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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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  • 8/28/2014 11:41:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate to the last update

Pros: After receiving this board back after the second fix,I can now not recommend this board
It is now:
Blue screening
USB issues and audio pops
I have tried 3 different hard drives
3 changes of memory
Numerous clean windows installs
New psu....... I give up I cannot spend any more time trying to trouble shoot this board

Cons: Have tried to email MARK the asus rep twice this week but to no avail
( maybe he is on vacation)
Mark if u are reading this please return my emails. Thx

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  • 8/27/2014 11:36:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsbad mobo

Pros: looks good worked for 10 days w/o MAJOR problems

Cons: bios very flakey- shipped with 2201, have tried also 2301, 2501(latest). first the usb ports quit working then soon after that i started getting all kinds of ACPI errors and was unable to boot either Windows XP or 7. I'm now using Ubuntu to write this

Other Thoughts: out of two these boards I've bought only one worked without problems... Been building enthusiast rigs for 15 years and this is the most unstable mobo I've ever had to tangle with. previous experience with ASUS has been good all the way back to socket seven days....

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  • 8/25/2014 12:59:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: 4 builds out there 0 problems good budget board

Cons: none

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  • Andrew R.
  • 8/24/2014 4:56:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent motherboard for the price

Pros: + Flashable via USB
+ Decent overclocking options
+ Plenty of SATA 6 ports
+ USB 3.0, both front headers and back ports

Cons: - Not enough VRMs. 4+2 can barely handle the FX-8320 with a slight overclock I paired with the board.
- CPU power input is way up high. I barely made it with the cable for my PSU
- Not the best colors. Blue on brown PCB looks a bit ugly to me
- No ability to SLI. Understandable with a 970 chipset and the budget.
- Average audio chip -- again, decent for a budget board.

Other Thoughts: For $90, the board has a lot of options. It's survived for about 9 months so far with no problems. The lack of VRMs hurts it the most in my eyes. Don't plan on doing major overclocking with this board. However, this board should be very decent with an FX-6300 or FX-6350. If you're looking at an FX-8320 or higher, I'd look for better boards. I'm pushing it with an FX-8320 clocked at 4.2 GHz.

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  • Z
  • 8/22/2014 4:19:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid (I miss that motto)

Pros: - Very sturdy construction.
- Good, solid North & South bridge cooling that doesn't take up too much room.
- Arrived in perfect condition with no flaws.
- Awesome ASUS Bios. Very easy and intuitive to navigate.
- Posted immediately during the first boot! (Always a nerve wracking moment)
- About as good as it gets for the price point.
- Installation disk was extremely handy & easy to use. Thankfully, it had installers for the network adapter. Prior to installing these, I couldn't connect to the Internet (Windows 7).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It's good to know that after almost a decade, I can still order ASUS parts and rely on them to work the first time every time, (not counting shipping mishaps), and also trust them to have great features, reliability & great Bios/Software even at the ~$90-110 price point.

This was my first AMD build ever, and I'm glad I went with ASUS on this one.

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  • 8/16/2014 5:51:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus Quality

Pros: Quality, features,value

Cons: Not exactly an ATX size. A bit small to reach ATX standoffs. Be careful working the one side so as not to bend or break it

Other Thoughts: Got this for all the new features and to overclock a 6350, for which this board is perfect. 4x2 power. Nice heat-sinks everywhere. 970 chipset, but for a one GPU rig this is no issue. Has a second slot but it's x4. Xfire or Sli? Go 990. Everything works on this board and it has a ton of nice features. Went with a certain "new" red 970 board first from another company (because I liked the color) and it was DOA I ran back to Asus. If you use a CM Hyper 212 with high profile ram you are going to lose slot one.

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  • Critter
  • 8/15/2014 12:40:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Board

Pros: Great look it goes really great with my Blue Look of my case and lights.
True 3.0 and 6gs tranfer.
I LOVE LOVE the bios they did such a fantastic Job on that.
So glad they finally modernized that so i dont have to look at Blue and white all the time.


Other Thoughts: all i can say is that this motherboard is just really great.
i really really like the new bios setup and it makes it so much faster to pick my boot drives or change settings with out even thinking about how do i navigate this and reading special keys to change your options. plenty of usb 3.0 ports and great look that i love. goes well with my Ram being blue. ASUS really did it again.

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  • Mark T.
  • 8/14/2014 10:57:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLong-Term Ownership Review

Pros: Stable, low power, cool, board that works well all around

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Have had this board running in a system for some time. It is stable as a rock with a 6 core cpu and 8gb RAM. No issues. Boots fast. I've got it in a corporate environment and it is super stable.

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  • 8/11/2014 9:57:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgood when it works

Pros: Good price
Has all the features I needed for a good AMD-based system
More ports than I know what to do with
Supports memory beyond the standard 1600 MHz
Good overclocking features if you're into that
Stable if it's working

Cons: Began dying after six months. Dead after eight.

After about six months, the system wouldn't boot after I pressed the reset button. It didn't even initialize the keyboard or video card or finish the POST and beep. The fans and hard drive spun, but that was about it. I needed to cycle the power about 5-10 times before it would boot again. I thought it was a fluke, but it happened again the next time I shut it down. I tried to leave it running 24/7 after that, but every time I had to shut it down, it had trouble starting again.

A month later, I had my quarterly cleaning and disconnected the computer. This time it required 10-15 power cycles before it would boot.

Today, I foolishly hit the reset button and it will boot no more, even after 40-50 power cycles. Very disappointing. I tried disconnecting all the peripherals, using different RAM, etc. Nothing.

I never overclocked it, and kept it well-cooled. While it was running, it was completely stable. But it died after a couple dozen power cycles.

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  • SeamusZero
  • 8/11/2014 2:35:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Budget Motherboard

Pros: Fast
Fancy BIOS Screen
Excellent Hardware Features

Cons: CPU and Case Fan Power are awkwardly placed

Other Thoughts: As a budget PC gamer, this is by far the most feature-enriched motherboard I've ever owned.

The fast-boot feature works extremely well with an SSD. My last motherboard was a Gigabyte, and while it worked fine I was always disappointed with how slow my startup times seemed to be even with an SSD. With this motherboard's fast startup feature enabled it's noticeably faster.

The physical buttons that were added to fast boot or boot straight to the BIOS menu seem promising, however I haven't had much use for them yet. I've seen case modifications where people have hooked the BIOS menu button to an external button, which seems pretty cool to me, but that's obviously not something that comes "out of the box" with this motherboard.

Also, this is a bit silly to admit but the BIOS menu itself just looks awesome on this motherboard. I've never seen a BIOS menu where you can use a mouse (perhaps because I've stuck with budget motherboards until now), so that was pretty cool. It also provides easy presets for power-saving, performance or a balance of the two.

Really my only complaint is that the plug for the CPU (the 8-pin connector from the PSU, not the CPU fan plug) is really awkwardly placed. It's at the very top of the board, and for my case (Rosewill Challenger) this meant it was about a half-inch from top edge of the case. Adding in the Cooler Master Hyper 212 cooler that I have and I had to use a pair of tweezers to plug in the power. The case fan plug is similarly placed, but closer to the RAM slots so that was also a bit of a pain (only applicable if you're not using molex connectors for your case fans).

All in all, this is by far the best and coolest budget motherboard I've ever owned. I might have to stick with ASUS from now on.

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