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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


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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.

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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.

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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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Warranty

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


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  • Michael B.
  • 9/29/2014 5:25:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmooth and quick

Pros: Mated with AMD FX-6300 Vishara, 8 Mb memory and Samsung SSD in the Fractal mid-Tower R4 case. All went smoothly, parts fit well, and (once I found the one power plug I missed) booted up great. Runs fast - if using Win7 be prepared for 230+ updates.....

Cons: Has 2 USB 3.0 - case had room for 4 and a USB 3.0 cable for the motherboard that wouldn't fit. Had to buy a 3.0 to 2.0 adapter. Probably a lack of my tech knowledge.

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  • Sean J.
  • 9/27/2014 7:37:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDidn't work =/

Pros: It looks cool and has a lot of features.

Cons: After checking and rechecking and troubleshooting, the board I received doesn't work. Everything else is installed properly.

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  • Clifton K.
  • 9/22/2014 8:03:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSSD and RAID

Pros: Decent feature set. UEFI Bios looks spiffy. Easy to navigate and configure.

Cons: SATA Controller only operates in 4(ports) Raid + 2 Raid, 4 Raid + 2 IDE, 4 AHCI + 2 AHCI, 4AHCI + 2 IDE or all IDE.

Other Thoughts: There appears to be a collection of warnings about SSDs and AMD SB mobos which I was unaware of.
It goes like this: AMD SB SATA in Raid, SSD is not visible in Windows.
Solution would be to put the SSD on a different channel, but this board only supports RAID + IDE, not RAID + AHCI. SSD goes in without trim.

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  • Colton S.
  • 9/21/2014 3:02:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood For A Week Of Computing

Pros: Good for a week of web browsing.

Cons: Thought it was working great, until it randomly started shutting down. The first time it actually did I was writing the previous review. I gave it the benefit of the doubt. 2 days later, the board is totally dead. I'm going to try an MSI board in the same price range.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I do apologize for the issues you have experienced, I would be more than happy to help you troubleshoot the problem. Please contact me through email at CL-Scott1@asus.com. Please place case # N140943207 in the subject line so I may reference your issue. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Scott
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Colton S.
  • 9/20/2014 3:07:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisregard The Other Review

Pros: Good, if you want a week of computing.

Cons: Disregard my old review as while writing that is actually started randomly shutting down. Literally, during the review was the FIRST time it randomly shut down. I figured I would give it the benefit of the doubt... Now, 2 days later. 9/20/14. It will not turn on period. Audio driver update worked temporarily also, then it started getting fuzzy/static again before death. One week of light use? I don't think so, you went from 5 to 1. I will try another Asus board and see, but first impression is not good.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing. Please feel free to contact me for further assistance by emailing me at CL-Scott1@asus.com. As a reference please include the case # N140943217 in the subject line. Be sure to include your Serial Number and a list of your other hardware as well as operating system version.

I am here to assist with all of your ASUS needs.

Warm regards,

Scott
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Maville L.
  • 9/19/2014 7:46:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It is really a great looking board and comes with a lot of features.

Cons: After building the system DOA nothing pop up I tried everything and it was all installed correctly.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Zab,

I do apologize that you are currently having issues with your motherboard sir. Have you contacted Newegg in regards to a replacement if possible? Please contact me through email and I would be happy to assist you. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you have tried so far including your reference number within the subject line, as well as the complete parts list you are using and we can discuss this case further as well as setup an RMA with ASUS if needed. Thank you. Cs#N140942613

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Colton S.
  • 9/18/2014 12:12:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWould Buy Again

Pros: Inexpensive board with plenty of SATA ports. BIOS are very nice and was very simple to update. Booted off the EVGA GTX Ti 750 with no problems ( don't know why there would be?). For what it is, excellent board.

Cons: As mentioned by Charles R, there WAS scratchy, random, fuzzy static broadcasted through the speakers on shutdown. Sometimes in the middle of a song. I was able to update it with the correct audio driver from the Realktek website. I won't even take an Egg off for this as the problem was instantly resolved. Thanks Charles for your quality review.

