MSI B85-G43 Gaming, Intel LGA1150 ATX Motherboard (4x DDR3, 4x USB 3, 8x USB 2, GBE, LAN, VGA, HDMI, DVI) £58.95 @ amazon (check comments for detail specs)
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MSI B85-G43 Gaming, Intel LGA1150 ATX Motherboard (4x DDR3, 4x USB 3, 8x USB 2, GBE, LAN, VGA, HDMI, DVI) £58.95 @ amazon (check comments for detail specs)

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Found 26th Jan 2014
Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Supports DDR3-1600 Memory
USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
Multi-GPU: AMD CrossFire Support
Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish

The best gaming weapons at hand
• The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking
• Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
• Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
• Superb graphics with VGA Boost
• Blazing fast booting with Super RAID
• Gaming Device Port
• Military Class 4 Components
• OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
• Optimized for multiple graphics cards
• Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

39 Comments

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Edited by: "stealthx" 27th Jan 2014

Black Red and Gradient Silver Grey always looks amazing.

Banned

Heat, damn good board for the money if you don't want overclocking or SLI support.

xela333

Heat, damn good board for the money if you don't want overclocking or SLI … Heat, damn good board for the money if you don't want overclocking or SLI support.



Are there any other features lacking ? I noticed this is a b85 chipset board and I believe they are aimed at business use so was wondering how they differ to the more common z87 boards in terms of using it for gaming ?

I have been slowly building a pc (very slowly I might add) and will be leaving the more cost diminishing items till last (ie: SSD & HDD, GPU, CPU & RAM) so was wondering if going for a b85 would be wise as I'd rather stick with the more mainstream z87 boards for possible future upgrade options.

Definitely go z87 if you are thinking about overclocking.

I paid 65 for the Asrock pro3 z87 motherboard which has been great. Ram and cpu both overclocked easily and running at good temps (20 idle 50 load)

Banned

paulst

Are there any other features lacking ? I noticed this is a b85 chipset … Are there any other features lacking ? I noticed this is a b85 chipset board and I believe they are aimed at business use so was wondering how they differ to the more common z87 boards in terms of using it for gaming ?I have been slowly building a pc (very slowly I might add) and will be leaving the more cost diminishing items till last (ie: SSD & HDD, GPU, CPU & RAM) so was wondering if going for a b85 would be wise as I'd rather stick with the more mainstream z87 boards for possible future upgrade options.



The only things the B85 chipset lacks over it's bigger brother is no overclocking and less USB3 and SATA3 connections as far as I'm aware.

It can still support all the top end Intel processor's. You may be able to get a Z87 board for near this price but it's not going to offer the superior audio and LAN connections this does.

I'm only running a H81 chipset motherboard in my gaming rig and it has been perfect so far.

So I'd personally recommend this board.

What gfx eqv is onboard ?

Does it have coax / opt as in picture of board or is it lacking like that last photo
Edited by: "dontasciime" 26th Jan 2014

forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think the optical out port is the orange one. You might need an optical cable that goes from RCA to toslink or it might come with one I guess.

Good deal, hot.

Just got an 4th Gen i7 laptop so I'll have to pass on this. I checked up Hackintoshing with this board, can get 10.8.4 working but nothing later, that I know of.

Dontasciime: I don't think it has an onboard graphics chip as such; as far as I'm aware processors that fit socket 1150 have the graphics on the chip.

Also, just an addition to Xela333s comment regarding no overclock. While unexpected it seems MSI have including overclocking capabilites on their b85 chipset boards

techpowerup.com/for…03/

Tempted by one of these and something Haswell flavoured to replace my aging phenom something-or-other.

dontasciime

What gfx eqv is onboard ?Does it have coax / opt as in picture of board … What gfx eqv is onboard ?Does it have coax / opt as in picture of board or is it lacking like that last photo



Are you asking what GPU is built in to the chipset on this board? If so there isn't one. The GPU is contained within the Intel CPU that you install in the board.

This link should answer your questions >

uk.msi.com/pro…tml
Edited by: "fishmaster" 26th Jan 2014

Does it support older i5 like 2300 pls ?


somebeans

Dontasciime: I don't think it has an onboard graphics chip as such; as … Dontasciime: I don't think it has an onboard graphics chip as such; as far as I'm aware processors that fit socket 1150 have the graphics on the chip.Also, just an addition to Xela333s comment regarding no overclock. While unexpected it seems MSI have including overclocking capabilites on their b85 chipset boardshttp://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/msi-b85-g43-overclock-6-1ghz-haswell-k.187203/Tempted by one of these and something Haswell flavoured to replace my aging phenom something-or-other.

dontasciime

What gfx eqv is onboard ?Does it have coax / opt as in picture of board … What gfx eqv is onboard ?Does it have coax / opt as in picture of board or is it lacking like that last photo



Thanks. I thought it might be based on the cpu as no mention on msi site except there was a vga driver
Edited by: "dontasciime" 26th Jan 2014

somebeans

Dontasciime: I don't think it has an onboard graphics chip as such; as … Dontasciime: I don't think it has an onboard graphics chip as such; as far as I'm aware processors that fit socket 1150 have the graphics on the chip.Also, just an addition to Xela333s comment regarding no overclock. While unexpected it seems MSI have including overclocking capabilites on their b85 chipset boardshttp://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/msi-b85-g43-overclock-6-1ghz-haswell-k.187203/Tempted by one of these and something Haswell flavoured to replace my aging phenom something-or-other.



bit-tech.net/new…k/1

I see MSI download site is still as slow as ever. Thought they might have paid for a better set of servers by now.

