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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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  • lazyguy
  • 2/27/2015 7:46:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsm5a97 R2.0

Pros: Great product fast boot, sleepmode, oveclocking...best price.
running with:
m5a97+r9 280+fx 6300 +8g hyperx+ Cooler Master Seidon 240M...

Cons: none

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  • N/A
  • 2/22/2015 9:11:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good for the money

Pros: Both this for my younger doughter work/gaming PC (got MB, CPU, memory, HDD and DVD writer). So I wanted to achieve multiple goals: get new PC, to train my daughter to get it all togheter; to transfer OS to it with all current credentials and software; to get old equipment for some experiments.

Price/performance is excelent. System was up and running for test and verification purposes in 3 minutes (mind that only CPU and memory was mounted, MB sitting on the box it arrived in, PSU and DVD connected) and we ran memtest and some other tests from DVD.

After finishing testing we put all togheter. It took another hour or two -- I had to explain every move (purpose, what to avoid, what to look for). And system was up and running. Full transfer of OS took another day and my daughter did everything on her own but it's another story.

32 GB memory is a plus. As well as fanless cooling.

Cons: None for a moment.

Other Thoughts: At the moment system is running quetly and it's more than adequate for tasks is has been set up. Motherboard lots of USB 3.0 ports. And that makes backup/recovery much faster.

Gigabit ehternet with support of jumbo frames, 802.1Q, and 802.1p support which allows to to low CPU utilization on servers, e.g. during network backups. But be carefull with these features some of them requires network equipment (switches and routers) supporting them and knowledge how to configure all that stuff across home network. And these pieces of network infrastructure are not hte cheapest ones.

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  • DaveC
  • 2/4/2015 12:54:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice Mobo - if you don't want to virtualize

Pros: Great price, easy to install, quite fast, BIOS a breeze to work with.

Cons: I have tired everything I know of, and I know quite a bit, to get VirtuaBox and/or VMware Player to work on my PC using this mobo but I cannot get it to work. Running Win7Prox64, 8GB, AMD FX6300. BIOS says that VT-x/AMD-V IS enabled, but CPU utilities show that is it disabled. Virtualbox and VMware player will not run saying that you need these items enabled to run the software.

Other Thoughts: Good mobo, but don't expect to virtualize anything.

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  • David
  • 2/1/2015 7:43:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid motherboard

Pros: It works great! After my last ASUS motherboard finally died after nearly 12 years of daily use it was a no brainer to replace it with the same brand. That computer was so reliable I waited all of this time and didn't have the heart to replace it even though it had been upgraded to the max and it's age was showing when it came to performance. I built a sub-$700 system with this board and am totally satisfied. The features are great and I have not had one issue with it so far. If it lasted half as long as the last ASUS board I had I would be happy. I like it so much I built my mom the same system and she is happy with it as well.

Cons: none whatsoever

Other Thoughts: I plan on building at least one or two more systems with this motherboard if I can get around to it before it's discontinued.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear David,

Thank you for posting a review for the unit. Appreciate that you gave a positive feedback for the unit. We're glad that you love the unit and that it's working properly. If in the future you need assistance with the unit of with any ASUS product please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150212567 in the subject for your case reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in providing positive customer experience.

Thank you for trusting ASUS.

Best regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Big Bill
  • 1/28/2015 11:30:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: I have built 4 computers with this board. I have never had any problems. The oldest is 2 years old and still going strong. I have uses AMD 8350,8320, and 6300. All were over clocked to 4.4 ghz with no problems. Each used G Skill 2 X 4 GB 2130 mhz Ram, with proper uief bios settings. I have never used 2 Video Cards, but have used AMD 6970,6770,6750 and 6670 Chips. Don't spend more unless you plan on using 2 video cards...

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This board is great unless you ar planing on 2 video cards. I use Windows 7-64 bit and have never used up all 8 GB of Ram pwe Win resource monitor. Do Get DDR 3 2130 Mhx Ram

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Big Bill,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501101354 in the subject for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Riggs
  • 1/23/2015 11:11:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome MOBO

Pros: Awesome board, and nice bios, good overclocking board

Cons: Back panel could be better fitting, looks cheaply made but not anything to lose a egg over

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  • Rixster
  • 1/20/2015 11:54:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTwo Year Review

Pros: I've been running this board for two years now, just as stable as it was the day I received it. I'm running an AMD 8350 on it with 32gb's of ram and it's performed flawlessly. If I ever need another board it'll be ASUS for sure. I love the BIOS, it has a basic user interface and an advanced user interface and I like them both, easy to navigate & use. You just can't go wrong with this board.

Cons: Not a huge fan of the Blue coloring but I have a closed case anyway so it doesn't matter.

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  • grayvard
  • 1/15/2015 3:16:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPleased

Pros: Well made, Bios is easy to use. Has plenty of cooling where needed.

Cons: Board is not a true ATX, comes up short of the outside mont posts.
Fan plugs at a very inconvenient spot at the top of the board.

Other Thoughts: Fired up first time and is working great so far.
If you use an aftermarket cooler, I use the Hyper 212 EVO, getting the fans plugged in takes a long pair of needle nose pliers if you install the cooler first.
This board is not as wide as traditional ATX boards, comes up short of the outer board posts. Had to put my fingers under the board when plugging in the power cable to prevent board flex.
I installed the memory before installing the board.
I also could not install a front panel eSata cable as it came up @ 1/4" short of the nearest sata connector. Fit fine on the last ATX board. ( FrontX.com make the best, solid, front panel components I have ever seen for many years now!)
I ordered a longer one.

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  • N/A
  • 1/14/2015 12:39:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable component

Pros: I am happy with the quality of this unit, ASUS always has my vote for reliability and the best warranty in the market.

Cons: none

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  • misterMcCoonie
  • 1/9/2015 8:03:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock solid

Pros: Great board for any basic modern setup. RAID if you need it, USB3 with front panel header, plus 2133 DDR3 support. DirectKey is great during initial building.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: EFI was a bit of a shock for me to get used to - you don't get to choose your boot order if you want windows to load. Oh well, can always choose boot device with F8.

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