Review: ASUS PRIME B360M-C [90MB0W80-M0EAYM]

The ASUS PRIME B360M-C [90MB0W80-M0EAYM] is a Micro-ATX B360 business line motherboard with enhanced security, reliability and manageability. Supports ASUS exclusive BIOS self-healing technology to automatically restore the system’s BIOS from a proven backup. It has an innovative moisture-resistant coating to protect the motherboard from aggressive environments.

The motherboard is designed to work in enterprises where gaming opportunities go to the last plan, and in the first place are the functions of monitoring the system, the ability to quickly diagnostic and problems and faults solution. The manufacturer stated that the motherboard is tested and designed to work in 24/7 mode.

Among the main advantages of the board are: LPC connector support for quick troubleshooting, the ASUS Self-recovering BIOS system, moisture protection, compliance with various safety certificates and additional reliability checks. ASUS PRIME B360M-C has the support of interfaces COM, LPT and PCI, which are still using by professional software and hardware developers.

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Specifications

  • MicroATX form factor (M-ATX)
  • Socket 1151 v2
  • Supported Intel 8th Generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors
  • Intel B360 chipset
  • 4x DDR4 DIMM memory, 2133-2666 MHz up to 64 GB with support for dual channel mode
  • 1xPCI-E x16, 2xPCI-E x1, 1xPCI expansion slots
  • 6x SATA3
  • GB-LAN
  • M.2 PCI-E / SATA 3.0 (M.2 Socket 3, M Key, 2242/2260/2280)
  • 4x USB 3.1 Gen2, 2x USB3.0, 6x USB2.0
  • Other ports 2xCOM, D-Sub, PS / 2 (keyboard), PS / 2 (mouse), LPT
  • Audio / Video Sound 7.1CH, HDA, based on Realtek ALC887
  • Ethernet 1000 Mbps, based on Intel I219V
  • Video HDMI, VGA, 2x DisplayPort 1.2
  • BIOS AMI
  • Service life 3 g.
  • Warranty period 3 g.

Additionally

  • EFI support
  • No SLI / CrossFire support
  • PCI Express 2.0 support
  • PCI Express 3.0 support
  • Multi-core processor support

Power and cooling

  • Main 24-pin power connector
  • 8-pin processor power connector
  • Type of cooling system: passive

Motherboard kit

  • motherboard unit
  • CD with drivers and utilities;
  • manual;
  • ASUS CPU Installation tool;
  • 2 SATA cables
  • screws for mounting the M.2-drive;
  • interface panel plug

Review

ASUS is the world’s largest and most famous motherboard brand. Products known for their thoughtful, user-oriented design and understand the importance of security, stability and ease of management for the buyer’s business. The latest line of business motherboards from Asus (to which the relevant ASUS PRIME B360M-C 90MB0W80-M0EAYM model belongs) provides advanced features to ensure the smooth operation of IT systems, including comprehensive system protection, stability and reliability in 24/7 mode , as well as an improved management pack to simplify configuration. Combined with Asus’s world-class after-sales service and guaranteed long-term availability to maximize customer investment throughout the product’s life cycle, ASUS motherboards provide a high-quality, TCO-optimized solution for any business needs.

The design of the motherboard ASUS PRIME B360M-C [90MB0W80-M0EAYM] is plain – the traditional green PCB with the absence of any fancy elements is used, all its ports and connectors are painted black and gray. Comes in a standard cardboard box, also decorated in a fairly simple style.

The cooling system of the board consists of a single aluminum radiator, which diffuse heat from the Intel B360 chipset. The possibilities for organizing cooling inside the system case of ASUS PRIME B360M-C are represented with three 4-pin connectors. The tests showed fairly high temperature readings of field-effect transistors and chokes, so you should not forget about good air circulation inside the system case, and in some times you may need to connect to the additional cooling fans.

Key features

  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with integrated Dual M.2 slots and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • ASUS Corporate Stable Model complimentary advance replacement and long lifecycle
  • 5X Protection III Hardware-level safeguards and anti-moisture coating provide component longevity and reliability
  • ASUS OptiMem improves memory stability and performance by improving trace isolation between PCB layers to maintain signal integrity even at higher frequencies
  • On-board 8-Channel HD Audio with front panel audio connections
  • Dedicated LPC header and debug card with LCD display for quick troubleshooting
  • Event log to collect and manage detailed system information
  • BIOS utility kit for quick and efficient setup

PRIME B360M-C Ports and Connectors

Ports on the back of the motherboard (top to bottom)

  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • Ports 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • 2 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports
  • LAN
  • Audio
  • PCI-E 3.0
  • PCI Slot

Connectors on the motherboard

  • Intel LGA 1151 Socket with 14nm CPU support
  • 4 x DDR4 slots
  • M.2_1
  • Intel B360 Chipset
  • SATA 6Gb / s Ports
  • M.2_2
  • LPC Debug header

ASUS Self-recovering BIOS

With ASUS Self-recovering BIOS

The user simply needs one step to restore the latest BIOS update.

