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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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • 8/27/2015 6:36:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssame problem

Pros: Layout, price

Cons: Same problem after proper install of windows 7. Constant BSOD.

Board is in the process of RMA.

Other Thoughts: ASUS use to be a go to Motherboard for quality, however the majority of reviews on their motherboards are showing otherwise.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Andrew,

I am sorry to hear that you are constantly experiencing the BSOD. Have you ran memory checks to see if your RAM isnt defective? It looks like you are currently in the process of an RMA. 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 N150889226

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 8/25/2015 5:58:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsupdate to previous review

Pros: Nice lay out on the motherboard seems like a solid built main board.
So far booting is good. This is an update to my previous review as I was wrong in the setup of the motherboard.

Cons: Very basic instruction manual, which is designed to get you up and running into windows 8 or 8.1. Under windows 7 you have to change the setup to legacy or BIOS instead of the native UEFI. Reason: Windows 7 does not support UEFI or GPT booting. Another M$ flaw in writing a O/S especially since

Other Thoughts: Made the mistake of trying to format and boot into windows7 under the GPT format or UEFI which Windows 7 Does not support Somehow I got it to boot and install win7 after that I had nothing but BSOD after BSOD, nothing would install properly, hardware or software. After trying to reformat into MBR or BIOS/legacy I quickly found out that the HDD cannot be reformatted under the motherboard setup. I had to go into DOS and format the disk back to MBR. After that I went back into the Motherboard setup and switched the CSM to other O/S instead of windows UEFI. I then switched all drives to legacy. Walla Windows booted fine, no erros no BSOD as of yet. This is my first UEFI board and it would of been very helpful for ASUS to incorporate that note into the instruction manual but instead me and probably millions of others have to go threw this headache and research it for our selves. The answer is out there it just isn't were it needs to be which is in the instruction book.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Andrew,

I am sorry you had to go through that much trouble getting your Windows to boot without BSODing and the inconvenience it caused you. I'm glad you got it working. If you have any questions or concerns, 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 N150888176

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 8/25/2015 10:26:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs5 star board but 1 star service

Pros: This is my third motherboard from the M5A97 line. The price / performance is unmatched, in my opinion. The BIOS is easy to use, though the explanation of options could be more thorough.

Cons: The board I ordered in January of this year (2015) had always been a bit flaky. I'd have random hard crashes -- machine simply shut down without warning or error. I upgraded the cooling to be sure that wasn't the issue. I swapped and tested the RAM to eliminate that as a source of the problem. In July, I upgraded the BIOS to the newest release version. After that upgrade, I was never again able to boot to the OS. Every time I attempted to boot, it would say "Overclocking failed" (and I never have OC'd the board), and drop me into the BIOS. The BIOS would crash as soon as I switched to the Advanced / Overclocking tab (I forget the exact name).

Manufacturing defects happen. I didn't want the hassle of replacing the board, but I can live with that.

My first contact with ASUS service was 28 July 2015. I went back and forth a bit with customer service, but on July 31, I was told I would be issued an RMA, but that I should be patient. I waited until August 10, at which time I filled out the automated RMA request page. I'm writing this on August 25, and I still have not received my RMA.

This is truly ridiculous. My computer has been out of service for almost a month, and I haven't even been able to return the board. This is the first time I've interacted with ASUS customer service, and I couldn't be less impressed.

Other Thoughts: If you get a motherboard without hardware issues, it's an excellent buy, but if you're concerned about errors and customer service, look elsewhere.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jeremy,

I am sorry to hear about your issues you're having with your RMA and the inconvenience it caused you. What is your RMA# so i can further assist you with your problem? Please contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150889692

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • 8/23/2015 2:01:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswould of been easier if it was DOA

Pros: Nice color and I like the layout of the board nothing really conflicts in how everything is positioned on the motherboard. The mother board is slightly smaller than other ATX boards so it's easier to fit larger video cards. Neweggs shipping and handling is as always of Noteworthy Excellence.

