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ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray 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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  • Benjamin T.
  • 2/2/2016 9:12:17 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Home Server Motherboard

Pros: ECC RAM Support!
Lots(6) of SATAIII (6Gb) ports
Well supported in Linux.
Rock solid after BIOS update

Cons: Had to flash the initial BIOS/UEFI to get stability. After I updated BIOS from the out of the box version, it has been rock solid.

Second (black) PCIe 2.0 x16 is really just a PCe 2.0. x4 bus with a x16 physical connector. This can be very misleading. Doesn't really effect me, but with people doing SLI/Crossfire, that could be a big issue.

Other Thoughts: I love that ASUS enables the ECC support in there AMD FX processors. More vendors should.
I can't comment on the audio since I don't use it. I use this as a server.

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  • Melissa H.
  • 2/1/2016 11:46:12 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo NOT waste money on this

Pros: none

Cons: -USB ports failed
-PCI ports failed
-Customer Support

Other Thoughts: After about a year of use, I noticed that all my on-board USB ports as well as the PCI ports failed to work consistently. I noticed from other reviews that this seems to be an issue (only saw this after the purchase). I tried contacting support from ASUS and when I finally reached a person, he spoke quickly about there wasn't anything they could do, gave me a ticket number, and said have a good day and hung up. Not only would I not recommend this product, but I would caution purchasing anything from ASUS, as they seem to not care if their products are quality products or not.

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  • Matt B.
  • 1/30/2016 11:58:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Board has been rock stable, paired with my fx-8300. Good overclocking options in bios, although I've currently got it running at stock since I don't have anything maxing this cpu out yet. Went with Asus because of good experiences with the last few of their boards I've purchased, and chose this over some other Asus models for the 6x 6gb sata ports and the usb 3.0 ports.

Cons: Wish there were more usb 3.0 ports, but knew there were only 2 when I ordered it.

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  • JAMES F.
  • 1/24/2016 8:43:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect!

Pros: It's great! It was a part of a MOBO/CPU/RAM combo. The combo was a steal, especially what you got and the price. This board works great and hasn't failed me. I've owned for a little over a month with no problems. Runs all my components and easily overclocked my RAM. I highly recommend!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I would recommend to people to look into the combo deal with the FX6300 and 8 GB stick of G.Skill. I'm very pleased with it. Plus ASUS is a great company that never let me down and they also honored the rebate and I got a $25 Prepaid Rewards card! Thank you ASUS!

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  • Steve P.
  • 1/21/2016 6:08:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the Cash

Pros: Arrived promptly. Sort of worked out of the box.

Cons: Over the past couple of months of low to moderate usage the problems became worse. Machine would freeze and wouldn’t POST. I thought it was BIOS issue...Tried several BIOS adjustments and nothing worked. Updated BIOS and problems persist. Now it wont POST at all. Junk. Started support email chain. If they want back to test they can keep it!

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte is the way I am going for future builds....and probably a replacement for the ASUS.

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(1/21/16) I sent the board in and it came back in a 1 to 2 weeks later. No write up or explanation what was done. AND...The cpu fan mounting brackets are missing. I sent an email asking what they would do about the missing mounts and I am still waiting for a response. NO MORE ASUS.

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  • david g.
  • 1/21/2016 9:31:13 AM

4 out of 5 eggsGood for entry level, but not cool to bundle with 220W CPU

Pros: Great stable basic motherboard, but currently offered as a shell shocker with a FX9370 thats 220 watts. This motherboard only supports up to 140W so your looking at a lot of magic smoke.

Cons: Only 140W support, no heatsinks on VRM.

Other Thoughts: Not a very good deal if the CPU blows the board.

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  • Donovan S.
  • 1/12/2016 6:59:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as designed.

Pros: I have had this 2 years now and no issues yet. Bought it to build a budget gaming computer for my GF. Now running a nice little 290X and 6 core AMD. I have had no issues.

Cons: No front mount USB 3.0, but I don't see that as a con because I knew it did not before I bought it. So, no real cons to speak of.

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  • Corey M.
  • 1/12/2016 6:19:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent board for low cost, but few features

Pros: PRICE! Good board for entry to mid level CPUs with no frills

Cons: No USB 3.0 headers or on board networking. Poor overclocking

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a simple and cheap computer, this is a good board for the price but you're getting what you pay for. I would recommend this if your full build is under $500 or you have an old case with no USB 3.0 ports. If you're looking to spend more, then look elsewhere for a mobo.
I have an FX6300 running on this board and was looking to tinker and get into overclocking, but the lack of features and poor VRM cooling really held it back. If I could build my pc all over agin, I would have done a bit more research and spent a bit more to go at least one tier up in both processor and mobo.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/10/2016 9:38:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice MB, powerful,

Pros: looks good. working very stable. easy OC. and not expensive,

Cons: N/a

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  • Mason C.
  • 1/8/2016 10:52:52 AM

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome motherboard for AM3/AM3+ socket

Pros: -6 SATA 6gbs ports
-Lots of USB ports on I/O
-Has a 4-pin CPU power connector instead of 8-Pin (May not be a problem for you but i have a power supply that only has a 4 pin CPU connector)
-Makes overclocking very easy with just a click of a button!!

Cons: -No USB 3.0 Headers( but not a huge deal)

Other Thoughts: I have it running with an Athlon ii X4 630 @3.3ghz stable and 8gb of Corsair Vengeance LP RAM! A great buy if your looking for a mid-range AM3/AM3+ motherboard!!

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