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

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Ralph S.
  • 2/10/2015 5:48:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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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  • Jacob T.
  • 7/21/2014 9:10:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood board for price

Pros: this board has enough memory slots for any gamer, the socket fits many processors, and lots of usb, however choose your case wisely as this board has one particular connector for the front side usb 3.0

Cons: although, when in crossfire mode, the main slot is the only one it runs at, with is x16, if in crossfire the other card, no matter if identical or not, will run at x4, depleting performance drastically, so your better off staying with one powerhouse card,

Other Thoughts: I would have to say i will be upgrading to a republic of gamers for because this board just cant handle demanding games, i have had multiple hardware, from diff graphics cards to ram and CPUs, but overall an ok board

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  • Amy F.
  • 6/8/2014 8:14:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorking well, but unacceptable repair job and reliability with first board

Pros: As long as this board has POSTed, I've been very satisfied with it. This board has a user-friendly UEFI (though I haven't overclocked) and the fan speed can be controlled from the UEFI and from the Fan Xpert 2 utility in Ai Suite II. The fact that both tell the UEFI the desired fan speed rather than a software-based application ensure that the fan speed is consistent on various operating systems, whenever the computer is on, and that the fan speed doesn't suddenly change when the operating system is booted. The Ai Charger+ utility is cool and tells the USB ports to give more power to iOS devices that are plugged in. My iPhone and iPad charge almost as quickly as they do when plugged into the wall.

Cons: I bought this board in July 2012 and it worked well (though with some occasional crashes and errors including one unexplained blue screen and the Realtek NIC deep sleep issue, which went away) until December 2012, when the board suddenly didn't POST and gave no beeps or messages on screen, even after removing nonessential components. I returned it to ASUS for repair and it came back working, and worked almost perfectly until about a year ago, in June 2013, when it wouldn't POST again when turning it on about five minutes after using it for about two hours with no issues, virtually eliminating the power supply as the culprit. I returned it to ASUS again and when it came back, it still didn't POST, leading me to believe that the repair center in Jeffersonville, Indiana didn't fix anything. I asked for a cross-ship replacement instead of a repair and received a refurbished board (with an older BIOS than my original board), which has been working well since I got it in July 2013. To be fair, though, the ASUS representatives to whom I spoke were nice enough and gave me RMA tickets quickly. I'm just upset that my motherboard had issues multiple times and without documentation from ASUS of what the issue(s) was/were and what was fixed during the first RMA. My computer didn't have a working motherboard for a month and a half of its first year.

On a much more minor note, the I/O shield took several tries to fit with the I/O panel on the motherboard because of the metal tabs blocking them-I had to bend and cut some of them off. This is very nitpicky, but the Windows 7 boot time with a Samsung 840 could be a little bit more quickly, but that could depend on the SB950's SATA controller, and it's not slow by any means. I've just seen that drive boot more quickly on other motherboards. The NIC occasionally runs at 100Mbps even though my router's ports are gigabit, but unplugging the ethernet cable and plugging it back in fixes this, and again it's only occasional.

The board also flexes and creaks a little bit when plugging in cables and installing RAM but I don't think this is harmful.

Other Thoughts: Despite my issues with this board, I think it can be stable and reliable, as shown by many of the other reviews of it on this site, and by my current experience with it. I think my original board was just defective and only started showing issues after several months. That being said, this was my first build, and I very well could have caused some of these issues. I just hope that some day "lemons" and computer part failure won't be an issue, especially with motherboards.

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  • Kelly H.
  • 5/17/2014 5:56:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: good number of ports, looks good in an open case, nice cooling, easy install, point and click BIOS

Cons: board scratches on case standoffs if you're not careful, sleep mode a little wonky

Other Thoughts: It's served me well, no major complaints. My only problem is that sleep mode doesn't always perform as it should. After about 8 months of use, sleep stopped cooperating. Now, if I order the PC to sleep through Start, there's a 80/20 chance that the board will only power down visual, leaving fans and PSU running. If I let the computer auto-sleep, everything is fine. I've adjusted BIOS, all that stuff, but I can't get it back to how it used to be. Oh well, could just be age.

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  • Desmond R.
  • 5/7/2014 3:22:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggscould be inproved

Pros: USB3 ports
Good entry level board

See other thoughts..

Cons: Have to purchase USB card as there no USB header for the two usb ports in front of case. I mean how much to put a usb3 header on the freaking board, you had no problem putting a usb2 header there thou. While your at it, rewrite the freaking device driver code, its rough at best.

Other Thoughts: Just a heads up, this board does Support and fit Delta Fans. I installed 2, and granted it does make some noise, their no way louder than my 3 young kids. Just get the 3 pin connector to attach to the motherbard. I looked thru all the reviews and found just one that says it will work. I can attest to it. if you use the 3 pin header you don't need a controller, just use the bios to monitor the fans. They wont run full speed, but the 75 percent is fine for me. I've installed them on a 212 cpu cooler. Unreal performance Im posting this review just to let people know that you can use the delta fans. my are the 4000 rpm fans, and if you use the 5000 rpm fans, your on your own. PS, let others know your suggestions.

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  • kenneth h.
  • 4/16/2014 5:48:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Flexible with options, solid, recognizes new hardware immediately. haven't had any issues with the board. am running amd fx 4100, dual radeon 7850's in cross fire, 8gb of g.skill ddr3 1866, with thermaltake 850 smart m series, inside a nzxt phantom case

Cons: wasn't free

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