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ECS B85H3-M3 (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Item #: 9B-13-135-356  |  Mfr. Part #: B85H3-M3(1.0)  |  UNSPSC: 43201513
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  • DDR3 1600

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    Top Favorable Review

    Correction!--bought 4, all work

    Compact, lots of USB ports, economical. Read more
    — Rex K. 5/16/2014
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    Top Critical Review

    2 serious issues

    2 serious issues: 1. I also experienced the USB3.0 pin header issue as reported by another reviewer. It is recessed back from the edge of the board just far enough that the 20 pin connector I had would not fit into it. I tried too hard and ... Read more
    — Christoph 2/18/2014


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    • Joshua D.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs ECS B85H3-M3 (V1.0)

    Pros: none

    Cons: Well to make a long story short, I'm about to RMA this board for the second time in 5 weeks. First off the onboard graphics didn't work, this time around it's the PCIe slot. Tried my new GPU in my old PC and it works fine. The older GPU that I'm running on my PC right now doesn't work in that ECS board either. In testing both cards, the Nvidia installer didn't even recognize that there is a device plugged into the PCIe slot. Soooooo here I go with another RMA! By the time all this is said and done I will have spent nearly as much in return shipping costs as I spent on this piece of junk motherboard!

    Bottom Line: Moral of the story kids: buy from brands you know and trust. Even if it means waiting another week for that next paycheck.

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    • Gim H.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs DOA on arrival - but got replacement

    Pros: Nice board - 3 independent video output, HD sound

    Cons: I waited a while before buidling the system and had to RMA to board. It took about 3 days to get a RMA number but got FEDEX a replacement board.

    Bottom Line: RMA service was acceptable but could have been faster. Will probably buy again from ECS

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    • Scott B.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Just built. OK so far.

    Pros: Up and running as expected. Good value.

    Cons: Few complaints. The USB 3.0 connector is slightly recessed as others have pointed out.

    Bottom Line: Installed Celeron G1820, Klevv Fit 8GB and 240 GB SSD. I have the option to upgrade to an i5 or i7 in the future. Reused my old Cooler Master RC-641 case and power supply. Added Rosewill RCH-200 to the front panel. It fit the USB 3.0 connector but is slightly angled due to the edge of the board. Still, it is seated well. [case update below]. These parts replaced a Foxconn motherboard circa 2008 and an AMD 8250e triple core processor. I wanted to see what's new with this build. The main differences I see are the UEFI bios and USB 3.0. As shipped, the bios is configured as a legacy bios for Windows 7 and earlier. I really wanted to get it to work as a UEFI bios for Windows 8/10. This took some research and experimentation. I didn't realize it completely changes the recognized drive partition type from MFT to GPT and will simply keep booting into bios setup until it sees a legitimate EFI boot partition. The UEFI mode also eliminates any 'hit a key' to interrupt normal boot. You must go through the OS advanced troubleshooting to get there from here. My other hiccup was Windows 10 was unstable until I turned off hybrid sleep.

    Followup 4-31-16. Transferred all parts except power supply to new SilverStone PS09b case. Used new EVGA 430 power supply. One odd issue is that Windows 10 crashed once about 2 minutes after cold boot and hasn't happened since. I'm wondering if there is an issue with the Intel RST driver as this happened after the initial build and stopped then as well.

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    • John M.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Works for me

    Pros: Front USB 3 header. Got it on sale. Everything works.

    Cons: As others have mentioned the front USB 3 header is recessed back from the edge so it keeps it about an 1/8" from plugging in all the way. It would probably work like this, but I cut the bottom of the boot surrounding the plug not a big deal to me. Had to go to ECS website to get USB 3 driver working correctly, When I would plug a USB 3 drive in, this device could perform faster if plugged into a USB 3 port message. leave the USB 3 driver from the disc installed or you will get a message this motherboard does not support this feature. The fans don't work set on silent setting in bios, I left them on normal and it's still quiet.

    Bottom Line: Despite the problems with this board I still think it was a good deal on sale. Works with 2 x 4Gb G Skill Aries 9-9-9-24 1.5v 1600 and 2 x 8Gb Crucial 11-11-11-28 1.5v, Pentium G3450, Samsung 850 evo 120Gb, Seagate 1Tb

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    • Amanda A.
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggs Having Issues

    Pros: I bought one a few weeks ago and not a single issue....I bought a 2nd one and I had to return thinking it was a bad motherboard...see below for issues...

    Cons: I am on the 3rd motherboard now...I replaced what I thought was a bad motherboard due to a weak power supply and I am still having the same issue. Here is what the build has:

    Intel Pentium Processor G3240 (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz)

    2 Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s

    Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache

    Sentey® Gaming Case Optimus Gs-6000r

    EVGA 500 W1 80+, 500W Continuous Power

    Everything from what I see if hooked up perfect. System will power on, all fans running, and after about a min, the system appears to lose power and power cycles and then starts back up. I am not getting any video at all which is using the VGA connector, the USB keyboard is plugged in, but the NUM LOCK light never lites up so that shows no power as well.

