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


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  • Jeffery H.
  • 7/10/2014 4:38:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTrash

Pros: Inexpensive.

Cons: I originally bought this card for a family member's PC, which I didn't have a lot of money to build with. I thought this would be a great deal. It worked nicely for a couple weeks but then took spells on whether or not it would power on and post. About a week after this problem started, it just went out while being used. It hasn't powered on since. I had a friend who recently bought this card as well (before mine went dead, I recommended it because of the low price point.). His card came DOA.

Other Thoughts: This card isn't worth the gamble. If it works, it works fine. Nothing special like the higher end cards, but fine. The card is so inexpensive that it quickly jumps into a whole new price point when you have to ship it back for RMA. In my experience 2/2 boards of this exact model have not lasted 3 weeks. I have always liked ASUS, My own uses an ASUS mobo and ASUS GPU, but this leaves a majorly bad taste in my mouth.

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  • Corey B.
  • 7/8/2014 6:44:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Easy and fast install, fast speeds, easy clocks. Board went right in without any problems, posted first time and every time after that so far.

Cons: No IDE, but who cares. i'll just get a drive case to get files off my ancient IDE drives.
I have no clue why everyone is having issues My FX processor had no problems.

Other Thoughts: I have no clue why everyone is having issues My FX processor had no problems. It posted with correct Voltage and Speed at first post.
I did have to update the Bios, but that's all.
I even put in some memory that was no on the compatible list, but the creator had others that were compatible, and low and behold it read it correctly.

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  • Austin D.
  • 7/5/2014 4:41:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFX-8350 is apparently too much for this Mobo

Pros: Clean

Cons: Recieved first mobo dead
Recieved replacement mobo and still would not post

Did a search on google to see if this was a common issue, it was.

Other Thoughts: Heads up to everyone looking at this mobo, be weary that its hit or miss whether it will work or not.

I took it to a computer shop, and they said they stopped buying these exact motherboards for this very reason. The price is low, but this is a good example of why you should not go cheap if you want quality.

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  • Dawn D.
  • 7/3/2014 9:02:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None.

Cons: Everything. Hooked everything up, cpu fan spins for 3 seconds then board shuts down. Swapped out of my old msi board, works fine.

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  • daniel r.
  • 6/29/2014 4:35:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsM5A97 not compatible with FX Processor out of Box.

Pros: The cost

Cons: This board is not compatible with all FX processors out of the box. Purchased this board and verified compatibility with the CPU chosen. Received all parts, assembled PC and then hit the power button and nothing happened. After two days of troubleshooting issues, replacing the mobo, replacing the PSU, replacing the case, the issue turned out to be out of date BIOS that prevented the device from posting.

This board out of the box does not produce enough power for the FX-6300 to post. ASUS should not be advertising this board as FX compatible up to 8 cores when in fact the BIOS that ships on this board does not support that and cannot be updated with the ASUS EZ Flash function like the Sabertooth board that I bought as a replacement.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/26/2014 9:53:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsalright

Pros: Very well built
Lots of i/o ports such as usb 3.0
Really nice uefi bios

Cons: The only con I have with this motherboard is that there are only 3 fan headers including the CPU fan. Which led me to buying a fan splitter.

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 6/26/2014 4:09:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked for little while

Pros: Worked for a few weeks.

Cons: Started randomly turning off and would not turn back on. Troubleshooted and I was able to turn it back on if I drained the power. It would run for anywhere between overnight to a few hours. I returned it and instead got a different Asus motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I wasn't out too much money as it was part of a bundle deal. I purchased it anyway despite the reviews. Note to self: listen to the reviews. I know Asus has rock solid boards, I feel they just got this one wrong.

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  • Shane C.
  • 6/18/2014 10:13:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None, wouldnt post

Cons: Installed and tried to boot but the motherboard wouldnt post. I did a quick google search and learned this is pretty common with this MOBO. RMA has been started and I have ordered a different motherboard. I have build a lot of computers in the past couple years and this is the first MOBO I have tried that didnt work. Wish I would have done a google search prior to making the purchase, would have saved me the headache of a return.

