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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard

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SKU: 76522
Shipping Weight: 2.8lbs

Part #: M5A97 R2.0

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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.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • M5A97 R2.0 Desktop Motherboard
  • 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Support DVD
Maximum Memory 32 GB
S/PDIF Yes
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Weight (Approximate) 3 lb
Form Factor ATX
Processor Supported FX Athlon II Pentium II Sempron Athlon II X2 Athlon II X3 Athlon II X4 Athlon X2 Phenom II X2 Phenom II X3 Phenom II X4 Phenom II X6 Sempron X2
RAID Levels 0 1 5 1+0
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Serial ATA/600
Processor Socket Socket AM3+
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Height 2.3"
Width 12"
Depth 9"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE RoHS
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Model 970
Number of Memory Slots 4
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
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 6
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 2
Total Number of USB Ports 8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 8
Number of Onboard USB 3.0 Ports 2
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 4
Memory Form Factor UDIMM
Memory Speed Supported 2.13 GHz (O.C.) 1.87 GHz 1.60 GHz 1.33 GHz 1.07 GHz
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Specifications [ Edit | History ]

Audio  
     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC887
Controls/Indicators  
     Buttons & Keys: DirectKey
MemOK
BIOS Flashback
General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: M5A97 R2.0
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.asus.com
     Product Model: M5A97 R2.0
     Product Name: M5A97 R2.0 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: 2
     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: UDIMM
     Memory Speed Supported: 2.13 GHz (O.C.)
1.87 GHz
1.60 GHz
1.33 GHz
1.07 GHz
     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:
  • CE
  • FCC
  • ErP Ready

     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: WEEE
RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • M5A97 R2.0 Desktop Motherboard
  • 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Support DVD

Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports: 6
     Number of Onboard USB 3.0 Ports: 2
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 6
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Onboard Serial Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 8
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 9" (228.6 mm)
     Form Factor: ATX
     Height: 2.3" (57.2 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 1.36 kg
     Width: 12" (304.8 mm)
Power Description  
     Power Supply Supported: ATX12V
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     Chipset Model: 970
     HyperTransport Speed: 4.80 GT/s
     Multi GPU Supported: CrossFireX
     Processor Socket: Socket AM3+
     Processor Supported: FX
Athlon II
Pentium II
Sempron
Athlon II X2
Athlon II X3
Athlon II X4
Athlon X2
Phenom II X2
Phenom II X3
Phenom II X4
Phenom II X6
Sempron X2
     Processor Technology: Cool'n'Quiet Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
Video  
     Onboard Video: No
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

Customer Reviews of ASUS M5A97 R2.0

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Robert_P21
04/20/16
Experience: 1 Months

Pros

Good budget mobo, no issues with the way it works
Cons
Size is not a true ATX so does not have a mounting point to case near Ram so the board will flex when installing ram
Summary
Over all a good purchase

bob_j
01/24/16
Experience: 30 Days

Pros

works exactly as claimed
good bios
lots of connection, extra card options
Cons
None
Summary
This one is to replace one that I damaged.
Liked the original well enough to buy exactly the same
again.
Running and 8 core at 4.2, and it works without flaw.

Fernand_D
11/04/15
Experience: 1 Days

Pros

pretty colours
Cons
poor quality control
Summary
I received the motherboard today. upon initial inspection I found a spring loaded pin missing on one of the heat sinks. I found the broken pin inside the box. I need a new pin please.
I then opened the manual and found that I was missing 2 sata cables that are listed as being included in the box. I need these please.
I then noticed that I should only have received one CD/DVD for motherboard drivers / software. I received 2 of these.
I got the board running temporarily by securing the heatsink on the chipset using the spring that came with the broken pin and a zip tie. At least I know that the motherboard itself is not defective.
:(

Miggster
10/04/15
Experience: 10 Months

Pros

Great Price for the Board and features
Cons
The Middle Chipset heat sink has METAL Screws which in certain cases will touch the back side of the case and short out .
Summary
Why would Asus Put METAL screws to hold down a heatsink is beyond me . But I found this out when I took out the board because it was BSOD ing, and restarting itself out of nowhere . Once board was out I noticed a bit of warpage to it . Fit it back in case and that is when I noticed the warpage was right in the middle where the chipset heatsink was. Looked at backside of board to find The Metal Culprits.

aroundtheworld
09/29/15
Experience: 3 Years

Pros

Stable, good price and offer tons of options.
Cons
had issues with hard driver setup
Summary
Good motherboard overall but...had issues setting up the hard drive on this one. Took sometime to fix...

