ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 Review & Specs

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 ATX

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 ATX

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  • ASUS Exclusive Design consists of the EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), guaranteeing superior performance for every task, bringing users an unbeatable experience
  • Network iControl Gives user real-time bandwidth allocation control to insure efficient bandwidth usage
  • DirectKey Easy access BIOS when PC is on standby with the push of a button
  • Windows 8 Ready Meets strict hardware requirements for Windows 8 support
  • USB 3.0 Boost Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP, with increased transmission speed of up to 170%

Specifications Overview

Model M5A97 LE R2.0
Release Date October 2012

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Socket AM3+
Form factor ATX
Chipset AMD 970
Supported Memory DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2133Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** RAM support may also depend on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC887
Audio Channels 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111F
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Wireless LAN
PCI-Express x16 Slots 2
PCI-Express x4 Slots 0
PCI-Express x1 Slots 2
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB
Onboard USB 2.0 3
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1 0
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2 0

  • CPU

    AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors 
    Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU
    Supports CPU up to 8 cores
    Supports CPU up to 140 W
    AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology

  • Chipset

    AMD 970/SB950

  • Memory

    4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    * Refer to www.asus.com 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.

  • System Bus

    Up to 4.8 GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0

  • Multi-GPU Support

    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

  • Expansion Slots

    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) 
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) 
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 
    2 x PCI

  • Storage

    AMD SB950 controller : 
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

  • LAN

    Realtek® 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

  • Audio

    Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC *1
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    Audio Feature :
    - ASUS Noise Filter
    - Optical S/PDIF out header(s) at mid-board

  • USB Ports

    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : 
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
    AMD SB950 controller : 
    12 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (6 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)

  • ROG Exclusive Features

    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

  • Special Features

    ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors - TPU & EPU :
    ASUS TPU :
    - Auto Tuning
    - TurboV
    ASUS EPU :
    - EPU 
    ASUS Power Design :
    - 4 +2 Phase Power Design
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - AI Suite II
    - Ai Charger+
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface 
    - Network iControl
    - USB 3.0 Boost
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - Precision Tweaker 2
    - ASUS O.C. Profile
    - ASUS EZ Flash 2 
    - ASUS MyLogo 2 
    - Multi-language BIOS
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Slot

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
    1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 
    6 x USB 2.0 
    3 x Audio jack(s)

  • Internal I/O Ports

    3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
    3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x System panel(s) 
    1 x Chassis Intrusion connector(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    I/O Shield
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

  • BIOS

    64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information

  • Manageability

    WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

  • Support Disc

    Drivers
    ASUS Utilities
    ASUS Update 
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)

  • Form Factor

    ATX Form Factor 
    12 inch x 9 inch ( 30.5 cm x 22.9 cm )

  • Note

    *1: Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support an 8-channel audio output.


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