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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x 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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  • ED M.
  • 6/25/2015 12:34:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy this board

Pros: It's a motherboard that would be nice if it worked

Cons: Audio does not work. Read online all the trouble that people have with this board.

Other Thoughts: I do not recommend this motherboard

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Ed,
I am sorry that you are having issues with your audio on the 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 motherbaords. 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 N150669499

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 6/13/2015 11:25:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not work with R7 250 graphics card!!!

Pros: It sounds so good and purrs like a kitten. I would have loved to see this board work.

Neweggs customer service was eggcellent. they took care me like i was at a five star hotel

Cons: Does not work with my Radeon R7 250 graphics card because, and i qoute "may be incompatible with pcie 3.0 graphics card" so i never actually got to see any screen. my gpu never turned on, the fan never even spun.

Asus Customer reps did respond to me in a timely fashion. but there reason for my gpu not working defies all logic. they basically said a pcie 3.0 gpu may be incompatiable a pcie 2.0 slot.............ok........but why? they are supposed to be backwards compatible, there is no reason for this, and now i have to wait another week for a non-ASUS board, which really breaks my heart :(

Other Thoughts: I love ASUS but i am really disappointed. my old ASUS mobo's ramm slots started to go faulty recently, and the board is 6 years old, so i wasnt really mad about that, it treated me well for that long. so i find this fine looking board for a very reasonable price with excellent features. it has very similiar slots and ports to my old board.....IT EVEN HAS A PCIE 2.0 SLOT LIKE MY OLD BOARD, SO THERE SHOULDNT BE A PROBLEM RIGHT? well i receive it, stick it in my case with no problems, and when i hit that power switch,oh my it sounds like an angel.......but no screen. it took me a minute to realize my gpu wasnt working, thank goodness i noticed the fan wasnt spinning. i did the normal checkups, used one stick of ram, disconnected the HDD, yada yada yada. i just couldnt get it work. i thought maybe i fried my gpu somehow....

so i took out the new board, and set in my old board....guess what, the gpu fan spun just fine. so then i did some research....

turns out other ppl had the same problem with r7 series graphics cards, and there solution was to put in a second gpu to make the first one work....WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO DO THAT!!

i dont have a second gpu, and dont feel like i should have to even attempt this work around, or buy anything else

sooo...... i email asus about the problem and they simply said that the "3.0 gpu may be incompatible with 2.0 slot"... which is a ludicrous reason, especially knowing my older board has a 2.0 slot, and it works just fine.

This seems to me to be false advertising.... i looked up both the ASUS website and Radeon website for this incompatibility problem and found no such information

so...... I RMA'd this board. newegg was gonna charge me shipping and restocking fee, but after an incredibly quick chat session, they waived both, props to newegg!!! great service!!!

SOOOOO....... i am gonna order a new motherboard tomorrow,,,,,and its not gonna be from ASUS. and this saddens me :(

I am honestly scared to buy another ASUS board, even though i really want to!!

am i gonna get another board that wont support a card that it should 100% support??, im literally shaking as i fathom buying another ASUS board, cause i really dont want to wait another week or two ...

but honestly,,,,,if ASUS had another mobo in this price range, i would probably buy it.....but they dont, so i think im gonna have to go elsewhere.

this is really to bad BECAUSE I BET THIS MOTHERBOARD IS REALLY GREAT, but ill never know.

so, if you have an r7 series radeon card,,,,,dont buy this board.

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  • 6/11/2015 3:11:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970+SB950 Motherboard

Pros: Running Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit O.S. with AMD FX6300 3.5 GB, six core processor and 32 GB of ADATA DDR3 2133 Ram, Two Crucial 125 GB SATA 3 SSDs and a WD 1TB SATA 3 HDD. This is a new build except for the case, VGA card and PSU. The M5A97 R2.0 is a very solid MB with great Eye appeal. Installed w/o any hitches.

Cons: I run the computer with default bios settings, in the "normal" mode. Computer works very well until it goes under a load such as when transcoding video. It shuts down and goes into the reboot mode, seldom completing the reboot. Usually had to shut down and restart. At first I thought it was a power issue so installed a higher wattage PSU. Still crashed under load. As a last resort I pulled one of the 8GB DDR3 sticks and the computer works fine. For some reason it fails using the full 32 GB DDR3. Didn't even try to OC. the processor. According to AMD and ASUS specs the max DDR3 RAM is 32 GBs

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  • 6/9/2015 9:48:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat budget motherboard for FX8350

Pros: Good price. Has enough ports for hard drives and usb. Overall a great board for the price if you own a FX8350

Cons: Doesnt seem to like 2133 ram. since i first built the new pc, i would get random bsod and i couldnt figure out what the culprit was. I first thought the motherboard was faulty, and i even underclocked the processor to 3.6 which seemed to help a little but would still get the bsod occasionally. Now after 8 months i finally figured out all i had to do was set my memory speed to 1866 instead of 2133 (oc) Shes been running smooth since then.

