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ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970 + SB950
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(O.C.)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 Non-ECC, Un-buffered

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Alexander H.
  • 4/27/2016 8:20:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product!!!

Pros: great graphical bios menu
easy to set up

Cons: no usb 3 header

Other Thoughts: will be ordering another one to build my wife a computer

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  • Jordan P.
  • 4/14/2016 7:15:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEasy to install, worked great for about a week.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: Worked great for about a week. Then, on higher end games, it just freezes. It completely locks up and I have to hold the power button to turn off my rig. Thought it might have been the HDD crashing, so I went and got a new SSD. First time booting up ARK, it worked for about 3 minutes before completely locking up. Thought it might just be ARK until it happened in CS:GO, then eventually on the desktop with just chrome running. On top of that, my USB ports occasionally just turn off and on. Its now happening more frequently and the USB 3.0 ports just all of a sudden died. After visiting some forums, Im not the first one with this problem. And the specs of my computer are higher than the people on these forums for the most part. ASUS usually puts out some good motherboards, but just not this one. Spend an extra $20-30 on a different one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your ASUS experience. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this experience may have caused. What are your system specifications? Is you memory provided in our ASUS Qualified Vendor's List? Please make sure to download and install the most recent SATA drivers for your PC AMD RAID Driver V3.3.1540.35 for Windows 7 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL). In regards to your USB issues, download and install Asmedia USB3.0 Controller Driver V1.16.12.0 for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL) for optimal USB performance. If you haven’t already please Download UEFI version 2601 and extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. Then navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. You can locate all your updated system drivers and UEFI BIOS updates at our ASUS Online Help Desk: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/HelpDesk_Download/. If you need further technical information, feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • Ron M.
  • 4/12/2016 9:12:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent, but only just

Pros: 4 RAM slots, UEFI BIOS is very smooth and easy to navigate, Inexpensive FX supporting board.

I really like how they positioned the CPU socket a little closer to the RAM slots to free up the area behind the I/O. Makes getting air flow over that area a little easier.

Cons: Once Windows 7 x64 completely updated, the UEFI would not boot into the OS, Gave an error at boot about "UEFI has detected unauthorized changes in the firmware...." . A quick search engine search found this is a known issue with Asus' UEFI, and has been known since at least mid-2015, (based on the posts on support forums I found that helped remedy the issue). You have to set the secure boot option to "Other OS" and it boots into Windows properly. Deducted an egg for this because I would expect a reputable manufacturer like Asus to have addressed this issue by now. Perhaps there's a BIOS/UEFI update somewhere for this? I didn't look. I expect the board to work out of the box as it should.

The heatsink on the chipset is not in the best place in relation to the 16x PCI-e slot. The heatsink, (which gets fairly hot to the touch), is about 1/8" from the edge of the slot at the base, and the top, (note the curved-finned shape of the heatsink), ends up about 3/8" from the back of the cards' PCB. The height is such that if you are using RAMsinks on your graphics cards' RAM, it COULD actually touch them, depending on the location. My card, (which does have aftermarket RAMsinks), has about 3/8" space to the top edge of the chipset heatsink. I will be doing a mod to my case to ensure good air flow over this portion, it's just too warm for my liking.

As many people have already pointed out, there are no USB 3.0 headers, make sure to check the case it's going in.

Not a good choice if you want to OC.

Other Thoughts: Would have liked to see one of the PCI-e 1x slots moved lower, as they're not usable with any decent graphics card installed, (as most occupy two slot spaces).

Main power connector is positioned VERY close to the RAM slot. Fortunately, someone did NOT orient the thing with the clip on the INSIDE, like some manufacturers have in the past.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your ASUS experience. I apologize for any inconvenience this experience has caused. If you haven’t already please Download UEFI version 2601 and extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. Then navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI (2601) please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. The board should be left alone during this process. Also, please make sure to download and install your Chipset Management Engine Interface V11.0.0.1172 for Windows Win7 64bit & Win8.1 64bit & Win10 64bit---(WHQL). You can locate the most recent BIOS and Chipset drivers on our Online ASUS Help Desk: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/HelpDesk_Download/. If you need further technical information, feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • Charles .
  • 4/9/2016 11:34:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnot bad

Pros: works well, BIOS is straight forward and easy to use.

Cons: doesn't have a connector for the case front USBs, but i cant dock an egg because i knew about that before i bought it.

has no heatsink on the VRM but you can get small ones for the individual mosfets for about 15 bucks, which i might do.

