Jan 26, 2015

ASRock B85M-ITX Mini-ITX Snap Review

ASRock B85M-ITX Mini-ITX board with Intel B85 Express chipset supporting Intel 4th Gen Core LGA1150 processors only. Integrated Intel HD graphics and 8 channel ALC892 Audio; PCI Express 3.0* x16; Up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, Gigabit LAN and 4x SATA. VGA, DVI-D and HDMI graphics outputs; 6x USB 3.0 (inc 2 internal); 4x USB 2.0 (inc 2 internal). * PCI Express 3.0 support is dependent on PCI-Express device capability.

Rear Panel Connectors: 2x USB 2.0; 2x WiFi Antenna Port; PS2/Mouse Port; 1x eSATA; 4x USB 3.0 (coloured blue); Gigabit LAN; 1x VGA; 1x HDMI; 1x DVI-I (Max resolution on all ports 1920x1200 @ 60Hz); 5x 3.5mm audio connectors; S/PDIF optical digital audio out.

Board connectors: 24pin ATX Main power connector (20-pin power supplies will work); Processor core power connector (12V 4-pin P4, must be connected); TPM Header; 4x SATA 6Gb/s; 1x Front panel USB 2.0 headers (for 2 ports); 1x Front Panel USB 3.0 header (19pin, for 2 ports); 2x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Sockets; PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus add-in card connector; Front panel audio header; Front Panel Connector (Power/Reset Button, power/HDD status LED); Clear CMOS Jumper; System and Processor fan headers; 1x Chassis Intrusion Header.

Supports Intel® Small Business Advantage 2.0 Software.

Suitable Processors: The B85M-ITX board supports 4th Gen "Haswell" processors. The B85M-ITX is *not* provided with a processor. Suitable 4th generation processors are available here or in the 'you may also require' section to the left. A BIOS update (using a "Haswell" processor) may be required if a "Haswell Refresh" processor is to be fitted.

Suitable Cases: All Mini-ITX chassis with at least a 120W power supply, and an appropriate low profile heatsink if necessary. If using a larger than 65W TDP processor, a larger power supply than 120W may be required. Some suitable cases that will work with the GA-H87N-WiFi with a standard Intel Socket 1150 heatsink: The CFI-A7879, ES32067, ES30068, ES34069, Venus 669, Compucase 8K01, Compucase 8K07, Silverstone SG05, Jou Jue NU-528i 220W and Jou Jue NU-568i 220W.

Heatsinks: The standard heatsink provided with 65W and 84W TDP CPUs will fit taller cases (including Compucase 8K01/8K07, Jou Jye 526/528/568). To use this board in a 1U case please use the Dynatron K2 1U Side blower heatsink and a 35W or 65W TDP CPU.

Typical M350 configuration: To use this board in the M350, we recommend the 150W AC Adapter and picoPSU-150-XT or picoPSU-160-XT together with a 65W TDP CPU and Akasa 7106HP or K25 heatsink or 35W TDP CPU and supplied heatsink, plus 1 or 2 sticks of DDR3 RAM and a 2.5in HDD/SSD (add an M350 HDD tray to use 2x HDD/SSDs).

Downloads: BIOS, Documentation and Drivers.

Package Contents: 2x SATA cables, 1x I/O back plate, 1x Driver and Software DVD.

Suitable Memory: The B85M-ITX uses 1333/1600MHz DDR3 memory. This is not compatible with DDR/DDR2 memory. Fully tested DDR3 DIMMs are available here or in the 'you may also require' section to the left.

About ASRock

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency. http://www.asrock.com


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