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ASUS M5A97 Evo - AM3+ - 970 - SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 - ATX AMD ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboards

by Asus

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  • Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM - Digital Power Design
  • UEFI BIOS - Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface
  • Auto Tuning - Auto System Level Up
  • Quad USB 3.0 & 6 x SATA 6Gb/s Support - Double Access, Double Convenience
  • Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support
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Technical Details

  • Processor Socket: AMD - AM3+
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Chipset Type: AMD 970
  • RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600;DDR3 1800

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 13.9 x 11.8 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005584ZD0
  • Item model number: M5A97 Evo
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 6, 2011

Product Description

The ASUS M5A97 EVO AMD 970 AM3+ Motherboard features the AMD® 970 + SB950 chipset and supports the latest AMD® socket AM3+ for 8-core processors. With a new Socket AM3+, it offers usability of Socket AM3 or AM3+, allowing the user a choice of previous or current AMD CPUs.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Overclocking seems to be limited only by the amount of cooling I can provide.
Bob
This is a great investment to your computer and I do strongly recommend this motherboard.
Rich56
The motherboard does not have the connector for the front panel Usb 3.0 terminal.
Cody

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob on November 5, 2011
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Matched this up with an AMD Phenom II 1090T Black Box Edition and an Artic Cooling Freezer 13. No problems, booted right up. The new bios is awesome! Overclocking seems to be limited only by the amount of cooling I can provide. Would recommend. My existing Windows 7 migrated to the new MB without a hitch from Microsoft. I changed MB, CPU and memory all at once, authenticated my existing Windows OS online, and changed the boot/OS drive a few days later without any issues.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rich56 on March 10, 2012
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If You Can't Boot:

: Before the Review:
(A quick reference for those having this trouble and need the solution)

The very first thing I want to say is to help those of you who have just installed this motherboard and are having trouble booting up. If you have a Windows 7 or Vista operating system and your booting up from your hard drive inside your case but can only get as far as the Windows logo before the screen goes black and loops back to the Asus EFI, (UEFI), screen, there is a high likelihood that the reason for this is that you're trying to boot from a SATA setting "AHCI".

Simply click on the "Advanced Mode" screen in the UEFI from the EZ MODE screen, click on the tab labeled "Advance", and then click on the settings for the SATA drive options. The settings are in default as "AHCI" but to boot up you will have to switch them to "IDE". Then just save it, close it, and reboot.

The screen will now light up with your familiar desktop icons although you should expect a lot of notification boxes, update driver boxes, and a number of reboots. As far as getting your hard drives back to an AHCI condition, (which is a little faster than IDE), don't worry about that until you get everything else going. Then you can easily find out how to change the Windows registry so that you can then go back into the UEFI BIOS and return your SATA options to AHCI.

The Review:
This frustration happened to me, (took a lot of my time), and even though Asus does actually touch on this point 2 or 3 times in their instruction manual, I feel like they should have phrased it a little differently and in large bold type instead of the small font, (which was actually smaller than the rest of the font around it).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Indiana Customer on October 4, 2011
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This is one of the few MoBo's of AM3+ that will support Bulldozer at launch October 12. So I am very excited to get ahold of this board as I am on a budget. The bulldozer cpu's are going to cost $249, the best one is anyway, and I figure since I was in the market for a PS3 I will just use that $249 on the new bulldozer cpu instead since 98% of my gaming time is on the computer anyway. I can not wait for October 12.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Price on November 25, 2011
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I've had this in a new build for several weeks now and find it to be an excellent motherboard. The automatic overclocking works very well. The board is nicely constructed and designed. The only issue that I've had with this board is, that when it comes out of sleep mode, it will sometimes report a very high cpu temp (120C)which proves to be incorrect (sensors actually read less than half that). Probably a software issue of some kind. Other than that I love this board.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doc Goodbyte on October 8, 2012
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I bought this motherboard to test and see how the UEFI bios worked. Frankly, I prefer the older bios but I can see how much easier this bios is incomparison with respect to tuning and overclocking.

Handled all the chores well.

I see that Amazon no longer offers this product.
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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
October 11, 2012
Dear Valued Customer,

We have released a new version of this board: M5A97 EVO R2.0. Please see here for more information: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97_EVO_R20/.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me below. Thank you.

Regards,
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-benson@asus.com
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By freeman on June 9, 2012
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I'm using this motherboard in my general Linux box and so far has been working fantastically. Only complaint is the lack of fan headers. Theres only like two on the motherboard. You would think Asus would of at least tossed four on this motherboard considering it is ~$100+.

Besides that, its a great motherboard and I highly reconmend it.

Specs:
Arch Linux 64
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor
8gb Gskill DDR 1333mhz
Xonar DG
Evga 440
Samsung F3 500GB HD
Cooler Master 400 Elite
Enermax 400 Watt PSU
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abbas on March 30, 2012
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After 1 year of looking around i came across this one bought it right a way fit my needs
just ignore cd/dvd that comes with it ... download all of your amd drivers and lan driver from asus website

Good luck
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnnyb5mb on December 10, 2011
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Best Board for on a budget. I only have had it for two days but it has worked flawlessly so far. The UEFI bios is top notch. Will comment in a couple months to see how it is still working.
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