For the longest time Gaming and Overclocking were considered the same thing when it came to motherboard design. This basically grouped the two activities together making the overclocking side somewhat limited and the gaming side more expensive. This wasn’t a bad thing and gave gamers an excuse to experiment with performance tuning. The problem is most modern systems are plenty powerful and gaming performance is no longer determined by the motherboard but rather by the accessories you choose to install.
In this review we will be looking at the MSI B85M Gaming. This is an entry level gaming motherboard designed for the latest Haswell based processors and using the “Business” 8-series chipset called the B85. For those of you that don’t know the B85 chipset is similar to the Z87 in terms of performance but doesn’t allow overclocking. As a result the price should be lower making it almost perfect for the gamer on a budget