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ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2133(OC)/1866
  • $89.99
  • $79.99
  • Save: $10.00 (11%)
  • $69.99 after $10.00 rebate card
  • $1.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

3 out of 5 eggs The "LE" means more than you think... 04/10/2014

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros:

Looks good with an attractive color scheme. As far as connectivity options, it has everything I need and nothing I don't. Got it during black friday '13 for $50 after rebate. It can handle my FX-8350 and R9 280X (for the moment....)

Cons:

Overclocking of any kind on this motherboard has been impossible (I cannot even clock my 2133 rated g.skill ram past 1600). No VRMs. Peers have repeatedly told me this board will not last long with an 8350 or similar high-wattage CPUs. I/O faceplate is extremely thin and cheap. A USB 3.0 header would have been nice...

Other Thoughts:

"Limited" is the perfect way to describe this board. Sure it can run a 125 W cpu but for how long before it gives out? Also, chances are if you're buying an FX-8350, you'll want to overclock at some point, which is just not an option on this board. I wish I would've spent the extra money on the non LE version.

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  • Alex N.
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