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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.

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.

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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!
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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  • 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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  • Matthew S.
  • 4/12/2015 5:18:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLook elsewhere if you are looking to overclock...

Pros: UEFI BIOS is nice to work with.

Cons: LLC is broken. Overclocking Phenom x4 was a pain. Not easily stable. Same went for an FX-8350 (not surprisingly).

I know... I know... this board is not meant for overclocking, but I had to try it, any way.

Vdroop city (Voltage sway under load, especially). Good luck getting a stable overclock. If you do want to try and overclock, be sure to leave LLC at Auto and turn off all of the advanced features (CoolNQuiet, C1E, C6, APM), but turn on HPC mode. That is all I can recommend. Also, to get NB Frequency to 2600 (stock for FX-8350), you have to adjust the FSB (bus) speed. Not ideal.

The only safe option with this board is to leave it at default settings in the BIOS.

Other Thoughts: The board has held up fine and will ALMOST let the FX chip open up, but not really.

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  • Luke D.
  • 4/11/2015 11:22:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice lil mobo

Pros: Easy to install, backpanel slips right in. Everything is set up so you don't have to finaggle around with cables to get 'em in right and have good airflow. Data transfers are lightning fast.

Cons: Not sure if it's just my case or maybe I overlooked something, but the board doesn't seem to have much support on the inside edge so don't push too hard.

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  • Kyle G.
  • 4/10/2015 12:10:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice MOBO for the $$$

Pros: Easy to install, looks nice. Lots of connectors.

Cons: 4 pin power ATX connector is at the very top of MoBo so if you have a case with the power supply at the bottom it makes it a stretch to connect it. I had to buy a extender ($4) to make it work properly without pulling to hard (TWSS)

Other Thoughts: Nice Product

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  • Jason D.
  • 4/9/2015 3:38:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother great ASUS product

Pros: Plenty of ports/slots
Handles everything just fine
Super easy to configure BIOS/UEFI (whatever its called these days)
ASUS quality I've come to know and love

Cons: ummm.....it wasn't free?
seriously though, no complaints

Other Thoughts: I never build a system without an ASUS motherboard because they deliver a great product at a very reasonable price. This board has been no exception.

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  • Stacey C.
  • 4/2/2015 10:14:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsREAD THIS BEFORE BUYING

Pros: Great board, runs my 1866 HyperX, and an 8350 8 core CPU

Cons: None, I have mostly listed the worst things in other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: When I got this board, I was super-excited. I put it into my new computer, and turned it right on. Keep in mind that this is my first build so I made some mistakes. Well first, I am familiar just looking at other computers there is just 1 three pin connector for the CPU fan at the top. This one looks like it has 4, but there is still only 1 cpu fan, the three others were just CHA, or chassis fans. I find this placement very odd, because if you are looking at the board with the I/O shield to the left, it would say CHA, CPU, CHA, CHA. Never seeing this before, I went ahead and put my CPU fan in the first slot, the first CHA fan.After that the bios booted up saying CPU Fan error. I could clearly see the CPU fan was spinning, and didn't get it. Oh, by the way I am using 4 pin molex's for my fans, not the 3 pins. So when I went into the bios, it said that CHA Fan 1 was spinning. Keeping in mind im using 4 pins, I didn't understand why CHA fan was spinning and CPU wasn't (in the bios) so after uninstalling my top fan, I pulled it out and plugged it into CPU Fan. That was the fix of number one. Number two started with the most scariest in my opinion, I had salvaged a Windows 7 64bit HDD. and if you are using windows in the first place, you would know that it says starting windows, then all the 4 colors come together to form the windows logo. But not for me, when you could see the 4 colors, then it would crash. For about 0.5 seconds i could see the blue screen, then it just wanted to restart. So after borrowing a neighbors trial of windows 7 32 bit, because apparently his 64 wouldn't work, I finally got a running computer where I did some benchmark valley tests. K, then I went to best buy and got windows 8.1 making sure it was the full version. I installed 32 bit like a charm, then I tried 64 bit. I had to install it from the boot drive, but after that it worked. I am typing right now, and the time from, I have not had any hardware or software issues.

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  • darlene s.
  • 3/31/2015 1:00:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad bad bad

Pros: When it works its good no problems that about it.

Cons: Bought this board on 11/14/12 - on 10/23/13 the board started shooting sparks RMA'd it to asus on 10/24/13 only to have to pay for shipping and find out that they were repairing the board. I get the board back on 11/8/13. All was fine till the morning of 3/26/15 when once again the board started shooting sparks. It should be noted i don't overclock anything everything runs default. Asus tech support is slow and unhelpful. I will no longer be supporting asus, which is a shame since ive been using them since '06 with no issues till the nightmare of a board.

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