Correct Driver
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=13&PFid=5&Level=5&Conn=4&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/16/2014 9:40:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very nice looking in person, I was a bit iffy from the website pictures.

Good amount of fan connectors.

BIOS are very nice.

Has some decent features for the price.

Didn't come DOA. :)

Cons: No usb 3.0 headers, sadly, but at this price its to be expected.

Mine felt sticky on the back for some reason.

Other Thoughts: If you are getting a chassis intrusion error make sure you still have the cap on the two pins that controls the feature.

This isn't a full ATX board, but it isn't a Micro-ATX either. I had no trouble reaching any connectors however.

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  • Kelly W.
  • 9/12/2014 10:41:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board if you know what you're buying

Pros: + an excellent value, especially if you can catch it on sale and with a promo code as I did.

+ Wonderful UEFI navigation, the best in the business by my estimation

+ Excellent AISuite II utility suite, again the best in the business

+ very mature and stable chipset in the 970 + SB950. It's not flashy but will use all current and past AM2/3 series CPUs including the newest FX line of processors. Wonderful way to step up an old AMD based system without breaking the bank or replacing all your components.

Cons: - This board is narrower than a "standard" dimension ATX motherboard. Look closely. There are only 2 columns of mounting holes rather than 3 as the ATX specification supports. From the ATX spec: A full size ATX board is 12" wide by 9.6" deep. This board is 12" X 9". That missing .6" may not sound like much but it results in a fair amount of motherboard real estate cantilevering out over what should be the middle column of support stand-offs. You will need to be extra careful when installing RAM and especially when plugging in the 24-pin ATX main power connection. Less so with any of the SATA connections since they don't require nearly as much pressure in order to seat securely. I *strongly* suggest placing your fingertips under the board for added support when making these connections. Otherwise you risk over-flexing the board which may crack it. This could be the root of the problem with many of the people who have reported DOA or faulty boards in these reviews. A cracked motherboard is nearly impossible to detect and can result in all sorts of odd and seemingly unrelatable problems.

- As has been previously mentioned by other reviewers, this board lacks the 20-pin USB 3.0 header or heat sinks on the VRMs. No eggs deducted for this as these are known limitations of this board which are clearly marked. Know what you are buying and make no assumptions.

Other Thoughts: My wife is a 5th grade teacher. This M5A97 LE was used to repair her teachers computer in her classroom. The original ASRock 880G based mATX motherboard suddenly died after 33 months of service. A 12 month ASRock warranty necessitated the replacement.

The Phenom II X3 720 and 4GB dual-channel kit of Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 worked flawlessly.
To set your RAM speed correctly: enter Advanced Mode in UEFI. Click on the Ai Tweaker tab.
Change Ai Overclock Tuner from Auto to D.O.C.P. This should set your RAM speed and timings correctly.

I also took this opportunity to upgrade the 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD to a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro. The system scores very well on Crystal Disk Mark, nearly saturating the SATA 3 buss. CPU fan control is excellent with AMD Cool n Quite enabled and the AISuite II fan control set to Silent.

I'm happy with the purchase given it's purpose as a daily workhorse, strictly sticking with stock clock speeds. However, if you desire a little more from your motherboard and have approximately $5-$10 more to spend I suggest you take a close look at the GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P Item#: N82E16813128651. IMHO the Gigabyte is a superior board which addresses all the Cons I detailed above. It has the same expansion slot layout as the M5A97 LE with superior I/O ports, heat sinks on the VRMs, and a USB 3.0 header.

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  • Kyle C.
  • 9/12/2014 9:45:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Deal

Pros: Great Board! This baby can handle quite a bit. Unboxing and installation was smooth as was boot up. The board supports crossfire/SLI and will regulate power to each card to deliver performance on x16/x4 slots.

Cons: The only problem I had with the board is the throttling data when using crossfire cards.

Other Thoughts: I definitely recommend this board for a first time build, but if you are looking to improve performance latter on, ie. dual GPU setups, you may want to consider looking at other boards.

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