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Asus - M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

( 4.5 Average / 151 Ratings )




Part #

M5A97 R2.0


Black / Blue

Form Factor


CPU Socket



AMD 970

Memory Slots

4 x 240-pin DIMM

Memory Type

DDR3-1066 / 1333 / 1600 / 1866 / 2133

Maximum Supported Memory

32 GB

RAID Support


Onboard Video


CrossFire Support


SLI Support


SATA 6 Gb/s


Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

Onboard USB 3.0 Header(s)


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Price History (Excluding Tax) History:


nwhessel 13 points 50 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.

MasterSniper3731 23 points 49 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.

Extrodius 17 points 49 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.

Dam5968 11 points 49 months ago

Decent, no complaints Asus board highly rated. However, not the best for OCing and I wish I would have gone with the 990 socket and thought more about overclocking. Then again when we built this I had no idea about OCing we have learned a lot.

roawh 45 points 49 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.

Czar 8 points 49 months ago

Could not install win 7 and not a fan of the blue heat sinks

Darkwolf56790 8 points 48 months ago
from completed build First Gaming RIG (First build)

The motherboard is really good. I will upgrade when I get the money, but until then this motherboard is good

kwriley87 14 points 46 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.

Dam5968 13 points 46 months ago
from completed build Nephew Mario "black and blue"

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

DSA_Echo_ 12 points 45 months ago
from completed build Nightmare

Paid about $85 for it and I would've just bought the LE variant of it because I don't overclock and use all of it's features. But I like it a lot and don't regret the buy. The Bios is great and not so great, but I don't need the not so great part of it very much.