Asus M5A97 PRO Motherboard (Socket AM3+, DDR3, ATX, Auto Tuning - Auto System Level Up)
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The motherboard was well packaged and came with a nice set of features, offering plenty of expansion and overclocking potential. The nice user-friendly BIOS layout is a nice addition, and the diagnostics LED's and MemOK memory diagnostic button on the board are quite useful for solving issues. The motherboard has good support for DDR3 RAM, and the compatibility with both AM3 Phenom ii and AM3+ FX CPU's is also a nice addition.
The hardware which I am currently running on this board are as follows:
Phenom ii X4 955 @ 4GHz
16Gb's Corsair Vengeance RAM
Asus AMD Radeon 6850
2x 500Gb HDD
1X 1TB WD Caviar Green HDD
generic DVD and Blu-ray drives
Overall, the board has performed well so far and should see me through to my next upgrade when I do eventually decide to put an FX in my system.
Only issue I have found with the motherboard is that the second PCI-E slot apparently only runs in x8 mode, so be aware if you want to run SLi or Crossfire on this board. Also be aware that the motherboard only supports SATA drives and has no support for IDE drives without the use of an adapter.
Bulldozer FX 6100 socket 6 core processor 3.30GHZ 3.90 Turbo
Corsair 8GB 1600MHZ DDR3 Vengence Memory (2 module kit)
AMD Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Card (Had to replace my 2 NVIDEA 1GB cards) :(
1 Kingston SSD (System Disk)
and 3 Sata II Disk Drives
Corsair liquid cooled H70 cooling system
This has all fitted into a Coolmaster case :)
All in all a nice setup which gives me a 'Windows Experience' index of 7.3
Being experienced in upgrading PCs I had no issue with the installation. But buyers beware of 2 things. Does your case allow you to fit a FULL ATX board and does your Power supply meet the requirements?
BIOs is easy to setup offering both the quick easy setup and Advanced modes.
I made some major changes to my original configuration so my original hard disk with Windows 7 would not boot up. This was to be expected and accepted by me. So an evening of reinstalling everything was in order.
All in all a very nice Motherboard with enough slots to meet my needs.
Just because I want to boast ...
AMD Quad Core Processor
4Gb ddr3 RAM
EVGA Overclocked Nvidia Geforce 460
2Tb Seagate hard drive
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used this motherboard for my first build as I know that Asus are the Intel of motherboards.
It came well packaged in the official Asus box inside an Anti-static bag... Read more
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I love this motherboard, so easy to install and set up. I wish it came with 19 pin header for usb 3 though. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2012 by G & C
this is the motherboard i used for my very first pc build, i have to say i am thrilled with it. no problems at all, the secondary power input uses EATX 8 pin 12v, now while most... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by Outrunn
I have nothing bad to say about this motherboard. it's a really good motherboard, just be aware that it has an 8 pin EPS 12v and most of the power supplies come with a 6 pin EPS... Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2012 by ticu
I have been using this motherboard for 2 months (bought from e-buyer) with the following problems:
1) It occasionally show me a blue screen. Read more
Just what I needed great motherboard processor am3+ so easily upgradaable for the new amd processors, 32gb ram more than enough and crossfire, Recommend to anyone as a great entry... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2012 by Bob..Amazon Customer