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Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 Motherboard (AMD 970/SB950, DDR3, 6 x S-ATA 600, ATX, PCI-Express 2.0, USB 3.0, Socket AM3+)

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  • Dual Intelligent Processors - TPU+EPU
  • USB 3.0 Boost - Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
  • Network iControl - Real-time Network Bandwidth Control
  • UEFI BIOS - Flexible and Easy BIOS Interface
  • Auto Tuning - Auto System Level Up
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions26.3 x 5.3 x 32.8 cm
Item model numberM5A97 LE R2.0
Processor Count1
RAM Size32768 MB
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports3
Lithium Battery Weight5 Grams
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 3,395 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available1 Jan. 2012

Product Description

Product Description

ASUS continues to put innovation at its forefront, launching the world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors technology. This exclusive design consists of the EPU (Energy Processing Unit), which automatically monitors power consumption system-wide to ensure efficiency, and the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) - guaranteeing superior performance for every task, bringing users an unbeatable experience.

Unleash your performance with ASUS' AI Suite II utility. The TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning and TurboV functions. Auto Tuning offers a user friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations.

Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!

New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.

With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center.

ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.

With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed, voltage, and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.

AMD® SB950 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

Box Contains

Support Disk
2 x S-ATA 6Gb/s cables

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. De Courcy-bower on 28 Jan. 2013
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Let's face it, there is no point in buying a motherboard with an on-board graphics chip. You will want to buy a PCIe VGA so just get the best featured mobo you can for the available cash. I looked at the market and concluded that this one had the lot. It handles AMD FX processors up to 8 cores/140W and the latest 32nm AM3+ technology (I went for the budget FX4100). It also supports SATA III 6Gb/s and USB3.0 and it has an 8-channel Audio chip on-board. Pretty impressive for a £65 mobo. Memory is not an issue either with 4 DIMM slots totalling 32Gbytes and it runs Windows 8 without a hitch. The card is equipped with connections for a CPU fan and up to three chassis fans - all 4-pin PWM - so you can have a whisper-quiet system if you use Noctua PWM fans.

The one detraction is the awful Asus utility - AI Suite II - this is actually a collection of utilities that you can use to tune system performance. It has major problems with stability and one of the utilities (Network iControl) will cripple your on-board Ethernet performance unless you remove it. Fortunately, you can select which utilities to activate - I have just Fan Control and System Information running.

I have given it 5 stars despite the AI Suite II problems because the card itself is fast and cool and quiet and the utility is just a waste of two days time - but now you know that, you will not have that problem...
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Robertson on 6 Jun. 2013
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While this motherboard functions perfectly well for AM3/AM3+ processors, and has a nice BIOS and built-in overclocking features, there are a couple of things that people should be aware of:

1. It doesn't include a motherboard speaker, which was also disappointing. Furthermore, when I added one (that I was lucky enough to have spare before the board arrived) it failed to produce any 'beep' sounds - which seems to be a common problem with this board. This makes it harder to diagnose potential faults than would be the case with most other boards.

2. This board has no onboard video, so you'll need a PCI-E graphics card to get a picture out of it. Even if you do have a GPU, onboard graphics are still worth considering as they come in handy for troubleshooting display problems, or as a backup in the event that your main card fails.

3. While the first PCI-E slot is x16 speed, the second is only x4, which prevents this board from performing as well as a x8/x8 board in SLI or Crossfire - which is worth considering if you plan to run a dual card setup.

4. Depending on the board's serial number, you may have to update the BIOS before you can run some of the newer (Bulldozer) AM3+ processors on it.

Other than that, it's a pretty solid board. There are 6 USB 2.0 slots and 2 USB 3.0 slots built into the back panel, and a couple of expansion slots for more USB 2.0 slots for your case's front panel. It supports up to 32Gb of DDR3 RAM, at speeds of up to 2133MHz (with an overclock), and has a very user-friendly mouse operated BIOS, with backup and overclocking options. It also has six SATA 6Gb/s ports, making it a good board to use SSDs with. I'd say this is a great budget choice as a base for a gaming PC (suited to more experienced system builders and those looking to overclock, particularly), although it's worth taking the points noted above into account when considering it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Wallum on 14 Mar. 2013
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Excellent 'budget' board that requires stand alone PCIe graphics card. That in itself will greatly assist durability. Solid capacitors all round and SATAIII, USB 3.0 and AMD FX cpu capable. But oh, why ASUS? Why did you not put a USB 3.0 header on the board (the space on the circuit board is there and begging for it)? Consequently if you have a case with a front panel that is USB 3.0 wired (e.g. Antec 300 Two), then you have to buy an adapter to join the lovely blue front panel USB 3.0 ports to the USB 2.0 headers, downgrading the front panel ports to USB 2.0 and making the wiring 'bodgey' in appearance. Why nobble an otherwise excellent board?

Why indeed, well I've been a bit dim looking at this purchase. You need to check the detailed specification to find the words 'front panel USB 3.0 header'. If it doesn't say that then don't assume that 'latest USB 3.0' will cover that. If you want a USB 3.0 front panel header go for the 'Asus M5A97 R2.0' board or the EVO variant, sounds very similar but does not have the 'LE' qualification. You can use the link below and then use the Asus compare feature to tease out the differences.

[uk dot asus dot com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/AMD_970SB950]

Why have Asus done this? It's a question of power requirement through the motherboard. The USB 3.0 standard demands 0.9 watt per port whereas the USB 2.0 standard is 0.5 watt per port. (...and it's all about to change again) To go for a front panel USB 3.0 header means that an extra heatsink is required to help cool the board down. This heatsink (on the power phase control) happens to be right alongside a big case fan in an Antec Three Hundred Two so not an issue. Do check your case and front panel before deciding which board to buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dask on 16 Sept. 2014
Nice board however not compatible with some PCI devices like Sound Blaster Audigy sound cards. In my case the motherboard hangs if I connect it to second PCI. Thought it was the BIOS however same thing happens after update. Another weird thing is that my monitor switches from digital to analog few times before it decides which one is correct - I think this is caused by motherboard compatibility with GeForce 440 GT. Both Audigy and GPU work perfectly fine with my old MSI board. From the other hand both cards are quite old so maybe this is the reason however nobody tells you such things so always better google it first :)
Another thing worth to mention is that native BIOS update software can't connect to the update server so no joy here either.
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