Apr 14, 2015 Written by: MasterC

ASUS Announces TUF Trooper B85 Motherboard

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ASUS Announces TUF Trooper B85 Motherboard

If you want best-value, this TUF motherboard featuring the B85 Express chipset with the usual TUF reliability is backed up by a five-year warranty. Other features include TUF LANGuard, TUF ESD Guards 2, Thermal Radar Core, TUF Components, Server-Grade tested, and TUF Audio.

For those who want server-grade stability, here is a board for your Intel LGA 1150 4th Gen. CPU and DDR3 RAM, with Quad-GPU CrossFireX support so this is not necessarily for server purposes only.  The B in B85 technically denotes business, but has proven to provide exceptional performance for its price thus it was used in the ASUS B85M-Gamer motherboard.  Rest assured this can easily be used for a solid and reliable, never-say-die gaming-rig. 

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A reliable connection can be underrated until a user is confronted with the inconvenient "Network Disconnected" message.  TUF LANGuard utilizes an advanced signal-coupling technology and quality surface-mounted capacitors to ensure that doesn't happen while improving throughput.  It is tested and certified to withstand punishment from the elements, and adds superior protection against static-electricity and surges.

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TUF ESD Guards 2

The second generation ESD Guards doubles the protection compared to the last, fortifying all of the rear IO ports against inadvertent electrostatic discharges when connectors are inserted.  To up the ante, the TUF team performed exclusive pin-level testing and made the resistance 30% higher than the previous TUF standard.

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USB Over-Voltage Protection

The Platform Controller Hub (PCH) on the motherboard can be susceptible to over-voltage damage, Trooper B85 provides protection by actively detecting the voltage signal in both front and back USB ports in real time.

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Thermal Radar Core

Single-click simplicity is implemented in ASUS TUF Thermal Radar Core to give you complete system cooling or customized fan-tuning with the click of a button. Customizable controls allow you to adjust fan speeds and temperature. Live Update keeps your version of Thermal Radar Core up-to-date also with the click of a button.

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TUF Components

Like the TUF flagship motherboards, the robust TUF chokes, black metallic capacitors, and MOSFETs are all certified through third-party military-grade testing. TUF alloy chokes are made of a compound that uses mixed high-quality metals (rather than plain iron) capable of handling 25% higher current than conventional components. A one-piece choke packing design further eliminates buzzing noise and vibration, while delivering better performance and durability. The TUF Ti-Caps can last up to five times longer even while running at higher temperatures.  And TUF MOSFETs run cooler and more efficient which translates to a longer lifespan.

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TUF Audio

The onboard 8-channel HD audio (previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC is capable of outputting 192khz/24bit audio so you can enjoy lossless content in all its glory.   Also featured are jack-sensing, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology.  The LED-lit Audio Shielding separates audio components from the motherboard components to eliminate interference, to provide rich and clean sound.  Not only are audio components separated, even the left and right channels have separate layers to prevent crosstalk and interference.

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Five-Year Warranty

 Generally speaking, if your computer can serve you well for five years, you're doing well.  TUF makes sure your motherboard will go at least that far.TUF-5-year-warranty


Hit the PR button below for the full details.

Press Release

ASUS Announces TUF Trooper B85



  • TUF Trooper B85 provides server-grade reliability with military-certified TUF components tested beyond industry standards
  • New TUF LANGuard and upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 ensure complete protection against lightning strikes and electrostatic discharge (ESD)
  • TUF Thermal Radar Core for complete and easy management of system cooling, plus gorgeous LED-illuminated TUF Audio trace


Taipei, Taiwan (14th April, 2015)ASUS today announced TUF Trooper B85, a rugged, high-value motherboard designed to withstand all conditions and heavy loading, and tested to exacting military standards for total protection to offer exceptional durability and long-term reliability. TUF Trooper B85 is certified by TUF engineers as a server-strength motherboard and is covered by a five-year warranty[1].

