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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

M5A97 LE R2.0
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

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

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.


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
M5A97 LE R2.0

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.
M5A97 LE R2.0
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.

M5A97 LE R2.0
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.

M5A97 LE R2.0
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.

M5A97 LE R2.0
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!
M5A97 LE R2.0
M5A97 LE R2.0

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.
M5A97 LE R2.0
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.

Learn more about the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0


M5A97 LE R2.0

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
CPU Type
FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
2400MHz Hyper Transport (4800 MT/s)


AMD 970 + SB950


Number of Memory Slots
Memory Standard
DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
2 (x16, x4)
PCI Express x1
PCI Slots

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC887
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111F
Max LAN Speed

Rear Panel Ports

USB 1.1/2.0
6 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
Audio Ports
3 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
6 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector(s)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

Physical Spec

Form Factor
12" x 9"
Power Pin
24 Pin


Dual Intelligent Processors - TPU + EPU

USB 3.0 Boost - Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP

Network iControl - Real-time Network Bandwidth Control

UEFI BIOS - Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface

Auto Tuning - Auto System Level Up

Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!

True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s Support - Fully Unleash Performance

Windows 8 Ready - Assured Compatibility

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2014 11:09:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsCan't wait to get a different board.

Pros: Cheap, great BIOS, I was actually able to install and boot so that's good.

Cons: Well the reason I came to write a review is mostly because although the title, description, even information on the ASUS site has USB 3.0 written all over this mobo but THERE IS NO USB 3.0. I feel scammed honestly. Not only is this a ripoff, I had a somewhat difficult time getting this to fit the I/O ports are very poorly designed. It wasn't an expensive piece of equipment but because I feel entirely mislead regarding the utter lack of the actual USB 3.0 support that the item description clearly implies I would like to say I'd never buy a motherboard from ASUS again but unfortunately it seems the mobo market is full of worthless junk like this thing. Just because I don't feel like extensively verifying whether or not the item specifications are real or more likely misleading, I will always look last at any ASUS product.

Other Thoughts: Overall I think I got about what I was expecting out of one of the cheapest motherboards but I feel like ASUS has taken some very immoral actions in implying something that is clearly nonexistent...even the item title says USB 3.0 when there is ABSOLUTELY NO USB 3.0. I hope I can find another use for this trash, maybe frame it as art or something, though the thought of smashing it to bits is rather appealing.

Buy this if you need a cheap disposable motherboard, it's obviously not built to last either.

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  • Chris T.
  • 4/13/2014 12:31:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Worked out of box. Looks book and preforms great... Although I got the wrong board, I bought this board in a hurry to complete my spare gaming rig, I wanted the pro and chose this one by accident but I'm not complaining and I still give it it's 5 eggs it deserves. it works just as good and does what it needs to.

Cons: None

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  • Alexis N.
  • 4/10/2014 2:27:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe "LE" means more than you think...

Pros: Looks good with an attractive color scheme. As far as connectivity options, it has everything I need and nothing I don't. Got it during black friday '13 for $50 after rebate. It can handle my FX-8350 and R9 280X (for the moment....)

Cons: Overclocking of any kind on this motherboard has been impossible (I cannot even clock my 2133 rated g.skill ram past 1600). No VRMs. Peers have repeatedly told me this board will not last long with an 8350 or similar high-wattage CPUs. I/O faceplate is extremely thin and cheap. A USB 3.0 header would have been nice...

Other Thoughts: "Limited" is the perfect way to describe this board. Sure it can run a 125 W cpu but for how long before it gives out? Also, chances are if you're buying an FX-8350, you'll want to overclock at some point, which is just not an option on this board. I wish I would've spent the extra money on the non LE version.

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  • Jason H.
  • 4/8/2014 6:53:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good Price
Low Profile

Cons: RAM is in a weird spot
Layout isn't best

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  • Steven S.
  • 4/3/2014 8:11:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Worked right out of the box, no issues with installation. Plenty of on-board SATA 3 connectors and USB connections.

Cons: Slightly difficult wiring placement, making connecting additional case fans a bit tricky trying to keep them running into the CPU fan, tricky but not overcome-able. My power Button LED leads on the board do not work, it's a minor issue, however they were working on the previous board that was in the case.

Other Thoughts: Not a Bad board for the Price, UEFI BIOS setup was a breeze.

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  • Cameron H.
  • 4/2/2014 2:33:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead after 3 months

Pros: It worked originally. Claims ti support up to 140W processor.

Cons: VRMs failed. I had an overclocked (4Ghz @ 1.4v) Phenom 960T 95W paired with an AMD 7950. Motherboard is advertised as supporting up to 140. However it seems the VRMs cannot handle a higher wattage processor and a GPU pulling 75W from the PCI-E slot. The 960T had a base voltage of 1.3V, per my would be consuming a max of 146W with all cores loaded. I left my computer on to record TV and play cookie clicker...the cores were pretty much idle.

Other Thoughts: A cheaper 125W motherboard lasted longer. I thought this would have been enough. I guess ASUS is very optimistic about their VRMs.

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  • Jason J.
  • 3/30/2014 7:23:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Works great, no problems, great BIOS options and control as well.

Cons: None so far

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  • Desmond D.
  • 3/27/2014 8:56:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not have VRM heatsinks

Pros: low price

Cons: didn't last long

Other Thoughts: When I ordered it, the number of 1 or 2 stars ratings represented about 25% of all ratings. That should have been a warning. Nevertheless, I was tempted by the price. Note that one of the reasons the price is low is that this motherboard does not have VRM heatsinks so there is more overheating than if did have VRM heatsinks. After giving "shocks", it eventually died. I should have spent $20 more and got a motherboard with VRM heatsinks. For instance, the identical Asus without the "L.E" in its title, however, does have VRM heatsinks but costs about $20 more. Also check out the following two models that do have VRM heatsinks (i) ECS A990FXM-A AM3+ and (ii) GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P

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  • Thomas R.
  • 3/26/2014 4:28:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: No problems so far

Cons: Wish it had USB 4.0 support.... o well still decent board for average build

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  • Timothy L.
  • 3/20/2014 5:43:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMy beloved computer.

Pros: Mostly everything is great to be honest.

Cons: The audio card, unfortunately met with with about 5 months after purchase.

Other Thoughts: Other then the soundcard going out, (Not a big deal considering a new sound card is only like $20), this motherboard has been great for me. I also would not assume that it will go out, because mine went out as I tried to fix the front panel of the cheap case I got, and I believe it burned it out. I would definitely recommend this motherboard to anyone.

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