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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970 + SB 950
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(O.C.)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Martin F.
  • 4/30/2016 8:08:10 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus Mobo, I likey!

Pros: Easy install. Great motherboard. No problems, running stable for 2+ years now. Nice blue parts, I like blue!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For the money this is a great motherboard. I did a lot of research on motherboards before deciding on this one, glad I did!
Paired this up with the AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5 GHz, and Kingston Hyper X 8GB (2x4gb )DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin. Probably going to add another 8GB (2x4gb) for a total of 16GB.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/19/2016 6:32:41 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: Pros: none.

Cons: Cons:
- all ports stopped working 1 year in. If you move a cable slightly, it ruins all connections.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your ASUS experience. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this experience has caused. Which ports are you referring to? What type of device are you adding to this 'port'? Please make sure to download and install all of your updated LAN, USB, and SATA drivers for optimal system stability. For enhanced compatibility with some USB devices, please flash your PC the latest UEFI build (2603) for your motherboard. Extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. Then navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. The board should be left alone during this process. You can locate your most recent system drivers and UEFI BIOS revisions on our Online ASUS Help Desk: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A97_R20/HelpDesk_Download/.​ If you need further technical information, feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support

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  • Kenneth R.
  • 4/10/2016 12:13:48 PM

3 out of 5 eggsOk Motherboard but would not recommend

Pros: It's has the features you would expect from a top rate motherboard. The UEFI Bios is well written and easy to navigate. Tons of settings in bios for tuning and overclocking. No problems installing and Windows 7 ran with no problems (Windows 10 is another story).

Cons: Windows 10 driver nightmares. Since upgrading to Windows 10, I get freezing and occasional blue screen. Updated all the drivers and seemed to help. Word of caution, if you are running Windows 10 64bit do not install the ASUS utilities (see other).

Other Thoughts: As stated earlier, this board ran fine under Windows 7. If you install Windows 10, DO NOT install any of ASUS drivers or software. I should have known better. Windows 10 blocks the install and gives an error "Windows has detected that this software may harm your computer." I selected to install anyways -- what a nightmare.

When I installed the ASUS utilities, immediately my wireless USB LAN adapter stopped working. After the utilities were installed, I received a blue screen error DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. After a reboot, I received another blue screen with IRQ_NOT_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. I unplugged all USB devices and was able to reboot. USB 3.0 port was no longer working. If I plugged anything into the USB 2 ports, the system would blue screen and reboot. I uninstalled the software but Windows was still crashing after reboot. Next, I uninstalled all the USB drivers and let Windows 10 reinstall default drivers. After a reboot I plugged in my windows phone into the USB 3.0 port and same result - IRQ_NOT_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. I finally gave up and did a system restore - it was the only way to get the system stable again.

When I started searching for the error codes I was getting, I find one thing common on many of the forums - ASUS USB ports not working on Windows 10. Now I am convinced my other problems with Windows 10 are due to this motherboard. One of the other problems I have encountered is with an 3gb enterprise hard drive I installed for backup. When I click on the drive in file explorer, there is a 3 to 4 second delay before it shows the file structure. Read and write speeds in Crystal are 191/182 which are great for a hard drive, but that delay when I click on the drive to access it is driving me crazy. When I install the drive in another system with a Gigabyte motherboard, there is no delay and the drive contents are shown instantly. ASUS used to be king when it came to motherboards and probably still is if you buy one of their $200 motherboards. In the sub $100 area, I would question if they are any better than the cheap budget motherboards costing 1/3 less. I have since purchased an MSI 990 FXA Gaming Motherboard and as soon as I get the time, this ASUS will be replaced and installed in the recycling bin.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your ASUS experience. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this experience may have caused. Have you tried a clean install of Windows 10? After a clean install, please make sure that all your Windows Updates are installed. Also, navigate to the Device Manager and install any drivers that may be outdated. If you haven’t already please Download UEFI version 2601 and extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. Then navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. The board should be left alone during this process. If there is no POST following this process, then it would be best for you to provide us with your full list of parts for further analysis on QVL parts. If you need further technical information, feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/28/2016 7:59:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Easy Installation, easy setup, good documentation, came with the latest BIOS .... above all IT WORKS! not a surprise with ASUS

Cons: No cons so far .... have worked with many ASUS mobos ... including used ones .... they last!

Other Thoughts: ASUS from Newegg ..... I didn't worry!

