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ASRock H81M-DG4 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Onboard SATA 3 ports, and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus 2 USB 2.0 ports) on the back panel. Very small footprint, making it an effortless install into small chassis.

Cons: No HDMI port, so no Intel onboard audio.No front panel USB 3.0 header.

Other Thoughts: With an i3 4170, 120gb Samsung 840 SSD and 2x4gb of Mushkin DDR3 1333, Windows 10 x64 boots up in just a few seconds. This made a very nice upgrade to an old Minuet chassis.

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ECS B85H3-M9 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low price, compact size, both USB 2.0 and 3.0 front panel headers, all-solid caps and convenient layout. Plenty of SATA ports. PS/2 keyboard and mouse sockets. Rich assortment of bundled software, but it seems to be trial-ware. Runs cool.

Cons: Only four back-panel USB ports. No DVI port. The dual-voltage power LED feature seems to have caused the HP blue power LED to fail after a week. (I turned off that feature and the replacement has been functioning normally.) Confusing CPU fan settings. (I finally figured out to customize the fan settings.) No SPDIF header (contrary the Newegg specification list).

Other Thoughts: This is the second B85H3-M9 I've bought; the first was DOA (and I received an RMA replacement).

The configuration consists of a 4590 quad-core CPU, 16gb G.SKILL Aegis RAM, 500gb Samsung 840 SSD and 2tb Samsung laptop hard drive.

I installed this in an HP S3000 chassis, and everything is functional. Furthermore, unlike H67S mini-ITX installed previously, this one has two slots, just like the OEM unit.

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ECS B85H3-M9 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice layout, and extra PCIe slot for two-slot OEM chassis like the HP 3XXX. USB 3.0 (both onboard and rear-panel), four SATA ports, and two USB 2.0 headers. Rich set of bundled software, including PowerDVD. All-solid capacitors. HDMI port on the back panel.

Cons: Quality control? (This is the first DOA board I've bought.) No DVI port, but with these budget boards, it seems to be either HDMI or DVI, one or the other.

Other Thoughts: I put a lot of work into installing this in a very tight chassis, and it was a big disappointment that the board was DOA. This should be a great budget board.

There is no SPDIF header, like the Newegg feature section stated.

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Display Name: JOYCE G.

Date Joined: 05/10/01

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  • First Review: 01/22/06
  • Last Review: 10/04/15
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