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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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  • effigy3
  • 9/12/2014 10:41:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board if you know what you're buying

Pros: + an excellent value, especially if you can catch it on sale and with a promo code as I did.

+ Wonderful UEFI navigation, the best in the business by my estimation

+ Excellent AISuite II utility suite, again the best in the business

+ very mature and stable chipset in the 970 + SB950. It's not flashy but will use all current and past AM2/3 series CPUs including the newest FX line of processors. Wonderful way to step up an old AMD based system without breaking the bank or replacing all your components.

Cons: - This board is narrower than a "standard" dimension ATX motherboard. Look closely. There are only 2 columns of mounting holes rather than 3 as the ATX specification supports. From the ATX spec: A full size ATX board is 12" wide by 9.6" deep. This board is 12" X 9". That missing .6" may not sound like much but it results in a fair amount of motherboard real estate cantilevering out over what should be the middle column of support stand-offs. You will need to be extra careful when installing RAM and especially when plugging in the 24-pin ATX main power connection. Less so with any of the SATA connections since they don't require nearly as much pressure in order to seat securely. I *strongly* suggest placing your fingertips under the board for added support when making these connections. Otherwise you risk over-flexing the board which may crack it. This could be the root of the problem with many of the people who have reported DOA or faulty boards in these reviews. A cracked motherboard is nearly impossible to detect and can result in all sorts of odd and seemingly unrelatable problems.

- As has been previously mentioned by other reviewers, this board lacks the 20-pin USB 3.0 header or heat sinks on the VRMs. No eggs deducted for this as these are known limitations of this board which are clearly marked. Know what you are buying and make no assumptions.

Other Thoughts: My wife is a 5th grade teacher. This M5A97 LE was used to repair her teachers computer in her classroom. The original ASRock 880G based mATX motherboard suddenly died after 33 months of service. A 12 month ASRock warranty necessitated the replacement.

The Phenom II X3 720 and 4GB dual-channel kit of Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 worked flawlessly.
To set your RAM speed correctly: enter Advanced Mode in UEFI. Click on the Ai Tweaker tab.
Change Ai Overclock Tuner from Auto to D.O.C.P. This should set your RAM speed and timings correctly.

I also took this opportunity to upgrade the 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD to a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro. The system scores very well on Crystal Disk Mark, nearly saturating the SATA 3 buss. CPU fan control is excellent with AMD Cool n Quite enabled and the AISuite II fan control set to Silent.

I'm happy with the purchase given it's purpose as a daily workhorse, strictly sticking with stock clock speeds. However, if you desire a little more from your motherboard and have approximately $5-$10 more to spend I suggest you take a close look at the GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P Item#: N82E16813128651. IMHO the Gigabyte is a superior board which addresses all the Cons I detailed above. It has the same expansion slot layout as the M5A97 LE with superior I/O ports, heat sinks on the VRMs, and a USB 3.0 header.

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  • N/A
  • 9/12/2014 9:45:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Deal

Pros: Great Board! This baby can handle quite a bit. Unboxing and installation was smooth as was boot up. The board supports crossfire/SLI and will regulate power to each card to deliver performance on x16/x4 slots.

Cons: The only problem I had with the board is the throttling data when using crossfire cards.

Other Thoughts: I definitely recommend this board for a first time build, but if you are looking to improve performance latter on, ie. dual GPU setups, you may want to consider looking at other boards.

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  • Jeff
  • 9/9/2014 11:18:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSolid Board, Kind of Behind on Features Though

Pros: Seems stable now, supports just about every piece of hardware under the sun, it seems. Works with 8 core FX CPUs, recognized my ram. No complaints there.

Cons: Had some trouble with it hanging before post, then I would do a hard reset and it seemed to correct itself. This happened for quite a while. I then moved everything out of the USB 3.0 ports. Now it seems fine.

Also, only two USB 3.0 ports and no header. I had to get a USB 3.0 card to connect my case's port. It is an older board and kind of budget though, so you get what you pay for there.

Other Thoughts: Solid board for not a lot of $$. I used it for a kind of semi-budget build and it happened to be included in newegg's package. I'll keep it for a while it seems.

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  • BigBill
  • 9/2/2014 11:26:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRebate Rip Off

Pros: Ok Board good value , especially if they would issue my rebate.

Cons: Rebate is bull denkey... ASUS Claimed it was not in the time frame, even though it was, and they have had this rebate all summer long, and now i don't have my UPC code label, what a rip off

Other Thoughts: ASUS , I thought you were better that this, I have bought at least 10 boards from you and you won't honor you rebate, then don't have me waste my time and stamp for me sending it in, you lie...

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  • N/A
  • 8/21/2014 8:35:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I Guest it will B alright that is if some one that don't know the difference Between Mother boards

Cons: the ASUS mother board in my book Sucks , every time You boot up withe ASUS U have 2 go through the Bio's & Click several times to even get to the Page where You see the windows starting up ,

Other Thoughts: I Like a Bio-Star mother board & it being An AMD amd 3 / amd plus 3 970 is the tops n my book

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  • NinjAmit
  • 8/11/2014 5:25:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGreat while it lasted

Pros: Runs fast, runs well. No cooling issues. Easy installation and setup.

Cons: I expected at least 5 years of life out of it but it only gave me half of that. Lasted 2 years 8 months until the PC began rebooting every few minutes, sometimes even before Windows loaded. Replaced with a ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX and everything works perfectly now so I'm sure the problem was the M5A97 motherboard.

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  • Big Bill
  • 8/9/2014 8:24:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Mobo for budget build

Pros: Almost the same as a ASUS M5 97 R.2. Only Differance is no heat sink on powere section, not need if not heavy OC. No Front 20 pin USB connector, and only 3 plug adui no optical audio. $ 20 cheaper

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I own 3 Asus m5 97 r2 and bought this for a budget build for a neighbor. It is great Asus quality, and has Uefi bios which allowed OC ram ti 2140 mhz

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  • masterben
  • 8/9/2014 12:33:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPossibly PCIe not working

Pros: It was in a bundle and priced right.

Cons: Everything powers up EXCEPT the graphics card. It powers up long enough for the fan to start to spin then stops. I have swapped PSUs and graphics cards and nothing will work. I even switched to the x4 slot, the fan powers up with that, but still no graphics.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to RMA this for a MSI or Gigabyte

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  • jbreegs
  • 8/8/2014 5:31:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsdoes what its supposed to

Pros: it was pretty easy to instal, everything worked correctly, and the box had everything it was supposed to.

Cons: seems to do what i ask so i have no complaints

Other Thoughts: great for the price. Asus is my brand.

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  • Wolfenstein
  • 7/30/2014 1:22:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Board

Pros: Very solid basic board, paired very wel with my FX 6350 and ASUS gtx 750 ti. I would recommend this board to anyone that is looking for a basic gaming or workstation pc build on a budget and not looking to overclock the CPU or anyhting, as it lacks VRM heat sinks..It has a really cool UEFI BIOS that is very user friendly. The PC always fires up for me everyday and is used average about 16 hours a day. I haven't had a hitch yet and highly recommend this..

Cons: Lack of VRM heat sinks,, but cant shave off an egg for that as i am not looking to overclock anything as this board isn't meant for it. Also the lack of USB 3.0 header, which is also expected from a lower end board.

Other Thoughts: It is a great reliable board with nice blue aesthetics, runs and gets the job done efficiently as long as you don't try to turn anything up to 11.

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