Benefits

  • Ensures safe BIOS updates
  • Reduces maintenance frequency and costs
  • Requires no extra software
  • Provides automatic update failure detection and recovery
  • Internationally Certified Business Motherboard

Standard process for BIOS update crash recovery: The user needs four steps to reinstall the BIOS update: Prepare USB/HDD, Save file to USB/HDD, Reset, Restart BIOS update.

ASUS Reliant

Ensures consistent performance with the finest components and rigorous reliability testing

ASUS Trouble Shooting Solution

ASUS Debug header is a 10-1 pin low pin count (LPC) header for connecting to debug cards for faster, more efficient motherboard troubleshooting. When connected to an ASUS Debug Card, administrators can view error and debugging codes on the integrated LCD display, and get better idea of initialization and recovery processes. ASUS business motherboards provide a complete troubleshooting solution, making mass production faster and more cost effective.
ASUS business motherboards are enterprise proven with leading quality that exceeds industry standards. Certified by multiple international safety and environmental organizations, including UL and Blue Angel, ASUS business motherboards provide a safe, secure and sustainable solution, making them the ideal choice for your business.

24/7 Reliability Test

Optimized for twenty-four seven operations, the motherboard is tested under temperature up to 45°C and relative humidity up to 80% to ensure it can handle diverse temperature and humidity range of different location.

Anti-moisture Coating

Protection against moisture and corrosion

An innovative moisture-resistant coating protects the motherboard in humid environments, such as factories, libraries, data centers and internet cafes. It also minimizes internal corrosion by preventing adhesion and migration of moisture, prolonging the life of the motherboard.

Anti-sulfur Resistors

Consider long-term reliability of commercial product, ASUS business motherboard is equipped with anti-sulfur resistors. The resistors provide excellent resistance to sulfuration by constructed in a high grade ceramic body (aluminum oxide). With anti-sulfur resistors, ASUS business motherboard can be operated under the harsh environments.

LANGuard

Pumped-up throughput. 2.5X higher surge tolerance.

ASUS LANGuard is hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors ensuring a more reliable connection and better throughput, plus electrostatically guarded and surge-protected components for greater tolerance to static electricity and improved protection against surges.

Overvoltage Protection

World-class circuit-protecting power design

An exclusive circuit design with built-in voltage regulators to protect your chipset, connectivity ports, and audio codecs from damage caused by unexpected high-level voltages from unstable or inferior power supplies.

Stainless-Steel Back I/O

3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability

Corrosion-resistant stainless steel back I/O panels bonded with chromium oxide have a lifespan that’s three times longer than ordinary panels.

ESD Guards

Electrostatic discharge protection

ASUS ESD Guards prevent damage from electrostatic discharge, up to +/- 10kV for air discharge and +/-15kV for contact discharge, arranged in an active-protective-circuit design that prolongs the life of components.

ASUS Management Suite

Makes customization and management more efficient

Event Log

A built-in event log enables easier troubleshooting by capturing useful system information
– BIOS updates. Update status, latest version and update time
– AC power loss. Abnormal power loss events
– RTC reset. Time of real-time-clock (RTC) reset
– Chassis intrusion. Record of when chassis is opened
– Hardware changes. Modifications to CPU, memory or HDDs
– Hardware status. USB over current, CPU over temperature, and CPU over voltage events

ASUS Commercial BIOS Kit

ASUS understands how important a customized product impacts users’ mind share, experience the brand new Commercial BIOS Kit for partial BIOS update solution!
– BIOS Value Edit Tool Customize the BIOS options
– BIOS Boot Logo Tool Brand your builds with a customized boot logo
– OEM Activation (OA) Tools Add or remove the OEM Activation key
– Desktop Management Interface (DMI) Easily add customer information, such as company name, to the BIOS
– Intel® Management Engine (Intel® ME) Driver. Update the Management Engine without flashing the whole BIOS

Box Headers

All USB 3.1 Gen 1 and 2.0 headers are box style, enabling fast connector installation and preventing pin damage.

Fixed-position Connectors

Connector positions on ASUS business motherboards remain consistent across product generations, protecting training, manufacturing and investments in supporting hardware.

Color-coded Connectors

Color-coded connectors enable easy identification and cable-matching, speeding up the production line. investments in supporting hardware.

