- Processor Socket: AMD - AM3+
- Form Factor: ATX
- Chipset Type: AMD 970
- RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600;DDR3 1800
ASUS M5A97 Evo - AM3+ - 970 - SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 - ATX AMD ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboards
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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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(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.
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).Read more ›
Dual BIOS chips
one press ram optimization button built into the motherboard
LOTS of USB ports including USB hi speed 3.0
LOTS of sata ports including sata 6GB/s and eSATA
thermal monitoring sensors on various chips and components
The only problem that i have ever encountered was the thermal sensor called TMPIN2 sensor, in which it reports ridiculously hi temps. But after doing some research and testing myself i have found out that thermal sensor TMPIN2 is a dead sensor (disconnected) and shows highly inaccurate temperature readings. But not to worry this sensor is a dead/disconnected sensor and can be ignored. I physically took temperature readings on my motherboard while it is running and with that sensor currently posting 189c degrees temps, the highest temperature on my motherboard was 43c degrees max and nowhere within my case has that high of a temp reading.
Overall this motherboard aside from that dead sensor posting faulty temp readings it performs better than what i would have expected from a board within its price range.
1) The input/output (I/O) shield included is a major hassle to install. Its snaps onto the case easily, but fitting the motherboard onto the shield was impossible for me. In the end, I just bent all of the metal clips so the motherboard would rest on the case.
2) There aren't enough 3 pin connectors (aka fan connectors). There is a grand total of one 3 pin connectors (not including the one for the CPU), and two 4 pin connectors. While adapters come fairly cheap, this was still a hassle to deal with.
Overall though, this motherboard is excellent, I especially love the new UEFI (the successor technology to BIOS, get it right people, UEFI is a completely different thing, it is NOT BIOS. Its the successor technology. Kinda like how the newer US $5+ bills are. They look way better than the older ones, but they serve the same function). Makes it much easier to navigate the plain, older BIOS system. Admitedly, the UEFI screen isn't perfect, it actually looks somewhat hideous since my graphics card isn't fully supported by the motherboard. My graphics card can normally output 1920 by 1080. On the UEFI screen, I'm estimating maybe a 800 by 600 resolution. It still works perfectly, it just doesn't look as good as it could've been.
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The first then I try is putting XP and it did not work, So I put Windows 7 and it want right in. It works Excellent
I had bought this motherboard to build my custom gaming computer. Motherboard came in the Evo box, had all of the Evo manuals and such. The motherboard was not an Evo though. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Cody
I rate this product 1 star because it was the incorrect item. The box it came in was not presentable which is not the original manufacturer box. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Ray
USB 3.0 ports, HDMI...I bought this refurbished for 40$ and I've had it going on two months now. Love it.Published on February 16, 2013 by Omid DiSturco
I chose this rating because I did not like to send me to a different publication, or that I bought. It is a product that I would recommend to everyone.Published on January 21, 2013 by Freddy Emmanuel Caraballo Gómez
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... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Doc Goodbyte
Got this motherboard a time ago. Easy to install and the graphic BIOS helps a little bit more to setup. Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by jorovifi