ASUS continues to put innovation at its forefront, launching the world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors technology. This exclusive design consists of the EPU (Energy Processing Unit), which automatically monitors power consumption system-wide to ensure efficiency, and the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) - guaranteeing superior performance for every task, bringing users an unbeatable experience.
The Ultimate Turbo Processor Unleash your performance with ASUS' AI Suite II utility. The TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning and TurboV functions. Auto Tuning offers a user friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations.
Energy Efficiency All Around Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!
ASUS Exclusive Features
One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs wirelessly together through an existing LAN cable and router setup. It allows users to stream multimedia content from PC to DLNA devices, access their computer anywhere using their mobile device at home, while also allowing easy file transfers between your computer and mobile device. It provides seamless environment for a futuristic connected lifestyle with three useful functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop and File Transfer.
DLNA Media Hub: Enjoy HD video, music and photos stored in the PC streaming to your DLNA devices via Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even control the PC to play multimedia on a TV with a tablet. It’s the perfect match for creating your own home theater!
Remote Desktop: Operate and control your PC in real-time from a smartphone or tablet for complete comfort. This function brings notebook-like convenience, by creating a virtual remote desktop, offering portable access to your data in desktop with a smartphone or tablet.
File Transfer: Send and share files between your PC and smart devices* with only a right click on the mouse. *iPad/iPhone can send, but not receive files from the PC
Set up Your Home PC with Remote GO! 1.Wi-Fi environment setup - use an existing LAN cable and router setup to connect PC and smart devices on the same home network 2.Install Remote GO! software on your PC 3.Download Wi-Fi GO! Remote to your smart devices (Supported Systems: iOS 4.0 or later & Android 2.3 or later) 4.Setup complete - get three useful free apps with ASUS Remote GO!
USB 3.0 Boost
Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
World’s 1st USB 3.0 UASP Support – 170% faster instantly
Complete USB 3.0 Solution – Performance boost for most USB devices
Simple Plug & Boost – Auto detection design ensures best performance always
Easy, Worry-free USB BIOS Flashback USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way to flash the BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try new UEFI BIOS versions easily, without even entering their existing BIOS or operating system. It even works without key components such as the CPU and memory installed. Just plug in any USB storage and push the dedicated button for 3 seconds. The UEFI BIOS is automatically flashed using ATX standby power. Worry-free updating for the ultimate convenience!
A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly Designed for users requiring frequent BIOS access, you can easily enter the BIOS automatically when the PC is on standby power with a press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up from having to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at its best!
Real-time Network Bandwidth Control With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center.
ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.
ASUS Exclusive Interface EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.
New Upgrade! Quick and Easy Info for Enhanced System Control
F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI setup info and troubleshooting
New F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) Information for accessing memory info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations
Latest Transfer Technology
Complete USB 3.0 Integration
Double USB Access, Double Convenience ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel - 4 USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. This motherboard affords greater convenience to high speed connectivity.
SATA 6Gb/s Support
AMD® SB950 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
CPU, Chipset and Graphics features
AMD® Socket AM3+ for AMD® FX Series CPU up to 8-core
AMD® FX™-Series/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors (socket AM3+/AM3) M5A97 R2.0 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 1866 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.
AMD® 970 Chipset
AMD® 970 Chipset is designed to support up to 4800MT HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD®’s latest AM3+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.
Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!
Flexible Multi-GPU Solutions, Your Weapon of Choice! AMD's CrossFireX™ boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolution to get high quality images. CrossFireX™ allows higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading and texture settings. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with the 3D settings, and check the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered previews within AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center.
Windows 8 Ready
Windows 8 Ready
With hardware driver compatibility tested and assured, ASUS provides a complete solution for Windows 8 support. Starting now, users can experience the next generation operating system on ASUS hardware, and can rest assured that they can easily upgrade once the final driver versions are released without any compatibility issues!
