MSI B85I Gaming
MSI B85I Gaming
Top 43%2,274 points
Top 43%
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MSI B85I Gaming review: 29 facts and highlights

1. RAM speed

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
1600MHz
MSI X299 Raider: 3466MHz

2. Easy to overclock

Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.
MSI B85I Gaming
17% have it

3. fan headers

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.
1
Asus Sabertooth X99: 12

4. SATA 3 connectors

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.
4
MSI 990FXA-GD80: 12

5. maximum memory size

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
16GB
Asus Z10PE-D16 WS: 1024GB

6. Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

When an audio chipset converts a digital audio signal to an analogue one (for example when playing an MP3 on your speakers), a certain amount of noise is added. A higher SNR means that there is less added noise and the audio quality is better.
115dB
Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 9: 127dB

7. has a HDMI output

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
MSI B85I Gaming
73% have it

8. memory slots

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.
2
Asus Z10PE-D16 WS: 16

9. PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.
1
Asus Prime X299-Deluxe: 12

10. USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
2
Asus X79 Deluxe: 8

11. height

170mm
Asus Tinker Board: 53.3mm

12. USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 2.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
2
Asus P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt: 10

13. memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
2
MSI 990FXA-GD80: 8

14. USB 3.0 ports

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
2
Asus Z87-Pro: 14

15. RJ45 ports

RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.
1
Gigabyte GA-6LXSV: 5

16. DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
1
Asus Prime Q370M-C: 2

17. USB 2.0 ports

More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
4
Asus Sabertooth 990FX: 10

18. Has S/PDIF Out port

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.
MSI B85I Gaming
66% have it

19. Has TPM connector

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component that greatly increases security. One example is that it allows encryption keys to be created in a secure environment, minimising the risk of a hacker gaining access.
MSI B85I Gaming
65% have it

20. PS/2 ports

PS/2 ports are used to connect mice and keyboards. Although they have been replaced by USB, they are still useful in corporate environments where USB ports are disabled for security reasons.
1
ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance: 4

21. DVI outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DVI.
1
Asus TUF Z370 Plus Gaming: 1

22. width

170mm
Asus Tinker Board: 86.4mm

23. audio channels

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.
8
Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z5: 10

24. Thunderbolt ports

Thunderbolt is a connection that allows you to attach external peripherals to a computer, and can carry both data and display signals. Using a single port you can connect up to six devices through a hub or daisy chain configuration.
0
ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier: 2

25. eSATA ports

eSATA is an external version of SATA, an interface designed for connecting a computer to mass storage devices such as hard drives.
1
Asus Z87-A: 6

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