TUF Trooper B85 incorporates many exclusive TUF features, including the military-grade TUF LANGuard Ethernet socket and TUF ESD Guards 2 to protect against electrostatic discharge. Based on the versatile Intel® B85 Express chipset, TUF’s newest addition also benefits from ultra-durable TUF Components, high-fidelity TUF Audio with physical shielding, and flexible temperature-management with TUF Thermal Radar Core.


Server-grade reliability and military-grade strength backed by a five-year warranty

TUF Trooper B85 is built with military-certified components so it’s tough enough for the most demanding conditions, even under heavy loading. Japanese-made 10K black metallic capacitors offer 20%-better temperature endurance for a lifespan that’s up to five times (5X) longer, and TUF’s chokes are manufactured using high-grade anti-oxidization materials to provide better heat dissipation and unbeatable durability.

Every TUF Trooper B85 motherboard undergoes punishing burn-in tests, with temperatures of up to 55°C for 48 hours and at humidity levels as high as 90%. Every motherboard is also subjected to a 20-hour extreme-temperature test of up to 60°C at 90% humidity, as well as undergoing rigorous thermal-shock tests. ASUS TUF engineers have conducted over 7,000 hours of strict validation tests to make sure our motherboards are compatible with more than 1000 devices, so TUF Trooper B85 is primed to work with the maximum number of peripherals.


Full and exclusive protection against damage from electrostatic discharges

TUF Trooper B85’s LANGuard socket has advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput. Tested to military standards, TUF LANGuard is certified for tough duty to protect the motherboard from lightning strikes and static electricity. TUF Trooper B85 also includes upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 to defend numerous ports against sudden electrostatic discharge. Engineered to be two times (2X) stronger than before, TUF ESD Guards 2 covers all USB sockets and audio connectors — and exclusive pin-level testing on specific rear input-output (I/O) connectors is 30% higher than the previous TUF standard.

With many whole-build server-grade stability tests also thrown at the motherboard, TUF Trooper B85 can be trusted in all conditions — a pledge backed by TUF’s five-year warranty.


Superior LED-illuminated audio trace and flexible cooling controls

With LED-illuminated TUF Audio on board, TUF Trooper B85 makes short work of optimizing audio settings for any type of listening, from online chat to watching movies and relaxing to favorite music. The professionally-engineered hardware design features physical shielding and premium components to ensure precise separation of analog and digital signals, as well as minimizing crosstalk interference. The result is sound output that has exceptional clarity and fidelity, enhanced visually by the gorgeous LED-illuminated audio trace.

TUF Trooper B85 also has built-in TUF Thermal Radar Core for complete and easy management of system cooling. Customizable controls allow users to adjust fan speeds, enabling temperatures to be tuned with a single click. This single-click simplicity is even extended to TUF Trooper B85’s live-update feature, ensuring that the board’s Thermal Radar Core is never out of date.



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TUF Trooper B85

Processor/CPU socket

LGA1150 socket for the 4th- Intel® Core™ i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium®, and Celeron® processors


Intel® B85 Express


2 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 16GB, DDR3 1600/1333MHz

Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 x16

1 x PCI Express® 2.0 x16 (max x4 mode)

2 x PCI Express® 2.0 x1

1 x PCI Express® 2.0 x16 (max x1 mode)

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel® HD Graphics

Multi-VGA output support: DVI / D-sub port


Quad-GPU AMD® CrossFireX™ support

Storage connectivity

4 x SATA 6.0Gbit/s ports

2 x SATA 3.0Gbit/s ports


Realtek® 8111GR Gigabit LAN controller


2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (mid-board)

2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (back panel)

8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 mid-board; 4 on back panel)


Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel high-definition audio codec

- Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-repurposing

- Separate layers for left and right tracks for balanced audio quality

Key features

TUF Thermal Radar Core, TUF Components, TUF ESD Guards 2, TUF LANGuard, TUF Audio


12 x 7.1in (30.5 x 18cm)





About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

[1] TUF Trooper B85’s five-year warranty is valid in all regions, apart from Japan and South America.

[2] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors

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