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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 week to 1 month

Pros: USB flashback works smoothly.
Good power user or entry level gamer mobo.
Mostly it works well.
BIOS setup is intuitive, even in the advanced section.

Cons: The board is just a little too short in one dimension so that it doesn't reach the mounting standoffs. When one plugs in the PSU connector it tends to bend the board down. Not a good thing!

They should not list "USB 3.0" in the title of this board, as it's handling of the USB 3.0 bus is not something to be proud of.

Its operation was flaky at first, and tech support didn't reply to my queries. So I RMA'ed it and upon return the 3.0 didn't work at all.

Finally I was able to find a driver for the 3.0 on the Asus web site, and now it's back to flaky again. So I'm going to accept it as-is, since it's not worth the trouble for now to extract the board from the case again.

Other Thoughts: I'm hoping that there will be a new revision of the USB 3.0 driver some day that will fix this.

BTW I'm running Win 7 64-bit. The mobo may be Windows 8 ready, but I'm not.

The boot options are not as flexible as they were with my old XP era computer that is being replaced by this one. But that is probably a deficiency of the UFEI standard rather than the mobo.

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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Locking latch excellent 05/07/2014

This review is from: BYTECC SATA-118C 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch

Pros: I have a problem with most locking latches on SATA cables, as they are plastic and you have to press real hard to make them release. These metal ones work easily and have a crisp snap when they engage. No doubt when they engage and open.

Cons: none

Sedna - All in 1 USB 3.0 Front Panel Internal Card Reader with 3 Port USB 3.0 Hub and 1 x eSATA Port ( 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lot of misc jacks in a convenient compact space.

Cons: The USB 3.0 ports are flaky, sometimes working and sometimes not.


Leslie B.'s Profile

Display Name: Leslie B.

Date Joined: 07/11/10

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 02/20/11
  • Last Review: 05/07/14
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