Edit GLOBAL one is a lot faster than all the other choices.

Edited by: "dontasciime" 26th Jan 2014

foes4you

Does it support older i5 like 2300 pls ?



No. Only 4th gen (4xxx) chips.

xela333

The only things the B85 chipset lacks over it's bigger brother is no … The only things the B85 chipset lacks over it's bigger brother is no overclocking and less USB3 and SATA3 connections as far as I'm aware.



It says on their site that this has OC'ing ability or is it just limited ? uk.msi.com/pro…tml

What Cpu would anyone on here that's built a socket h3 lga1150 recommend for this mobo that preferably ends in K.

even the

cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz

lol hammers the machine I'm on now with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 revision B2 and better than my q6600 as well





Edited by: "dontasciime" 26th Jan 2014

dontasciime

What Cpu would anyone on here that's built a socket 1150 recommend for … What Cpu would anyone on here that's built a socket 1150 recommend for this mobo that preferably ends in K.



i5 4570, you don't want to OC on a B85

Unrealistic

i5 4570, you don't want to OC on a B85



why not ?

Does anyone know when was the first bios update issued by MSI that intel wanted them to use ?
Edited by: "dontasciime" 26th Jan 2014

It's a good price, BUT - Usually dispatched within 1 - 4 weeks. I hate it when Amazon does that. I'm trying to get a decent PSU, but I'll be waiting for 1 or two months to get it from Amazon.

Seems a hell of a lot of board for the money. Hot.

Good find OP - why is this so cheap?

perfect for my 4570t build

Brilliant price. Any amd version for similar price? I have a quad core 3.4ghz but mobo keeps playing up I.e usb not always working. Or having to turn pc one twice before it boots up.

Half the features are ****, the whole killer network thing is pointless. … Half the features are ****, the whole killer network thing is pointless. It can only tweak the ethernet connection, which is between the pc and your router. Once you get to the router to isp it's out of your/it's control. Say you have a ping of 29ms essentially none of that is on your network, it's all router to isp side. ...

Yes. My BS radar lit up reading how increasing the mouse polling from 500Hz to 1kHz reduced latency from 8ms to 1ms ... latency at 500Hz would be 2ms not 8ms. And the Intel RST mSata/SSD/HDD sounds standard fare these days. Still, nice colours and inexpensive.

Does overclock though uk.msi.com/new…tml

Edited by: "Hootwo" 27th Jan 2014

Self build PC 101 - Buy the best mobo / PSU / CPU you can afford. Bang in an SSD (must have imo), everything else can be subject to compromise / specific use without too much consequence.

Edited by: "Tyranicus66" 27th Jan 2014

Tyranicus66

Self build PC 101 - Buy the best mobo / PSU / CPU you can afford. Bang in … Self build PC 101 - Buy the best mobo / PSU / CPU you can afford. Bang in an SSD (must have imo), everything else can be subject to compromise / specific use without too much consequence.



2tb full of steam games I can't afford an ssd that big

dontasciime

2tb full of steam games I can't afford an ssd that big



I think he meant for the OS and/or SSD caching?

f2k8

I think he meant for the OS and/or SSD caching?




Yeah I know

Banned

This is the best value board on the market for socket 1150 Haswell CPUs.

You can Overclock on this just fine. Don't pay attention to those who say you can't.

You seem to also get all the same gaming features on this board as MSI's Z87 gaming range, minus SLI support. You can CrossFire still however.

You only really lack RAID support really.

Hot hot hot at £59!

these over clock great and they are rock solid boards

scattman84

these over clock great and they are rock solid boards



using which version BIOS ?

This be ok for an SSD and 3 HDD's on sata 6gbs and one optical drive on sata 3gbs won't it? I can't really see me needing more than that

building my first gaming PC what's a decent graphics card to go with this?

Just noticed this doesn't have optical out which is a bit odd for a 'gaming' motherboard, so I won't be able to connect my Mixamp to it and now I'm undecided whether to keep my order (which will be delivered next week) or try and find something else. Shame as this seemed perfect and was the only board at a decent price that goes with the red/black colour scheme. The MSI G45 boards have optical but are around the £100 so was wondering what the on-board sound is like? as I suppose I could connect my headphones directly but at a loss of the Mixamps Dolby Headphone conversion.

amazon.co.uk/Max…mus

The Maximus Hero is just a bit more... A fantastiv board.

Mr_Spikey

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maximus-VI-C2-Motherboard-Controller/dp/B00E5YV826/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1391898651&sr=1-1&keywords=maximusThe Maximus Hero is just a bit more... A fantastiv board.



asus.com/Mot…se/

http://i.imgur.com/uDX9Kpv.gif

Cheapest on amazon now is £97 delivered.
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