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ASUS M5A97 LE 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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M5A97 LE R2.0
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0
Fast Boot

Instant OS Login

ASUS has released new hardware and software designs to shorten system boot-up time to two seconds for a smoother experience that removes annoying delays under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Faster system boot and restart means Windows starts quicker and more efficiently. No more waiting around.


M5A97 LE R2.0
ASUS Boot Setting

Multi-Startup Options
Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PCs startup process. You can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method - either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and consistent, with no need to choose every time you power on.

M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0

AMD® Socket AM3+ for AMD® FX Series CPU up to 8-core

AMD® FX™-Series/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors (socket AM3+/AM3)

M5A97 LE R2.0 supports AMD® AM3+ / AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1866 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MTps via HyperTransport™ 3.0-based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing


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AMD® 970 Chipset

AMD® 970 Chipset is designed to support up to 4800MT HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD®'s latest AM3+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.

M5A97 LE R2.0
Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!

Flexible Multi-GPU Solutions, Your Weapon of Choice!
AMD's CrossFireX™ boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolution to get high quality images. CrossFireX™ allows higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading and texture settings. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with the 3D settings, and check the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered previews within AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center.

M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0
Dual Intelligent Processors

ASUS continues to put innovation at its forefront, launching the world's first Dual Intelligent Processors technology. This exclusive design consists of the EPU (Energy Processing Unit), which automatically monitors power consumption system-wide to ensure efficiency, and the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) - guaranteeing superior performance for every task, bringing users an unbeatable experience.

M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0
TPU

The Ultimate Turbo Processor

Unleash your performance with ASUS AI Suite II utility. The TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning and TurboV functions. Auto Tuning offers a friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations.

M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0
EPU

Energy Efficiency All Around

Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!
M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0
USB 3.0 Boost

Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP

New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.

  • World's first USB 3.0 UASP Support – 170% faster instantly
  • Complete USB 3.0 Solution – Performance boost for most USB devices
  • Simple Plug & Boost – Auto detection design ensures best performance always

When transferring a 13.8GB movie, USB 3.0 Boost from ASUS lands an overall better-performing PC. Check out these benchmarks for more info:
M5A97 LE R2.0

M5A97 LE R2.0
Network iControl

Real-time Network Bandwidth Control
With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center.


UEFI BIOS

ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.

ASUS Exclusive Interface
EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.

New Upgrade! Quick and Easy Info for Enhanced System Control
  • F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI setup info and troubleshooting
  • New F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
  • ASUS DRAM Serial Presence Detect (SPD) Information for accessing memory info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations
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M5A97 LE R2.0




AI Suite II

One-Stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features

With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed, voltage, and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
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M5A97 LE R2.0
GreenASUS and ErP Ready

The motherboard is European Union's Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.

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M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0
USB 3.0 Support

Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 5.0Gbps with USB 3.0 - the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.


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M5A97 LE R2.0
SATA 6Gbps Support

AMD® SB950 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6Gbps data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

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M5A97 LE R2.0
Windows 8 Ready

With hardware driver compatibility tested and assured, ASUS provides a complete solution for Windows 8 support. Starting now, users can experience the next generation operating system on ASUS hardware, and can rest assured that they can easily upgrade once the final driver versions are released without any compatibility issues!
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M5A97 LE R2.0
ASUS CPU-Z

Whole New Design of CPU-Z

ASUS CPU-Z is a customized ASUS version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of ASUS CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness.
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M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0
H87-G43 TurboV

Adjust system performance parameters with just a few clicks.
H87-G43 AI Suite II

One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features.
H87-G43 Fan Xpert

Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
H87-G43 All Solid Capacitors

Uses 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors.

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Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • David B.
  • 2/26/2015 8:16:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMixed feelings

Pros: Good chipset, fairly expandable, generally good quality of manufacturing.

Cons: Installation can be frustrating. The IO shield provided did not fit the case and, after getting curious and playing around with it, did not fit any cases I own! I ended up not installing the IO shield which bothers me (more than it probably should but whatever).

In addition, the holes in the motherboard were off from the case's standoffs by a thick 1/32". I ended up pulling one standoff out that had no hope of getting attached. Again, not a huge issue, but disappointing.

