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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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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
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Rating: 9.03/10
overjinx@NCIX
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Review Date: 04/07/15
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None

Pros:Cheap, ready for most upgrades.
Comment:
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.
Redilyn@NCIX
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Review Date: 03/30/15
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None

Pros:Great valueIMMOU SupportPriceQuality
Comment:
Used this in my latest build to upgrade my esxi server.Paired with a FX-6300 and it works flawless.Full IMMOU support with esxi 5.5. The onboard nic is not supported in 5.5 or higher but this was a none issue for me.The bios offers lots of options for overclocking. Would definitely consider this board for a desktop build.Well worth the price.
Travis_Y@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/11/15
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:Doesn't support SLI, only Crossfire.

Pros:-Great board for the cost.-Easy setup-USB Flashback feature is good.
Comment:
Great motherboard for the money. The MemOK button and USB Flashback buttons are a great feature i have never had before.I purchased this board to replace a dying old board and am very happy with it. Would buy it again.
1223356AB@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/10/15
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:IO isnt the best

Pros:-works great-easy setup-overclocks ok
Comment:
Great board for amd builds. has everything you need
Shari_B@NCIX
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Review Date: 12/19/14
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none

Pros:Great Brand, My third board with them over the years, never had a problem. Everything worked on the first trial with FX6300 and Kingston DDR3 HyperXfury
Comment:
Very happy with the board. Delivery was a bit slow
Murray_G@NCIX
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Review Date: 10/28/14
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None

Pros:Easy to install, easy to read manual and runs good.
Comment:
Nice to see modern bios setup with mouse control.
gdtredmtn@NCIX
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Review Date: 07/09/14
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:Poor fit and finish on I/O shieldNot quite wide enough to be a full ATX board

Pros:Good budget boardWell laid out
Comment:
Bought this board to build a budget system as I had an old AM3 CPU on the shelf and didn't want to break the bank. Out of the box all appeared well but when mounting to the case it became apparent that the I/O shield was a few mm out of alignment to the ports behind. Some shimming was required to raise the board up enough to allow unrestricted access through the openings... A first for me. The other oddity encountered was that the board is not wide enough to use the third row of standoffs under the memory and ATX Power sockets. The board cantilevers out off the middle standoffs and could suffer damage if care is not taken when pressing on it to plug in various bits and pieces. Other than that, happy with my purchase.
Patrick_F@NCIX
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Review Date: 03/16/14
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None

Pros:A+++++++++++
Comment:
Good Choice, i love this productA+++++++++++
:/@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/07/14
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none

Pros:Quality mid range board for under a $100
Comment:
Really good board for the price!
Erich_S@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/25/14
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None Yet.

Pros:Good quality, Easy to navigate BIOS.
Comment:
Great mobo for a budget build. Definately worth picking up. Would certainly use in another build any day.
Alec_D@NCIX
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Review Date: 01/08/14
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:It was broken when I got it...

Pros:It does work well and I havent had any problems yet...
Comment:
Ok first off, I ordered this thing awhile back and it takes them more than 10 days to get to me(Which is really ridiculous no matter what option of shipping I select!). SECOND, it was broken when I got it! The heat sync above the proccessing unit was broken off, this is sickening especially how this is my first item I have ever bought from NCIX (AND MOST CERTAINLY MY LAST!). Next time you guys ship out a package you should CHECK THE MERCHANDISE before checking your wallets... Luckily I found a fix for it 2 days later and fixed the heat sync. The thing that makes me mad is that I waited SO LONG for my $100 package to come in, and a piece of it is broken off. And then you wanted me to RMA it! WAIT ANOTHER 2 WEEKS JUST TO GET MY ITEM! Let me just put this out there, you guys will not receive another visit/penny from me off your website...
Jamie_O@NCIX
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Review Date: 08/12/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:-none

Pros:-all the features you really need, none you don't-good overclocking options-great heat dissipation
Comment:
Great motherboard, I always recommend this to my friends and have used it in many builds. Just a great all around value.
Jesse_F@NCIX
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Review Date: 08/03/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none what so ever.

Pros:tons of features lots of usb headers. lots of fan headers. over great mobo. also Uefi bios. which looks great. overall board astetics looks great in my tower. And im sure the quality of the product is high end. And for price for atx board its worth every dime and penny for this one
Comment:
Love it. Im powering it with a amd fx8320 and my gtx 570. Ive seen huge improvements in fps in my games by like 10 fps difference from a amd amd 1000T six core processor. I would highly recommend to anyone who is consideriung to upgrade there mobo!
Oldandcold@NCIX
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Review Date: 07/17/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None so far.

