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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
  • 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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  • Hun K.
  • 4/29/2015 3:56:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDEAD ON ARRIVAL

Pros: Valued Price. Nothing more

Cons: Dead on Arrival. Cheaply made. Never got to use it. Pay a little more and get Gigabyte.

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  • Joshua J.
  • 4/24/2015 4:29:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: Worked out of the box

Cons: Bought this on 2/18/205 and it is useless for SLI because the second PCI port is 4x which I did not know until just the other day when I discovered my two cards need 8x. So now I have a costly second video card I cannot use.

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  • Charles S.
  • 4/23/2015 6:57:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove It

Pros: Great board, does exactly what it needs to.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Would buy another.

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  • brett d.
  • 4/22/2015 1:59:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: price, easy installation

Cons: does not support case audio or USB3 connections

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  • Seth S.
  • 4/22/2015 6:58:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic, reliable board, great for OC and anything you throw at it

Pros: Lots of SATA ports
USB 3
Durable
Reliable
OC Support
Well worth the money

Cons: None I can see!

Other Thoughts: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
AMD FX 4130 3.8Ghz quad core
Cooler Master V8 Cooler (old version)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT Tahiti LE
12GB (2x2GB + 2x4GB) Kingston Hyper X Blu 1333Mhz
WD Black 1TB 7200RPM HDD (formerly a 500GB Blue, but this board outlasted the hard drive)
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM HDD
NZXT Phantom 410 Midtower

I've owned this board and used it fairly constantly for over 3 years. I have never had a single issue with this build other than the hard drives, running 2x2GB and 2x4GB of ram in dual channel respectively and having swapped in and out several hard drives. I'm currently working to replace my failed main drive which ran almost its whole lifespan in this system. I was surprised by how well this board has held up over the years. I got it from another store, but I had to leave a review here since I thought it deserves to get the word out about how great this board works. I highly recommend it. I use my system for heavy gaming and 3D CAD software often and it typically works flawlessly.

ASUS has always been helpful with their customer support provided you set aside enough time to talk to them, and they would offer to replace any defective products at little cost to their customers even if you have problems.

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  • Jordan E.
  • 4/20/2015 5:02:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBallin' on a Budget

Pros: Excellent board for the $$$. This board boots quickly when paired with FX-6300. ASUS has great overclocking too (although you probably want to upgrade from the OEM CPU fan if doing so).

This board delivers if you are looking for a fast machine or if you are looking for an affordable machine to do gaming. The Crossfire support is great.

The 10/100/1000 ethernet is great for sharing files on my home network (paired with other 10/100/1000 connections).

Cons: None to date.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for the most advanced features on the market, this isn't the board for you. Other boards have USB 3.1, PCI-E 3, and built in optical sounds. The first two aren't widely available, so I didn't see a point in paying double for them. Also, the built in sound-card works great.

The board has the labels printed on it for each port. If you are looking for the CPU fan, it is printed right on the board, so you know which port to use.

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  • Ms A.
  • 4/16/2015 12:57:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Easy to install. It came in good condition, had no problems with the motherboard. It comes with amazing feature implemented.

Cons: None

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  • MATTHEW E.
  • 4/16/2015 11:19:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS = Worst Customer Support

Pros: Worked great for the first year

Cons: After a year of having this motherboard it started having issues. Sent it in for an RMA they fixed the problem it was having and came back with another. Since then I've spent the past 3 months or so trying to get the motherboard fixed. After 3 rmas, which in all cost about $60 in shipping for repairs, still not fixed. Every time I contact them they lie to you and tell you things like their computers have to go through maintenance and they will send me an email within the hour (most used excuse) or just tell me I will receive an email in an hour which I don't receive. If you are buying for the 3 year warranty, don't bother, they don't honor it.

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  • Curtis E.
  • 4/16/2015 6:40:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: - The BIOS is extremely user friendly and well thought out.
- Aesthetically pleasing... for those of us with windowed side-panels.
- Works like a dream. No errors or problems posting.

Cons: - I was disappointed that the board did not have support for the USB 3.0 on the front IO panel on my case. It's not enough to dock the board an egg. And I suppose when you want a budget board they have to cut corners somewhere.

Other Thoughts: Simple budget gaming build on this board:
AMD FX-6300
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
16 GB G Skills Ripjaws X Series (2x8) RAM
AMD Radeon SSD 120GB (for Windows)
Phantex Enthoo Pro Case

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  • Chansook S.
  • 4/14/2015 6:55:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOwned less than 1 week

Pros: Good motherboard so far. Plugged everything in and fired up on the first try. Windows 8 took less than 10 minutes to get setup on a new SSD ordered in a combo upgrade. The upgrade included the following: AMD FX 8350, Asus M5A97 Mobo, 8Gb RAM and Samsung SSD.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Other Thoughts: Worth every penny if things hold up. Will try some stress testing to see how high the temps get with the new system build. Using a stock CPU cooler and it's at 54C. The motherboard sensor reads a cool 32C-35C all day even after a few hours of heavy gaming.

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