ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Review & Specifications

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Socket AM3+ AMD 970 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0

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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
Remote GO! One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment

Specs Overview

Model M5A97 R2.0
Release Date May 2012
Socket AM3+
Form factor ATX
Chipset AMD 970
Supported Memory DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2133Mhz
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 0
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB

Pros

  • UEFI BIOS
  • Good overclocking capabilities

Cons

  • Mediocre audio controller

Score Pangoly

85

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  • 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 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
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    Audio Feature :
    - ASUS Noise Filter
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

  • USB Ports

    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
    4 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    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 :
    - Remote GO!
    - USB BIOS Flashback
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite II
    - Ai Charger+
    - Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
    - 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 :
    - DirectKey
    - Precision Tweaker 2
    - ASUS O.C. Profile
    - ASUS EZ Flash 2
    - ASUS MyLogo 2
    - Multi-language BIOS
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Slot

  • Operating System Support

    Windows® 8.1
    Windows® 8
    Windows® 7
    Windows® Vista
    Windows® XP

  • 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 3.0
    6 x USB 2.0
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    6 x Audio jack(s)

  • Internal I/O Ports

    1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x TPM connector(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 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x System panel(s)
    1 x DirectKey Button(s)
    1 x DRCT header(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback button(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 )

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