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ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066

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  • Warranty & Returns
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The M5A97 is equipped with 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. Also included is the intuitive and feature laden ASUS UEFI BIOS menu interface allowing users to control and adjust their motherboard settings through the use of a mouse-enabled interface for a superior user-friendly experience that BIOS does not offer.

  • newegg AMD FX /Phenom II /Athlon II /Sempron 100 Series Processors Support This motherboard supports AMD AM3+ multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and current AMD Phenom II /Athlon II /Sempron 100 Series processors. The 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.
  • newegg TPU & EPU The TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning and TurboV functions. Auto Tuning offers a user 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. The EPU chip provides a real-time, dynamic power saving by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!
  • newegg UEFI BIOS ASUS’s exclusive UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the first ever mouse-controlled graphical BIOS interface designed with dual selectable modes which goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient input with quick scrolling. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the Advanced Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system control, including detailed DRAM information.
  • newegg Dual USB 3.0 & 6 x SATA III AMD SB950 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, which delivers up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8 Gb/s 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.
  • newegg Auto Tuning - Auto System Level Up Achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results automatically with Auto Tuning! With built-in stability testing, Auto Tuning allows beginners to easily upgrade their CPU performance at no extra cost.
  • newegg 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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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Michael R.
  • 5/20/2016 1:12:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible - died on me 4 years after purchase

Pros: great board until it dies on you.

Cons: it died on me

Other Thoughts: Paid $100 for it to die on my 4 years later :(

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We appreciate you taking the time to inform us on your ASUS experience. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this issue has caused. Please double check each cable on the motherboard including your 24pin/8pin power plug connectors. Please make sure all your GPU connectors are firmly installed and that all your SATA drives are receiving power from your PSU. Clear CMOS and see if the board will POST. If it will not, pull one memory module and place the other stick in the slot furthest from the CPU and see if that helps. If you need a help with any technical questions or general inquiries about ASUS Warranty Services, you can reach me at

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • vernon w.
  • 11/1/2015 6:23:43 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA good motherboard

Pros: Good price, dependable

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I bought this in 2011, still running very well.

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  • Ashley P.
  • 10/12/2015 12:42:32 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsjw

Pros: Still working 3.5 years later

Cons: none

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  • vera c.
  • 7/1/2015 7:22:57 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUSB3 a bust in R1.0

Pros: Still my backbone after four years, 2011-2015. Held up to some serious server-grade use with normal temperatures and voltages (I did install adequate cooling). Plenty of overclocking capability if that's your thing but I prefer to sleep at night.

Cons: This is the R1.0 board - if it doesn't say R2.0 or R3.0 than it is the R1.0 board. Biggest issue is USB3, even with ASUS software / drivers it never performed better than 12 MBps, and that was the rumored problem with the first version of this board. Added a 3.0 card and disabled motherboard USB3 and all is well.

Other Thoughts: Wouldn't recommend the R1.0 board today, the R2.0 is inexpensive and has working USB3. Otherwise M5A97 is still a solid choice unless you plan on using the fastest CPU / memory / dual graphics.

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  • Joseph G.
  • 4/8/2015 7:57:57 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable

Pros: First board was DOA 4 years ago. ASUS replaced the board and it's worked flawlessly ever since.

Cons: None

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  • Ralph S.
  • 2/10/2015 5:48:12 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for my money

Pros: Adaptable
Easy upgrades

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: I've had this MB since April 2012. I've upgraded the memory and CPU, the BIOS and video card(s). I've never had a hiccup, glitch or burp. It's hard to complain about anything on this board.

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  • Terrance S.
  • 1/14/2015 7:39:11 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFound my brand

Pros: - Plethora of tuning options
- Extremely reliable and stable
- Hassle free
- Good feature set.

Cons: - none

Other Thoughts: This is one of those "after the fact" reviews as this board is no longer available, but I was reviewing my recent purchases in the last few years and was a bit surprised I've not piped in on this board.