Other Thoughts: There are too many great motherboards for me to strongly recommend this one. Go with another.

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  • Nathan T.
  • 2/25/2015 5:00:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall Good Motherboard for the price

Pros: Part of a combo I purchased. Good design albiet from a few ports they could have added to it.

Cons: Could have had a port for USB3.0 front ports.

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  • John R.
  • 2/20/2015 9:13:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood...for a while

Pros: Easy to set up, inexpensive. Worked well for what I used it for - a server.

Cons: After recently upgrading Ubuntu, system wouldn't reboot. Won't even boot to BIOS setup. Asus tech support useless. Not worth my time to try trouble-shooting. Will probably buy a better quality board next time.

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  • David S.
  • 2/12/2015 6:01:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot mad just disappointed

Pros: The Price was right for the features I was looking for and It was an Asus.

Cons: Something is flaky with the socket so chip didn't seat properly and spent and hour trouble shooting. Thought it was DOA...

Loud humming from speaker from integrated sound which is fairly common on cheaper motherboard that I have work with.

Having issues with integrated network adapter.

Not a fan of the back plate.

Die hard Asus fan and rather disappointed with this motherboard. Probably wont but an Asus board again.

Other Thoughts: I have only had this board going for a day I am hoping that everything will work out alright.

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  • Terry M.
  • 2/11/2015 1:40:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Motherboard - Asus Quality

Pros: Nice layout, easy to setup, good features for a mid priced board. Used these to update my kids PCs - set up one with a new FX-6300 and the other with an older Phenom II CPU and they both turned out great. Used Corsair and G.Skill RAM and both worked well. Loaded with Win7 and didn't have any problems.

Cons: I don't care for the narrow board where the edge isn't supported by the third row of screws - this board hangs over the second row of screws and the back edge of the board is unsupported - just be careful when plugging in the power connector (support the board from below with your fingers). Other than that, no complaints.

Other Thoughts: This board doesn't have the internal USB3.0 connector - but I knew that when I bought it.

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  • Chris H.
  • 2/11/2015 5:56:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Unknown

Cons: Board came DOA first time buying ASUS, sent board back for a refund and bought the MSI 970 gaming board, couldn't be happier.

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  • Ronnie M.
  • 2/10/2015 5:24:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS comes through again

Pros: All the 6g Sata ports to start off, this board has enough to run the NSA.
Excellent layout (apart from one area, I'll explain later)
Bios is amazing.

Cons: I only have 1 con, and that is the placement of the CPU power plug (not sure of the technical name for it) it is located up and to the left of the CPU heatsink and fan, I have to run my power cable across my RAM to plus it in. It's something I could've seen before I ordered the board so it didn't lose any eggs for that.

Other Thoughts: I've never had problems with ASUS products, my last motherboard had 3 ounces of apple juice spilled on it and it worked for another 3 years.

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  • Ronald N.
  • 2/10/2015 10:55:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Plenty of fan headers. Good layout. Price.

Cons: RAID died after only three months. Sent in for RMA repair. Customer Service communications are extremely lacking. No information available on RMA.

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  • Joe S.
  • 2/9/2015 5:38:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent motherboard

Pros: Lots of fan headers and simplistic design. Enough clearance for my cpu cooler and rams to be next to each other.

Cons: No usb 3.0 header. When I first bought it, I spent hours trying to find it and came to the conclusion it didn't come with one as it was my first newbie build.

Other Thoughts: Would actually read the specifications of the mobo next time so this doesn't happen again.

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  • Jonathan R.
  • 2/6/2015 7:00:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWhat happened to nice I/O shields?

Pros: Decent AMD mobo for AM3+

Cons: The I/O shield is horrible, what happened? ASUS has been known for quality but this, this is unacceptable. They maybe saved a penny but the customers are not going to be happy with this. The I/O shield is a stamped sheet of steel with no sticker for labels (not an issue in the light but believe me working under desks and in dark cabinets all day this makes a huge difference!) millions of tabs on the back which by the way do not work! I had to cut almost all of them off in order to get the mobo to fit correctly in the case.

Other Thoughts: Please ASUS replace these I/O shields before you have a nightmare on your hands with unsatisfied customers. The pennies saved cannot be worth losing customers.

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