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Biostar Hi-Fi B85N-3D Motherboard Review

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Posted March 6, 2014 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $129.99 on Amazon.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

B85 Chipset with the 4770K performs just as stellar as the Z87 chipset. Solid performance.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Lacks overclocking and Max memory speed support of 1600MHz
 
BOTTOM LINE:
For a SFF motherboard, Biostar did a great job and crammed a ton of features into a tight space. Even with the lack of overclocking when paired with a flagship processor, the Biostar B85N-3D didn't disappoint.
by Kenny
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Introductions

Biostar has been in the motherboard business since the early 80’s. While they were not always the preferred brand that enthusiasts turn to, they have definitely improved in this arena in the last few years. We saw a big improvement in their motherboard sector with the Z77 chipset launch. Now that Biostar has had this chance to improve today’s newer chipset, we are going to be looking at a budget friendly chipset on the B85N-3D motherboard. This motherboard was developed on the mini-ITX platform, and, while this isn’t Biostar’s flagship motherboard, we are here today to put this Small Form Factor (SFF) motherboard to the test.

The popularity of Small Form Factor motherboards has been on the rise, and Biostar’s B85N-3D has been developed for customers looking for an HTPC or Media platform with a focus around 3D audio support. Will this motherboard be able to keep up with some of the high-end mainstream motherboards? Let’s dive in and find out.

Let’s take a look at who Biostar is:

In 1980,the IT industry was growing at a phenomenal rate. With wide experience in buying and selling electronic parts as well as researching on future demands for mainboards and add-on cards , the founder of BIOSTAR GROUP,established BIOSTAR MICROTECH INTERNATIONAL CORP in 1986.

In the early years, BIOSTAR concentrated on the manufacture of mainboards built for XT form factor. To maintain steady business growth, BIOSTAR managed to keep a large portion of its capital and manpower invested on the design and development of new products, which at the same time has enabled it to stay competitive in the rapid evolution of the computer industry.

BIOSTAR has enriched its competence in the design and manufacture of products such as add-on cards, multi-media and system products to develop the market and meet the demands of customers for more integrated solutions. In order to expand its capacity to meet customer demand globally, BIOSTAR was the first to establish a manufacturing facility in China in 1990. In 1998, its sales revenues exceeded US$130 million and it ranked 227th among the top 1000 enterprises in Taiwan. Furthermore,BIOSTAR obtained an ISO 9001 certification in 1999 and became a publicly listed company in the same year. BIOSTAR’s future has limitless possibilities.

 

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