Wednesday, June 24th 2015

GIGABYTE Outs Cost-effective P85-Gaming 3 Motherboard

For those looking to build a gaming rig on a shoestring budget, yet want a "gamer-centric" motherboard that has good onboard audio, GIGABYTE launched just the thing - the P85-Gaming 3. This socket LGA1150 motherboard is based on Intel B85 Express chipset, and derives the "P" in its model name from the fact that it has minimal connectivity for its integrated graphics (just one HDMI port), since its target buyers use discrete graphics cards anyway. The board is built in the slim (190 mm wide) ATX form-factor, and draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. The CPU is powered by a basic 4-phase VRM.

Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a second x16 slot that's electrical gen 2.0 x4 and wired to the PCH; and two each of PCIe 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA 3 Gb/s. Its onboard audio solution features a Realtek ALC892 CODEC, backed by audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, a headphones amp, and ground-layer isolation. Gigabit Ethernet, and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by headers), make for the rest of it. Expect an attractive sub-$100 price tag.
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18 Comments on GIGABYTE Outs Cost-effective P85-Gaming 3 Motherboard

#1
micropage7
looks nice for that price, although the i/o ports kinda limited
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#2
berniebennybernard
micropage7 said:
looks nice for that price, although the i/o ports kinda limited
With only 2 USB ports in the back.. I'd use both of them up already with just my mouse and keyboard.

It's very minimal.. I'd want at least 4 to be safe (even if there is a header).
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#3
lZKoce
For less than a 100 bucks this kicks sooo much ass out there. Kudos to Gigabyte.
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#4
micropage7
berniebennybernard said:
With only 2 USB ports in the back.. I'd use both of them up already with just my mouse and keyboard.

It's very minimal.. I'd want at least 4 to be safe (even if there is a header).
yeah, mostly now using usb based, and its kinda annoying when you need more

from the rest the board looks ok for me,
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#5
iSkylaker
Talk me about Skylake's version and mATX... Full ATX is thing of the past. :P
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
berniebennybernard said:
With only 2 USB ports in the back.. I'd use both of them up already with just my mouse and keyboard.

It's very minimal.. I'd want at least 4 to be safe (even if there is a header).
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#7
GreiverBlade
iSkylaker said:
Full ATX is thing of the past. :p
luckily you add a :p otherwise people might take you seriously ...

eh? what do you want some people enjoy having a full sized and more mobo ... i wen't thru all form factor (mITX mATX ATX SSI-EEB and co. ) and went back to ATX.

about "things of the past" the concept itself is becoming old (a thing of the past if you want ahah) so DVI ATX, heck let's add HDMI as a thing of the past ... we should only have displayport and mITX board, also keyboard and mouse are sooooo 70's and 60's respectively ;)

what i think strange in that case ... a B85 chipset motherboard??? now???

oh well ... why not...
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#8
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
lZKoce said:
For less than a 100 bucks this kicks sooo much ass out there. Kudos to Gigabyte.
It will go for $70-80 in some places.
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#9
Parn
A good board for system builders to replace the limited capability H81 boards in their budget gaming boxes.
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
Bad SATA placement heads and not enough USB ports for me, red don't seem to work for with this but looks are not every thing and as long as it did it's job it would not stop me buying it but design surly will.
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#11
micropage7
btarunr said:
It will go for $70-80 in some places.
so in Indonesia it would be about Rp. 1000.000 or maybe higher than that especially when local currency is down
:(

i need to pull my brake more for new stuff
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#12
harrycreasian
micropage7 said:
so in Indonesia it would be about Rp. 1000.000 or maybe higher than that especially when local currency is down
:(

i need to pull my brake more for new stuff
Be grateful bro.. Indonesia is one of the countries that have the lowest tax on computer stuff and pc parts company seems to charge us the same price as US markets. Just compare Indonesian price with Australian or european
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#13
techy1
"Expect an attractive sub-$100 price tag." - that is not an very attractive price for P85, there is no extra features here except that "gaming" in title...
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#14
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
techy1 said:
"Expect an attractive sub-$100 price tag." - that is not an very attractive price for P85, there is no extra features here except that "gaming" in title...
Sub-100, not 100. It will be around $70-80, which is decent.
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#15
JBVertexx
The uATX version of this runs for $50 on Newegg in the U.S. I've used it for a couple of extreme budget builds. I had one that showed up with bent pins, but otherwise they've worked well. For a non-overclocking gaming system, many users don't need any more than what the B85 chipset provides.
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#16
berniebennybernard
Frick said:

Whoops, misunderstood 2 USB 3.0 as being the only USB slots.
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#17
GorbazTheDragon
Really wish they would do one of these in Z97 with a decent VRM.
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#18
Hood
I don't understand why anyone would buy this - there's nothing "Gaming" at all about this board, except the name. I guess maybe very young wannabe gamers with no money might buy this to try to convince their friends how cool they are...(?) It's just sad...
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