Ultimate B85 features high-endurance 5X Protection and Intel®SBA businnes-grade technology ASUS 5X Protection - All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability, and durability New UEFI BIOS – Friendlier, easier, and more intuitive with helpful info added Fan Xpert 2 - Comprehensive controls for the perfect cool and quiet balance USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support) - 170% faster transfer speeds than traditional USB 3.0 Network iControl - Real-time network bandwidth management Shop Modal header 5X Protection Intro DIGI+ VRM Overcurrent Protection ESD Guards 5K-hr Solid Caps Stainless Steel Back I/O ASUS 5X Protection All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability, and durability ASUS motherboards guard your PC with 5X Protection. We use quality components like DIGI+ VRM digital power design for precise CPU power on demand, ESD units tested to strict standards that eliminate electrostatic interference, and resettable fuses around DRAM slots to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. We also use corrosion-resistant back I/O shields, all examples of ASUS providing the best possible reliability and durability. DIGI+ VRM Precise power control and long-lasting stability Voltage regulator modules (VRMs) are among the most essential motherboard components. A good VRM intelligently delivers CPU power based on actual needs at any given time. ASUS was first with digital power design featuring faster sensing and response to deliver precise CPU power on demand. This great accuracy reduces energy waste and of course improves system stability thanks to more consistent delivery. Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection Short-circuit damage prevention Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard system and device lifespan. ESD Guards Strong ESD protection for extended component lifespan Electrostatic discharges (ESD) can happen suddenly, and their damaging effects are often underestimated. ASUS ESD Guards offer an active protective circuit design that ensures electrostatic discharges are properly grounded, providing greater component longevity. High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid State Capacitors 2.5X longer lifespan with excellent durability ASUS high-quality solid state capacitors assure a 5,000-hour lifespan, equivalent to 2.5 times longer than traditional capacitors. All capacitors pass testing under temperatures as high as 105 degrees centigrade and meet Japanese industrial standards to provide excellent durability and enhanced thermal capacity. Stainless Steel Back I/O 3X more durable corrosion-resistant coating ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance anti-corrosive properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels. New UEFI BIOS Intro New EZ Mode My Favorites/Shortcut Quick Note/Last Modified SATA Port Renaming New UEFI BIOS – friendlier and more Intuitive Exclusive EZ Mode adds useful info to become even easier Media-renowned UEFI BIOS from ASUS provides the smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS, and now features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to favorite BIOS pages and frequently-accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports. EZ Mode has a whole new look, upgraded with extra-friendly capabilities like detailed fan controls, XMP profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience. Hands-On Video 1. Fast Clock Adjustment Easily change the time and date in EZ Mode using the mouse. 2. EZ XMP Settings Quickly apply XMP settings in UEFI BIOS EZ Mode, achieving better DRAM performance. 3. EZ Fan Settings As demanded by the community, detailed fan controls come to EZ Mode so you can switch fan profiles for quick cooling and noise-level supervision. 4. SATA Information Displays each SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices. My Favorites Get all your favorite functions on one page F4 or right click to add settings to My Favorites under Advanced Mode, which cuts time spent on searching and further speeds up system tuning. Shortcut One press to apply and access frequent settings Now you can customize your own shortcut log by pressing F4 or right clicking to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings. Instantly access them by simply hitting the F3 hotkey. Quick Note You no longer need to have a pen and paper notepad around. Quick Note works inside the BIOS so you can just type remarks and ideas to help you remember important settings info and save time on trial and error. Last Modified Always forget those important BIOS changes you did? This friendly function creates a tuning log to track your BIOS settings history, which can be saved onto a USB drive. SATA Port Renaming You can rename your SATA ports for easy identification, including by usage scenario. Get greater convenience and spend less time on finding the right devices when you want to change settings. Fan Xpert 2 Intro Auto Tuning Mode RPM Fixed Mode Fan Xpert 2 Comprehensive controls for the perfect cool and quiet balance Seeing an opportunity for more fine-tuned control, hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert 2 featuring Fan Auto Tuning, providing an tailored fan speed setting for each fan with the exclusive, automatic fan speed detection to achieve the best balance of cooling performance and low noise. It even provides a "RPM Fixed Mode" for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with a specific fan speed control. Hands-on Video Fan Auto Tuning Mode Scans fan parameters through exclusive automatic speed detection to provide custom settings for each fan with a single click. This achieves the best cooling for your components beyond just the mere number of fans in your case. Fan Xpert 2 provides individual data and control for each fan connected to your motherboard as well as built-in fan profiles to deliver cooling that is as automated or as customizable as you need it to be. RPM Fixed Mode Fan Xpert 2 includes an RPM Fixed Mode for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with highly specific fan speed control. It reacts to system loads for greater response. Informative fan controls Delivers complete information that allows you to take advanced control over each fan. Performance Optimization USB 3.0 Boost GPU Boost Network iControl Latest transfer technology USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support) 170% faster transfer speeds than traditional USB 3.0 ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction. World’s 1st USB 3.0 UASP support – instantly 170% faster. Complete USB 3.0 solution – performance boost under Turbo