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Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V

The Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1150 socket.

It has , 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V

help iconCPU Socket1help iconGraphics Card Interface1
help iconCPU Compatible Make1help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset1help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconForm Factor1help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconMax RAM1help iconPCI Slots1
help iconRAM Slots1help iconSATA 1.01
help iconMemory Channels1help iconSATA 2.01
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds1help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots1help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear1help iconInternal I/O1
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal1help iconBack Panel I/O1
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear1

Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V compatibility review

The Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V uses the Intel LGA 1150 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V has 4 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage. This motherboard also has 2 SATA 2.0 slots, so numerous SATA hard drives can be connected if desired.

The Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V's PCIe v3.0. The Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V has 6 USB 2.0 slots and 3 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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