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

3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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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 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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.3 x 13.9 x 11.8 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
ASIN B005584ZD0
Item model number M5A97 Evo
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,155 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Date first available at Amazon.com June 6, 2011

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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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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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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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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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I purchased this motherboard for a gaming setup built around the AMD bulldozer 8 core CPU after coming from a gigabyte motherboard that failed on start-up with all brand new components. This ASUS Board has the most options for the price and with its dual bios chip and EUFI bios interface it sure is a great deal for the money. I have built my system in October of 2012, and till this day it still performs like new.

Pros:
EUFI BIOS
easy overclocking
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

Cons:
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.
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When I received my order originally, one of the parts had fallen off of this motherboard. A quick visit to amazon's return page, and a replacement board was on its way to me. I've received the motherboard and installed it. Everything on here works well with a few exceptions.

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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