Other Thoughts: If you get this board, make sure and buy the correct speed ram. Save yourself the headaches and go with 1866 or 1600 ram

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  • 6/7/2015 7:51:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirst out of 3 others to work

Pros: Looks
Features
It's Asus
Support for Vishera out of box
Heatsinks get hot but actually work

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Okay so I started off with 2 different MSi's and both were DOA, Next I tried an AsRock which happened to be DOA as well. I made sure all were compatible with my 6300 but to no avail. I ordered this an hooray! It worked. My corsair RAM works perfectly with it. Bios is easy to use, easy set up and installation all around. May change this review in the future depending on what happens

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  • 5/30/2015 10:32:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsworst service ever

Pros: ridiculously fast transfers to usb 3.0 devices with usb 3.0 turbo enabled, eye pleasing bios that you can use your mouse in

Cons: only one pci-e 2.0x16 slot even though board is advertised for crossfire, wouldn't be worth it to try

Other Thoughts: owned this board for a year now. Currently it is being shipped to indiana for the 3rd time this month for rma and I am not happy(already ordered a gigabyte GA 990fxa-ud5 I am so done with asus). No one at their customer support seems to know anything except for one guy named "Jesse" , the first time I called support the person actually told me to run it barebones with one memory stick and using the onboard video which most definitely does not exist on this mobo.

So far I have spent over half the initial price of the board to send it back to asus for them to apparently do absolutely nothing. I have wasted dozens of hours of my time getting my rig pieced back together only to find out the same problem of system resetting and freezing(even in the bios) and i am now on the 3rd time of doing so.

If asus doesnt replace it outright or actually fix it this time they will be receiving a package from me with this m5a97 r2.0 motherboard shattered into pieces and a nice note saying "good luck fixing it this time"

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  • N/A
  • 5/28/2015 6:34:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: This motherboard has blown my mind. I love it. It's working perfectly so far and it has so many options, so easy to use, just fantastic stats. It's the perfect solution for my godly computer. Bios is extremely nice. The overclocking for just about every aspect of the board is stunning. It's built in hardware is exceptional as well. I would recommend this to everyone.

Cons: Didn't come in green. :P

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  • 5/18/2015 8:06:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a Sabertooth. But close.

Pros: Wasn't DOA!
Beefy heatsinks.
4.2 ghz stable OC on fx6300
Running almost 24/7 2+ months straight on air cooling.

Cons: Cheap and fragile feeling SATA ports.
Few and oddly placed fan headers.

Other Thoughts: Always-on mining box with a Radeon 6950.
Held up nicely.
Takes overclocks and heat like a champ, so it may be good for the budget minded gamer as well.

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  • hicamara
  • 5/5/2015 5:57:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOnboard LAN Not Reliable

Pros: Bought M5A97 R2.0 in June 2014.
Onboard LAN worked intermittently during the first month and was OK until it completely failed in April 2015.

Cons: Bought M5A97 R2.0 in June 2014.
Onboard LAN worked intermittently during the first month, then was OK until it completely failed in April 2015.
Call ASUS customer service who suggested to purchase and install a new network adapter (first option with such a high level of confidence) or go for a RMA. It seems like ASUS is well aware of the problem... Of course, for a product that came half dead on arrival, I am going with a new network adapter that I will be purchasing out of pocket. I don't have anytime for RMA...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We are sorry to hear your experience with the unit and the support line.

I want to help you with this issue. What are the steps that you have done so far with the unit after you called the support line. Can we have your serial number for us to check the warranty of the unit or if you have an RMA number for us to update the case? Let me assist you on this matter. Please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case #N150513397 in the subject line for a reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 5/2/2015 7:44:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsUpgraded my rig-- GREAT Mobo!

Pros: I upgraded from 'Asus M5A 78L-M LX' to this board. Running an AMD FX 4130. I never had an easier time with installation.


-Plenty of connectors
-USB 3.0
-Outstanding BIOS and integrated software.
-Ram capacity
-Came with 2 additional Sata III cables

Cons: -The USB 3.0 port is a bit flimsy during install of cord.

Other Thoughts: I have had ASUS boards for a long time. I have not had an issue with them yet. And they have always proved sturdy and capable.

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