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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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0

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  • 7/29/2015 6:24:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not play well with liquid coolers

Pros: Inexpensive. Easy to understand bios.

Cons: Once you try to fiddle with overclocking, you'll never get it back the way it was. The board doesn't report fan speeds properly, and so doesn't operate a liquid cooler effectively. Best used with a standard CPU heatsink/fan combo. Don't try to overclock it.

Other Thoughts: The M5A99FX Pro seems to have addressed these issues, and operates more reliably while still being low cost.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Matthew,

I am sorry to hear you are not satisfied with this motherboard's overclocking capabilities. If there is anything i can help you with, feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150787929

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 7/29/2015 2:41:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRMA, but I Ain't Mad

Pros: It's a solid board, physically that is. It's an Asus product at a bargain price, so the risks should be obvious to anyone who's looking at the product. The main pro here is Neweggs' customer support, even though I live in an APO address I was able to return it and have it get there in time. Thanks Newegg.

Cons: Couldn't detect my GPU, that's a common problem I see with other reviews. Obviously that's just a fluke, and it probably won't happen to you, but you get what you pay for. I'm not mad about it, it happens, but I can't justify anything higher than two eggs.

Other Thoughts: I risked it, and it didn't work out in my favor. I returned it and got my money back, and I bought a more expensive alternative instead. All you really risk here is time, so if you're impatient, just spend the extra dollar, but remember that Newegg has you covered either way.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Anthony,

I am sorry to hear that your motherboard is not detecting your GPU. It looks like you have already gone and returned this unit and replaced it with a different model. If there is anything i can help you with, feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150787108

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 7/22/2015 12:18:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks as expected

Pros: I have installed this board on two systems. Works as expected. No surprises. Stable operations. Solid performance. Lack of USB 3.0 header on the board not a problem. Four-pin cpu power header not a problem.

Cons: ASUS UEFI bios interface is over-designed to look cool. Interferes with utility. Example: Boot priority choices are hidden in a scrolling window. Not intuitive. I had to do an internet search to learn how to find them. Now that I know, I'm good. But WHY? Why make the interface less convenient and more obscure?

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  • 7/22/2015 11:36:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950

Pros: Was exactly what I needed, until now..

Cons: Motherboard crapped out on me last week and now I had to go and order a new one. I guess this wasn't exactly what I needed. I've only had the motherboard since December of 2013, not even two years old..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Mark,

I am sorry that your motherboard died on you. If you didn't know you can submit an RMA and have it replaced at http://www.asus.com/us/support. ASUS has a 3 year warranty on motherboards. If you need any further assistance, feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150766243


Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 7/21/2015 3:13:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus M5A97

Pros: I read the reviews and based on what I read I figured the complaints were related to user understanding of the product.
I must say I am happy with my purchase the board is great no hassle smooth install boots right up, there is no 3.0 usb port on the board but I knew this going in and do not require that feature. good board for budget build with out the bling.

Cons: Aside from no 3.0 usb port on board for front ports no complaints.
Can still use built in ports on the back of the board.
Good Product.

Other Thoughts: Would buy this again no question.

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  • Tayton
  • 7/20/2015 11:42:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood board for the price

Pros: Good board
Everything you need
Bios is great to scramble through, does the job
Awesome mobo for the price!

Cons: none right now

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  • 7/17/2015 1:56:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWarning - Board has Defect

Pros: Good Price. Worked well while it lasted.

Cons: Warning! I've now had 2 of these boards SPARK on me. I replaced the first one, via RMA to ASUS. They replaced it with another. After 6 months is sparked again. I do not recommend this board, in fact I'll tell you to find a different model. ASUS has always had quality products, for me anyways...this clearly had a defect.

Point of note - no monetary compensation was available after calling their customer support. They agreed to replace it again, but I'm not risking it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Robert,

I'm sorry that you have had multiple issues with this motherboard model and the incontinence it may have of caused you. It looks like we have offered you a compensation, but you opted out of the offer. Please let me know if i can help you with anything else.
You can contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will do my best to assist you. For your reference, use this case number when replying to me N150754167


Thanks for choosing ASUS


Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 7/15/2015 9:49:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY!

Pros: ASUS Name???

Cons: Failed during install of O. S.

Other Thoughts: During installation of Windows 8.1, the motherboard just shut down. Nothing would restart the system. I finally unplugged the power-supply from the motherboard (waited a few minutes) and plugged it back in...it then booted. Twice more this happened. Windows 8.1 is locked to the motherboard. I am now "out" the cost of the operating-system and have a NEW, BAD ASUS motherboard!!!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear John,

I am sorry that you are having issues installing Windows 8.1 on your motherboard. Does it only shut off only when you're trying to install the operating system? Please give me more details on what is happening, so i can further assist you. Contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150744294


Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 7/14/2015 6:21:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Bad

Pros: I think the good stuff about it is its price and its capacity for RAM, which is not ideal but for the price your paying is enough and will work for a low budget gaming computer.

Cons: What I do suggest is if your are going to get this go with an AMD video card because this motherboard supports Overclocking but is not SLI ready(For NVIDIA Graphics Cards). The last con I found was that it does not have a plug for the case's USB 3.0 slot. So I have a case with a USB 3.0 plug that does not work.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Ernest,

Firstly, thank you for taking your time and writing this review. I am sorry that you are not satisfied with this motherboard and some of the issues that you are having. If there is anything that i can do for you,
please contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is : N150740907


Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 7/14/2015 5:18:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroke in 3 weeks

Pros: was fast..........

Cons: no onboard wifi
broke really quick
no usb 3.0 ports

Other Thoughts: ive owned this for about 3 weeks now and it was working fine. until all of a sudden my pc turned off. i saw that no power was getting to the motherboard as the light was not on. opened it up and everything worked great but the motherboard. i didnt see any damage just didnt work. would never turn on and still never turns on.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Kevin,

I am sorry that you are having issues with your motherboard. Are you still within Newegg's return policy? If so, you can get it exchanged for another board. Another option is you can submit an RMA and have it replaced at http://www.asus.com/us/support. ASUS has a 3 year warranty on motherboards. There can be many causes of your motherboard not turning on. One possible reason is your board can be short circuited. Can you try taking the motherboard out of your case and test it on a non-conductive anti-static test bench, and see if it turns on? If you need any further assistance, feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150742007

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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