film Capacitor" for each audio channel circuit. The customized audio capacitors deliver low noise, low distortion and wide bandwidth to achieve the highest sound resolution and sound expansion.

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Hi-Fi Power

Audio power is an important factor in audio quality. Most AV equipment isolates the power supply for each analog and digital signal to gather high-quality sound reproduction. Equipped with BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Power technology, it will utilize audio components with independent power design for a significant reduction in electronic noise and superb sound quality.

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Hi-Fi Ground

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Ground ( Golden Line ) is noise-blocking multi-layer PCB design to isolates analog audio signals from digital sources. Unique PCB layout is ideal for exceptional clarity and high fidelity sound.

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Hi-Fi Sound

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards have a sampling rate of 192kHz/24-bit which delivers a high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers and high-end headphone. You can enjoy real Blu-ray grade high-definition sound that you’ve never experienced before.

Moistureproof PCB

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The residence of PC usage and working environment is getting deteriorating and moist (rural, coastal, etc.). The PCB will be oxidizing easily by damp or absorbed moisture, and ionic migration or CAF (Conductive Anodic Filament) will be generated. Moisture-proof PCB meets high density and high reliability requirements for moisture proof.

Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS

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Low resistance design can significantly reduce the current out of energy loss. Low temperature, small size, excellent thermal conductivity.

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100% Solid Caps

With armor-plated Biostar Technology, all capacitors are placed with 100% solid capacitors that have a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components.

ESD Protection

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ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) is the major factor to destroying PC by electrical overstress(EOS) condition, ESD may occurr when PC users touch any devices connect to PC, which may result in damage to motherboard or parts .ESD protection is designed to protect the motherboard and equipment from damage by EOS.

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USB Polyswitch

On board dedicated power fuse to help prevent USB port failure. It prevents USB Port overcurrent and safeguards your system and prolong device lifespan.

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OC / OV / OH Protection

All BIOSTAR special circuit design detects overvoltage conditions and prevents voltage surges from spreading in real time. It also actively cuts off the overvoltage supply to protect your system. Over current protection safeguards motherboard from damage when doing overclock or an unusual current import. Over heat protection helps prevent motherboard & CPU from burning when exceeding the temperature limitation.

Dual GbE LAN

General information

The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G, and with two high-speed gigabit networks plus zero packet delay that provides super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is "Load Balancing", it allows users to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation "teaming" function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes. In addition, two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.

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mini-PCIe+mSATA

Combo connector which allows both mini-PCIe and mSATA SSD and others upgrades


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • A G.
  • 11/25/2015 9:44:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works but dont expect to use an mSATA

Pros: It boots Linux. It has two ethernet ports.

Cons: mSATA interface is useless. The screw needed to hold the 'drive' doesn't come with the mobo, isn't a standard 'PC screw' size, and there is NO DOCUMENTATION (even on the manufacturer's website) as to what size/threads the screw is. A support request to the manufacturer goes unanswered.

Manufacturer Response:

M2x3 screw size for the mSATA slot.

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  • Jedediah F.
  • 8/1/2015 9:19:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA great little value board

Pros: I used this board to upgrade a system running as a NAS and Plex Media Server which wasn't up to transcoding at 1080p.

The board has a decent layout with 4 SATA ports and a mSATA port. I used a small mSATA SSD for the system and used the available SATA ports for my existing hard drives. Ubuntu Server installed without any fuss and I am off to the races.

This is a functional board at a great price.

Cons: Overclocking options are limited. This is not an enthusiast class product.

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  • Eliseo R.
  • 4/3/2015 3:51:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot for Overclocking

Pros: Reasonably priced and layout is good. No issues with any software drivers.

Cons: Does not support overclocking on Intel's Unlocked G3258 Anniversary Edition CPU .Bios updates do not address this issue. Chip set also limits any fine tuning to memory modules.