Cons: Ok were to begin, first off I've been building my own machines for my self an others for just about 20 years. The Bios is easy to use and very user friendly. Getting windows 7 to install I had to switch all drives to use UEFI under the CSM settings Now that windows7 64 is installed there is nothing but problems with the stability of windows, consent BSODs, I know all my hardware is in good working condition because it worked great before my MSI board died along with bench testing PSU and cross checking the other hardware such as CPU, RAM, VIdeo Card to another computer I have. Been messing with this board for 2 full days now. I have done everything I know except Flash the BIOS to a newer version. I won't do that due to possibly rendering the motherboard useless. I have been to ASUS's web sight searching the FAQ and looking for similar problems found some but nothing helped. I did everything by the book, After windows started first thing I did was install the AMD chipset drivers and from then on did things in order they way they are suppose to be. I tried installing the ASUS AI suite software it got 3/4 of the way installing and I get a BSOD, same thing with Windows update. All these problems are on a Fresh Install of Windows7 64. I even tried re-installing WIndows7 twice now thinking something got corrupt during the install but the same exact problems continue to happen. This computer is for my children and with school gearing up they need it to be in working condition. I may cut my losses before the Newegg 30 day return policy is up and get a different brand of board. This is nothing of Neweggs fault I hold ASUS entirely responsible.

Other Thoughts: I have never had such problems installing a motherboard as I have with this ASUS M5 A97 R2.0. I thought for sure with some of the bad reviews with this board it had to be operator error and the inexperienced user I am finding out very quickly that it's most likely the board.

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  • Lee
  • 8/21/2015 8:51:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked out of the box

Pros: Worked on first boot up
Ran for 3 hours with no problems.

I bought this motherboard for my friend and he is so far very happy with it. This board is replacing an old ASUS M2N68 AM Plus board. This M5A97 R2.0 works perfect with his old AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70GHz AM3 CPU. So far, it is running great. Very fast for a 970 chipset.

Cons: None. Will update again in a few weeks.

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  • 8/19/2015 10:19:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks out of the box with Linux

Pros: Didn't have to tweek the UEFI BIOS when installing Mageia 5, ( a Linux distro). Sound, video, it all works. GPU is AMD Radeon 250X, CPU is AMD Fx-4350

Cons: None, so far

Other Thoughts: Mageiea derives from Redhat, so can't say how this mobo will work with Debian derived distros, (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.) Will say that over the last 20 years, ASUS makes a good product.

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  • 8/11/2015 7:22:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Great Motherboard had over a year with no problems run just fine. Had no issues only reason im changing it is because going from AMD to Intel but i am still sticking to ASUS mobo.

Cons: None that i have had while using this board and I play games and use it constantly.

Other Thoughts: Honestly good if you going AMD route.

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  • 8/7/2015 1:13:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe Brand...

Pros: -Brand
-Quality

ASUS is my go to brand when choosing a motherboard

Cons: -Previous Reviews

I had read reviews on Newegg about this board being terrible and prone to being DOA. Now that I see that ASUS quality has maintained i love it.

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  • Fox
  • 7/30/2015 4:27:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsComplicated for no reason

Pros: - Can overclock all kinds of things
- Bios update worked without a hitch
- No defective parts / everything ran as intended
- Lots of bios options and features
- No issues at all with Windows 7, USB 3.0 drivers, network and a few others which are included with the CD needed to be installed. All went smoothly as expected.

So far, it seems to work well, even though I feel like it might be holding me back in performance.

Cons: - I kept setting my ram to 1600MHz as it's what it's supposed to be set to, but the bios kept changing it to some other random number like 1724MHz or something every time I restarted... nothing I did could force it to stay at 1600MHz. It seems to be quite persistent on auto clocking everything based on activity. I eventually just gave up and left everything to Auto.
- The new bios updating technique was much more of a pain than a feature as it took a lot longer to do and had much more steps in the process which you had to do.

Other Thoughts: Would I buy this again?
I guess it would depend on what my other options are. I'm not entirely impressed with it, but I'm overly disappointed with it either. It's a good motherboard, it's just not perfect.

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  • 7/26/2015 6:41:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRUNS

Pros: RUNS GREATS, NO ISSUES for a year so far

Cons: the look

Other Thoughts: haven't overclocked on this board yet

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