Pros:Excellent value, connectivity and performance. Nice bang for your buck motherboard.
Comment:
This is a great little budget board, has tons of value packed into an affordable pricepoint.Reliably overclocked my FX-8320 up over 4.6, but anything over that was too much for this boards VRMs to handle.Have upgraded to the Sabertooth 990FX Rev 2.0, and am sitting happy at 5.0ghz on the FX-8320.Will likely build another system for a relative based around this board.
Dwight_R@NCIX
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Review Date: 06/26/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none that I can think of

Pros:very fast and rilable easy to upgrade and lots of things u can do to it
Comment:
love this board wouldn't change to another brand in a life time asus for lyfe
thui@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 06/17/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:- None

Pros:- Easy install- Nice graphical bios
Comment:
Built two machines on this MB and no hiccups on either. AMD3/AMD3+ all good.
Scaotclysm@NCIX
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Review Date: 03/09/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:Could use SLI support instead of just xfire

Pros:Inexpensive for the feature set, lots of expandility, easy visual bios.
Comment:
The motherboard on my HTPC went (pretty sure it was ESD shutdowns with my Nmedia case killed it), decided to use an ATX Antec one case as they are a safe bet to not have issues. Switched to this ATX board.Super smooth assembly/setup. Didn't have one issue with it, Windows detected the right SATA drives on the right ports (so no Windows trying to creat a second partition on the wrong hard drive), FAN headers and SATA ports are in good locations. Whole board layout is great. Only one minor thing, the 12v power connector is a little close to the top fan in the Antec One case. Didn't think it'd connect without removing the fan, but it did just fine.Would definitely buy this board again if I'm doing an AMD build. This review was modfied by poster @ 03-09-13 05:58 AM
Daniel_J@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/18/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none so far

Pros:Cheap, good performance
Comment:
I build my son new rig starting around that motherboard with a FX-8120 CPU.Always like ASUS Mobo layout, good construction.New Bios is a delight, my last one was a Crosshair 4 formula with a 1090TAint try yet to O.C.Good price for what you get.
eternal-rest;@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/15/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:No SLI support

Pros:Good for the money
Comment:
Was purchased for a friends build, performs well for what he needs.
Jing@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 01/23/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none so far but am still testing the boards limitations.

Pros:decent pricenice features for a budget boardNew Bios
Comment:
I am still going over the options the board has in place.performance of this board vs the gigabyte board in another computer is quite impressive even using the same CPU.highly recommended.
Eric_L@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 01/13/13
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None

Pros:UEFI Bios, Always Quality Products from ASUS
Comment:
I Purchased this motherboard, and a AMD Phenom II X6 1045T CPU, as well as 16GB of Kingston Hyper X Genesis DDR3 1600MHZ Memory,for my dads new computer upgrades,Upgrading from a old ASUS AM2+ Motherboard and a AMD Athlon 64 x 2 4600+ Cpu and 3GB of Kingston DDR2 Memory. Very feature rich motherboard at $94.99.I would highly recommend for anyone looking to build a really nice AMD Gaming rig.
Henry_W@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 12/22/12
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:None

Pros:Solid board. Inexpensive for the performance it can hold.
Comment:
This board is extremely impressive for the price point. You have an upgrade option from Phenom II Any fx processor. Memory support is great. As always, Asus is my favorite vendor for motherboards. Everything stays very cool (esp the vrms) from the sinks. Build quality is amazing on this board for the price.
Jason_C@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 12/20/12
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none

Pros:SolidnessDoes what I need it to do
Comment:
I got this motherboard because my old one died; overall I am very satisfied with the performance of this motherboard. It feels sturdy to build on, and has the perfect layout for my build.
Jeremy_S@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 12/03/12
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:mid range - not a massive amount of features

Pros:Great cost vs performance
Comment:
I would over-all reconmend this board, it performs as it should, I have it matched up with a 6 core AMD and seems to run just fine. I have no problems with it at all and would tell someone on a budget that this board will do the trick.
Vince J_A@NCIX
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Review Date: 11/27/12
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard
Cons:none

Pros:Cheapworks
Comment:
Got this for Phenom II x4 965 no problems the memory ok test is a nice feature and the bios is very nice
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