Other Thoughts: If I could redo this buy I would and choose a chip that supports overclocking on the G3258 and better overclocking options

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  • Yevgeniy I.
  • 3/30/2015 9:10:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board

Pros: Great price, fast, great layout. What more do you need.

Cons: No cons so far

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  • Zack C.
  • 12/30/2014 8:22:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEconomical, Built to Last, Good Sound

Pros: I say don't sweat the chipset unless you know why it matters. B85 chipset is simple by design, but economical and stable. Perfect for my Celeron build.

BIOSTAR focused on the details to increase the value of an otherwise unremarkable MB, and made it worth the $20 over the rock-bottom options:

- Solid Caps
- Stiff/strong PCB
- Great sound
- Dual LAN controllers can be simultaneously connected for double gigabit speed - quirky and I like it

Cons: Only 3 pin case fan drive. Would it be too much to include PWM case fan control? Luckily my case fan clips along at 1200/min, so I never hear it.

Other Thoughts: Occupies an attractive price point, 1st try POST, easy BIOS, what more can you ask?

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5 out of 5 eggsgreat, but could be better

Pros: Pros Minor
- Automated CD Driver Installation (one click installs all drivers)
- Includes 2 Sata Data Plugs
- 4 usb 3.0 connectors (2 rear/2 frontal)
- 4 sata connectors (2 3gb, 2 6gb)

Pros Major
- Sold built/build (unit does not feel cheap)

Cons: Cons Esthetic
- Motherboard sata 6/gb connectors should have been red
Both 3/gb and 6g/b were black.
- Motherboard back pane insert should have labels in color

Cons Minor
- front connector for audio input connector should be near the other led case connectors
- Mines didn’t come with the 4 screws needed to screw down the mb

Cons Major
- Besides the fan connector for the cpu fan, there is only 1 additional input for an additional fan, and that’s a 3 pin’er.


Other notes
- dual nic – not sure if teaming is supported
- tri video input
- 1 port ps2 legacy input
- Max 16gb memory

Other Thoughts: I selected this mini-itx mb to use for my new setup inside a mini-itx case. The features that drew me in was the newer usb3.0 ports that could be mounted frontally (plus there are two rear inputs). Another feature I liked was the quad input for sata connector, in which 2 are the 6gb variety and the other 2 are 3gb. Dual Nic and options for tri input video were nice, but not necessary.

I didn’t like how the frontal audio input connector was located, when cable was attached it goes right thru and across the cpu fan, would have been nice to have this located with the other led frontal case controls.

Since this was a mini-itx mb being installed inside a mini-itx case, space is limited and heat dispersion is a major concern. I have this installed inside the In-Win BP655 case with one 80mm 3 pin connector on the chassis, another 80mm fan (molex psu powered) mounted on the side panel and 1 dual bay cooler on the 5.25 mount. For those who don’t know, a 3 pin connector will not let you control the fan speed, it will only visually give info on your fan speed and anything powered using the psu molex runs at full speed 100% of the time. Even without the bay cooler, I have 2 80mm fans running at full speed and things get very very loud. When I place my computer into sleep mode, the fan noise does not change, which is very disappointing.


Current mb Spec
- 4 pin cpu fan connector (current)
- 3 pin mb chassis fan connector (current)

Min mb Setup
- 4 pin cpu fan connector (current)
- 4 pin mb chassis fan connector
- 3 pin mb aux fan connector

Optimal mb Setup (wishful thinking)
- 4 pin cpu fan connector (current)
- 4 pin mb chassis fan connector
- 4 pin mb aux fan connector

I read someplace that I can throttle the chassis fan down inside the bios, haven’t tried that yet. Did I also mention that the product didn’t come with 4 mb mounting screws?


Q: Would I buy this product again for another setup?
A: Yes, however if I can find another itx-mb with 4 pin aux/chassis connector,
all bets off.

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  • Alex M.
  • 11/24/2014 9:13:10 AM
  • 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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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
  • 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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  • Tanisha D.
  • 7/3/2014 8:17:03 PM
  • 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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