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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
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: ECC RAM Support!
Lots(6) of SATAIII (6Gb) ports
Well supported in Linux.
Rock solid after BIOS update

Cons: Had to flash the initial BIOS/UEFI to get stability. After I updated BIOS from the out of the box version, it has been rock solid.

Second (black) PCIe 2.0 x16 is really just a PCe 2.0. x4 bus with a x16 physical connector. This can be very misleading. Doesn't really effect me, but with people doing SLI/Crossfire, that could be a big issue.

Other Thoughts: I love that ASUS enables the ECC support in there AMD FX processors. More vendors should.
I can't comment on the audio since I don't use it. I use this as a server.

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
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5 out of 5 eggs Great for Home Virtualization Server 02/02/2016

This review is from: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Great number of core per price.
ECC RAM support! (With supported motherboard)
IOMMU Support for direct access to hardware for virtualized guests.

Cons: Stock fan is loud but I don't care since it is in my basement.

Other Thoughts: I use this for my home virtualization server. I use it with Ubuntu Linux and Virtualbox setup. It works great. Never have any heating or stability issues after I updated the firmware in my motherboard (Mobo's fault). It run the three VMs I need well: pfSense box (1 core), a file, media, plex VM (3 cores), and a legacy ubuntu server (1 core) without issue. I also run Linux software RAID 5, 1, and soon LVM - Parity. I never see the CPU get congested.

Never have any issues with it that aren't my fault.

I would recommend this for an entry level workstation, low-end home visualization server, or low / mid level gaming machine.

AMD A8-7600 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.1 GHz Socket FM2+ 65W AD7600YBJABOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed Linux Mint 17.2 without a hitch. Both the open-source and catalyst graphics drivers worked out of the box without any issues. The closed source installed without a problem and installed Catalyst version 15.20. I saw significant speed increase over the open-source drivers.

The only thing I haven't tried yet is the Ethernet port since I use a USB 802.11N adapter.

(No overclocking)

Cons: So far I've seen none during run time. I'm running Phoronix tests to stress it.

I will say that when building this machine, I was very particulate about the hardware. Many of the FM+ motherboards are very RAM picky. If you don't you'll have lots of stability and performance issues. Check the RAM compatibility list.

I tend to by RAM that is at least one step faster than what I expect to run it at. This gives the RAM some breathing room if any of the RAM sticks have some performance issues. I bought DDR3 2400 and I'm only running it at 2133.

Other Thoughts: Many people said that GPU drivers were an issue in Linux. That was then an this is now. Now that AMD has released the drivers for 15.7 ( 2015-05-17) Linux support is a reality


Benjamin T.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin T.

Date Joined: 03/18/02

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/06/07
  • Last Review: 02/02/16
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