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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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  • 12/18/2014 6:39:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: The bios on the board is easy to use easy to install in the case go's awesome with AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX. cpu is watered cooled to 30 C overclocked to 4.5 ghz but I keep it at 4.3 ghz.

Cons: I like this product for ASUS is that bad. No not bad at all ASUS rocks!!

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  • Rhavon
  • 12/17/2014 9:48:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLasted 6 hours

Pros: Good value

Cons: New PC build: everything went smooth all the way through OS and drivers load including multiple restarts. Second day PC booted smoothly and ran for less than 2 hours before hard freezing and upon reboot ended up with similar problems to the other negative reviews here. Realizing the board either doesn't have an onboard speaker or possibly just too quiet to hear I even installed an after market one while trouble shooting and couldn't even get system error tones.
Tried older working parts from a previous AMD build including CPU, RAM, VGA, HDD, power cable, monitor, even keyboard, as well as a larger PSU in case I had underestimated power need, all to no avail. MB last for 6 hours before crashing...

Other Thoughts: To add insult to injury during the trouble shooting process I attempted to call ASUS product support line and after waiting on hold for only 3 minutes or so the phone was picked up and instantly hung up. Thinking maybe I just got a bad connection I tried twice more with exactly the same result. All during normal operating hours...
Have had multiple ASUS products in the past and never a problem, first time I have to deal with their customer service and its a nightmare. Chalking the money up to a loss here and buying another brand board to complete my build.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Rhavon,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. I understand that you have problem with the motherboard and I want help with it. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the touchpad is an isolated case. ASUS provides warranty for the laptop in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. If you can provide me further details with the issue so I can help you with it. Please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N141258481 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • JO
  • 12/17/2014 6:48:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: All working good ur a gamer use ASUS for performance

Cons: none

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  • Joel P
  • 12/14/2014 11:39:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSecond PCI slot is only 4x speed!

Pros: All of the features, particularly the easy over-clocking, fan control and USB 3.0 boost. I can usually achieve over 100 MB/s between cheap HDDs and cheap Flash Drives/External drives.

Looks fantastic. Remote Go! is pretty cool. Fast boot and other features awesome as well.

Intuitive, professional looking, and easy to use software.

Cons: Full ATX motherboards are usually 9.6 inches wide. This is more like 9.0 inches wide, just enough that it misses the last row of screws that secure it down. Not a real disadvantage, it just makes installing power/usb/sata cables scary as the motherboard flexes. Personally, I try and support it from the other side with a finger because it's just too terrifying to watch it bend.

Other Thoughts: SECOND PCI SLOT is only 4x Speed! This makes SLI/Crossfire possible only with older/cheaper graphics cards.

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  • Ethyn Davison
  • 12/14/2014 8:45:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDecent MB For The Price

Pros: Shipping was super fast, ordered it Friday Dec. 13th 12:30AM came Saturday afternoon on regular shipping. Newegg always has quick shipping so I thank you. So that being a plus, Easy install had no problems with the installation.

Bios is pretty fancy for what it is, at least compared to regular plain Bios. Much more simpler to use, or user friendly I should say.

User guide wasn't messy and pretty straight forward, I referred to it a couple of times to know where to put my HD AUDIO port and what pins power what for the start, restart, and LED's on my case.

Cons: The only real con I have with this board is the fan ports. Why are two of them all spaced together with the CPU fan being in the middle? I had to rearrange my fan on the front of my case to the top, because the cord would not reach to the top of the board. At least spread them around the board so it opens different fan mounting possibilities fit for your liking.

Also this isn't much of the board as it's a common design with all AM3+ boards, the RAM ports I personally think are far to close to the CPU, limiting after market heat sink capabilities. My Evo 212 covers the first two RAM Ports on this board and so would any other AM3+ board. So if you too have the Evo 212 and are looking to upgrade be sure your RAM doesn't have any useless fancy design like the G.Skill RAM does, otherwise mounting the sink will be a problem. Also install the RAM first before putting the Evo on, because otherwise the Evo will cover them making it difficult to install them.

Other Thoughts: I wish it had 6 RAM ports to fit all 12GB of my Ram, but most AM3+ boards that looked decent only had 4 RAM ports. So I can't say it's a con, just something most AM3+ boards don't have in general.

Overall I've only used it for a full day playing games like SWTOR, DayZ, Saints Row The 4th, Dead Rising 3, and surfing the web. It does its job and all round I'd recommend it if you're looking for a semi beefy board with USB 3.0 and Sata 6GB support.

My Old Setup:

MB: Asrock x58 Extreme (SATA 3GB USB 2.0)
CPU: Intel i7 920 @2.67GHz
Heatsink: Cool Master Evo 212
RAM: 12GB DDR3 PNY & Kingston
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 770 2GB OC'd
Tower: Antec Gaming Series One

My New Setup:

MB: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD 970 SB950 (SATA 6GB USB 3.0)
CPU: AMD FX 8350 @4.0GHz
Heatsink: Cool Master Evo 212
RAM: 8GB DDR3 PNY & Kingston
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 770 2GB OC'd
Tower: Antec Gaming Series One

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  • Maul555
  • 12/13/2014 1:37:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust right

Pros: Solid, Stable, and should last a long time.

The UEFI BIOS is packed with options. I mean packed. If overclocking on a budget this is a great choice...

Cons: I can't think of a con.

Other Thoughts: I was able to re-use my processor from my last build to save some cash on my new PC. I plan on having this computer 5+ years from now, so I went ahead and maxed out the memory right from the start. Its overkill now, but I am sure I will grow in to it. Plus I have plenty of ram to play with virtual machines now!

Phenom II X6 1100T BE @ 3.76 Ghz
32Gigs of Mushkin red line @ 2006 Mhz
240 Gig Mushkin SSD/Win 8.1
Nvidia Geforce GTX 460

Buttery Smooth

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  • 12/10/2014 6:36:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOOOHOOO

Pros: Great!

Cons: Space

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my 8350 cpu. LOVE IT. quality is great. I have two complaints, could not get the hyper 212 plus to fit onto this board what so ever.

The other complaint is the space. Ram slots are too close to the heatsink area. If the 212 would of installed I would of lost a slot for ram. Booo.

Other than that, awesome ! Comes with uefi bios too! Owned a asus before and I loved it, was always stable and great.

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  • 12/7/2014 6:16:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe same as the rest

Pros: nice when it worked

Cons: could not update to new bios, could not power on the computer with out cutting the power switch off then back on.
died after playing bf4, i switched vid cards psu, following that i switched back to my old motherboard and everything worked fine except that i bought this board for the new fx 8530 i just bought.

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  • 12/2/2014 12:49:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS M5A97

Pros: Excellent motherboard, runs top notch, no problems.
Included software is excellent at over clocking the MB.
For the price this was a best buy.

Cons: Needs a BIOS update when you get it installed.
But installing the BIOS update with the included software was a breeze.

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  • anonymous
  • 11/24/2014 8:26:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good board. Got it for the price. Felt sturdy when I was working with it (first build). Lots of features, good deal.

Cons: None that I know of.

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