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.
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.
|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)|
 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.