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  • Julian R.
  • 6/10/2014 10:23:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for the buck

Pros: Excellent board. Nice BIOS, compatibility, brand, etc. Handles my rig (FX-8350, 16GB of Corsair RAM and a GTX 760) perfectly even with a bit of overclocking. A great price and does everything it's advertised to do.

Cons: It only really bothered me that the USB 3.0 being limited to the initial pair of ports. Can't add more or use frontal ports.

The only actual problem I'd say, though, was the onboard audio didn't work well with some of my programs. Really though I knew this was a possibility since integrated anything is questionable in my book. An ASUS Xonar DGX remedied this issue at a very low price.

Other Thoughts: Don't be dissuaded by the DOA reviews. ASUS is a great brand and the M4A97 a poplar board - most people only get off their rears to post if something's wrong. There are some limitations, but nothing that isn't made clear by the product description. It's a lighter board for a lighter price, and while still very capable, isn't meant to be 'the say all end all'. Do your research first and you'll be fine.

I've had two of these now. This LE version is in a 'light gaming' comp, while a non LE version is in a heavier gaming comp. Since I knew what it could do and how to work with it, I've found it a very capable board which has had no problems in keeping my system running at peak capacity.

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  • Clayton S.
  • 6/8/2014 11:01:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid motherboard

Pros: UEFI, 3 drivers and you're up and running, attractive cost-to-feature ratio, super simple installation, clean layout.

Firstly, UEFI makes setting up and configuring a new or existing installation incredibly easy. With the mouse-driven GUI, and the plethora of options, optimal settings can be configured in minutes.

Installation is fast and drama-free. All the mainboard connectors are clearly labeled and the manual is very well laid out and easy to find the info you're looking for (you'll need it to determine the header polarities on a couple of the connectors.)

The fact that once installed, there's only 3 drivers to fully usable functionaltiy is fantastic. The launcher is clean and easy to use (even if it annoyingly defaults to ads when first opened) and the driver installs are quick and painless.

The physical layout of the board is very nice, there are only a couple of heatsinks, and while that may suggest this board isn't as powerful as some of its peers, it makes for a very clean look. All of the connectors are well defined and given their own space, and there is no interference between installed components.

Probably most attractive is the cost of this board for what you get. USB 3.0 (although as some others mentioned, the lack of a 3.0 header is unfortunate), Dual PCI-e x16 and dual PCI-e x1, standard onboard 5.1 audio (Realtek has managed to insert themselves on pretty much every board I've seen in the past 5 years), dual performance and power-saving processors, and onboard utilities for overclocking unlocked CPUs out of the box.

Cons: No USB 3.0 front header, no onboard graphics, zero legacy support.

Just a few cons owing to the fact that this can be considered a "budget" board. While the USB 3.0 support is nice (and expected in this day and age), the lack of a header for 3.0 compliant front panel ports is disheartening.

Also, in an effort to cut costs, there is absolutely NO onboard video. If you bought this board thinking you can just get a dedicated graphics card later, you are sorely mistaken. For me, it wasn't a problem as I already had a graphics card I was putting in this build, but it is still a bit of a nasty surprise to get a shiny new mobo in the mail, install it, and realize it doesn't have any display ports in the back. enthusiasts will likely see the specs before buying, but this one little detail can cost the common PC customer more time and money than they anticipated. Buyer beware.

Also, and this is just a minor niggle, but there's no support for legacy standards, no IDE most notably, so if you're upgrading from a mixed-standard board, you might want to back up those IDE drives before making the switch. While most PC builders today are saying "IDE who?" the attractive price of this board may pull in some users who may have been stuck in Legacy-Land and were waiting for the right cost to make the jump.

Other Thoughts: I've seen this board get several one-egg reviews, and in my opinion, many of them are unjustified. DOA boards are unfortunately a fact of life, and no electronics manufacturer is able to ship 100% working product all the time. Getting a DOA board is simply bad luck or poor shipping. I deal with $15,000 industrial electronics boards and those things DOA all the time. That's why there are RMA and RAN procedures in place to quickly address these sorts of things. Life is tough, get a helmet. For the cost and versatility of this product, even if you have to deal with an unexpected RMA process, you're getting a heck of a motherboard.

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