Other Thoughts: its a good budget board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your review on the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboard. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this expereince may have caused. Have you considered using a USB HUB to increase the amount of USB ports for your use? Also, please make sure that you have adequate cooling with cool air taking in and hot air exhausting out to avoid your VRM from overheating. We appreciate the feedback and I'll make sure to forward your case to the related department for future improvements to the product line. If you have any questions or if you need help choosing a motherboard that fits your needs, please feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com using N160431227 as reference to this case.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support

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  • Ronald G.
  • 3/31/2016 5:44:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA bit unhappy with ASUS

Pros: non DOA

Cons: After installing the board and hooking everything up found out the audio and Ethernet ports were bad and could not access my network or install the drivers.

Other Thoughts: Their web site is no help as well the only thing working on it is the order our products section, everything else gives you a message " We will be right back " this comes up no matter when you log in. Even the download and support section does not work same message. forget about the contact section same message and no one picks up the phone. I use to love ASUS motherboards, but after this go round not to happy with them. Returned the board to Newegg and got a Gigabyte MB to replace it so I know my build works fine after I installed the Gigabyte it came up just fine. I know a bad MB can happen, but you think they have something better than snailmail as a contact option.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASUS Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to write this informative review. We appreciate your feedback on this matter and I will be letting the related department know about the issues you are experiencing for continuous improvements to ASUS Support. If you need a help with any technical questions or general inquiries you can reach me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • Rusti S.
  • 3/29/2016 6:12:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, budget motherboard.

Pros: Price
Color (I like blue)
Sata 6
Bios

Cons: No USB 3.0 headers

Other Thoughts: I have no clue what happened when I did my build with this motherboard. I had everything done and it would power up but not post....absolutely nothing. I took everything all apart, applied new thermal paste, made sure all the connections were tight, reseated the cpu and since then it has worked perfect. The bios are great for a first time builder. Very modern looking and easy to navigate. The only thing I do not like is that it doesnt have USB 3.0 headers. I am not going to overclock as I am happy with my FX-8350 running at 4.3 ghz with the Asus performance setting on the bios, so dont know how well it overclocks. Overall a great solid budget motherboard.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/29/2016 4:17:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMotherboard Upgrade

Pros: Arrived earlier then expected, Easy installation. Also purched new Cpu and Memory with suggested package build. Works and Performs Great....

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Would highly recommend this to Anyone

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  • Lance F.
  • 3/21/2016 9:33:47 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEasy BIOS to use, bad quality control

Pros: Easy to install and very navigatable BIOS.
Cheap

Cons: Error using more than 4gb RAM

Other Thoughts: I've had nothing but problems with this motherboard when first bought. Everything was installed correctly and upon powering on would randomly shutdown/BSOD for a mydriad of reason pointing to the CPU, RAM, HDD, GPU, PSU. Upon troubleshooting and replacing parts I have found that it refuses to accept more than 4gb of RAM regardless of the slots I tried and different RAM sticks tried. Works okay when only using a maximum of 4gb RAM.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your ASUS experience. I'm sorry to hear about your memory detection issues. What are your hardware specifications? Is your CPU, memory, and power supply all in the qualified vendor list? Have you already reseated your CPU? Please make sure to inspect your motherboard to see if there is any damage at the trace level. Please note if the system is so unstable, it can only map DIMMs in single channel (lower perf than dual channel). That's fairly easily checked if you try Channel B only after a CMOS clear (DRAM ratio will be low, which is exactly what we want for debugging). If the board POSTs with memory (only) in channel B, you've got an instability issue - which can happen on this platform when memory is unstable. If you haven't already, please make sure to update your UEFI firmware to BIOS Version 2601 located on our ASUS online help desk: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/HelpDesk_Download/. If you have any further questions of technical inquiries, please make sure to contact me directly at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support

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  • John G.
  • 3/19/2016 10:16:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome motherboard

Pros: great for a budget build

Cons: no USB 3.0 header plug.

Other Thoughts: Works great with no issues. Easy BIOS menu to learn.

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  • Keith D.
  • 3/10/2016 1:02:59 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid motherboard for 1.5 years now - no problems

Pros: Has worked well for over 1.5 years now. I'm using the 4 ports SATA controller for a RAID 5 set of 1TB drives (3TB useable). It works great and the software tells me if a drive has failed. No problems whatsoever.

Cons: Even though it has 6 SATA ports, only 4 of them can be used in a RAID set. That was find for me, I used the UEFI ones for a SSD with the OS... but it would've been good to know. I had a 5th HDD that I wanted to add to the RAID set and couldn't, not even as a hot/cold spare.

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