Q-Slot

Effortless PCI Express component removal

The large winged clip is easy to reach and easy to operate. Just press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics card just pop out. Installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards is no sweat!

Q-DIMM

Easy memory removal

Even if you work with a smaller case, just push down on the one-sided clip and push or pull RAM modules in or out – removing memory is that simple!

Intel CPU and chipset features

Intel® B360 Chipset

The Intel® B360 is a single-chipset design that supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ LGA1151 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the B360 chipset provides a maximum of four USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, six SATA 6Gbps ports, and 32Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane-speed support, for faster data retrieval. Intel B360 also supports integrated-graphics, so you’ll enjoy the very latest in graphics performance.

Ready for Socket 1151 for 9th / 8th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® processors

This motherboard supports Socket 1151 for 9th Gen and 8th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® processors, with integrated graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, dual-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great performance.

ASUS Shield

Enhances system security from bottom to top

ASUS Self-recovering BIOS

ASUS-exclusive BIOS protection technology automatically recovers the system BIOS with a verified backup in the event of an update failure, preventing the need to replace or reinstall hardware.

ASUS Secure Boot

ASUS business motherboard is set to check the firmware and signature of each piece of boot software.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

Hardware-based security offers better data protection, enhances network security, protects digital identities and ensures platform integrity.

Certified NIST SP 800-147

ASUS business motherboard is certified by the national computer security standards.

Testing and overclocking

According to the tests presented below, it is safe to say that the motherboard shows excellent results, achievement of which was accompanied by the use of good hardware components, actual functionality and successful optimization of BIOS settings.

The motherboard was tested in CPU-Z, SiSoftware Sandra 2016, WinRar v 5.40, Cinebench R15, Geekbench 4, AIDA64, 3D Mark Time Spy, and Tom Clancy’s The Division games (high settings), Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (high settings ), GhostRecon, DX12 (very high settings, medium FPS), For Honor (Very high settings, average fps).

The following motherboards took part in testing for comparison: Asus Prime B360M-C, Asus TUF H370-Pro Gaming, ASUS TUF B360-PRO Gaming, ROG Strix H370-F Gaming.

The test results were taken from users of the ru.gecid.com portal.

Customer reviews, advantages and disadvantages

Buyers were pleased with the increased reliability of the motherboard and moisture protection, a good set of ports on the interface panel for development purposes. A large role in purchase for the company is played 24/7 work support and a number of other useful proprietary technologies and utilities, for example, the LPC for quickly diagnosing faults.

The disadvantages that buyers noted in their reviews is the lack of a heatsink on the elements of the power subsystem and the presence of only two connectors for body cooling.

Here are some other advantages of the board, which were noted in PC Magazines reviews and user reviews:

  • use design ASUS Shield;
  • support interfaces COM, LPT, PCI;
  • the presence of four DIMM-slots for a convenient increase in the amount of RAM;
  • good disk subsystem capabilities;
  • Intel gigabit LAN controller;

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice little board
July 8, 2018 [Verified Purchase]

Very nice little board, excellent for business or “non-gaming” PC

So far so good. I’m using this board to build a new PC for my business. Uses will be Office programs, some graphics, several scientific type modeling programs, accounting software, etc. Typically all running at the same time. No gaming.

Likes: Tiny board, well laid out, clear markings, works well. Lots of nice features for durability and reliability. Reasonably priced, and extended time support for the board. I may buy a second board to upgrade another one of my staff’s PCs. I’d like to fiddle with some of the features like the ability to make custom BIOS boot graphics, I’d love my company logo on the boot screen. Ability is there, I haven’t tried it yet. Also ability to monitor the PCs and BIOS of every computer in your business, that seems like a cool feature, I’ll also try that out.

Dislikes: Tiny board, if you’re not accustomed to mATX it is small, that is a plus and a minus. The little printed manual is just plain awful. I had to scan a QR code in the manual to see the pinouts for the Front Panel/case headers, like “Reset” “HD light” “Power” etc. (“Scan the QR code to get the detailed pin definitions.”) I’m not sure why they couldn’t have printed at least the F_Panel information in the manual. Also, the MB only has two Case Fan headers.

Comment: It uses that “old skool” VGA looking BIOS screen. This is UEFI, but it looks like the old timey BIOS with VGA graphics and text. Seems pretty good tho, has individual controls for each Case Fan, and updating the BIOS was simple using it and the BIOS on a USB drive. The graphics style is not really a plus or a minus, I’m just pointing it out.

Customer feedback from Amazon.com, which indicated the main advantages and disadvantages of the motherboard

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