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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
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Rebel
  • 1/29/2015 6:48:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFinicky about Ram

Pros: Great looking Motherboard. Works only with the QVL list RAM which is not a huge list.

Cons: VERY picky about RAM. Only buy whats on the QVL listing. I tried this RAM and I could not get booted.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147

Other Thoughts: Asus needs to make their motherboards less finicky about what brand/types of RAM it will take. There are a lot of RAM brands, types that plain just won't work with this board when other mobo's of different manufacturers using the same chipset will work. Asus customer support sucks. Their answer to everything is update the bios. If you tell them you are missing a back plate, they will tell you to update the bios. If you are missing a cable, they'll tell you to update the bios. If you can't boot up, update the bios. If you can't POST, update the bios. No power, update the bios.........

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Rebel,

We want to thank you for posting this review and we appreciate it. I do apologize if this motherboard is picky about the RAM. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. Should you need further technical assistance regarding the product please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501101321 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in providing positive customer experience.

Thank you for trusting ASUS.

Best regards
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Rip1980
  • 1/27/2015 4:44:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Took it out of the box, plugged in the CPU and memory and turned it on. 6 Core AMD with 16G Ram, used as a zoneminder setup under Ubuntu with analog (needed PCI) and IP cameras to 5MP each.

Doesn't break a sweat. Simply worked out of the box at the correct speeds and timing.

Cons: None really, was an incremental upgrade of a pre-existing home server

Other Thoughts: Second M5A97 board. First one is over a year old and no downside.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Rip1980,

We want to thank you for posting this positive review in the website and we appreciate it. It's good to know that you're happy and satisfied with the unit. We're so glad to received a positive feedback from our customer. If you're going to need help or assistance with the unit or any other ASUS product please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501101546 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Evan
  • 1/27/2015 2:37:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOutdated and Overpriced

Pros: This motherboard looks beautiful, and ASUS is a trusted, quality manufacturer of motherboards.

Cons: This product is very outdated. It does not feature on board USB 3.0 headers and does not support the most recent PCIe standard, PCIe 3.0. The I/O shield is very cheap and furthermore, the one I received was warped.

Other Thoughts: For the current price of $90, it's not worth it. However, I bought this during a sale, and am satisfied with what I got for the price I paid. If it's on sale, by all means go for it. But if not, I personally don't believe it's worth the price tag.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Evan,

Thank you for making posting this review. I understand that you're not happy and satisfied with the unit. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. Should you need further technical assistance regarding the product please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501101601 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • N/A
  • 1/20/2015 10:21:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board for the price

Pros: Decent amount of features, easy install and UEFI. Windows recognized it right away and installed all the drivers. I still did a fresh install because it only makes sense to me. Lots of SATA III ports and nice layout.

Cons: Didn't have an amazing experience over clocking. I did a very mild OC on my 8320 to 3.8Ghz and it was stable for a few days. Ran Prime95 for a couple hours and it seemed fine. Temps never went above 43c. Then last night while I was extracting some iso files I noticed I had anywhere from 2-4 cores failing. I reset the UEFI to factory settings and they were still failing. So I dropped my ram from 1600Mhz to 1333. Now it seems stable again. Not sure if it's my ram causing the issue. It seems odd that a higher clock on the ram would cause core failure. I used the ram from my last build. It was ways set at 1600 without a hiccup.

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  • 1/19/2015 8:48:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat mobo, just don't USB boot in 3.0 port

Pros: Asus says it all. Great board, great price. Used as the board for younger sisters second build. Light gaming, mostly schoolwork. Easy to over lock and works great with the fx-4300 which is the processor we chose.

Cons: Can't boot windows install on 3.0 port. Use a 2.0

Other Thoughts: Do it. Buy it. You won't. But really, it's an awesome value and great board for an entry level gaming rig or a monster of a multitasking machine.

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  • 1/17/2015 6:31:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Nice price and features

Cons: Dead on arrival - 4 bios beep nightmare - buy a different board!!!!

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  • Anthony3325
  • 1/15/2015 5:56:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding!

Pros: Great board! Sturdy, clean, and very user friendly. Was easy to install and has much room to work with.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you looking for the best bang for your buck this is definally it!

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  • N/A
  • 1/13/2015 11:18:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful

Pros: Motherboard looks good, everything installed well, works great. I have no issues. Price was nice too.

Cons: NONE

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  • N/A
  • 1/10/2015 11:27:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsIt's okay

Pros: Runs okay, motherboard is fairly small and tiny compared to being an ATX. I had to flash the BIOS to latest for my USB thumb drive to load properly and stop crashing.

Lots of SATA ports.

Cons: As the other reviewer mentioned, No onboard connector for USB 3.0 to case port which is a downside for this MB. I would spend a few more bucks and buy a different one if I only knew this missing feature.

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  • Dan
  • 1/10/2015 7:04:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board, Has Some Issues

Pros: - Good layout allows for relatively easy connection of all components which aren't crammed together
- Plenty of SATA ports (6), Fan connections (3 + 1 CPU)
- Bios is very easy to use and navigate, also allows for UEFI installation and non-UEFI in case you are using a drive that you don't want to reformat that doesn't already support UEFI
- No issues during setup, everything went smoothly as expected

Cons: - The USB ports on the back panel, every one of them, is extremely flaky. I had a wireless mouse connected to them initially, but noticed that every time there was some load on the system, like a web page loading, installing something, etc., the mouse would skip around the screen. Similarly, this happened with the keyboard as well which has a separate USB dongle, and port, so I knew it was the system. I moved the USB dongles for the mouse and keyboard to the case USB ports in the front and they worked well as expected. I decided to use an old 4-Port USB card from a previous build and just use that for connecting USB devices. It's not a huge enough issue for me to return it since it was so cheap, but I would advise people to purchase a USB card and not rely on this board to supply USB ports. Otherwise, just buy a different motherboard.

Other Thoughts: This would have been 3 eggs because of the USB port issue, but the BIOS kicked it up another egg. I wish there was a way to do 3.5 eggs!

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