Asustek Computer has introduced a new low-cost mainboard that is powered by an inexpensive core-logic set, yet, which is designed for gaming market. The motherboard sports all the essential technologies for gamers, a number of ROG-specific features as well as the company’s legendary quality, but it does not support overclocking.
The Asus B85M-Gamer is powered by the Intel B85 chipset and is designed for Intel’s current-generation Core or Pentium “Haswell” processors in LGA1150 form-factor. The mATX mainboard features the company’s proprietary four-phase Digi+ voltage regulator module, four DDR3 DIMM slots, PCI Express x16 slot for graphics cards, PCI Express x1 slot for add-in boards, six Serial ATA ports (four SATA-6Gb/s, two SATA-3Gb/s), Gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 ports and so on.
Unlike other inexpensive mainboards featuring Intel’s B85 chipset, the Asus B85M-Gamer features SupremeFX audio solution that is isolated from electromagnetic interference (EMI) by a protective shield and features premium ELNA audio capacitors “to deliver a warmer, natural sound”. The SupremeFX also sports a built-in amplifier that drives high-quality headphones with up to 300ohm impedance.
The motherboard also features Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller with tweaks that lower latencies for video games. In addition, the platform supports Asus LANGuard technology, which employs advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput, and includes both surge protection and electrostatically-guarded components to defend against lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges.
The new mATX mainboard from Asustek will be available shortly. The motherboard will not support the forthcoming Core i-series “Broadwell” chips and will not enable any overclocking capabilities. However, the main advantage of the platform is expected to be its price.
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KitGuru Says: Asustek’s B85M-Gamer is among a few Intel B85-based mainboards designed for gamers. Keeping in mind that it is not easy to find a high-quality, yet affordable, mainboard for gaming systems, the B85M-Gamer has all chances to become relatively popular.