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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970 + SB 950
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(O.C.)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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M5A97 R2.0
 
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
M5A97 R2.0
M5A97 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 user 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.

 

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ASUS Boot Setting

Multi-Startup Options

Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PC's 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 persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on.

 

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DirectKey

A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly

Designed for those requiring frequent BIOS access, users can easily enter the BIOS automatically when the PC is on standby power with the simple press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up from having to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at its best!
 
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AMD® Socket AM3+ for AMD® FX Series CPU Up to Eight-Core

AMD® FX™-Series / Phenom™ II / Athlon™ II / Sempron™ 100 Series Processors (Socket AM3+ / AM3)
M5A97 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 process.

 

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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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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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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 user 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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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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Remote GO!

One-Stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment

Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs wirelessly together through an existing LAN cable and router setup. It allows users to stream multimedia content from PC to your HDTV, access their computer anywhere using their mobile device at home, while also allowing easy file transfers between your computer and mobile device. It provides seamless environment for a futuristic connected lifestyle with three useful functions: Media Streaming Hub, Remote Desktop and File Transfer.

Media Streaming Hub: Enjoy HD video, music and photos stored in the PC streaming to your HDTV via Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even control the PC to play multimedia on a TV with a tablet. It's the perfect match for creating your own home theater!

Remote Desktop: Operate and control your PC in real-time from a smartphone or tablet for complete comfort. This function brings notebook-like convenience, by creating a virtual remote desktop, offering portable access to your data in desktop with a smartphone or tablet.

File Transfer: Send and share files between your PC and smart devices* with only a right click on the mouse.
*iPad/iPhone can send, but not receive files from the PC
 
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Set up Your Home PC with Remote GO!
1. Wi-Fi environment setup - use an existing LAN cable and router setup to connect PC and smart devices on the same home network
2. Install Remote GO! software on your PC
3. Download Wi-Fi GO! Remote to your smart devices (Supported Systems: iOS 4.0 or later & Android 2.3 or later)
4. Setup complete - get three useful free apps with ASUS Remote GO!
 

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USB 3.0 Boost

Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with USB Attached SCSI Protocol

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
 

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USB BIOS Flashback

Easy, Worry-Free USB BIOS Flashback

USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way to flash the BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try new UEFI BIOS versions easily, without even entering their existing BIOS or operating system. It even works without key components such as the CPU and memory installed. Just plug in any USB storage and push the dedicated button for 3 seconds. The UEFI BIOS is automatically flashed using ATX standby power. Worry-free updating for the ultimate convenience!
 

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DirectKey

A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly

Designed for users requiring frequent BIOS access, you can easily enter the BIOS automatically when the PC is on standby power with a press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up from having to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at its best!
 

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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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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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Complete USB 3.0 Integration

Double USB Access, Double Convenience

ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel - four USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. This motherboard affords greater convenience to high speed connectivity.
 

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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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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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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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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 MemOK!

Quickly ensures memory boot compatibility.
 

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/19/2016 6:32:41 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: Pros: none.

Cons: Cons:
- all ports stopped working 1 year in. If you move a cable slightly, it ruins all connections.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your ASUS experience. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this experience has caused. Which ports are you referring to? What type of device are you adding to this 'port'? Please make sure to download and install all of your updated LAN, USB, and SATA drivers for optimal system stability. For enhanced compatibility with some USB devices, please flash your PC the latest UEFI build (2603) for your motherboard. Extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. Then navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. The board should be left alone during this process. You can locate your most recent system drivers and UEFI BIOS revisions on our Online ASUS Help Desk: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A97_R20/HelpDesk_Download/.​ If you need further technical information, feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support

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3 out of 5 eggsOk Motherboard but would not recommend

Pros: It's has the features you would expect from a top rate motherboard. The UEFI Bios is well written and easy to navigate. Tons of settings in bios for tuning and overclocking. No problems installing and Windows 7 ran with no problems (Windows 10 is another story).

Cons: Windows 10 driver nightmares. Since upgrading to Windows 10, I get freezing and occasional blue screen. Updated all the drivers and seemed to help. Word of caution, if you are running Windows 10 64bit do not install the ASUS utilities (see other).

Other Thoughts: As stated earlier, this board ran fine under Windows 7. If you install Windows 10, DO NOT install any of ASUS drivers or software. I should have known better. Windows 10 blocks the install and gives an error "Windows has detected that this software may harm your computer." I selected to install anyways -- what a nightmare.

When I installed the ASUS utilities, immediately my wireless USB LAN adapter stopped working. After the utilities were installed, I received a blue screen error DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. After a reboot, I received another blue screen with IRQ_NOT_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. I unplugged all USB devices and was able to reboot. USB 3.0 port was no longer working. If I plugged anything into the USB 2 ports, the system would blue screen and reboot. I uninstalled the software but Windows was still crashing after reboot. Next, I uninstalled all the USB drivers and let Windows 10 reinstall default drivers. After a reboot I plugged in my windows phone into the USB 3.0 port and same result - IRQ_NOT_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. I finally gave up and did a system restore - it was the only way to get the system stable again.