    I have plugged the keyboard into all USB ports and still no NUM LOCK LIGHT, and video does not come on. Is the powering down and back up indicate that the power supply is too weak? Is it possible that even at 500watts, it still is not enough power and I need to bump up higher?

    I even have unplugged all devices and still no luck. I do not know what at this point could be causing these issues. Again, I built an exact match to this system with only 1 difference and that was with a video card...but before the video card was installed, the on board video worked fine without issue....

    Please help!!!!

    Manufacturer Responses:

    Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service. If you haven't already, please contact us. We would like to work with you and find a solution to your issues. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any ECS products, please contact us. We are here to help. I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you. Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST. Thank you, Andy Phone# 1-510-456-9836 Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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    • Carol H.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs Follow up: FAILED after 4 months

    Pros: -Uh....it was GREAT while it worked

    Cons: -Started OVERVOLTING components on the 12 volt (13.06 volts) while undervolting the 5 and 3.3 volt capacitors

    Bottom Line: My computer started shutting off at the windows logo shortly after installing a GPU. At first I thought it was the GPU or Power Supply, but after pulling the GPU and swapping the Power supply, the problems persisted. I swapped everything else, RAM and Hard Drives but still the problem was there. Once isolated to the motherboard, I found to my horror that the 12 volt supply was overvolted and the 5/3.3 was undervolted. Also my CPU voltage regulator was jacked all the way to 1.7 volts!!! (Not overclocked). This thing as been slowly FRYING everything attached to it for who knows how long.

    This is further backed up by the fact that the motherboard will sometimes reset itself several times during BIOS boot. These are called "Phantom Boots" and are a failsafe built in for the motherboard to regulate voltage (Almost all modern motherboards can do this). Just to be sure though I tested my power output from my PSU with a voltage meter and got solid ratings within .05 on the 12, 5 and 3.3 rails.

    First ECS board and my last. I now know why ECS has such a bad reputation in the gaming community.

    Manufacturer Responses:

    Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service. This should not be a normal occurance with our products. If you haven't already, please feel free to contact us and we will work with you in finding a solution to your issues or providing an RMA if necessary We are here to help. I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you. Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST. Thank you, Andy Phone# 1-510-456-9836 Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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    • Bin F.
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggs only good for a month or two

    Pros: Cheap, works right away after installation.

    Cons: Have been building computer systems of my own since the late 90s. This is the first motherboard that stopped working only after 2 months' use in my hands, which speaks by itself.

    Manufacturer Responses:

    We are sorry to hear about the issue you are having with your motherboard. If you haven't already, please contact us. We would like to find out more about your system configuration and details on the exact issue you are experiencing. We would like to work with you in finding a possible solution or provide an RMA if necesarry. I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you. Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST. Thank you, Andy Phone# 1-510-456-9836 Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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    • David I.
    • Verified Owner

    2 out of 5 eggs Cheap, doesn't work

    Pros: Cheap

    Cons: PCIe port didn't function

    Manufacturer Responses:

    We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard. Prior to shipping from our factory, all motherboards are tested to ensure that they are working properly. If still have any issues or questions, please contact us and we can work with you to find a solution. I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you. Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST. Thank you, Andy Phone# 1- 510-456-9836 Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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    • Carol H.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Runs well!

    Pros: -Lots of features for the price. HDMI, 2 USB 3.0, PCI Express 3.0
    -Absolutely perfect for a budget build. Did a complete build with 1x8GB DDR3 1600 memory, 1TB Hard Drive, i3-4160 and case with power supply for 300. Great holdover until I can get a 750ti and make a full fledged gaming rig.
    -Lots of expandabilty from a MicroATX board.

    Cons: -As stated, a dual-layer graphics card will prevent you from using the PCI express 2.0 slot, if you use the 3.0 slot

    Bottom Line: Despite design flaws, this board packs a punch when it comes to expandability on a budget. It can build anything from a cheap celeron-based system all the way up to a Devil's Caynon gaming rig with 16GB of DDR3 RAM. Its also great for cheap gaming rigs like mine that run off cheaper i3/i5 processors - though overclocking features on here are lacking and you're probably better off looking elsewhere if you've got a G3258 unlocked.

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    • Gerald R.
    • Verified Owner

    5 out of 5 eggs Nice Loww Cost Board

    Pros: This is a B85 chipset it has 6 Sata connectors (4 at Sata III and 2 at Sata II) new UEFI BIOS.

    Cons: Only 1 USB 2.0 header on board, No Raid

    Bottom Line: I have tested it with both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 both work. UEFI BIOS is just eye candy the only difference is UEFI supports secure boot

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