Rich Software Bundled
Whole New Design of CPU-Z ASUS CPU-Z is a customized ASUS version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of ASUS CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness.
GreenASUS and ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.
M5A97 R2.0 Product Overview
Other ASUS Features
Adjust system performance parameters with just a few clicks away.
AI Suite II
One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features.
Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
Quickly ensures memory boot compatibility.
- by David_W @Sep 19, 2012
AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU Supports CPU up to 8 cores Supports CPU up to 140 W AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory Dual Channel Memory Architecture * Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists). * Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard. * Due to CPU spec., AMD 100 series CPUs support up to DDR3 1066MHz. With ASUS design, this motherboard can support up to DDR3 1333MHz.
Up to 4.8 GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 2 x PCI
AMD SB950 controller : 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Realtek® 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking Audio Feature : - ASUS Noise Filter - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board) AMD SB950 controller : 12 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (6 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)
Overclocking Protection : - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors - TPU & EPU : ASUS TPU : - Auto Tuning - TurboV ASUS EPU : - EPU ASUS Power Design : - 4 +2 Phase Power Design ASUS Exclusive Features : - Remote GO! - USB BIOS Flashback - MemOK! - AI Suite II - Ai Charger+ - Front Panel USB 3.0 Support - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface - Network iControl - USB 3.0 Boost ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution : - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution - ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS EZ DIY : - DirectKey - Precision Tweaker 2 - ASUS O.C. Profile - ASUS EZ Flash 2 - ASUS MyLogo 2 - Multi-language BIOS ASUS Q-Design : - ASUS Q-Slot
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple) 1 x PS/2 mouse (green) 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) 2 x USB 3.0 6 x USB 2.0 1 x Optical S/PDIF out 6 x Audio jack(s)
Internal I/O Ports
1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin) 3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s) 1 x TPM connector(s) 1 x COM port(s) connector(s) 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s) 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) 1 x S/PDIF out header(s) 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s) 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s) 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP) 1 x System panel(s) 1 x DirectKey Button(s) 1 x DRCT header(s) 1 x MemOK! button(s) 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s) 1 x USB BIOS Flashback button(s)
User's manual I/O Shield 2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Drivers ASUS Utilities ASUS update Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9 inch ( 30.5 cm x 22.9 cm )
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The motherboard on my HTPC went (pretty sure it was ESD shutdowns with my Nmedia case killed it), decided to use an ATX Antec one case as they are a safe bet to not have issues. Switched to this ATX board.
Super smooth assembly/setup. Didn't have one issue with it, Windows detected the right SATA drives on the right ports (so no Windows trying to creat a second partition on the wrong hard drive), FAN headers and SATA ports are in good locations. Whole board layout is great. Only one minor thing, the 12v power connector is a little close to the top fan in the Antec One case. Didn't think it'd connect without removing the fan, but it did just fine.
I Purchased this motherboard, and a AMD Phenom II X6 1045T CPU, as well as 16GB of Kingston Hyper X Genesis DDR3 1600MHZ Memory,for my dads new computer upgrades,Upgrading from a old ASUS AM2+ Motherboard and a AMD Athlon 64 x 2 4600+ Cpu and 3GB of Kingston DDR2 Memory. Very feature rich motherboard at $94.99.
I would highly recommend for anyone looking to build a really nice AMD Gaming rig.
This board is extremely impressive for the price point. You have an upgrade option from Phenom II Any fx processor. Memory support is great. As always, Asus is my favorite vendor for motherboards. Everything stays very cool (esp the vrms) from the sinks. Build quality is amazing on this board for the price.
I would over-all reconmend this board, it performs as it should, I have it matched up with a 6 core AMD and seems to run just fine. I have no problems with it at all and would tell someone on a budget that this board will do the trick.
Got this for Phenom II x4 965 no problems the memory ok test and UEFI bios is a nice feature, as another user pointed out I/O shied dose not line up not correctly but I don't have any problems using the ports.
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