ASUS Announces the B85M-Gamer

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February 12, 2015

[PR] ASUS Announces the B85M-Gamer (3)

ASUS today announced the B85M-Gamer, a new Intel® B85 Express chipset-based motherboard that marks the first micro-ATX (mATX) model in the popular ASUS Gamer series. The B85M-Gamer is ready for the latest 4th-generation Intel Core processors, and is packed with multiple exclusive game-enhancing technologies for the best gaming fun in even the smallest builds.

The B85M-Gamer is engineered to provide the finest gaming experience for its users. It is equipped with the Intel Gigabit Ethernet networking for lag-free online gaming and the ASUS SupremeFX audio technology for flawless reproduction of in-game sounds. The motherboard also has the ASUS-exclusive Gamer’s Guardian, having high-quality components for exceptional durability and reliability. This new mighty mATX motherboard also includes the ASUS-exclusive AI Suite 3 toolbox for customization and efficiency.

 

[PR] ASUS Announces the B85M-Gamer (1)

Built-in Blazing-Fast Online Gaming Technologies

The B85M-Gamer benefits from Intel Gigabit Ethernet in delivering ultra-smooth online gameplay. This advanced networking technology communicates directly with Intel processors offering exceptionally-high networking throughput, lowering overall processing demands and improving efficiency — delivering more power for games and on-screen action. Using network-assessment tools, ASUS engineers determined that the Intel Gigabit Ethernet in the ASUS B85M-Gamer has an improvement of up to 200% as compared with other competing solutions. The ASUS B85M-Gamer also incorporates the ASUS-exclusive LANGuard as an additional defense against static electricity discharges while also improving speed.

Size-defying Gaming Audio

Built inside the B85M-Gamer is the ASUS-exclusive SupremeFX technology, capable of producing near-lossless audio with a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 115dB — bringing every detail to life.

The advanced SupremeFX audio chipset is isolated from electromagnetic interference (EMI) by a protective shield, preserving the integrity of the audio signals. An exclusive ‘red-line shielding’ horizontally separates B85M-Gamer’s audio components from the rest of the motherboard. This unique combination effectively eliminates analog interference to ensure flawless sound quality. Premium ELNA® audio capacitors are added to the mix to deliver a warmer, natural sound, completing a unique audio experience from a mATX board.

SupremeFX also has a built-in amplifier that drives high-quality headphones — all the way up to 300ohm impedance — enabling the B85M-Gamer to deliver audio output that is as great as a dedicated sound card.

 

Ultimate Real-World Protection from Gamer’s Guardian Components

The ASUS B85M-Gamer benefits from high-quality, highly-durable Gamer’s Guardian components for exceptional real-world protection.

The Gamer’s Guardian feature includes onboard resettable fuses that protect the connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage, and ESD Guards on the USB ports, audio connectors and Ethernet (LAN) port ensure that B85M-Gamer is actively protected against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD). The result is that the components last much longer.

The B85M-Gamer also has the Digi+, an ASUS-exclusive voltage-regulator module (VRM) that provides ultra-smooth, ultra-clean power to the processor, enhancing performance, increasing efficiency and ensuring reliability. The motherboard’s resilience is furthered by a stainless-steel back input/output (I/O) panel that’s chromium-plated and corrosion-resistant to last up to three times (3X) longer than traditional panels.

 

Pumped-up gaming fun with an exclusive tweaking toolbox

The new ASUS mATX gaming motherboard includes the AI Suite 3, an ASUS-exclusive dashboard-style control panel that lets players fine-tune almost every aspect of B85M-Gamer-based systems for the best balance between performance, stability and efficiency — all via a simple and intuitive interface.

 

[PR] ASUS Announces the B85M-Gamer (2)

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

ASUS B85M-Gamer

 

CPU socket LGA 1150 socket for the 4th- and new 4th-generation Intel® Core i3, i5, i7, Pentium®, and Celeron® processors
Chipset Intel B85 Express
Memory 4 x DIMMs2, up to a maximum of 32GB, DDR3 1600MHz

Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion slots 1 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

Graphics (VGA) Integrated Intel HD Graphics

Supports HDMI at maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz / 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz

Supports D-sub at maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz

Supports Intel InTru™ 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel Clear Video HD Technology and Intel Insider™

Storage connectivity 4 x SATA 6Gbit/s connectors

2 x SATA 3Gbit/s connectors

Networking/LAN Intel Gigabit Ethernet + LANGuard
USB 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 2 mid-board)

6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board)

Audio SupremeFX 8-channel high-definition audio

– High-quality stereo playback with 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)

– Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking

– SupremeFX shielding technology

– ELNA® premium audio capacitors

– Headphone amp

 

Dimensions / form factor mATX, 9.2 x 8.1in (23.3 x 20.6cm)

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

2 Due to Intel chipset limitation, DDR3 1600MHz and higher memory modules in XMP mode run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR3 1600MHz.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS B85M-Gamer will be available in the Philippines on mid-March 2015 with an SRP of PhP 4,090.

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