- Processor Socket: AMD - AM3+
- Form Factor: ATX
- Chipset Type: AMD 970
- RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600
Asus Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard (M5A97)
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- CPU: Socket AM3+ Support FX/ Phenom II /Athlon II /Sempron 100 Series Processors;
- Support 140W CPU; Support AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology; Support AM3+ 32 nm CPU. Chipset: AMD 970 & SB950
- Memory: 4x DDR3-2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 DIMMs, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Un-buffered, Max Capacity upto 32GB
- Slots: 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slots(one run at x4, Support AMD Quad-CrossFireX); 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots; 2x PCI Slots
- SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 10
- Audio: Realtek ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- CPU: Socket AM3+ Support FX/ Phenom II /Athlon II /Sempron 100 Series Processors; Support 140W CPU;
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1.It does not have an option to support front panel USB 3.0 ports.
2. Works great at 1600MHz,but when set to anything higher in my
ASUS M5A97, my system crashes intermittently.
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition
8GB G.Skill RipjawsX PC3-17000 2133MHz
Sapphire Radeon HD5770 1 GB DDR5
Everest 80 PLUS 600w
Samsung 830 Series SSD 64 GB SATA 6.0 Gbs
The bios is changed with mouse movements over analog gauges and large buttons on the first screen that offer economy, normal, and auto tuning overclocking. This motherboard offers auto tuning where the motherboard tests itself, the CPU and memory placed in to find the fastest stable settings. The auto tuning overclocker prescribed 4.0 GHz for my eight-core 3.1 GHz AMD FX-8120
AMD FX 8120 8-Core Processor 3.1 8 Socket AM3 - FD8120FRGUBOX
and 3.8 GHz for my four core AMD Phenom.
AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - HD96ZTWFGRBOX
The motherboard offers core unlocking to create a four core CPU out of a 3 core AMD.
AMD Athlon II X3 455 Processor (ADX455WFGMBOX)
Personally I use the auto tuner because I could not squeeze much more out of the CPU, memory and motherboard than the motherboard prescribed for itself and auto tuning is very easy. However, switching to the advanced screen one can raise or lower the voltages on the CPU, memory, northbridge, southbridge, and many other parts.
The motherboard has two case fan connections an a power fan connection. One can raise or lower the fan speed.Read more ›
The heatsinks on the motherboard do get pretty hot, so make sure you have a case with good ventilation and some good intake and exhaust fans. I put mine in a Zalman Z9 case with two 120 mm fans and it fits nicely and looks great.
The optical out on the motherboard creates great Dolby Digital and ProLogic II on my tuner and it sounds much better than the TurtleBeach Montego that I used to have hooked up (with optical).
I only use one Nvidia GT240 video card so i can't coment on SLI or Crossfire, and I am not a gamer. However, it looks great on my HDTV and I am very happy with it.
I also use the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Heatsink/Fan and it does fit on this motherboard and installed very easily.
The only complaint that I have is with the IO shield, and it does not seem to line up perfectly with all the ports on the motherboard. I had this motherboard in an old cheap ATX case to start before I got the Zalman Z9 case and this was a problem in both cases. You can get it to work, but it really should line up correctly. In some of the USB Ports it will rub metal on metal when you insert or take out a cord and you can see it is not lined up perfectly. i have built other PCs and servers and I have not had this problem with any others. I consider this pretty minor, but it is a little annoying. I thought it was not worth detracting a star for.
I have been slowly piecing together a new rig as I have time and money as my old Dell PC (Pentium Core 2 Duo) was about 4.5 years old and not up to par to play the newer games I am interested in.
I decided on the Asus M5A97 over several other boards because of the price for features. I am also familiar with Asus as I have used their boards in other builds I have done for friends and never had a single issue with them. This board is pretty much on automatic and configures everything for you and the Auto Tuning feature works great, although I had to disable it because of the ram I am using was not listed in the compatibility chart but worked after I adjusted the voltage settings in the Bios. As I am not a power user and do not push my system as high as I could to get a few more fps, over-clocking features are not overly important to me, but this board allows manual OC that is fairly simple and straight forward. I prefer rock solid stability over spending hours tweaking to OC the processor and ram to their limits. This board also has SATA 6.0 Gb/s and USB 3.0. which I also wanted without paying more for a mid-to-high end mobo with features I don't need or use.
Currently I am running this board with an AMD FX-6100, 8 (2 x 4) gigs of Samsung low-voltage DDR3 PC3 12800 ram, 1 TB Seagate Barracuda HD, GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB video card, Coolmax CL700B 700W power supply, and Windows 8 Release Preview. Aside the quirks of running Windows 8 Release Preview, the board has run perfectly and flawlessly to date. In the next week I will be going back to Windows 7 and installing a Radeon HD 6850 video card.Read more ›
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No USB 3.0 headers on the motherboard and only two 3.0 ports on the rear I/O, but otherwise is a great component. No issues have arised during use.Published 1 month ago by Manny Aeneas
Great and reliable mobo, No issues to date and even gave my this old rig to my nephew as his starter. Playing BF4 on High and many previous games on ultra. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rey
I love asus board they functionality and durability seems to out weight the rest to be honestPublished on August 7, 2014 by Dawn M Weber
The motherboard is pretty decent BUT for whatever reason The blue slox (x16) slot does not work. When I place my 7750 into the black socket all is good. Read morePublished on August 5, 2014 by mintymentos
Multi-tasking so no problem for this brand, but when it comes to Linux this fails really (I've had this for more then 3 years).Published on March 22, 2014 by RetroStyle
Starting a monster pc beggining with this mobo. Its Works great for more tha 8 months with no issues. Full recommended for a heavy duty desktop.Published on January 30, 2014 by Jose Robles
I also bought a graphics card (PNY GTX 660) and RAM (Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory) with the MB. Installing the RAM and GC was 10x harder than it should have been. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Keelan