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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866
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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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Warranty

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


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  • Brandon M.
  • 12/23/2014 11:58:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product that has not dissapointed

Pros: Easy Install, Easy to understand BIOS/UEFI-ZERO complaints.

Used a AMD FX-4300 Vishera Quad-Core 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W for the processor and I have it OC'ed as much as I can push it. Temps are great and performance is EXCELLENT.

Cons: ZERO!!!!

Other Thoughts: Five Stars all the way.

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  • Scott M.
  • 12/21/2014 7:14:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLemon?

Pros: Good Board for the price.

Other pros will have to be added when I get a working board

Cons: RAM slots are a bit to close to the CPU so it makes it difficult to use all 4 slots especially if youre using an aftermarket cooler.

For some reason its about a half in narrower than full sized ATX Boards so you can use the final set of screw holes to keep the board down.

Other Thoughts: Ill add or revise this review later as Ive had to RMA the board since I received it built my PC and it would not post. After trying multiple RAM chips in different slots - a 2nd video card, resetting CMOS etc. I came to the conclusion it had to be the motherboard that was defective.

It Seems like it should be a good board but Ill have to put final thoughts in once I return this to newegg and get a replacement. ASUS is normally really good with their products and Quality control - maybe I just got the odd ball.

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  • James R.
  • 12/18/2014 6:39:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: The bios on the board is easy to use easy to install in the case go's awesome with AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX. cpu is watered cooled to 30 C overclocked to 4.5 ghz but I keep it at 4.3 ghz.

Cons: I like this product for ASUS is that bad. No not bad at all ASUS rocks!!

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  • Mark W.
  • 12/17/2014 9:48:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLasted 6 hours

Pros: Good value

Cons: New PC build: everything went smooth all the way through OS and drivers load including multiple restarts. Second day PC booted smoothly and ran for less than 2 hours before hard freezing and upon reboot ended up with similar problems to the other negative reviews here. Realizing the board either doesn't have an onboard speaker or possibly just too quiet to hear I even installed an after market one while trouble shooting and couldn't even get system error tones.
Tried older working parts from a previous AMD build including CPU, RAM, VGA, HDD, power cable, monitor, even keyboard, as well as a larger PSU in case I had underestimated power need, all to no avail. MB last for 6 hours before crashing...

Other Thoughts: To add insult to injury during the trouble shooting process I attempted to call ASUS product support line and after waiting on hold for only 3 minutes or so the phone was picked up and instantly hung up. Thinking maybe I just got a bad connection I tried twice more with exactly the same result. All during normal operating hours...
Have had multiple ASUS products in the past and never a problem, first time I have to deal with their customer service and its a nightmare. Chalking the money up to a loss here and buying another brand board to complete my build.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Rhavon,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. I understand that you have problem with the motherboard and I want help with it. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the touchpad is an isolated case. ASUS provides warranty for the laptop in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. If you can provide me further details with the issue so I can help you with it. Please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N141258481 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jose o.
  • 12/17/2014 6:48:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: All working good ur a gamer use ASUS for performance

Cons: none

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  • Joel P.
  • 12/14/2014 11:39:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSecond PCI slot is only 4x speed!

Pros: All of the features, particularly the easy over-clocking, fan control and USB 3.0 boost. I can usually achieve over 100 MB/s between cheap HDDs and cheap Flash Drives/External drives.

Looks fantastic. Remote Go! is pretty cool. Fast boot and other features awesome as well.

Intuitive, professional looking, and easy to use software.

Cons: Full ATX motherboards are usually 9.6 inches wide. This is more like 9.0 inches wide, just enough that it misses the last row of screws that secure it down. Not a real disadvantage, it just makes installing power/usb/sata cables scary as the motherboard flexes. Personally, I try and support it from the other side with a finger because it's just too terrifying to watch it bend.

Other Thoughts: SECOND PCI SLOT is only 4x Speed! This makes SLI/Crossfire possible only with older/cheaper graphics cards.

