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ASUS M5A97 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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  • straxxus
  • 3/26/2015 11:49:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsone board DOA, to be updated

Pros: looks nice.

Cons: came with a capacitor hanging off by one leg. I don't trust this board, and will be rma'ing.

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  • 3/26/2015 11:11:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMy 3 Years Experience with this board

Pros: It went back to ASUS for repair twice, and both times they turned it around pretty quickly.

Cons: Lots of stability issues. Random lockups, especially when plugging in an USB device. Even when it doesn't totally lock up, it often does not recognize a USB device that's plugged in, or it will take for ever to find it, and suddenly it will blue screen. (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: I got this board along with FX-8150 and G.Skill RipjawX DDR3 1600 RAMS during the Black Friday sale back in 2012 here on newegg.

If you go to the Asus support website for this board, you'll notice that ASUS has released no less than 17 BIOS updates with many updates simply labeled "Improve system stability".

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_R20/HelpDesk_Download/

On one hand it's nice to see that ASUS is working on trying to solve the issues with this board with BIOS updates. One the other hand it really points out to the fact that this board has some serious stability issues, that my experience is not an isolated case.

I've been building systems for about 24 years; ever since the original Windows XP release. I typically build a new system about every 3 years, with a refresh about every 18 month in between. I've built a lot of systems, and I've had good experience with ASUS products in the past, but sadly, this has been one of the most frustrating mobo I've owned and I really cannot recommend it.

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  • 3/25/2015 10:47:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReview Update

Pros: After owning this MB for almost a year everything is still running strong.
It runs cool and matches my blue G Skill Ares ram perfectly

Cons: As some others have mentioned it is slightly smaller than ATX so using your hands to support the underside when plugging in the 24 Pin power connector, and when adding ram is recommended.
There also is a back plate alignment problem, look it up on google for some good pictures. It does not affect functionality, just looks weird with everything not lined up right.

Other Thoughts: Still a great MB both price and feature wise

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  • 3/23/2015 7:27:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice Mobo

Pros: Plenty of room on the board to work on. All plugs are easily accessible. If the board flexing is a concern to you after mounting, simply put all your components on first then mount the board. I used a full ATX case so room and mounting issues were none with me. The BIOS screen is very well done and built for a newbie or a pro.

Cons: USB 3.0 plug seemed a little weak, Would recommend plugging this in last to limit the risk of it being bumped or pulled on. Mine pulled out and bent a pin but I simply bent it back and all my USB 3.0s work perfectly.

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  • consipio
  • 3/22/2015 4:24:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Bang for the Buck

Pros: Great price on a good looking board from a reputable manufacturer with everything I need.

Cons: I was unable to get the RAID controller to work with UEFI enabled for >2.2TB drives, but it may have been user error on my part.

Other Thoughts: I ended up giving up on a pair of 3TB drives I had intended to install in RAID 1 and going with a couple of 1TB drives instead. It's entirely possible I could have eventually figured out where I was getting stuck, but I don't have a lot of time. With the 1TB drives installed, everything is working great and I'm quite pleased with the board all around.

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  • 3/22/2015 7:01:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: working good

Cons: none

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  • mikesmigaj
  • 3/18/2015 7:15:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNice motherboard

Pros: Pros: Linux supported (Lubuntu 14.10 64 bit & Lubuntu 14.04.2 64 bit). My system is running quite nicely! This motherboard has so many features and so many options! I doubt I will use them all. This is one impressive step-up from my old Asus motherboard from about 5 or so years ago.

Cons: Cons: The board is shorter in width than some motherboards, so when you're connecting the 24 pin power on the right side, you have to be careful. The right side of the motherboard isn't supported by the motherboard stand-offs.

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  • 3/14/2015 3:33:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: All around a nice board. Just like the MSI equivalent more

Cons: Bios not as easy or refined as MSI UEFI

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  • Bo
  • 3/13/2015 6:42:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorked okay for awhile

Pros: Worked like an average board for a couple years.

Cons: Won't overclock anything
Not many USB 3.0 ports, PCI slots, or really anything at all

Other Thoughts: After about two years, it went completely dead on me today. Very unhappy with ASUS, wouldn't recommend at all.

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  • 3/10/2015 11:31:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Basic Motherboard

Pros: This is my first MB with UEFI Bios, and so far I really like UEFI. MB setup was a breeze, everything has been running as expected.

Cons: As others have stated, lack of supports under the dimm slots makes me nervous. Just make sure you support the board with your fingers when you're installing ram.

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