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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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  • DC
  • 4/16/2015 12:57:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Easy to install. It came in good condition, had no problems with the motherboard. It comes with amazing feature implemented.

Cons: None

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  • 4/16/2015 11:19:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS = Worst Customer Support

Pros: Worked great for the first year

Cons: After a year of having this motherboard it started having issues. Sent it in for an RMA they fixed the problem it was having and came back with another. Since then I've spent the past 3 months or so trying to get the motherboard fixed. After 3 rmas, which in all cost about $60 in shipping for repairs, still not fixed. Every time I contact them they lie to you and tell you things like their computers have to go through maintenance and they will send me an email within the hour (most used excuse) or just tell me I will receive an email in an hour which I don't receive. If you are buying for the 3 year warranty, don't bother, they don't honor it.

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  • 4/16/2015 6:40:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: - The BIOS is extremely user friendly and well thought out.
- Aesthetically pleasing... for those of us with windowed side-panels.
- Works like a dream. No errors or problems posting.

Cons: - I was disappointed that the board did not have support for the USB 3.0 on the front IO panel on my case. It's not enough to dock the board an egg. And I suppose when you want a budget board they have to cut corners somewhere.

Other Thoughts: Simple budget gaming build on this board:
AMD FX-6300
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
16 GB G Skills Ripjaws X Series (2x8) RAM
AMD Radeon SSD 120GB (for Windows)
Phantex Enthoo Pro Case

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  • GloryHound
  • 4/14/2015 6:55:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOwned less than 1 week

Pros: Good motherboard so far. Plugged everything in and fired up on the first try. Windows 8 took less than 10 minutes to get setup on a new SSD ordered in a combo upgrade. The upgrade included the following: AMD FX 8350, Asus M5A97 Mobo, 8Gb RAM and Samsung SSD.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Other Thoughts: Worth every penny if things hold up. Will try some stress testing to see how high the temps get with the new system build. Using a stock CPU cooler and it's at 54C. The motherboard sensor reads a cool 32C-35C all day even after a few hours of heavy gaming.

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  • Corey and Trevor
  • 4/12/2015 5:18:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLook elsewhere if you are looking to overclock...

Pros: UEFI BIOS is nice to work with.

Cons: LLC is broken. Overclocking Phenom x4 was a pain. Not easily stable. Same went for an FX-8350 (not surprisingly).

I know... I know... this board is not meant for overclocking, but I had to try it, any way.

Vdroop city (Voltage sway under load, especially). Good luck getting a stable overclock. If you do want to try and overclock, be sure to leave LLC at Auto and turn off all of the advanced features (CoolNQuiet, C1E, C6, APM), but turn on HPC mode. That is all I can recommend. Also, to get NB Frequency to 2600 (stock for FX-8350), you have to adjust the FSB (bus) speed. Not ideal.

The only safe option with this board is to leave it at default settings in the BIOS.

Other Thoughts: The board has held up fine and will ALMOST let the FX chip open up, but not really.

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  • SmokeForce
  • 4/11/2015 11:22:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice lil mobo

Pros: Easy to install, backpanel slips right in. Everything is set up so you don't have to finaggle around with cables to get 'em in right and have good airflow. Data transfers are lightning fast.

Cons: Not sure if it's just my case or maybe I overlooked something, but the board doesn't seem to have much support on the inside edge so don't push too hard.

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  • Kyle G.
  • 4/10/2015 12:10:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice MOBO for the $$$

Pros: Easy to install, looks nice. Lots of connectors.

Cons: 4 pin power ATX connector is at the very top of MoBo so if you have a case with the power supply at the bottom it makes it a stretch to connect it. I had to buy a extender ($4) to make it work properly without pulling to hard (TWSS)

Other Thoughts: Nice Product

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  • JD
  • 4/9/2015 3:38:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother great ASUS product

Pros: Plenty of ports/slots
Handles everything just fine
Super easy to configure BIOS/UEFI (whatever its called these days)
ASUS quality I've come to know and love

Cons: ummm.....it wasn't free?
seriously though, no complaints

Other Thoughts: I never build a system without an ASUS motherboard because they deliver a great product at a very reasonable price. This board has been no exception.

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  • Jacob C
  • 4/2/2015 10:14:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsREAD THIS BEFORE BUYING

Pros: Great board, runs my 1866 HyperX, and an 8350 8 core CPU

Cons: None, I have mostly listed the worst things in other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: When I got this board, I was super-excited. I put it into my new computer, and turned it right on. Keep in mind that this is my first build so I made some mistakes. Well first, I am familiar just looking at other computers there is just 1 three pin connector for the CPU fan at the top. This one looks like it has 4, but there is still only 1 cpu fan, the three others were just CHA, or chassis fans. I find this placement very odd, because if you are looking at the board with the I/O shield to the left, it would say CHA, CPU, CHA, CHA. Never seeing this before, I went ahead and put my CPU fan in the first slot, the first CHA fan.After that the bios booted up saying CPU Fan error. I could clearly see the CPU fan was spinning, and didn't get it. Oh, by the way I am using 4 pin molex's for my fans, not the 3 pins. So when I went into the bios, it said that CHA Fan 1 was spinning. Keeping in mind im using 4 pins, I didn't understand why CHA fan was spinning and CPU wasn't (in the bios) so after uninstalling my top fan, I pulled it out and plugged it into CPU Fan. That was the fix of number one. Number two started with the most scariest in my opinion, I had salvaged a Windows 7 64bit HDD. and if you are using windows in the first place, you would know that it says starting windows, then all the 4 colors come together to form the windows logo. But not for me, when you could see the 4 colors, then it would crash. For about 0.5 seconds i could see the blue screen, then it just wanted to restart. So after borrowing a neighbors trial of windows 7 32 bit, because apparently his 64 wouldn't work, I finally got a running computer where I did some benchmark valley tests. K, then I went to best buy and got windows 8.1 making sure it was the full version. I installed 32 bit like a charm, then I tried 64 bit. I had to install it from the boot drive, but after that it worked. I am typing right now, and the time from, I have not had any hardware or software issues.

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  • 3/31/2015 1:00:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad bad bad

Pros: When it works its good no problems that about it.

Cons: Bought this board on 11/14/12 - on 10/23/13 the board started shooting sparks RMA'd it to asus on 10/24/13 only to have to pay for shipping and find out that they were repairing the board. I get the board back on 11/8/13. All was fine till the morning of 3/26/15 when once again the board started shooting sparks. It should be noted i don't overclock anything everything runs default. Asus tech support is slow and unhelpful. I will no longer be supporting asus, which is a shame since ive been using them since '06 with no issues till the nightmare of a board.

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