by February 11, 2014 0 comments

Gigabyte B85M-D3H motherboard is built around the more affordable B85 chipsets. B85 is compatible with all Haswell processors but lacks some features of the premium model. You officially can’t overclock K processors with the multiplier. There were only two SATA600 ports and four SATA300 ports, only four USB 3.0 ports, no RAID and the PCI-Express lanes can’t be shared for a balanced SLI or Crossfire configuration.

The motherboard has a micro ATX formfactor, with 1 PCI express x 16 slot, 1 PCI express x 4 slot and 2 PCI slots as expansion slots. You will find 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors and 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors for storage interface. Amongst other connectivity options, there are 1 HDMI, 1 DVI, 1 VGA, 4 USB3.0/USB2.0, Ethernet and 6 audio jacks (Center/ Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone). This motherboard is capable to handle Windows 7/8-32 bit operating system only and 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supports up to 32 GB of system memory. There are few software like Norton Internet Security, Intel Rapid Start Technology, Intel Smart Connect Technology and Intel Small Business Advantage, that come bundled with the motherboard.

We conducted a series of benchmark tests to uncover the performance
capability of the motherboard. Our test bed included Windows 7 OS, QuadCore Intel Core i5-4670, 3600 MHz processor and AMD Firepro W5000 graphics card. In the 3DMark11 test, it scored P4726, which is a good for the entry level fourth generation processor. The PCMark 7 gave a decent score of 3762. The average power consumption was about 10W, 1W, 9W for packages, IA cores and uncores. Also the core temperature varied between 42-48 degree celcius.

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