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ASUS M5A97 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio CrossFireX Motherboard

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63715
   Shipping Weight:   2.8 lbs
   Part #: M5A97

Features    [ Edit | History ]
Features:

M5A97 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 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 4800MT/s via Hyper aTransport 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • M5A97 Desktop Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s Cable(s)
  • Support DVD
Maximum Memory 32 GB
S/PDIF Yes
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor ATX
Processor Supported Athlon II Phenom II Sempron II Athlon II X3 Athlon II X4 Athlon II X2 Phenom II X4 Phenom II X3 Phenom II X2 Phenom II X6
RAID Levels 0 1 5 1+0
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Serial ATA/600
Processor Socket Socket AM3+
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Technology Cool'n'Quiet Technology HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
Memory Standard DDR3-2133/PC3-17000 (O.C.) DDR3-1866/PC3-15000 DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 DDR3-1333/PC3-10600 DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Width 12"
Depth 9"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS WEEE REACH
64-bit Processing Yes
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Model 970
Number of Memory Slots 4
Number of PCI Slots 2
Multi GPU Supported CrossFireX
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces 6
Number of PCI Express x1 Slots 2
Onboard Video No
HyperTransport Speed 2400 MHz
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 6
Number of PCI Express x4 Slots 1
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 1
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 1
Network (RJ-45) Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
PS/2 Port Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports 2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports 6
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
PCI Express Standard PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 4
Memory Form Factor DIMM
ProductId1020394089

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5 star: (23) 
4 star: (7) 
3 star: (2) 
2 star: (0) 
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Avg. Rating
Jason_L
02/04/13
Experience: 8 Months
Pros
USB 3, UEFI BIOS and stable overclocking.
Cons
Would liked to see the CPU fan connector closer to the socket and not at the top. Had to use adapter for my heatsink.
Summary
Purchased this motherboard for my FX 8120 CPU, as well as 8 Gb of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHZ Memory. This thing is rock solid. Been working non stop for the last 8 months at a clock of 3880.

Very happy with all my purchases from NCIX. I always recommend them to friends!!!

Aariana
10/04/12
Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
fast, lots of SATA ports
Cons
AI Suite is not that great
Summary
It does the trick. This was an upgrade from an older AM2 board. I like that there are lots of SATA ports, and that they are placed better than my previous board. (on my previous board, they were right where the GPU will cover them) I really like the UEFI BIOS as opposed to the older ones, too. It's very handy to be able to use your mouse while changing settings.

Jared_E
09/09/12
Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
- Great for budget builds
- works out of the box with FX processors
- BIOS is simple and easy to use
- Has USB 3.0 on the back as well as 5.1 Optical out
Cons
- No USB 3.0 header on the board (for connecting front USB 3.0)
Summary
This was my first mobo for my first build and it worked right away no problems. There was no hassle installing board or it's components. I recommend this for any budget builder or first time builder.

Paige_P
09/01/12
Experience: 5 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
works great, easy to install, good price
Cons
none
Summary
This board was great for my first build. Good price and everything works perfect.

Dave_V
08/02/12
Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Fast boot, energy saving settings work well, runs cool, good fan control, very easy overclock
Cons
most annoying motherboard beep I have ever heard, awkward size for mounting
Summary
Great motherboard, only problems being that the motherboard beep is annoying and loud in comparison to other asus boards and that the size of the board is awkward. The edge with the ATX power plug sits halfway between the mounts on my case so pushing plugs into it feels like you're flexing the board a lot.

Bios is new and interesting. All bridges are fast and the whole board runs cool with the fair sized heat sinks on it.

Can't beat this board for the price. It is an inexpensive work horse.

Nikkilas_W
07/30/12
Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Great motherboard, plenty of space for all my sata hook ups, and the 6gbps makes everything so much faster.
Cons
Honestly, the only problem is that the color doesn't match my case fans that's it.
Summary
Good motherboard recommend it for anyone just starting to build your computer.

Daemauk
07/14/12
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
incredible price, logical layout, stability features, much BIOS configurability, brand recognition
Cons
slow UEFI boot, slightly dated chipset - though still relevant to today's builds
Summary
An AM3+ mobo with CrossFireX capability for ~$89 was and still is an incredible deal. TurboV EVO and AI Suite II are quite elegant and rich. Beware that there are no PATA interfaces on this board if you still have to use it for that an optical drive. No issues with performance as expected.

Reewind
06/24/12
Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Asus
Good price
Good performance
Cons
None
Summary
I bought it for a friend 2 months ago for his new desktop. It works as expected and has a good value, couldn't go wrong with Asus if you're in need of a decent budget motherboard.

Jeroen_v
06/11/12
Experience: 56 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Plenty of USB ports, USB3, lots of SATA ports
Cons
none
Summary
Great mobo for a very good price if you're on a tight budget (and aren't we all!). Bought it together with AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Quad Core Processor 3.6GHZ and Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD. This all combined runs super stable and very quick!

Matt_M
06/07/12
Experience: 1 Weeks
Pros
Friend bought 1 and after using his for 1 hour i fell in love with it, i have always been a ASUS Fan but it made me a even bigger one now :)
Cons
None!
Summary
Great MOBO soo many nice features UEFI Bios is one of them, USB 3.0


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URL: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4410/asus_m5a97_evo_amd_970_motherboa
Comment: A motherboard that is solid for overclocking and crossfiring.
Posted by: Alan_C @12/19/12
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Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Audio  
     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC 887
General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: M5A97
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.asus.com
     Product Model: M5A97
     Product Name: M5A97 Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Serial ATA/600
     RAID Levels: 0
1
5
1+0
     RAID Supported: Yes
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 2
     Number of PCI Express x16 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Express x4 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Slots: 2
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 6
     PCI Express Standard: PCI Express 2.0
     Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 4
Interfaces/Ports  
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 1
     Number of PS/2 Ports: 2
     Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 1
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6
     Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 2
     PS/2 Port: Yes
     S/PDIF: Yes
     Total Number of USB Ports: 8
Memory  
     Maximum Memory: 32 GB
     Memory Form Factor: DIMM
     Memory Standard: DDR3-2133/PC3-17000 (O.C.)
DDR3-1866/PC3-15000
DDR3-1600/PC3-12800
DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
     Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 4
Miscellaneous  
     Certifications & Standards:
  • ErP Ready
  • FCC
  • CE

     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
WEEE
REACH
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • M5A97 Desktop Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s Cable(s)
  • Support DVD

Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports: 6
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 6
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 6
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 9" (228.6 mm)
     Form Factor: ATX
     Width: 12" (304.8 mm)
Power Description  
     Power Supply Supported: EPS12V
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     Chipset Model: 970
     HyperTransport Speed: 2400 MHz
     Multi GPU Supported: CrossFireX
     Processor Socket: Socket AM3+
     Processor Supported: Athlon II
Phenom II
Sempron II
Athlon II X3
Athlon II X4
Athlon II X2
Phenom II X4
Phenom II X3
Phenom II X2
Phenom II X6
     Processor Technology: Cool'n'Quiet Technology
HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
Video  
     Onboard Video: No
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year
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