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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x 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.


M5A97 R2.0
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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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!
M5A97 R2.0
M5A97 R2.0
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.

M5A97 R2.0
M5A97 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 R2.0
M5A97 R2.0

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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M5A97 R2.0

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 R2.0
M5A97 R2.0
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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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.



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 R2.0
M5A97 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 R2.0
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.
M5A97 R2.0
M5A97 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!
M5A97 R2.0
M5A97 R2.0

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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  • ED M.
  • 6/25/2015 12:34:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy this board

Pros: It's a motherboard that would be nice if it worked

Cons: Audio does not work. Read online all the trouble that people have with this board.

Other Thoughts: I do not recommend this motherboard

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Ed,
I am sorry that you are having issues with your audio on the motherboard. Are you still within Newegg's return policy? If so, you can get it exchanged for another board. Another option is you can submit an RMA and have it replaced at ASUS has a 3 year warranty on motherbaords. If you need any further assistance, feel free to contact me at and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150669499

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • phillip M.
  • 6/13/2015 11:25:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not work with R7 250 graphics card!!!

Pros: It sounds so good and purrs like a kitten. I would have loved to see this board work.

Neweggs customer service was eggcellent. they took care me like i was at a five star hotel

Cons: Does not work with my Radeon R7 250 graphics card because, and i qoute "may be incompatible with pcie 3.0 graphics card" so i never actually got to see any screen. my gpu never turned on, the fan never even spun.

Asus Customer reps did respond to me in a timely fashion. but there reason for my gpu not working defies all logic. they basically said a pcie 3.0 gpu may be incompatiable a pcie 2.0 slot.............ok........but why? they are supposed to be backwards compatible, there is no reason for this, and now i have to wait another week for a non-ASUS board, which really breaks my heart :(

Other Thoughts: I love ASUS but i am really disappointed. my old ASUS mobo's ramm slots started to go faulty recently, and the board is 6 years old, so i wasnt really mad about that, it treated me well for that long. so i find this fine looking board for a very reasonable price with excellent features. it has very similiar slots and ports to my old board.....IT EVEN HAS A PCIE 2.0 SLOT LIKE MY OLD BOARD, SO THERE SHOULDNT BE A PROBLEM RIGHT? well i receive it, stick it in my case with no problems, and when i hit that power switch,oh my it sounds like an angel.......but no screen. it took me a minute to realize my gpu wasnt working, thank goodness i noticed the fan wasnt spinning. i did the normal checkups, used one stick of ram, disconnected the HDD, yada yada yada. i just couldnt get it work. i thought maybe i fried my gpu somehow....

so i took out the new board, and set in my old board....guess what, the gpu fan spun just fine. so then i did some research....

turns out other ppl had the same problem with r7 series graphics cards, and there solution was to put in a second gpu to make the first one work....WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO DO THAT!!

i dont have a second gpu, and dont feel like i should have to even attempt this work around, or buy anything else

sooo...... i email asus about the problem and they simply said that the "3.0 gpu may be incompatible with 2.0 slot"... which is a ludicrous reason, especially knowing my older board has a 2.0 slot, and it works just fine.

This seems to me to be false advertising.... i looked up both the ASUS website and Radeon website for this incompatibility problem and found no such information

so...... I RMA'd this board. newegg was gonna charge me shipping and restocking fee, but after an incredibly quick chat session, they waived both, props to newegg!!! great service!!!

SOOOOO....... i am gonna order a new motherboard tomorrow,,,,,and its not gonna be from ASUS. and this saddens me :(

I am honestly scared to buy another ASUS board, even though i really want to!!

am i gonna get another board that wont support a card that it should 100% support??, im literally shaking as i fathom buying another ASUS board, cause i really dont want to wait another week or two ...

but honestly,,,,,if ASUS had another mobo in this price range, i would probably buy it.....but they dont, so i think im gonna have to go elsewhere.

this is really to bad BECAUSE I BET THIS MOTHERBOARD IS REALLY GREAT, but ill never know.

so, if you have an r7 series radeon card,,,,,dont buy this board.

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  • Bruce C.
  • 6/11/2015 3:11:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970+SB950 Motherboard

Pros: Running Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit O.S. with AMD FX6300 3.5 GB, six core processor and 32 GB of ADATA DDR3 2133 Ram, Two Crucial 125 GB SATA 3 SSDs and a WD 1TB SATA 3 HDD. This is a new build except for the case, VGA card and PSU. The M5A97 R2.0 is a very solid MB with great Eye appeal. Installed w/o any hitches.

