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Motherboard

Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

(151 Ratings, 4.5 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Asus

Part #

M5A97 R2.0

Manufacturer

Asus

Socket / CPU

AM3+

Form Factor

ATX

RAM Slots

4

Max RAM

32 GB

Color

Black / Blue

Chipset

AMD 970

Memory Type

DDR3

Memory Slots

4

Memory Speed

  • DDR3-1066
  • DDR3-1333
  • DDR3-1600
  • DDR3-1866
  • DDR3-2133

SLI/CrossFire

CrossFire Capable

PCI-E x16 Slots

2

PCI-E x8 Slots

0

PCI-E x4 Slots

0

PCI-E x1 Slots

2

PCI Slots

2

Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

SATA 6 Gb/s

6

M.2 Slots

0

mSATA Slots

0

Onboard Video

No

Onboard USB3.0 Headers

Yes

Supports ECC

No

Wireless Networking

None

RAID Support

Yes

Price History

    Reviews

    roawh
    • 46 points
    • 57 months ago

    Practically no issues with this board since I got it. I would recommend stepping up to this or the Gigabyte 970 board at a minimum for the FX chips- better cooling design is important here. Between these two mid-range 970 boards, they trade blows. This one had all the features I need and worked well right out of the box.

    Jim719
    • 27 points
    • 4 months ago

    from completed build EQ Next Gen

    For being a budget AM3+platform board it has worked flawlessly for me in last 7 years. It has great appeal for gaming and home theater builds with options for both. Remote Go, Turbo, etc.. if you prefer to plug and play and have system do the tricks this is the board.

    MasterSniper3731
    • 23 points
    • 57 months ago

    Good motherboard for the price, my only issues are that the I/O shield was a nuisance and that the width is only 9 inches, so it doesn't reach the third set of mounts.

    JRTheus
    • 23 points
    • 29 months ago

    from completed build First Budget PC Build

    Solid MOBO that was easy to work with for a first time builder. BIOS was easy enough to navigate and has all the features I wanted.

    jbc388
    • 18 points
    • 42 months ago

    from completed build Big Bertha

    Great overclocker. Got it and had to RMA it because it wouldn't turn on though. (I got it on eBay (It did have a warranty!!!))

    Extrodius
    • 17 points
    • 57 months ago

    from completed build Extrodius Level 4

    This motherboard works great. I stuck with Asus because I know they make quality products because my Asus laptop has ran perfectly for over 2 years. The MoBo comes with lots of great features like WiFi go, Fan Xpert, and easy overclocking. The board seems like a quality gaming board that I would definitely recommend.

    kwriley87
    • 14 points
    • 54 months ago

    Nice little motherboard. As I mentioned in my CPU blurb above, I wasn't trying to spend a ton of money on a motherboard and CPU as I plan to upgrade when the next gen processors arrive and this was a great buy at $68. Supports hardware RAID, SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0, supports overclocking, and supports up to 32GB of memory.

    nwhessel
    • 13 points
    • 58 months ago

    from completed build My First Build

    Good mobo for the price. One star off because of it's lack of onboard wifi and it's integrated sound dying on me. These forced me to get seperate cards for each of these which took up pci lanes and restricted airflow to my gpu.

    Dam5968
    • 13 points
    • 53 months ago

    from completed build Nephew Mario "black and blue"

    Decent board, easy bios to learn on for a first time PC gamer

    Garrett_10
    • 13 points
    • 52 months ago

    from completed build The Charger ~ <800$ First Build

    To be honest I just really liked the blue. Only has 3 case fan headers and I have 4 case fans so one of them is out of commission for the time being until I get a splitter.

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