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BIOSTAR B85MG Ver. 6.x LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price.

Cons: Bought the first one and none of the SATA ports work. (Yes, they were enabled. I've been building PCs since 1987.) So I RMAed it and got the replacement--same issue! At first, I thought that Biostar may have repackaged my my original motherboard and sent it back to me, but the replacement also has problems (about 50 percent of the time) recognizing a keyboard.

Other Thoughts: Guess I won't be buying Biostar anymore.

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly good 12/04/2015

This review is from: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Pros: Painless installation, extremely easy to navigate and customize, fast, terrific with games. Unless you're installing the OS on the latest, cutting-edge hardware, Windows usually recognizes all (or almost all) hardware and installs the appropriate drivers. As someone who builds lots of systems for myself, friends, family, extended family, and colleagues, I've found Windows 10 to be rock-solid stable and reliable (especially now with the various updates having become available).

Cons: Default programs are mostly all "apps" (of the mobile variety, of course), which are useless to most of us. The Windows Store is a wasteland--as only a teeny-tiny percentage of Microsoft's customers are users of Microsoft mobile offerings).

Other Thoughts: Apparently, no one at Microsoft has the fortitude to admit that they've lost the mobile wars and need to move on. The company has never made money off of hipsters and the consumer end of the market. They are an enterprise/business/professional software company, and that is where they make virtually all of their revenue. This maddening obsession on mobile and "apps" is a waste of resources, especially since developers aren't interested in universal apps (which by their nature presume that other viable platforms besides the desktop exist--which they do not in the Microsoft universe).

ASRock B85M-ITX LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Can't OC Pentium G3258 with Win 10 12/03/2015

This review is from: ASRock B85M-ITX LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works perfectly at stock speeds and default settings. Good value for the money.

Cons: Can't overclock without the older 2.30 BIOS, as the newer 2.40 BIOS has no overclocking options. I'm fine with that, but Windows 10 will not install without the newer 2.40 BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I have two of these motherboards, two Pentium G3258 CPUs, and two OEM copies of Windows 10 Home 64-bit. (I'm building two systems for family members for Christmas.) Same problem with both motherboards, so this isn't just a one-off.


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Date Joined: 10/24/04

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