The Asus P8B75-M LX is a new budget-class motherboard based on the Intel B75 chipset, designed for use with Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge processors and oriented toward business users. Due to Micro ATX form factor, the P8B75-M LX is convenient for use in smaller desktop PCs, but as a downside the motherboard has only two memory slots, as well as only one PCI-E 3.0 x16, two PCI-E x1, and one PCI slot. Storage support-wise, there is a decent number of ports – five SATA 3G and one SATA 6G, while for connectivity to external devices there are a total of eight USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 connectors. Video output is provided via VGA and DVI ports. Audio is provided via VIA VT1708S, whereas Gigabit LAN connection is supported by Realtek 8111F-VB-CG.
On software side, notable are UEFI BIOS with its user-friendly graphics interface and Network iControl for prioritizing network bandwidth in favor of selected programs. Built-in overclocking capabilities include GPU Boost technology, which enables graphics overclocking via AI Suite II software. With this feature we were able to overclock maximum speed of the Intel Pentium G2120 IGP from 1050MHz to 1250MHz, resulting in significant performance boost. You can find more about that in our review of the “Ivy Bridge” Intel Pentium G2120. In addition, in BIOS there’s an option to adjust CPU bus speed to DRAM speed ratio. For fan speed control, there’s Fan Expert, while monitoring of various system parameters is possible via Suite II. The mobo also has anti-surge technology against power surges.
Regarding business-class goodies, the chipset incorporates Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA), with many advanced security and data backup features, as well as Rapid Storage technology.
With the street price of about $70 and Micro ATX size, the Asus P8B75-M LX is a good motherboard choice for cheap and small desktop PC builds. The biggest downside appears to be a lack of HDMI port, which can be found the LE version of the mobo. The P8B75-M LX Plus has the same features as the standard version, but uses 100% solid capacitors for enhanced reliability.
You can check out the unboxing video, containing UEFI BIOS walkthrough as well.