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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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  • 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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  • N/A
  • 12/30/2014 2:28:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMD 970 chipset

Pros: Easy to install. I haven't had any issues with it so far. I paired it up with AMD FX 6300 and it is working like a champ.

Cons: It would be nice if ASUS added a power button on the motherboard itself.

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  • B-More
  • 12/23/2014 11:58:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product that has not dissapointed

Pros: Easy Install, Easy to understand BIOS/UEFI-ZERO complaints.

Used a AMD FX-4300 Vishera Quad-Core 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W for the processor and I have it OC'ed as much as I can push it. Temps are great and performance is EXCELLENT.

Cons: ZERO!!!!

Other Thoughts: Five Stars all the way.

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  • Scott
  • 12/21/2014 7:14:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLemon?

Pros: Good Board for the price.

Other pros will have to be added when I get a working board

Cons: RAM slots are a bit to close to the CPU so it makes it difficult to use all 4 slots especially if youre using an aftermarket cooler.

For some reason its about a half in narrower than full sized ATX Boards so you can use the final set of screw holes to keep the board down.

Other Thoughts: Ill add or revise this review later as Ive had to RMA the board since I received it built my PC and it would not post. After trying multiple RAM chips in different slots - a 2nd video card, resetting CMOS etc. I came to the conclusion it had to be the motherboard that was defective.

It Seems like it should be a good board but Ill have to put final thoughts in once I return this to newegg and get a replacement. ASUS is normally really good with their products and Quality control - maybe I just got the odd ball.

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  • N/A
  • 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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