When I started searching for the error codes I was getting, I find one thing common on many of the forums - ASUS USB ports not working on Windows 10. Now I am convinced my other problems with Windows 10 are due to this motherboard. One of the other problems I have encountered is with an 3gb enterprise hard drive I installed for backup. When I click on the drive in file explorer, there is a 3 to 4 second delay before it shows the file structure. Read and write speeds in Crystal are 191/182 which are great for a hard drive, but that delay when I click on the drive to access it is driving me crazy. When I install the drive in another system with a Gigabyte motherboard, there is no delay and the drive contents are shown instantly. ASUS used to be king when it came to motherboards and probably still is if you buy one of their $200 motherboards. In the sub $100 area, I would question if they are any better than the cheap budget motherboards costing 1/3 less. I have since purchased an MSI 990 FXA Gaming Motherboard and as soon as I get the time, this ASUS will be replaced and installed in the recycling bin.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your ASUS experience. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this experience may have caused. Have you tried a clean install of Windows 10? After a clean install, please make sure that all your Windows Updates are installed. Also, navigate to the Device Manager and install any drivers that may be outdated. If you haven’t already please Download UEFI version 2601 and extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. Then navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. The board should be left alone during this process. If there is no POST following this process, then it would be best for you to provide us with your full list of parts for further analysis on QVL parts. If you need further technical information, feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/28/2016 7:59:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Easy Installation, easy setup, good documentation, came with the latest BIOS .... above all IT WORKS! not a surprise with ASUS

Cons: No cons so far .... have worked with many ASUS mobos ... including used ones .... they last!

Other Thoughts: ASUS from Newegg ..... I didn't worry!

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  • Adam J.
  • 3/16/2016 9:09:09 PM

4 out of 5 eggsM597 R2.0 (1 month owned)

Pros: Solid build
Great color scheme
Plenty of PWM ports
SATA port location (for my set up)

Cons: The ram slots are a bit close to the CPU socket, so using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 cooler limited me to only 2 ram slots (16gb of ram though, is more than enough for what I do)

The biggest issue is I believe either bios or CPU related. When my AMD 8350 had attempted to kick in to turbo boost, I would get blue screens on my pc (win10). The only way I could fix this was to use AMD Over drive (free software through AMD) and turn down not only the voltage, but the core clock from 4.0ghz to 3.8ghz.
Took about 2 hours of configuring the settings to get this issue to disappear.

Other Thoughts: Again, because I can't pinpoint if this was a CPU issue, or a MOBO issue, I'm not going to completely hate on Asus for this. Though I may end up going back to Gigabyte after this build (been using them for 8 years), Time will tell if this board can hold up against the abuse I can put a machine through. 4/5 Only because expansion is limited in the RAM, unless i go to a water cooled set up, or back to the stock cooler. (I am NOT going stock)

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/21/2016 4:30:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis board is irritating, but stable.

Pros: I love the aesthetics of this board. It's nicely well made and the heatsinks keep the board cool, even during Gaming. The board is stable and runs Windows 10 well.

Cons: Intermittent issues with USB latency. When resuming from sleep, USB devices won't reconnect. I updated the BIOS to the latest 2603 and hoping that fixes the problem.

Weird issue when resuming from sleep. There is a 120mm fan with red LED lights, and when resuming, the fan powers on, powers off, then comes back on after 2 seconds, but resumes normally. Works OK, just annoying.

Other Thoughts: With the configuration used, this Motherboard is good. If the other issues get fixed, this board would be perfect.

Other than that, I recommend this board.

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  • Jack M.
  • 2/20/2016 9:20:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggstimes 2 (my second one)

Pros: This mb is the perfect mb for an AMD 6300 6 core cpu.
Where to start...4 ram slots, spots for 3 case fans to hook up, high quality chip sets, good audio, slots for 2 3.0 usb connections...shall I go on? Oh...and don't forget the awesome software that comes with it.

Cons: This line of MBs has been the best option for price and features for SO long...What's not to like?...NO CONS!

Other Thoughts: I only use ASUS motherboards in all my builds...except one. I bought a combo that included another brand. It was like I was in a foreign land. It was okay but definitely not an ASUS board. When I find a good brand, I stick with it. The dependability is worth a few extra bucks. This is my second build with this board and an AMD FX 6300. Both for my own use. One for business and gaming, the other for surfing and purchases. I have not been let down by either . I love this MB so much that when I saw it was on sale, I immediately purchased it (I had been wanting one for some time}. The best of the best.

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  • David R.
  • 2/17/2016 3:31:54 PM

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard, great ASUS product as usual.

Pros: -Nice
-Stable
-Good spacing for add-on parts

Cons: -Can't think of any

Other Thoughts: Great product. I basically gutted my PC in June due to outdated & slow hardware. It's running an 8 core AMD FX CPU, 8GB DDR3 1866 RAM, a R7 240 GPU, etc... and it hasn't slowed down A BIT!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/13/2016 8:10:49 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't buy from Newegg should have

Pros: It won't power on called customer service was told many things the first time. Graphic card wasn't compatible not enough power. Even though everything else ran ok until my power supply died.

Cons: DOA never got it to work and where I ordered it from never really gave me an answer even though I bought and extra year warranty and it hadn't even been thirty days. Even told them that the manufacture said to call where I bought from and just need a new board. After waiting 3 hours and 3 hours before they closed still didn't get an answer and just asked for a refund.

Other Thoughts: I will however recommend buying from newegg and it is also where I ordered my new board.

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  • Lisa P.
  • 2/11/2016 3:11:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother great product from ASUS

Pros: Manufactured very well. Nice full ATX board. Many usb 3.0 connections. Many Sata connections. Over kill heat sinks on north bridge and south bridge chips. Board is well made. Very nice and sleek bios, mouse compatible. Many over clocking options.
Just simply a nice mobo.

Cons: No Cons what so ever. Fired right up the first time.

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  • Miguel R.
  • 2/8/2016 12:14:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice board and simple to setup

Pros: It was pretty fast and the BIOS setting was easy to manage. Handles great the 32gigs of memory I put into it. Worked perfectly out of the box and is stable.

Cons: I was disappointed that when you use the crossfire features. One Card is 16X and the other is 4x. It does say it in the specs but I missed that. You can feel the lag in your games. This board would of be better using a single 16X card and 4gigs or more of memory on the GPU.

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