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MSI B85M ECO Board – Review

Posted November 19, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in CPU & Motherboards


Release Date: Now
Price at time of Review: $72.99 Newegg


Eco friendly, Green Theme, Business Features, Affordable, range of power options


Green Theme, Limited Memory Speed
Even though this board was not designed for gaming, we proved it can offer an affordable option to those looking to make the leap into PC gaming. With a few tweaks on parts a gaming system using the B85M ECO as the foundation can be assembled for $500 or less.
by Sandy Bruce
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Many of us that use PC technology as more than just a hobby can attest to the many aspects of cost. This can be a very, very, very expensive hobby. Outside of the insane amounts of money we have to spend on parts to create a personal masterpiece or the vast library of PC games that mostly collect virtual dust , we have to look at the indirect cost of PC ownership, specifically energy costs. Electric companies love us, with only Bitcoin miners being more loved more than gamers and overclockers. All jokes aside, those of us in a position to build PCs for businesses and everyday people should consider using a board like what we will see today when the opportunity warrants it. The MSI B85M ECO is aimed at trimming power usage down to a minimum level without costing performance as a trade off; an interesting idea. Let’s take a close look at what the MSI B85M ECO is bringing to the table.


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    So sweet, Really impressive bithday gift made by you and your daughter. I would think about doing a power saving machine for my additional system use. Add B85M ECO into my gear list…

      Sandy Bruce

      thanks Andrew! Was one of the most rewarding builds I have done in a while. She loves it and uses it daily since she got it. The ECO turned out to be a pretty good board.


    “Some of you may wonder why we didn’t display all of the benchmarks we normally do for board testing, that answer is simple.”

    What I want to know, is why you didn’t post any of the benchmark actually demonstrating the power consumption savings you ascribe to this board!


      Sorry, my tone was a bit over the top. But my question is sincere: I would like to know how much, if any, power you’ve actually saved by selecting this board over others. Obviously we can’t simply take manufacturers’ word for… anything. (Which is why sites like this even exist.)

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