Charles_D14
09/21/15
Experience: 2 Years

Pros

durable, innexpensive
Cons
had electrical issues
Summary
I have two of these boards for two different CPUs in two different Cases with two different PSU and they both have a problem which makes the computer reboot occasionally when I plug something into the front USB ports (electrical short?). The issue might be my fault... other than this they run smoothly.

Carlos_J2
08/31/15
Experience: 1 Weeks

Pros

Came perfectly intact
Cons
none
Summary
Super fast shipping, I purchased it and like 20min after that they already ship it.

Andy_G3
04/28/15
Experience: 1 Months

Pros

-Good build quality.
-Fast and reliable.
-Fast boot.
-Good BIOS.
Cons
-None.
Summary
Everything you expect from ASUS. It works well, it's fast and reliable. I bought it to replace my Gigabyte 970A-DS3P (AVOID AT ALL COST) which had USB3 Controller issues (VIA). This board uses an ASMedia USB3 controller which works flawlessly in Win7 in opposition to the VIA USB3 controller used by many other boards.

It performs well in games too. They all play very smoothly (GTA 5, BF4, Metro Last Light).

Overall, I recommend it if you want a board that performs well without paying too much!

My system:
AMD FX-8370a4.3Ghz w/Hyper EVO 212 cooler
MB ASUS M5A97 R2.0
12Gb(3x4gb) Munchkin Blackline DDR3-1600
120GB HyperX Fury SSD
1TB WD Black HDD
EVGA GeForce GTX970 SSC ACX 2.0
750w EVGA Supernova 80Plus Bronze PSU

Mohammed_N
04/12/15
Experience: 2 Years

Pros

Great Value, Stable And Reliable.
Cons
None
Summary
This has got to be one of my favorite boards, I love it, I've used it in about 3 builds soo far, using it on my second streaming pc and it has been capable of handling both my FX 8350 and FX 6300 builds. Great board for the money, I used to only buy on Newegg, but NCIX always has way more amazing deals and savings in comparison like this sweet board for only $99 that literally saved me from cheap boards in the past that would just die.

This board also has a big brother I now use on my FX 8350 called the M5A99FX, but I find both boards are sweet and capable and can handle anything you throw in it.

In conclusion, this is a reliable board for both Beginners and PC Enthusiasts, one of my favorites and highly recommended.

overjinx
04/07/15
Experience: 1 Years

Pros

Cheap, ready for most upgrades.
Cons
None
Summary
This is a good board. My only issue as that their claim to have a 5 second (or whatever it was) boot time does not seem to work for me....at all. I did not read the fine print and their could be a reason for it. Other than that it is a great board and the visual bios is kinda nice.

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Help, new motherboard computer not working (Jacky_Z2- Sep 29, 14, 10 Replies)
cpu (Harry_T- May 11, 14, 1 Replies)
does it support RAID and AHCI at the same time? (Yauheni_M- Nov 29, 13, 2 Replies)
Does this board have core unlocking? (Mark_L- Nov 20, 13, 0 Replies)
Cannot set memory to 1600 (John_L- Aug 14, 13, 0 Replies)
COMPUTER DOES NOT TURN ON (Bucky- Jun 13, 13, 3 Replies)
Asus M5A97 DOA? (Ryan_K- Jan 11, 13, 2 Replies)
MAX bus speed (FSB) for M5a97 R2.0 (Christos_P- Dec 27, 12, 0 Replies)
does this mobo need a vishera bios update (Pete S- Nov 18, 12, 1 Replies)

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