MSI has recently unleashed their latest mid-range Gaming series motherboards featuring Intel’s B85 Express chipset – the MSI B85M Gaming and MSI B85I Gaming. Aside from the full ATX MSI B85-G43 Gaming that is now available, MSI has expanded their B85 Gaming series to smaller form factors such as Micro ATX and Mini ITX. Both the MSI B85M Gaming and B85I Gaming features USB Audio Power, Audio Boost, Killer LAN and a whole new software and hardware design for enhanced performance. These are basically upgraded versions or Gaming versions of the MSI B85M-G43 and B85I. Check out their features, specifications, prices and availability below.
MSI B85M Gaming and B85I Gaming Features
Just like their big brother B85-G43 GAMING, both the MSI B85M Gaming and B85I Gaming features high quality USB audio devices, such as external DACs, suffer from weak USB power delivery when multiple USB devices are connected, highly impacting sound quality. MSI USB Audio Power continues to deliver 5V to the USB ports on motherboards, greatly improving sound quality. The USB Audio Power design, which powers the USB ports independently, offers more stable power and better audio signals than traditional solutions. This results in much clearer sound with reduced noise, along with improved power stability for the users’ extra devices, enjoying an enriched sound presentation.
MSI also used the award-winning Military Class 4 components in both the B85M Gaming and B85I Gaming. Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. Hi-C CAPs, Solid CAPs, Dark CAPs, together with SFC and Dark Chokes, ensure the system runs stable under extreme conditions. These key components have all passed extreme testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments. The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essential elements which increase your stability in the worst conditions, featuring humidity protection, high temperature protection, EMI protection and ESD protection. Ensure years of worry-free gaming with MSI GAMING series.
Both the MSI B85M Gaming and B85I Gaming are also equipped with many exclusive new technologies, including the one-second overclocking OC Genie 4, the world’s first graphical controlled interface Click BIOS 4 and the Command Center software that combines features such as monitoring, tuning and controlling of your hardware. The unprecedented level of flexibility and control offered in MSI’s unique hard- and software design puts you in the driving seat of your motherboards configuration.
Catering to virtually every gamer from hard-core to casual, MSI GAMING motherboards are specifically designed to house the best specs and features that gamers wish for, such as Killer Game Networking, Audio Boost and USB Audio Power. MSI continuously innovates the GAMING series by keeping a close ear to the gaming community, through advice and suggestions from professional gaming teams, hard-core gamers and video game developers, going all out to develop the best gaming motherboards.
MSI B85M Gaming Specifications
Currently the complete specifications of the MSI B85M Gaming are not yet available. Even its press photos are unavailable. I’m not sure why MSI didn’t make this information and pictures available yet. But I manage to find a tiny image of the B85M Gaming below.
MSI B85I Gaming Specifications
|Processor||4th Generation Intel® Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket|
|Chipset||Intel® B85 Express Chipset|
|Main Memory||Support two DDR3 1066/1333/1600 MHz DRAM, 16GB Max
Dual channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
|Slots||1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
1x Half-size mini-PCIe slot
|On-Board SATA||4x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA1-4)
1x SATA 3Gb/s ports (SATA5)
1x eSATA 3Gb/s port
Supports Intel® Rapid Start Technology and Intel® Smart Connect Technology
|USB||4x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connector)
6x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
|Audio||Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Supports S/PDIF output
|LAN||1x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller|
|Internal I/O Connectors||1x ATX 24-Pin power connector
1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
5x SATA connectors
1x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports)
1x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)
1x 4-pin CPU fan connector
1x 4-pin system fan connector
1x Clear CMOS jumper
1x Front Panel Audio connector
2x System panel connectors
1x TPM Module connector
1x Chassis Intrusion connector
|Back Panel I/O Ports||1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
1x Clear CMOS button
4x USB 2.0 ports
2x USB 3.0 ports
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
1x RJ45 LAN jack
1x eSATA port
6x OFC audio jacks
1x DVI-I port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 @60Hz, 24bpp
1x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 @60Hz, 24bpp
1x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/ 2560x1600@60Hz, 24bpp/ 1920x1080@60Hz, 36bpp
|BIOS||The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
|Dimension||6.7 in. x 6.7 in. (17 cm x 17 cm) Mini-ITX Form Factor|
Price and Availability
As of to date, there is no information yet regarding the prices of the MSI B85M Gaming and B85I Gaming. But it is expected to become available in the following days or weeks to come, since the full ATX variant which is the MSI B85-G43 GAMING is already available with a $99.99 price tag.
Currently their non-Gaming counterpart, the B85M-G43 and B85I are priced $74.49 and $79.69 respectively. Expect that the Gaming series will be priced somewhere in between those prices and the $100 margin.
I’ll post an update once the B85M Gaming and B85I Gaming motherboards becomes available to order online.