Asus today expanded its motherboard lineup with the addition of the latest B85M gaming-featured motherboard meant for small mATX form factor. The B85M is a budget offering from Asus and does not come with the Asus ‘ROG’ branding that is reserved for the more expensive models from the company.
Asus claims the B85M will offer a solid price-performance ratio, similar to the B85 “business” class chip that is based on. The motherboard is intended to be used with Pentium, Core i3, and entry-level Core i5 CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 750/750 TI or AMD R7 class of GPUs. So if overclocking is your thing, this new motherboard is not for you. The motherboard is geared towards light and casual gamers who aren’t too demanding about performance and aren’t too keen on spending much on the motherboard.
The B85M Gamer board comes with a predominantly black PCB that has some hints of red in parts. It is also quite loaded as far as features go, at least for the budget segment that is. The board includes 4 SATA 6Gbit/s connectors, 2 3Gbit/s connectors, Digi+ voltage regulator module, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard, SupremeFX technology audio hardware with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 115dB. The build-in amplifier can drive high-quality headphones of up to 300ohm impedance with ease. The audio technology is in fact similar to what you will find on the more premium ASUS ROG motherboard lineup, and also happens to be one of the main USPs of this new motherboard.It also supports up to a maximum 32GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM and includes 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports and 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports.
The B85M is mainly targeted at the developing markets, or at least that is what it seems like for now. The motherboard isn’t likely to be sold in the US market for now, but it may make its way to the US later on.
Source: ASUS ROG