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ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970 + SB950
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(O.C.)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 Non-ECC, Un-buffered

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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.


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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.

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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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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Benjamin T.
  • 2/2/2016 9:12:17 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Home Server Motherboard

Pros: ECC RAM Support!
Lots(6) of SATAIII (6Gb) ports
Well supported in Linux.
Rock solid after BIOS update

Cons: Had to flash the initial BIOS/UEFI to get stability. After I updated BIOS from the out of the box version, it has been rock solid.

Second (black) PCIe 2.0 x16 is really just a PCe 2.0. x4 bus with a x16 physical connector. This can be very misleading. Doesn't really effect me, but with people doing SLI/Crossfire, that could be a big issue.

Other Thoughts: I love that ASUS enables the ECC support in there AMD FX processors. More vendors should.
I can't comment on the audio since I don't use it. I use this as a server.

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  • Melissa H.
  • 2/1/2016 11:46:12 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo NOT waste money on this

Pros: none

Cons: -USB ports failed
-PCI ports failed
-Customer Support

Other Thoughts: After about a year of use, I noticed that all my on-board USB ports as well as the PCI ports failed to work consistently. I noticed from other reviews that this seems to be an issue (only saw this after the purchase). I tried contacting support from ASUS and when I finally reached a person, he spoke quickly about there wasn't anything they could do, gave me a ticket number, and said have a good day and hung up. Not only would I not recommend this product, but I would caution purchasing anything from ASUS, as they seem to not care if their products are quality products or not.

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  • Matt B.
  • 1/30/2016 11:58:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Board has been rock stable, paired with my fx-8300. Good overclocking options in bios, although I've currently got it running at stock since I don't have anything maxing this cpu out yet. Went with Asus because of good experiences with the last few of their boards I've purchased, and chose this over some other Asus models for the 6x 6gb sata ports and the usb 3.0 ports.

Cons: Wish there were more usb 3.0 ports, but knew there were only 2 when I ordered it.

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  • JAMES F.
  • 1/24/2016 8:43:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect!

Pros: It's great! It was a part of a MOBO/CPU/RAM combo. The combo was a steal, especially what you got and the price. This board works great and hasn't failed me. I've owned for a little over a month with no problems. Runs all my components and easily overclocked my RAM. I highly recommend!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I would recommend to people to look into the combo deal with the FX6300 and 8 GB stick of G.Skill. I'm very pleased with it. Plus ASUS is a great company that never let me down and they also honored the rebate and I got a $25 Prepaid Rewards card! Thank you ASUS!

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  • Steven P.
  • 1/21/2016 6:08:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the Cash

Pros: Arrived promptly. Sort of worked out of the box.

Cons: Over the past couple of months of low to moderate usage the problems became worse. Machine would freeze and wouldn’t POST. I thought it was BIOS issue...Tried several BIOS adjustments and nothing worked. Updated BIOS and problems persist. Now it wont POST at all. Junk. Started support email chain. If they want back to test they can keep it!

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte is the way I am going for future builds....and probably a replacement for the ASUS.

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(1/21/16) I sent the board in and it came back in a 1 to 2 weeks later. No write up or explanation what was done. AND...The cpu fan mounting brackets are missing. I sent an email asking what they would do about the missing mounts and I am still waiting for a response. NO MORE ASUS.

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  • david g.
  • 1/21/2016 9:31:13 AM

4 out of 5 eggsGood for entry level, but not cool to bundle with 220W CPU

Pros: Great stable basic motherboard, but currently offered as a shell shocker with a FX9370 thats 220 watts. This motherboard only supports up to 140W so your looking at a lot of magic smoke.

Cons: Only 140W support, no heatsinks on VRM.

Other Thoughts: Not a very good deal if the CPU blows the board.

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  • Donovan S.
  • 1/12/2016 6:59:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as designed.

Pros: I have had this 2 years now and no issues yet. Bought it to build a budget gaming computer for my GF. Now running a nice little 290X and 6 core AMD. I have had no issues.

Cons: No front mount USB 3.0, but I don't see that as a con because I knew it did not before I bought it. So, no real cons to speak of.

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  • Corey M.
  • 1/12/2016 6:19:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent board for low cost, but few features

Pros: PRICE! Good board for entry to mid level CPUs with no frills

Cons: No USB 3.0 headers or on board networking. Poor overclocking

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a simple and cheap computer, this is a good board for the price but you're getting what you pay for. I would recommend this if your full build is under $500 or you have an old case with no USB 3.0 ports. If you're looking to spend more, then look elsewhere for a mobo.
I have an FX6300 running on this board and was looking to tinker and get into overclocking, but the lack of features and poor VRM cooling really held it back. If I could build my pc all over agin, I would have done a bit more research and spent a bit more to go at least one tier up in both processor and mobo.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/10/2016 9:38:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice MB, powerful,

Pros: looks good. working very stable. easy OC. and not expensive,

Cons: N/a

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  • Mason C.
  • 1/8/2016 10:52:52 AM

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome motherboard for AM3/AM3+ socket

Pros: -6 SATA 6gbs ports
-Lots of USB ports on I/O
-Has a 4-pin CPU power connector instead of 8-Pin (May not be a problem for you but i have a power supply that only has a 4 pin CPU connector)
-Makes overclocking very easy with just a click of a button!!

Cons: -No USB 3.0 Headers( but not a huge deal)

Other Thoughts: I have it running with an Athlon ii X4 630 @3.3ghz stable and 8gb of Corsair Vengeance LP RAM! A great buy if your looking for a mid-range AM3/AM3+ motherboard!!

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