Summary: - Overall, it's solid for a small build. Was able to get this on sale ($55) and pair it with Core i3-4770 ($80) so not bad for the price.
Pros: - Overall, is a good board that runs well as my media PC. Paired with a Core i3-4770, 2x8gb ram and a SSD. - Quick - Front USB 3.0
Cons: - Not sure why it would only have 2 USB 3.0 in the back but have 4 USB 2.0, if anything it should be the other way around - Not sure if it's a problem with the board or my case, though I'm pretty sure it's the board, when I plug 2 different devices in the front hub USB 3.0, one of the ports won't...
Summary: There is little more stressful than new component failure. I would recommend a different chipset, I have used Asrock hardware in the past with success, so this may be an exception.
Pros: When it works, it does work well, and as advertised.
Cons: Lasted about a week, looks like maybe corrupt BIOS. Bizarre behavior, all testing points to motherboard. After first sign of failure, board ended up in an unusable state, strange graphical corruption in UEFI, no combinations of hardware alleviated the issue, and everything used was triple tested ...
Summary: My Rig: Intel Pentium G3258 @4.3 GHz 8gb G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1400 (My CPU limits it to 1333, but I used XMP) Intel stock cooler Dell vostro 260 case Mushkin chronos 480gb SSD Corsair CX430m PSU
Pros: -mini itx -4 sata 3 -esata -usb3.0 I recommend this board if your doing a build that has a celeron, Pentium, i3, or i5
Cons: -no plastic on the I/O sheild, all metal -You have to downgrade the bios to 2.30 to have overclocking options on the g3258 -Slow Internet downloads
Summary: I installed Windows 7 and flashed it to 2.30. I then overclocked my G3258 to 4.4 ghz with little more than a few clicks in the BIOS. Most everything still on auto. I noticed the Vcore is over 1.4v but it runs cool enough with the stock HSF.
Pros: VGA, DVI and HDMI out. Optical digital audio out. Front panel USB 3.0
Cons: I can't find a case speaker output. It Shipped with BIOS 2.40 that oddly will allow Vcore up to 2 volts but has no multiplayer adjustment for my G3258.
Summary: I was reluctant to buy a ASRock B85M-ITX motherboard because of all of the comments about it not working with Linux. However, since the price was so attractive and the motherboard included all the features I wanted, I decided to give it a try.
Pros: Running dual boot Windows 10 - 32 bit and Linux Mint 17.3 - 64 bit on a Silicone Power 120GB SSD with no issues. Typical ASRock fast booting.
Excellent HTPC base, Windows 10 capable with some tweaking.
Mark R., Newegg
3 weeks ago
Summary: Long story short, Windows 10 had some issues with this board and the G3258, up to the point that you either had to run at stock clock speeds, or disable a processor core (but why would you WANT to sacrifice that?!?).
Pros: - Small form factor is exactly what I was looking for in a home theater PC build. - Inclusion of S/PDIF audio, which other micro ITX variants are lacking. - 3 separate forms of video out built on-board, if you're not using a dedicated video card.
Cons: - Newest iteration ships with BIOS version 2.4, which does NOT have overclocking functions enabled. Previous versions however, are overclock-able (see the "workaround" below if you are technically savvy).
Summary: I've been running this for about a year now with no problems. Had an i3-4330 originally now I have an i3-4360, Cooler Master Elite 130, Cooler Master Seidon 120M Silverstone 450 watt bronze sfx psu 2 x 8gb 1600 Crucial ram, 256gb Crucial M550, 1tb Seagate barracuda, on board graphics.
Pros: Reliable board for me. I like that it has usb 3 on board, most do now. The fan control is great. I can turn it on and off with a wireless mouse or keyboard and my IR usb remote, I have to be in windows media center to turn it off with the remote and to turn it on I hit the sleep button. I saw one...
Cons: Doesn't work with all cpu coolers, I sent two boards back to Newegg thinking they were bad one of the dimms not working, I think it was the cooler I tried to use, ID Cooling IS-60 no back plate just posts that go through the board and secure from the back with nuts. Well I decided to give it anot...
Summary: Great board, but there is a chip of some kind on the back of the board and the back plate of the hyper evo 212 hits the chip. I used a spacer to clear it, its odd as its the only chip on the area.
Pros: Price and features.
Cons: Transistor or chip in the stay out zone for back plates.