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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.

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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!
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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:
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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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  • Elliot H.
  • 3/27/2015 11:48:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat while it worked...

Pros: Powerful, Flexible, UEFI, Configurable, RAID and Looks Good

Cons: Stopped working shortly after the replacement period expired. I would like to get a replacement but am unable due to that fact.

Other Thoughts: If it worked I would still be using it as it is awesome. I wish it had RAID 6 support to fully leverage my disks...

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  • John J.
  • 3/24/2015 12:30:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: 4 fan headers, 4 memory slots, the blue is actually kind of cool looking, ASUS bios does a good job of handling the FX-6300 CPU.

Cons: No USB 3 header.

Other Thoughts: decent cheap mobo.

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  • Donald L.
  • 3/23/2015 1:15:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+

Pros: Good price for a good card!

Cons: I didn't check the specs correctly, USB3 in the back. I bought a case that had USB3 on the front panel (this is on me).

Other Thoughts: Great card for the price. Looks like ill need to get USB3 to USB2 cable to connect panel USB to the board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2015 6:18:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Gaming Board

Pros: PC Specs:
AMD FX-6300 @ 4.0 GHz
G.Skill Ares 8GB @ 1600
M5A97 LE R2.0
Rosewill Capestone 750w
EVGA 660 ti 2GB

The BIOS is super easy to understand and work with especially when overclocking. After having it for a couple months I can say this board is solid. Whether you want to OC or not its still good for the performance even without the vrm heatsinks. I get 60+ fps in all my games! Except when there's too much going on at once which is normal. Like Gmod :P

Cons: No USB 3.0 header (I knew when buying) If you want to overclock I'd recommend getting vrm or MOSFET heatsinks so you can get a stable overclock.

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  • Mathew L.
  • 3/20/2015 12:01:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful Motherboard

Pros: Durable
UEFI BIOS
PRICE
Reading the reviews, I was skeptical to get this mb. But, I took the chance, put it together with the rest of my bundle (6 Core AMD, 8GB DDR3), and have been using it perfectly fine ever since. Love the BIOS, not sure what people mean by it being slow, works perfectly fine for me. As for the IO shield, it did fit kind of weird (I had to slightly bend it to fit it in), but it fit.

Cons: IO Shield fits kind of weird. Not a big enough problem to take off a egg, and it did fit after slightly bending it.

Other Thoughts: Love the UEFI!

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  • Alfred T.
  • 3/19/2015 8:51:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Mobo

Pros: I'm glad I got this mobo as my first. It's a pretty decent one. I would say I'd like to have more fan connectors. There's only 4 on it (including the CPU fan). Overall, it's pretty strong - haven't had any problems with it and I've had it for over 3 years.

Cons: - Needs a few more fan connectors.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking to buy a somewhat cheap mobo, you should get this one. This one is definitely worth the cost. It's one of those "you get what you paid for" kind of products.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2015 12:58:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood for running an office computer; don't use it for anything more intensive than that.

Pros: Nice and cheap!
Hasn't fried on me yet
TONS of SATA Ports! 6!
8 Channel Audio

This is my second review of this board.

Cons: NO heatsink on the Voltage Regulator Module!!!
Unstable, poor choice for running ANY sort of games.
Overheats, and drops the CPU voltage to prevent it from frying. I have the AMD FX-8350, Waayyy too much for this motherboard. Going to have to buy a new one

Other Thoughts: Pay the extra 80 bucks and buy your self a REAL Motherboard. Worth the money.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I certainly understand your concern with regards to the motherboard that you have. I would like to personally assist you about this matter. Kindly email at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150379794 in the subject for a reference to your case.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Robert M.
  • 3/15/2015 5:31:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: If you are looking for an build with all the bells and whistles at an economy price this is the way to go.

Cons: The memory slots were difficult to get the sticks fully seated. The sticks didn't "snap" in like I have found on other boards. I think the problem is partially caused by that side of the board has no support and bends a bit. (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: First time I fired it up got error beeps that indicated it didn't recognize the ram. I had bought 2133 sticks and was afraid the board wasn't happy with it. Tried moving the jumper to clear the bios, but still no joy. I then tried moving the jumper and removing the battery for a few minutes. That did the trick.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/13/2015 2:33:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo!

Pros: This was my first time installing a motherboard, and I didn't have too much trouble with it, as everything is labelled pretty well. Performance after over 6 months of ownership is still great, nothing is worse than it was when I got it. It works perfectly for what I use it for which is predominantly gaming.

Cons: The back plate, as others have said, didn't fit too well. I think I have a USB device holding my motherboard to the back plate design. It should also be noted that there are no USB 3.0 ports in this mobo, I don't use them, but I think it should still be mentioned.

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  • Shawn C.
  • 3/11/2015 10:03:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Dual Channel memory
Colors are nice
A lot of PCI slots
6 Sata ports

Cons: Doesn't include 3.0 USB headers

Other Thoughts: Awesome, wished it had 3.0 USB headers

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