Mode or UASP Mode for most USB devices. Simple plug and boost – auto detection design ensures best performance. Hands-on Video GPU Boost Go to the limit with iGPU level up! GPU Boost accelerates the integrated GPU for extreme graphics performance. The user-friendly interface facilitates flexible frequency adjustments. It easily delivers stable system-wide upgrades for every use. Network iControl Real-time network bandwidth management One click to prioritize network traffic for applications you're currently using or set up favorite profiles to run at specific times. Avoid network congestion, speed up downloading, and make sure online gaming runs optimized, all through an intuitive user interface. PCI Express 3.0 PCI Express 3.0 uses improved encoding that provides twice the performance of PCI Express 2.0. Total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches 32GB/s, delivering unprecedented data speeds combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility. Complete USB 3.0 integration Double USB access, double the convenience ASUS facilitates USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel. Experience the latest plug n play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Our motherboards afford greater convenience with high speed connectivity. SATA 6.0 Gb/s Twice the speed ASUS provides SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of SATA 3Gb/s. EZ DIY Q-Slot Q-Slot Effortless PCI Express component removal Press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics cards just pop out. The large winged clip is easy to reach so you don’t have to struggle with installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards. Hands-on Video Windows 8 Exclusive Features ASUS Boot Setting Probe II Sense ASUS Boot Setting Multiple startup options Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PC’s startup process. You can shorten system boot-up time to 2-seconds* for a smoother user experience under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Also, you can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on. *On select models Hands-On Video Probe II Sense Handy system monitoring Popular ASUS real-time system monitoring software now available for Windows 8. It helps you supervise your entire PC through a live tile on the Windows 8 start screen, and make quick adjustments. Probe II Sense is a free app available from the Windows Store. Additional Features AI Suite 3 EPU BIOS maintenance AI Suite 3 One-stop access to innovative ASUS features ASUS AI Suite 3 offers a brand new user experience through a clearer and more attractive interface with support for larger monitors. It consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more. This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities. EPU All-round energy efficiency Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through the AI Suite 3 utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. It can directly reduce CPU wattage to an indicated level on demand and manually switch to Max Power Saving Mode for further energy savings, creating a more efficient PC. Exclusive Away Mode* puts your system into an extreme energy-saving stance, and even shuts down unused add-on I/O ports while can continue to download, stream, and backup content while away from your PC. *Power cut-off to add-on connectors varies by model Detailed CPU wattage settings Away Mode – cuts off add-on IC power CrashFree BIOS 3 Restore corrupted BIOS data from USB storage ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash drive or support CD containing a BIOS file. This utility saves you the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip. Hands-On Video EZ Flash 2 Easy BIOS updates from USB outside the OS Quickly update your BIOS from a USB flash drive before entering the OS. It only takes a few clicks, with no floppy disk or an OS-based flash utility. Multi-GPU/Monitors Quad-GPU CrossFireX support Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ support Features the Intel® B85 platform to optimize PCI Express allocation in multi-GPU CrossFireX™, giving you brand-new gaming enjoyment. CPU and Chipset Features CPU and chipset Intel features Intel SBA support Intel® LGA1150 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready This motherboard supports Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. Intel® B85 Chipset The Intel® B85 chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It natively supports up to four USB 3.0 ports for up to ten times faster transfer rates than USB 2.0. Moreover, the Intel® B85 chipset also supports iGPU functionality, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance. Intel® Smart Connect Technology Auto application refresh and shorter wait times Your computer can receive web updates with fresh content for selected applications, even when the system is in sleep mode. This means less time waiting for applications to update and sync with the cloud, leading to a more efficient computing experience. Intel® Rapid Start Technology Instantly awaken your PC from sleep mode Allows your computer to quickly resume from a low-power hibernate state in seconds. Saving your system memory to the designated SSD, it provides your computer a faster wake-up response time, while still keeping energy use low. Intel® SBA support Intel ® SBA (Small Business Advantage) is a combination of hardware and software that provides unique security and productivity capabilities designed for small businesses. Intel® SBA requires MEI drivers (AMT host software kit) be installed. Platform requirements: Windows 7/8 (32/64-bit) Lynx Point PCH with Core™ Haswell CPU (Shark Bay platforms) with 5MB ME 9.0 firmware load CPU and chipset requirements: Intel ® Core™ i3/i5/i7 with one of these chipsets: B85, H87, Q87 Intel ® Core™ i5/i7 vPro™ with one of these chipsets: B85, H87, Q87 The Intel ® Management Engine software kit must be installed (The Local Manageability Service and the Intel ® Management Engine Interface must be installed and running.) * Local Administrator rights on the target machine * Intel ® SBA does not support the 800 x 600 screen resolution. * Some models without the 5MB ME firmware do not support Intel ® SBA. Please refer to the spec sheet for details. * Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest CPU QVL (Qualified Vendors List). GreenASUS Motherboards are EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet high efficiency standards with regards to energy consumption. This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products through design and innovation that reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate ecological impact.