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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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  • Waldo
  • 11/26/2014 7:18:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsASUS continues to improve

Pros: Easy to install and use. The compatibility with CPUs is outstanding. Flashing is easy and the bios is very friendly with basic and advanced mode. There is an upgraded board to this model that has the usb flash port, and I plan to get that later for another computer.

Cons: As ASUS makes another wonderful board, so do they make another bad flash tool for the OS. Avoid it like Ebola. Do it the old fashioned way and save yourself two hours of headache.

Other Thoughts: Aside from the flash tool software ASUS has that's still bad, the bios will let you adjust anything in advanced mode with ease. A great feature is the temperature cutoff in case things get to hot. Everything from usb drivers to the sound adapter is auto detected in windows, so very hands off if you want it to be. And I had no problem bringing in an SSD from a previous setup and booting off of it. Thumbs up.

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  • Ham
  • 11/23/2014 4:04:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBruh...

Pros: Bruh...

Alright, start off with the price obviously. WHAT A STEAL MAN!!!

Seriously, has an x16 2.0 PCI which is perfect. PCI 3.0 is equally as fast as an x16 2.0 slot and will work for eaither type of card. Plenty of SATA Ports, High Memory speeds, USB 3.0,

Cons: No Onboard Video :(

I was practically forced to buy a temporary video card alongside this one till I can get my GTW 970 around christmas but all is well, the board was worth it.

Other Thoughts: All in all such a great board.

Wish it had onboard video but im sure it will run like a monster once I get a GTX 970 slapped in this baby

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  • Grogley
  • 11/16/2014 3:11:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSerious problems with this board

Pros: Easy build but not much else to recommend.

Cons: Where to start. After trouble shooting the system I built with this board for months, I can only conclude that the MB is the problem. This MB is used in a special purpose machine where it would run my numerical simulation continuously, hopefully using all 8 cores of the CPU (I do not overclock). When I first built the computer, it was flaky but it would run for a few days or even weeks but then just freeze. In addition, anytime I engaged more than 4 cores of the CPU, it would freeze. I am not talking about BSOD, I am talking just plain seizing up.

I have tried everything I can think of to swap out, even thinking it was the CPU which AMD replaced for me. I have run the system without a graphics card and changed power supplies. It has to be the MB at this point. Currently, I can even get the board to boot. Half the time it doesn't even POST. I disconnected the HD and tried booting into a Linux distribution from the DVD drive, that froze up too.

Last week I sent a service request to Asus, hoping to at least get an RMA from them. The automated response email said I would hear from them within 48 hours, but it has been over a week and nothing.

Other Thoughts: I have other Asus products and have been happy with them up until now.

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  • N/A
  • 11/14/2014 9:22:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap but effective. Wasn't DoA! (Holding my breath after reading some of the reviews) No problems (hardware wise) to report yet!

Cons: I wanted the non LE board but they were out of stock so I got this. Keeping an eye on the un heatsinked bridge temps but as I'm not planning on any OCing it appears to not be an issue so far.

The box and anti-static bag were not sealed. I was unsure if it was an RMA or not as it was supposed to be new.

Other Thoughts: Did a quick BIOS update before installing the OS. The UEFI interface is new to me, been a while since I updated my board. Seems rather simple for the most part but it froze on me a couple times switching simple options which makes me a tad worried. There was no easy way to toggle secure boot so I resorted to clearing all keys which then finally 'disabled' it. For something that's supposed to be simpler than ol fashioned BIOS they sure went out of their way 'not' include a toggle like all the other options or even document how to disable secure boot in the manual or on the website!

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  • 11/12/2014 9:26:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Working Board

Pros: After three straight Biostar TA970 boards failed me, I returned the last one for a refund and went for this one. It took a while for me to finally come around to this board allbeit a little more expensive than the equivalent Biostar board, but it is definitely worth it. Biostar is terrible. I will be writing a dissenting review shortly. ASUS is more reliable.

Oh and the board itself, everything works within functioning parameters. It does what it advertises. No USB 3.0 header? no problem with me. I am fine with the two USB 3.0 ports on the back. I am not a gamer so I can't speak for the Crossfire/SLI aspects of the board. If you're looking for a budget build like I was, buy this board. Do not buy the Biostar board.

Cons: None yet. You can see I have only had it for a day though, so take this with a grain of salt

Other Thoughts: FX 6300
ASUS M597 LE r2.0
G. Skill Rpijaw F4-12800CL7D-4GB
GeForce 9800 GTX (lol)
Western Digital Blue

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  • N/A
  • 11/12/2014 1:26:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsLike any electronics I guess

Pros: Solidly Built
Nice packaging / Documentation
Plug and Play installation

Cons: Developed a high-pitched coil whine at month 8

Other Thoughts: This was my first Asus product and I was excited to play with it as I had heard good things from the internet community. My wife purchased it for me at Christmas of last year and although the board was "solid", there was nothing really special about it. In all honesty, I was able to get more performance out of a budget $55 ASrock board. (was able to get better speed and timings on my RAM). That wasn't a big deal though as this is a 970 board and wasn't meant to be super-tweaked. The deal breaker for this board was the fact that it developed a high-pitched coil whine that my case fans couldn't even drown out! I sent it back to ASUS via RMA but they sent it back with NO EXPLANATION as to what they did....nothing....nada. So I don't even know if someone looked at it! I still have 2 years left on the warranty but I'm not going to burn shipping money on a broken RMA process. Their website is of little help also. I'm sure like 80-90% of their products are rock-solid but when you're a tech juggernaut like Asus and don't have to go the extra mile to take care of your customers...you don't.

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  • Tony
  • 11/3/2014 9:20:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board!

Pros: Easy to install, no problems experienced. Well written instruction manual/guide.

Cons: Board flexed quite a bit where the psu connector and memory modules are located (due to board extending past the screw standoffs). So, felt I had to support the board with my other hand as I inserted the memory and connector.

Other Thoughts: Installed Ubuntu without a problem.

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  • pathiaki
  • 11/2/2014 8:31:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: Second one I bought. I bought the 1.0 and was happy with it, so I went with the second.

Cons: PCI slot

Other Thoughts: I'd like to see everyone get away from PCI slots on a board and everyone get away from 1x and 4x connectors. I'd like to see x8 and x16 everywhere as most everything is on it now.

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  • dkangell999
  • 11/2/2014 6:28:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board, but no front USB 3.0

Pros: works well with AMD FX-8320 8 core-- no problems yet
board is well laid out-- no problem using large CPU cooler

Cons: This board has no header for front USB 3.
I was surprised by this, since it was part of a Newegg combo build that included a Raidmax case with front USB 3.
If you want to use front USB 3, you will have to get an adapter and run a cable out the back of the case and plug it into a usb 3 connector.

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  • N/A
  • 10/31/2014 9:04:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsi missed the reviews

Pros: everything plugged in easily

Cons: once i powered it up all the fans started along with the hdd. no video, i got a brand new mobo, cpu, ram, and fxf video card.

Other Thoughts: i somehow overlooked all of the 77+ one egg reviews, and now im kicking myself.

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