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This review is from: ASUS B85M-G LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: - Inexpensive mATX board.
- Decent amount of USB ports including one USB 3.0.
- Nice, clean, easy to navigate UEFI BIOS interface.
- Pretty good layout considering the size of the board and what's technically possible.
Cons: - Flat out awful on-board audio quality especially over HDMI. This is really one of the biggest cons of the board as I'll have to buy a PCI x1 sound card. I really can't say enough for how bad the audio quality is. ASUS really dropped the ball on this one. I understand the B85 chipset is on the low end but there's really no excuse for this. Okay, enough...
- Serious I/O lag. Quite frequently when my PC is sitting idle and I go to click on the start menu (or do anything) the computer locks up for about 10 seconds before resuming normal operations. Very inconvenient. For example, I have a WD Raptor as the hard drive my OS is installed to. After the PC has been idle for a few minutes and I grab the mouse to open Firefox or Windows explorer it locks up. Then I hear the HDD spin up before resuming normally. Not sure if this is something with the I/O on the budget chipset or what. Even with the Windows power profile set to perfomance this happens. Didn't have this problem using the same drive on my last board. Not sure if this is due to the budget chipset or not.
Other Thoughts: The two main issues of slow I/O and poor audio quality are a deal breaker for me. For another $20-$30 you can get a quality Z87 based mATX. I'm probably going to order one of the MSI Z87 boards and sell this one. Too bad, live and learn.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cool, quiet, powerful and an excellent value. Came with a free game.
Other Thoughts: I bought this card as an upgrade from my old 8800GTX. Paired with an Intel i5-4430 and 8GB RAM, I wanted a system that is powerful enough to last 3-4 years. I'm not regretting the decision to by this card at all even looking at newer tech that's come out in the last few months. Exceptional value for what you get, best bang for the buck IMO.READ FULL REVIEW