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ASUS M5A97 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 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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  • Anonymous
  • 9/10/2014 5:59:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAsus needs to improve their QA

Pros: When it works it is a fairly good budget-based board, 970 chipset, UEFI, cool motherboard temps (if heatsinks are glued on tight) and stable. Leverages the speed of a FX6300 quite well. Setting up SSD in bios is quite simple. Updating the bios has never been easier. SATA 6.0 is amazing. DirectKey is nice.

Cons: Not a DIGI+ VRM model but doesn't need to be. Could use an extra chassis fan connector near bottom half of board. Not a full size ATX, but not quite a mATX either (overhangs 6 standoff mounts). No q-connectors supplied. Onboard audio is not X-Fi but sounds ok.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line is that this a good board for the cost, but some of you may be unfortunate enough a come across a bad mobo like I did. You are better off replacing the board than dealing with the frustration of random lockups, overheating, faulty USB ports, and POST code errors. I would still buy from ASUS but next time not such an inexpensive mobo. Decent board for the money though.

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  • Lawrence C.
  • 9/8/2014 9:07:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe fall of a great company

Pros: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Many great features such as the chipset the ability to run the higher CPU, multiple express PCI slots

Cons: The board started feeling and make use in June 31 2014 after, tacking the ASUS customer support I was told I would qualify for a fast shipment replacement and that I would receive an e-mail within 48 hours. Two weeks later still no e-mail, no fast shipping return, no RMA a number.
I call the ASUS customer support and waited approximately 1:45:00 to talk to somebody. I was then given the same line as before that they would check stock any issue me an e-mail within 48 hours with the progress of my expedited replacement shipping. and of course you can guess it again no reply no nothing weeks ago by its now August 8 on the phone with ASUS customer support. finally I received an RMA number. I quickly package the board and sent it through UPS to ASUS repair center it cost me $11.40 On September 5 I receive the board back.
Thinking it's been awhile that'll be great to have a computer running again. Reassembled the computer only to find the exact same problem with the motherboard that I sent off to be repaired for. I built a lot of systems with ASUS parts and would regularly promote them as a good manufacture.
After this latest go around with them that will no longer continue that. Their customer support is the worst I've seen in this industry. ASUS does not abide by their warranty by the repair work have obviously they have fallen down from the great company they once were. So take my word for avoid this company like the plague.
I will be placing reviews on all the sites that I have accounts with which is quite a few I want the word to get out how I was let down by this company.

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  • Paul L.
  • 9/6/2014 11:26:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow up from 07/24/2014

Pros: I'm still giving NewEgg 5 eggs on this purchase. Not their fault.

Cons: The replacement board had exactly the same problem as the first one. Boots nice on first boot but screws up on reboot. RMA'ed that second board. Would you believe I had to tell them how to check the board so they would see the problem? Unbelievable!! They sent me a 3rd board.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if I will RMA that 3rd board or not.
This one also has the overheating north bridge problem which I cut down a little by installing a 60mm fan over it. Also the speaker jack (green) is broken inside the jack. So it is not usable. I have to use my front case speaker jack to get sound.
That really was my last Asus product.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/4/2014 11:21:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAsus customer service

Pros: After dealing with ASUS Customer Loyalty it seems they abandon you when you need them
If you have issues they no longer return your emails leaving the customer having to deal with customer support from foreign countries

Cons: I will no longer purchase motherboards from this company
after 20+ years of buying
I will be buying GIGABYTE from this moment on

Other Thoughts: goodbye asus!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/28/2014 11:41:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate to the last update

Pros: After receiving this board back after the second fix,I can now not recommend this board
It is now:
Freezing
Blue screening
USB issues and audio pops
I have tried 3 different hard drives
3 changes of memory
Numerous clean windows installs
New psu....... I give up I cannot spend any more time trying to trouble shoot this board

Cons: Have tried to email MARK the asus rep twice this week but to no avail
( maybe he is on vacation)
Mark if u are reading this please return my emails. Thx

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  • steven m.
  • 8/27/2014 11:36:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsbad mobo

Pros: looks good worked for 10 days w/o MAJOR problems

Cons: bios very flakey- shipped with 2201, have tried also 2301, 2501(latest). first the usb ports quit working then soon after that i started getting all kinds of ACPI errors and was unable to boot either Windows XP or 7. I'm now using Ubuntu to write this

Other Thoughts: out of two these boards I've bought only one worked without problems... Been building enthusiast rigs for 15 years and this is the most unstable mobo I've ever had to tangle with. previous experience with ASUS has been good all the way back to socket seven days....

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  • gary b.
  • 8/25/2014 12:59:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: 4 builds out there 0 problems good budget board

Cons: none

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  • Andrew R.
  • 8/24/2014 4:56:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent motherboard for the price

Pros: + Flashable via USB
+ Decent overclocking options
+ Plenty of SATA 6 ports
+ USB 3.0, both front headers and back ports

Cons: - Not enough VRMs. 4+2 can barely handle the FX-8320 with a slight overclock I paired with the board.
- CPU power input is way up high. I barely made it with the cable for my PSU
- Not the best colors. Blue on brown PCB looks a bit ugly to me
- No ability to SLI. Understandable with a 970 chipset and the budget.
- Average audio chip -- again, decent for a budget board.

Other Thoughts: For $90, the board has a lot of options. It's survived for about 9 months so far with no problems. The lack of VRMs hurts it the most in my eyes. Don't plan on doing major overclocking with this board. However, this board should be very decent with an FX-6300 or FX-6350. If you're looking at an FX-8320 or higher, I'd look for better boards. I'm pushing it with an FX-8320 clocked at 4.2 GHz.

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  • Zayna U.
  • 8/22/2014 4:19:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid (I miss that motto)

Pros: - Very sturdy construction.
- Good, solid North & South bridge cooling that doesn't take up too much room.
- Arrived in perfect condition with no flaws.
- Awesome ASUS Bios. Very easy and intuitive to navigate.
- Posted immediately during the first boot! (Always a nerve wracking moment)
- About as good as it gets for the price point.
- Installation disk was extremely handy & easy to use. Thankfully, it had installers for the network adapter. Prior to installing these, I couldn't connect to the Internet (Windows 7).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It's good to know that after almost a decade, I can still order ASUS parts and rely on them to work the first time every time, (not counting shipping mishaps), and also trust them to have great features, reliability & great Bios/Software even at the ~$90-110 price point.

This was my first AMD build ever, and I'm glad I went with ASUS on this one.

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  • Andrew L.
  • 8/16/2014 5:51:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus Quality

Pros: Quality, features,value

Cons: Not exactly an ATX size. A bit small to reach ATX standoffs. Be careful working the one side so as not to bend or break it

Other Thoughts: Got this for all the new features and to overclock a 6350, for which this board is perfect. 4x2 power. Nice heat-sinks everywhere. 970 chipset, but for a one GPU rig this is no issue. Has a second slot but it's x4. Xfire or Sli? Go 990. Everything works on this board and it has a ton of nice features. Went with a certain "new" red 970 board first from another company (because I liked the color) and it was DOA ...so I ran back to Asus. If you use a CM Hyper 212 with high profile ram you are going to lose slot one.

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