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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
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • 9/29/2014 5:43:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Asus motherboard. Haven't had any problems with this. Fast SATA connections, works out of the box with Linux (Ubuntu 14.04). BIOS is very easy to update, supports the 1055t with 125 watt TDP.

Cons: Northbridge heatsink gets a little toasty, but that is what heatsinks were designed to do. "Only" 6 SATA ports - but if you account one for eSATA, one for an optical drive, that leaves only 4. I had to combine two IDE partitions into a larger SATA drive anyways, so I will be using all 6 SATA ports soon (just need to find more rails for my case). Motherboard does supports multiple GPUs, but from some reading after the fact, it only supports it in CrossfireX configuration, and the secondary only at PCI Express x4. I had two graphics cards I was wanting to use (one CrossfireX compatible, one not) and could not use both. My best guess is that the motherboard recognized one couldn't be used in CrossfireX, and just flat-out disabled the non-capable one. Couldn't even get video out of it while in the BIOS. It works 100% stand-alone, so I know it isn't a bad video card. A modern video card that is wider (i.e., for a heat sink and fan) than a single slot at any point will overlap and make the top-most PCI-Express x1 slot impossible to use unless your device is shorter than the connector itself. Case fan connectors are located near the edge of the board, near the CPU socket and memory slots, and then another by the audio ports. This placement does not allow me to use my front hard drive fan without an extension to it or some other crazy configuration.

Other Thoughts: I know it seems like a lot of cons to this board. However, it was a very reasonable price at time of purchase and for a board that supports Linux natively, has a high CPU TDP (for the AMD 6-core 1055T), at least one full x16 slot, 6 SATA connectors, Gigabit ethernet, the capabilities out-weigh the smaller annoyances about this board.

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  • brianuc4
  • 9/28/2014 11:49:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdecent mobo

Pros: Awesome bios and features. Good price amd good bang for your buck

Cons: Issues booting up right out of the box. Would hang up on boot, had to reset amd would usually fix the problem. Sometimes would lock up in the middle of browsing internet or watching videos, listenening to music etc. Now locks up on boot and WILL NOT LOAD OR COMPLETE THE BOOTUP PROCESS

Other Thoughts: I'll be requesting a new board. My previous asus mobo NEVER gave me issues, even after 7 years of service my M2AVM works like new.

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  • Maxmillion3
  • 9/25/2014 8:38:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI LOVE THIS MB

Pros: I purchased this to replace a gigabyte Motherboard that was constantly b.s.o.d-ing! The install process was straightforward and the BIOS is incredibly flexible. Since install I have had no issues with the machine! Using as a Music Production DAW and it has performed Flawlessly!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Will be purchasing another One in the coming weeks for a home build!

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  • Aaron Carter
  • 9/22/2014 3:50:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Overall Board with some gripes

Pros: Great Heatsinks over chipsets/VRMs/Ext
Sata 6GBs
Plenty of features
AI Sweet/WiFi Remote Go
Easy Bios but still has great advanced features
1866MHz RAM Support
Great Comparability
Decent IO (Although wish there were more USB 3)
Stable Performance for the price

This a great board for the money it has great stability, features and performance but it does have limitations

Cons: Weak VRM Design for oberclocking
Weak LAN and Audio Chipsets
When using Windows 7 there is lag in the start up process (is not an issue with Windows 8)
Sometimes Crashes when using D.O.C.P mode

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/10/2014 5:59:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAsus needs to improve their QA

Pros: When it works it is a fairly good budget-based board, 970 chipset, UEFI, cool motherboard temps (if heatsinks are glued on tight) and stable. Leverages the speed of a FX6300 quite well. Setting up SSD in bios is quite simple. Updating the bios has never been easier. SATA 6.0 is amazing. DirectKey is nice.

Cons: Not a DIGI+ VRM model but doesn't need to be. Could use an extra chassis fan connector near bottom half of board. Not a full size ATX, but not quite a mATX either (overhangs 6 standoff mounts). No q-connectors supplied. Onboard audio is not X-Fi but sounds ok.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line is that this a good board for the cost, but some of you may be unfortunate enough a come across a bad mobo like I did. You are better off replacing the board than dealing with the frustration of random lockups, overheating, faulty USB ports, and POST code errors. I would still buy from ASUS but next time not such an inexpensive mobo. Decent board for the money though.

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  • Law
  • 9/8/2014 9:07:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe fall of a great company

Pros: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Many great features such as the chipset the ability to run the higher CPU, multiple express PCI slots

Cons: The board started feeling and make use in June 31 2014 after, tacking the ASUS customer support I was told I would qualify for a fast shipment replacement and that I would receive an e-mail within 48 hours. Two weeks later still no e-mail, no fast shipping return, no RMA a number.
I call the ASUS customer support and waited approximately 1:45:00 to talk to somebody. I was then given the same line as before that they would check stock any issue me an e-mail within 48 hours with the progress of my expedited replacement shipping. and of course you can guess it again no reply no nothing weeks ago by its now August 8 on the phone with ASUS customer support. finally I received an RMA number. I quickly package the board and sent it through UPS to ASUS repair center it cost me $11.40 On September 5 I receive the board back.
Thinking it's been awhile that'll be great to have a computer running again. Reassembled the computer only to find the exact same problem with the motherboard that I sent off to be repaired for. I built a lot of systems with ASUS parts and would regularly promote them as a good manufacture.
After this latest go around with them that will no longer continue that. Their customer support is the worst I've seen in this industry. ASUS does not abide by their warranty by the repair work have obviously they have fallen down from the great company they once were. So take my word for avoid this company like the plague.
I will be placing reviews on all the sites that I have accounts with which is quite a few I want the word to get out how I was let down by this company.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I apologize for your recent customer service experience. I would be more than happy to personally assist you from this point forward. If you sill need assistance please email me at CL-Scott1@asus.com and write down case number N140933215 in the subject line. Please include your RMA number and any previous case numbers.

I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Regards,

Scott
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • vari64
  • 9/6/2014 11:26:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow up from 07/24/2014

Pros: I'm still giving NewEgg 5 eggs on this purchase. Not their fault.

Cons: The replacement board had exactly the same problem as the first one. Boots nice on first boot but screws up on reboot. RMA'ed that second board. Would you believe I had to tell them how to check the board so they would see the problem? Unbelievable!! They sent me a 3rd board.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if I will RMA that 3rd board or not.
This one also has the overheating north bridge problem which I cut down a little by installing a 60mm fan over it. Also the speaker jack (green) is broken inside the jack. So it is not usable. I have to use my front case speaker jack to get sound.
That really was my last Asus product.

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  • 9/4/2014 11:21:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAsus customer service

Pros: After dealing with ASUS Customer Loyalty it seems they abandon you when you need them
If you have issues they no longer return your emails leaving the customer having to deal with customer support from foreign countries

Cons: I will no longer purchase motherboards from this company
after 20+ years of buying
I will be buying GIGABYTE from this moment on

Other Thoughts: goodbye asus!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I apologize for your recent customer service experience. We do value our customers and take negative customer service experience very seriously. If you need further assistance, please email me at CL-Scott1@asus.com and write down case number N140933149 in the subject line.

I am here to assist you with all of your ASUS needs.

Regards,

Scott
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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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:
Freezing
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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