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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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5 out of 5 eggs Great motherboard for HTPC for the price 04/11/2016

This review is from: ECS B85H3-M9 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: says microatx but it is actually DTX which fits my mini itx case
2 pcie slots in a mini itx (dtx) case such as the coolermaster elite 120.
dirt cheap with rebates
very low idle power with windows 10 and i3 4170 around 8 watts idle with a pico psu and 1 SSD and 1 2TB hdd + 16 GB ram. Lower idle power than my AMD kabini x4 5350 system setup with the exact same hardware as above.
Not sure why the poster says it didn't support 5.1 channel over HDMI. It does 5.1 channel flawlessly using power DVD14 ultra with ripped bluray movies going to an A/V receiver - NOTE youtube 5.1 channel test doesn't support 5.1 over HDMI.

Cons: none since i can't expect a whole lot from a $40 motherboard.

Other Thoughts: using this system for HTPC / Plex server duties. Flawless HTPC duty and great plex server. Easily on the fly transcode. Ripped bluray movies look great and sounds great through my A/V receiver.

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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

5 out of 5 eggs Great motherboard for HTPC for the price 04/11/2016

This review is from: ECS B85H3-M9 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: says microatx but it is actually DTX which fits my mini itx case
2 pcie slots in a mini itx (dtx) case such as the coolermaster elite 120.
dirt cheap with rebates
very low idle power with windows 10 and i3 4170 around 8 watts idle with a pico psu and 1 SSD and 1 2TB hdd + 16 GB ram. Lower idle power than my AMD kabini x4 5350 system setup with the exact same hardware as above.
Not sure why the poster says it didn't support 5.1 channel over HDMI. It does 5.1 channel flawlessly using power DVD14 ultra with ripped bluray movies going to an A/V receiver - NOTE youtube 5.1 channel test doesn't support 5.1 over HDMI.

Cons: none since i can't expect a whole lot from a $40 motherboard.

Other Thoughts: using this system for HTPC / Plex server duties. Flawless HTPC duty and great plex server. Easily on the fly transcode. Ripped bluray movies look great and sounds great through my A/V receiver.

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

5 out of 5 eggs Great motherboard for HTPC for the price 04/11/2016

This review is from: ECS B85H3-M9 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: says microatx but it is actually DTX which fits my mini itx case
2 pcie slots in a mini itx (dtx) case such as the coolermaster elite 120.
dirt cheap with rebates
very low idle power with windows 10 and i3 4170 around 8 watts idle with a pico psu and 1 SSD and 1 2TB hdd + 16 GB ram. Lower idle power than my AMD kabini x4 5350 system setup with the exact same hardware as above.
Not sure why the poster says it didn't support 5.1 channel over HDMI. It does 5.1 channel flawlessly using power DVD14 ultra with ripped bluray movies going to an A/V receiver - NOTE youtube 5.1 channel test doesn't support 5.1 over HDMI.

Cons: none since i can't expect a whole lot from a $40 motherboard.

Other Thoughts: using this system for HTPC / Plex server duties. Flawless HTPC duty and great plex server. Easily on the fly transcode. Ripped bluray movies look great and sounds great through my A/V receiver.

READ FULL REVIEW

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Date Joined: 12/01/06

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