ASUS Vanguard B85 Intel LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The Vanguard B85 is part of ASUS’ TUF range of boards, easily identified by the color of which some say it looks like of a military camo, others say it reminds them of chocolate ice cream. 😛

ASUS Vanguard B85 Intel LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The Vanguard B85 is a Micro-ATX board for Intel’s latest generation processors (Socket LGA 1150). Below are the unique selling points of the board.

– TUF Thermal Radar Core – Complete System Cooling, Customized Fan Tuning
– TUF Components [10K Ti-Caps, Alloy Chokes & MOSFETs; Certified by Military-standard] – Certified for Tough Duty
– Server-grade Reliability Test – Promised Reliability with Strict Testing
– DIGI+ VRM – Herald the Arrival of a New Digital Power Design Era
– ESD Guards – Ultra-protection Against Electrostatic Discharge

More details at the official product page

Heatsinks around the socket are compact and doesn’t seem like they’ll obstruct anything, being a B85 board means you won’t be using this board for overclocking so stock coolers would work great.

ASUS Vanguard B85 Intel LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

DIMM slots, nothing fancy.

ASUS Vanguard B85 Intel LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The usual layout, with a green LED to indicate there’s power running through the system.

ASUS Vanguard B85 Intel LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The board is Multi-GPU capable but it will run at x16 / x4 which is pointless to begin with.

ASUS Vanguard B85 Intel LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

And lastly, a good set of I/O ports.

ASUS Vanguard B85 Intel LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

The Verdict

With Intel axed the overclocking on Non-Z chispet boards ( Read Here ), this board seems to be a pricey proposition, seeing that it’s retailing at around RM 400.

Why is it a pricey proposition? It’s because this is a B85 chipset board that can’t overclock processors, and there are other alternatives like ASUS H81M-C for RM 230 and ASUS B85M-G for RM 310.

While the board is pricey, I think it’s not a bad proposition, in fact it’s something one should consider as the board is build with high-grade components and above all it comes with a 5-year warranty. 🙂 RM 400 for 5 years warranty, it’s not a bad deal after all! Furthermore, 5 year warranty means you’ll have quite a resale value after some 3 – 4 years of use; and if anything goes wrong within the warranty period the RMA option is still available.

recommended

If you don’t intend to overclock and want a product that ought to last long and have a long warranty period, this is the board of choice.

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