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  • Adam J.
  • 3/16/2016 9:09:09 PM

4 out of 5 eggsM597 R2.0 (1 month owned)

Pros: Solid build
Great color scheme
Plenty of PWM ports
SATA port location (for my set up)

Cons: The ram slots are a bit close to the CPU socket, so using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 cooler limited me to only 2 ram slots (16gb of ram though, is more than enough for what I do)

The biggest issue is I believe either bios or CPU related. When my AMD 8350 had attempted to kick in to turbo boost, I would get blue screens on my pc (win10). The only way I could fix this was to use AMD Over drive (free software through AMD) and turn down not only the voltage, but the core clock from 4.0ghz to 3.8ghz.
Took about 2 hours of configuring the settings to get this issue to disappear.

Other Thoughts: Again, because I can't pinpoint if this was a CPU issue, or a MOBO issue, I'm not going to completely hate on Asus for this. Though I may end up going back to Gigabyte after this build (been using them for 8 years), Time will tell if this board can hold up against the abuse I can put a machine through. 4/5 Only because expansion is limited in the RAM, unless i go to a water cooled set up, or back to the stock cooler. (I am NOT going stock)

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  • Leo
  • 2/21/2016 4:30:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis board is irritating, but stable.

Pros: I love the aesthetics of this board. It's nicely well made and the heatsinks keep the board cool, even during Gaming. The board is stable and runs Windows 10 well.

Cons: Intermittent issues with USB latency. When resuming from sleep, USB devices won't reconnect. I updated the BIOS to the latest 2603 and hoping that fixes the problem.

Weird issue when resuming from sleep. There is a 120mm fan with red LED lights, and when resuming, the fan powers on, powers off, then comes back on after 2 seconds, but resumes normally. Works OK, just annoying.

Other Thoughts: With the configuration used, this Motherboard is good. If the other issues get fixed, this board would be perfect.

Other than that, I recommend this board.

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  • Jack M.
  • 2/20/2016 9:20:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggstimes 2 (my second one)

Pros: This mb is the perfect mb for an AMD 6300 6 core cpu.
Where to start...4 ram slots, spots for 3 case fans to hook up, high quality chip sets, good audio, slots for 2 3.0 usb connections...shall I go on? Oh...and don't forget the awesome software that comes with it.

Cons: This line of MBs has been the best option for price and features for SO long...What's not to like?...NO CONS!

Other Thoughts: I only use ASUS motherboards in all my builds...except one. I bought a combo that included another brand. It was like I was in a foreign land. It was okay but definitely not an ASUS board. When I find a good brand, I stick with it. The dependability is worth a few extra bucks. This is my second build with this board and an AMD FX 6300. Both for my own use. One for business and gaming, the other for surfing and purchases. I have not been let down by either . I love this MB so much that when I saw it was on sale, I immediately purchased it (I had been wanting one for some time}. The best of the best.

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  • David R.
  • 2/17/2016 3:31:54 PM

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard, great ASUS product as usual.

Pros: -Nice
-Stable
-Good spacing for add-on parts

Cons: -Can't think of any

Other Thoughts: Great product. I basically gutted my PC in June due to outdated & slow hardware. It's running an 8 core AMD FX CPU, 8GB DDR3 1866 RAM, a R7 240 GPU, etc... and it hasn't slowed down A BIT!!!

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  • N/A
  • 2/13/2016 8:10:49 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't buy from Newegg should have

Pros: It won't power on called customer service was told many things the first time. Graphic card wasn't compatible not enough power. Even though everything else ran ok until my power supply died.

Cons: DOA never got it to work and where I ordered it from never really gave me an answer even though I bought and extra year warranty and it hadn't even been thirty days. Even told them that the manufacture said to call where I bought from and just need a new board. After waiting 3 hours and 3 hours before they closed still didn't get an answer and just asked for a refund.

Other Thoughts: I will however recommend buying from newegg and it is also where I ordered my new board.

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  • Lisa P.
  • 2/11/2016 3:11:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother great product from ASUS

Pros: Manufactured very well. Nice full ATX board. Many usb 3.0 connections. Many Sata connections. Over kill heat sinks on north bridge and south bridge chips. Board is well made. Very nice and sleek bios, mouse compatible. Many over clocking options.
Just simply a nice mobo.

Cons: No Cons what so ever. Fired right up the first time.

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