I bought this one three years ago as part of a big rebuild I was doing. To be succinct, this board has been nothing but phenomenal. I've put this and my FX 6100 through any sort of purgatory imaginable and it has never been a problem. I've gone through probably close to 15 Mobos in the last 15 years (for various reasons) and this has been my first ASUS and the only one to really stand up the test of time and some of my rather insane experiments. As I now sit here contemplating a minor retooling of my main PC, I've realized I've still got mileage left in this one.

Good job, Asus. And thank you.

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  • koeun k.
  • 10/15/2014 4:40:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgood board

Pros: i pair this board with amd fx6300 six cores, 16gb of memory ram and ati 2gb video card, still using stock bios as of i dont want to update yet
the pre loaded software that came on the cd is good
tune your pc on the fly. first game i play on this rig was watchdog, everything ran smooth without any crashing graphics and data speed was alot faster and quality pictures than my console games. adobe cs6 was alot faster compare to my old board specially when im doing photo editing off raw image i have had no issue with this board so far and its been 6 months of ownership i also recommend a good flow case the heat transfer from the processor can get pretty hot

Cons: the bad, i dont know if its the motherboard or the video card
im only using hdmI output to my monitor and during boot up
just black screen till it gets to the window log in screen ,
though if i plug in the vga cable im able to access the bios screen and such need to figure out how to get it to work on hdmi output only

Other Thoughts: i have had good results with asus as my old computer was asus with amd dual core that ran for 6 years and i sold it to a friend who still use it everyday i think the board they make now isnt as sturdy as the ones they make back then when dual core was introduce

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  • Yvette W.
  • 10/14/2014 8:32:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI need a new motherboard

Pros: Overall, easy to configure and overclock. It has a few advanced features if you're into that sort of thing.

Cons: Ever since I've had this board, I keep running into trouble viewing videos from the web. I've tried everything imaginable to fix the issue. I've backed down the BIOS. I've replaced the mem, PSU, CPU, and HD. I've installed various versions of Windows and Linux. I've uninstalled and reinstalled every type of driver and software imaginable. I finally think that I've found the issue.

Last week, after the system locked up on a Skype call, I didn't shut down the machine. After about 30 minutes, the system came up with a message that I had unplugged something from the rear audio port. Nothing was plugged in. Then, the system started flip-flopping about this erroneous audio port. The board is mechanically intact and I never use the rear audio ports.

I think its time to get a new MB.

Other Thoughts: Sometimes, you just get a bad egg and have to deal with it. The past couple years have been fine but I'm due for a new MB anyways.

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  • Kalpana P.
  • 7/31/2014 6:08:37 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood Motherboard, horrible tech support

Pros: It has served me well for approximately 2 years.

Cons: I have had this motherboard for a little over two years now. I play games quite a lot. Anything from Age of Empires 2, to Battlefield 4, to Assassin's Creed series. I was able to play games very well for approximately 2 years, and then my screen started going black after a little while of playing games around April of this year. At first, I just passed it off as my games crashing, and thought nothing of it. Recently, It has started happening more and more frequently. I did not like this, so I called into Asus support. I was told to remove my memory, and start and run the computer through only 1 memory module at a time. I ran memory diagnostics tests, and received no error reports. I called back, and was told that my motherboard may not be grounded properly, so I should run it outside of my case. I refused, because I know my way around computers seeing as I built this one. Then I was told to buy another graphics card, and see if it would happen again to see if there was something wrong with the 16x PCI slot. I flatly refused to do that. I will not be strong-armed into doing pointless things and be run around in circles for a faulty product. After telling the technician that I wished to speak to a supervisor, I have been on hold for the last 25 minutes, and now the technician has hung up on me. I expect much better customer service than what I have received today.

Other Thoughts: Overall, liked the product, but due to the customer support, I most likely will not be purchasing another Asus product in the future.

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