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3.0 out of 5 stars First Time Builders - BEWARE!, 6 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)
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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Initial post: 7 Jun 2013 14:04:21 BDT
Kj Garland says:
can you tell me how many standoffs do you need for this motherboard?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2013 19:14:11 BDT
David Nisbet says:
You need six. They normally come with the case and not the motherboard. Great motherboard for the money!

Posted on 19 Jun 2013 17:55:11 BDT
how big is it in cm

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2013 13:52:39 BDT
Hi Jeremy, it's an ATX board (30.5 cm x 22.9 cm), so you'd need a full-size ATX case to put it in.

Posted on 25 Jun 2013 17:25:18 BDT
Matthew says:
Standoffs are included in the case. Not with the motherboard.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 12:57:18 BDT
OK, I'll edit the review to take that out.

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 21:05:02 BDT
my case came with a speaker and that seemed to work fine, it was my impression that the speakers comes with the case or is part of the case not the speaker being directly attatched to the motherboard.

Posted on 17 Jun 2014 19:48:38 BDT
hammy says:
hey, i noticed in your review you said depending on the serial number you might have to update the bios before running some processors on it. is it possible to do this without having to put a different, supported cpu in there. i mean if the cpu wasn't supported in it, would it still at least switch on and let us update the bios so the cpu is supported... or would it HAVE to have an older am3+ cpu in it to perform the update? ive got spare computers & usbs i can download the bios onto.

thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2014 13:29:06 BDT
Hi there. The motherboard speaker I was referring to is a little peanut-sized thing that plugs directly into the motherboard, and provides only beep sounds (used for troubleshooting bootup problems). It normally comes with the motherboard, but not this one.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2014 13:57:06 BDT
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