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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 11 Jun 2013
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This review is from: 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+) (Personal Computers)
Supports all AM2+/AM3/AM3+ CPUs

Has all the top end features such as SATA6 and USB3...

But where is the internal USB3.0 header??! Come on ASUS I know it's a cheap board but surely you could have made the south bridge heat sink that little bit bigger to support the extra power demand for USB3.

Ah oh well.

It has:
6x USB 2.0 + 6x USB 2.0 from internal headers
2x USB 3.0 (It's an ASMedia- likely faster than the SB950 one)
Gigabit Ethernet (It's a Realtek)
4+2 Phase VRM
4x DDR3 Memory slots
6x SATA 3 6gb/s
2x PCIe x16 (the black one runs at x4 electrical)
2x PCIe x1
2x PCI Legacy
HD Audio (It's a Realtek)
3x 4 Pin Case fan header
1x 4 Pin CPU fan header

So for £55 you get a lot of board, just a shame they chose to skimp on some places. (For example the Audio and USB).

I'd get this board over the other popular budget AM3+ boards such as the M5A78L-M/USB3 and the GA-78LMT/USB3 because of the much newer chipsets used.

You will need a separate discrete graphics card with this board as on-board video is not provided on 9 series chipsets.
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