Asus M5A97 R2.0 AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

M5A97 R2.0 AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

  • AMD 970 Chipset
  • x4 DDR3
  • x2 PCI-E x16
  • x2 PCI-E x1
  • x2 PCI
  • x6 SATA 6GB/s
  • x1 Gigabit LAN
  • x2 USB 3.0
  • x14 USB 2.0
  • Realtek 7.1 Audio
  • Xfire Support
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Stock Code: MB-501-AS

EAN: 4719543188514


Manufacturer: Asus

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M5A97 R2.0 AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

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.

Exclusive to ASUS motherboards, its UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the first ever mouse-controlled graphical BIOS interface designed with dual selectable modes. It delivers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient input with quick scrolling. Users can easily navigate the UEFI BIOS with the smoothness of their operating system. Quick and simple overclocking and setup sharing is facilitated by the F12 hotkey BIOS snapshot feature. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the Advanced Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system control, including detailed DRAM information.

AMD® SB950 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

M5A97 supports AMD® AM3+/AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 4800MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.


CPU Support AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU
Supports CPU up to 140W
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
Chipset AMD 970/SB950
Memory 4x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
* Refer to or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
* Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.
* Due to CPU spec., AMD 100 series CPUs support up to DDR3 1066MHz. With ASUS design, this motherboard can support up to DDR3 1333MHz.
Multi-GPU Support Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue)
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
2x PCIe 2.0 x1
2x PCI
Storage AMD SB950 controller:
- 6x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), grey
- Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Networking Realtek® 8111E:
1x Gigabit LAN Controller
Audio Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports Jack-detection, Multi-streaming and Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature:
- ASUS Noise Filter
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
USB ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller:
- 2x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
AMD SB950 controller:
- 12x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)
Special Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors - TPU & EPU:
- Auto Tuning
- TurboV
ASUS Power Design:
- 4 +2 Phase Power Design
ASUS Exclusive Features:
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- USB 3.0 Boost ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
ASUS Q-Design:
- ASUS Q-Slot
Rear I/O 1x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
1x PS/2 mouse (green)
1x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2x USB 3.0
6x USB 2.0
1x Optical S/PDIF out
6x Audio jack(s)
Internal I/O 3x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
1x COM port(s) connector(s)
6x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
2x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin)
1x Power Fan connector(s) (1 x 3 -pin)
1x S/PDIF out header(s)
1x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1x System panel(s)
1x MemOK! button(s)
1x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
BIOS 32 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2
Dimension ATX Form Factor, 12 inch x 9 inch (30.5cm x 22.9 cm)

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Running My fx 8320 @ 4.2 GHZ Multipyer only @ 1.412 v , the board runs nice and cool although at extreme loads ( synthetic ) the board starts a sound which can only be described as coil wine . not a massive problem and is still very faint ( head to side of the case sort of thing ). & is not a known issue on forums . but does not affect performance one bit. handles well with 4 x banks 4GB @ 1866 9-10-9-28 ... VRM's stay cool.... have had no issues & never needed to flash the bios ( revison 1 ) . UEFI bios is a treat to use and makes digesting ifomation for overclocking that much easier. it does auto tune a stable overclock automaticly if you want an overclock but dont know how to go about it . but the Voltage is always higher to get stability then if tried manually. reached a 3.9 overclock on 1.430 volts for automatic . but the board is capable of so much more and it seems the board overclocks for complete stability over stability and a decent overclock and power consumtion. !
was thinking about moving to a 990fx but to be honet havnt seen the need to and im a serious power user


Rev 2.0 Arrived

Decided to update my 3 year old system from a AMD 955 based system with an ASUS M3A motherboard to this with an AMD 8350.

You may wonder why I didnt go the Intel route - cost.
This board, 16GB RAM, AMD 7850, USB 3 card reader & 8350 CPU for less than

mark20040 2013-03-23

Great board

Have had this board for a few months.Updated my bios off flash drive no problems,Installed OS on a Raid0 set up(2x120gb SSDs)runs sweet.To the previous poster ART>This board DOES Crossfire !

stu 2013-02-23

Does the job

Got this one today, item actually arrived as M5A97 R2.0 build, however if you are planning on using this with Vishera (Piledriver) CPU, you will still need to flash to the newer BIOS version as shown here
ASUS conveniently allows you to flash from USB stick without even booting up the PC, so even if you don't have an older AMD CPU handy, you should be good.
Another thing to remember is 970 chipset has only one x16 PCI-E slot, so if you are planning on SLI/Crossfire setup, you need to go for 990X/990FX board instead.
I have single video card setup, managed to get mine FX-8 8320 to 4GHz just on multiplier without much hassle. Overall, happy with the board so far. Good value for money.

Art 2013-01-27


Bought this to go with my FX-8120 CPU.
Installation was easy and it runs like a dream.
Excellent service from Overclockers.
Ordered it on Saturday and had it waiting for me on Monday.

Lewis 2012-02-14

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