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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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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is perhaps my 5th ASUS mobo. It installed easily, set up was easy. The UEFI BIOS is easier to switch from easy to advanced mode than others I have used. USB 3.0 header for case front panel. I used this board to help two teenage friends build the their computers for the first time. It is a good board for first time builders (and experienced builders too).

Cons: The Turbo EVO in the AI Suite (on support disk) does not install. The installer says it is not compatible with this model. Sadly, I really thought that to be handy for those of us who don't want to spend incredible amounts of time overclocking, or don't know a lot about it. Running this program helped me overclock my Phenom II x 6 1035T to as high as 3.4 GHz on the old board. Usually, I ran it at 3.2. Stock is 2.6 GHz. Otherwise this is a solid board and I am happy with it.

Other Thoughts: The board is a bit narrow for an ATX board, so supporting the edge while plugging in PS power and such is advisable. Has no eSATA port on rear of board if you need it. This board replaces an M4AGTD Pro/USB3.0 which showed signs of imminent failure. I tend to upgrade my computer incrementally so a new CPU for this board is due next, I think.

Current set up:
M5A97R 2.0
Phenom II X6 1035T CPU
8 GB PC 1600 DDR3
ASUS HD 6670 video card
Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
2.5 TB Storage (WD 1.5 & 1 TB black drives)
2 optical drives and a hauppage HDTV PCI card.

Rosewill RX25-AT-SC-SLV Aluminum & plastic 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: inexpensive, easy to install, directions actually didn't read like gibberish (a rare thing these days), no unnecessary software.

Cons: Not really a con: If you plan to use it on an eSATA you may need a power adapter. This was not included, but for the price, I did not expect that.

Other Thoughts: I was a little unsure about the "tray" as it was just a frame. But the drive fit into it perfectly and once the drive was secured with 2 screw (included), it seemed solid. Also the heat dissipation is better with this enclosure than two others I have owned.

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs good board for the money 11/19/2013

This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: inexpensive, has internal connector for USB 3.0, fast, EUFI, expandability, was easily installled

Cons: Not sure yet how I like the EUFI bios on the the thing. Not really a con, but I have been building my own and family computers since 2002. And I am pretty comfortable with the old style BIOS setups. Board is a bit narrow for an ATX, (and seems "thin") so there is no support under the 24 pin PS connection.

Other Thoughts: This is an upgrade from an ASUS M5A78L-M LX Plus for my husband's work computer. I will be tracking performance for a while to see how well it does in a lab environment.


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Display Name: Rhonda C.

Date Joined: 10/29/06

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 09/15/11
  • Last Review: 03/17/14
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