Cons: I run the computer with default bios settings, in the "normal" mode. Computer works very well until it goes under a load such as when transcoding video. It shuts down and goes into the reboot mode, seldom completing the reboot. Usually had to shut down and restart. At first I thought it was a power issue so installed a higher wattage PSU. Still crashed under load. As a last resort I pulled one of the 8GB DDR3 sticks and the computer works fine. For some reason it fails using the full 32 GB DDR3. Didn't even try to OC. the processor. According to AMD and ASUS specs the max DDR3 RAM is 32 GBs

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  • Brian C.
  • 6/9/2015 9:48:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat budget motherboard for FX8350

Pros: Good price. Has enough ports for hard drives and usb. Overall a great board for the price if you own a FX8350

Cons: Doesnt seem to like 2133 ram. since i first built the new pc, i would get random bsod and i couldnt figure out what the culprit was. I first thought the motherboard was faulty, and i even underclocked the processor to 3.6 which seemed to help a little but would still get the bsod occasionally. Now after 8 months i finally figured out all i had to do was set my memory speed to 1866 instead of 2133 (oc) Shes been running smooth since then.

Other Thoughts: If you get this board, make sure and buy the correct speed ram. Save yourself the headaches and go with 1866 or 1600 ram

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  • Raye K.
  • 6/7/2015 7:51:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirst out of 3 others to work

Pros: Looks
It's Asus
Support for Vishera out of box
Heatsinks get hot but actually work

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Okay so I started off with 2 different MSi's and both were DOA, Next I tried an AsRock which happened to be DOA as well. I made sure all were compatible with my 6300 but to no avail. I ordered this an hooray! It worked. My corsair RAM works perfectly with it. Bios is easy to use, easy set up and installation all around. May change this review in the future depending on what happens

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  • Brandon D.
  • 5/30/2015 10:32:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsworst service ever

Pros: ridiculously fast transfers to usb 3.0 devices with usb 3.0 turbo enabled, eye pleasing bios that you can use your mouse in

Cons: only one pci-e 2.0x16 slot even though board is advertised for crossfire, wouldn't be worth it to try

Other Thoughts: owned this board for a year now. Currently it is being shipped to indiana for the 3rd time this month for rma and I am not happy(already ordered a gigabyte GA 990fxa-ud5 I am so done with asus). No one at their customer support seems to know anything except for one guy named "Jesse" , the first time I called support the person actually told me to run it barebones with one memory stick and using the onboard video which most definitely does not exist on this mobo.

So far I have spent over half the initial price of the board to send it back to asus for them to apparently do absolutely nothing. I have wasted dozens of hours of my time getting my rig pieced back together only to find out the same problem of system resetting and freezing(even in the bios) and i am now on the 3rd time of doing so.

If asus doesnt replace it outright or actually fix it this time they will be receiving a package from me with this m5a97 r2.0 motherboard shattered into pieces and a nice note saying "good luck fixing it this time"

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  • Nathan T.
  • 5/28/2015 6:34:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: This motherboard has blown my mind. I love it. It's working perfectly so far and it has so many options, so easy to use, just fantastic stats. It's the perfect solution for my godly computer. Bios is extremely nice. The overclocking for just about every aspect of the board is stunning. It's built in hardware is exceptional as well. I would recommend this to everyone.

Cons: Didn't come in green. :P

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  • David b.
  • 5/18/2015 8:06:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a Sabertooth. But close.

Pros: Wasn't DOA!
Beefy heatsinks.
4.2 ghz stable OC on fx6300
Running almost 24/7 2+ months straight on air cooling.

Cons: Cheap and fragile feeling SATA ports.
Few and oddly placed fan headers.

Other Thoughts: Always-on mining box with a Radeon 6950.
Held up nicely.
Takes overclocks and heat like a champ, so it may be good for the budget minded gamer as well.

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  • Hibourahima C.
  • 5/5/2015 5:57:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOnboard LAN Not Reliable

Pros: Bought M5A97 R2.0 in June 2014.
Onboard LAN worked intermittently during the first month and was OK until it completely failed in April 2015.

Cons: Bought M5A97 R2.0 in June 2014.
Onboard LAN worked intermittently during the first month, then was OK until it completely failed in April 2015.
Call ASUS customer service who suggested to purchase and install a new network adapter (first option with such a high level of confidence) or go for a RMA. It seems like ASUS is well aware of the problem... Of course, for a product that came half dead on arrival, I am going with a new network adapter that I will be purchasing out of pocket. I don't have anytime for RMA...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We are sorry to hear your experience with the unit and the support line.

I want to help you with this issue. What are the steps that you have done so far with the unit after you called the support line. Can we have your serial number for us to check the warranty of the unit or if you have an RMA number for us to update the case? Let me assist you on this matter. Please email me at and place case #N150513397 in the subject line for a reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Chris o.
  • 5/2/2015 7:44:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsUpgraded my rig-- GREAT Mobo!

Pros: I upgraded from 'Asus M5A 78L-M LX' to this board. Running an AMD FX 4130. I never had an easier time with installation.

-Plenty of connectors
-USB 3.0
-Outstanding BIOS and integrated software.
-Ram capacity
-Came with 2 additional Sata III cables

Cons: -The USB 3.0 port is a bit flimsy during install of cord.

Other Thoughts: I have had ASUS boards for a long time. I have not had an issue with them yet. And they have always proved sturdy and capable.

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