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  • Ethyn D.
  • 12/14/2014 8:45:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDecent MB For The Price

Pros: Shipping was super fast, ordered it Friday Dec. 13th 12:30AM came Saturday afternoon on regular shipping. Newegg always has quick shipping so I thank you. So that being a plus, Easy install had no problems with the installation.

Bios is pretty fancy for what it is, at least compared to regular plain Bios. Much more simpler to use, or user friendly I should say.

User guide wasn't messy and pretty straight forward, I referred to it a couple of times to know where to put my HD AUDIO port and what pins power what for the start, restart, and LED's on my case.

Cons: The only real con I have with this board is the fan ports. Why are two of them all spaced together with the CPU fan being in the middle? I had to rearrange my fan on the front of my case to the top, because the cord would not reach to the top of the board. At least spread them around the board so it opens different fan mounting possibilities fit for your liking.

Also this isn't much of the board as it's a common design with all AM3+ boards, the RAM ports I personally think are far to close to the CPU, limiting after market heat sink capabilities. My Evo 212 covers the first two RAM Ports on this board and so would any other AM3+ board. So if you too have the Evo 212 and are looking to upgrade be sure your RAM doesn't have any useless fancy design like the G.Skill RAM does, otherwise mounting the sink will be a problem. Also install the RAM first before putting the Evo on, because otherwise the Evo will cover them making it difficult to install them.

Other Thoughts: I wish it had 6 RAM ports to fit all 12GB of my Ram, but most AM3+ boards that looked decent only had 4 RAM ports. So I can't say it's a con, just something most AM3+ boards don't have in general.

Overall I've only used it for a full day playing games like SWTOR, DayZ, Saints Row The 4th, Dead Rising 3, and surfing the web. It does its job and all round I'd recommend it if you're looking for a semi beefy board with USB 3.0 and Sata 6GB support.

My Old Setup:

MB: Asrock x58 Extreme (SATA 3GB USB 2.0)
CPU: Intel i7 920 @2.67GHz
Heatsink: Cool Master Evo 212
RAM: 12GB DDR3 PNY & Kingston
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 770 2GB OC'd
Tower: Antec Gaming Series One

My New Setup:

MB: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD 970 SB950 (SATA 6GB USB 3.0)
CPU: AMD FX 8350 @4.0GHz
Heatsink: Cool Master Evo 212
RAM: 8GB DDR3 PNY & Kingston
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 770 2GB OC'd
Tower: Antec Gaming Series One

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  • Sharon M.
  • 12/13/2014 1:37:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust right

Pros: Solid, Stable, and should last a long time.

The UEFI BIOS is packed with options. I mean packed. If overclocking on a budget this is a great choice...

Cons: I can't think of a con.

Other Thoughts: I was able to re-use my processor from my last build to save some cash on my new PC. I plan on having this computer 5+ years from now, so I went ahead and maxed out the memory right from the start. Its overkill now, but I am sure I will grow in to it. Plus I have plenty of ram to play with virtual machines now!

Phenom II X6 1100T BE @ 3.76 Ghz
32Gigs of Mushkin red line @ 2006 Mhz
240 Gig Mushkin SSD/Win 8.1
Nvidia Geforce GTX 460

Buttery Smooth

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  • John R.
  • 12/10/2014 6:36:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOOOHOOO

Pros: Great!

Cons: Space

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my 8350 cpu. LOVE IT. quality is great. I have two complaints, could not get the hyper 212 plus to fit onto this board what so ever.

The other complaint is the space. Ram slots are too close to the heatsink area. If the 212 would of installed I would of lost a slot for ram. Booo.

Other than that, awesome ! Comes with uefi bios too! Owned a asus before and I loved it, was always stable and great.

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  • patti r.
  • 12/7/2014 6:16:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe same as the rest

Pros: nice when it worked

Cons: could not update to new bios, could not power on the computer with out cutting the power switch off then back on.
died after playing bf4, i switched vid cards psu, following that i switched back to my old motherboard and everything worked fine except that i bought this board for the new fx 8530 i just bought.

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