Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX Socket AM3+ Motherboard with USB 3.0

Asus M5A97 R2.0, AMD 970, S AM3+, DDR3, PCIe 2.0 (x16), Quad CrossFireX, GbE, Optical S/PDIF, USB 3.0, ATX

Scan code: LN40540 Manufacturer code: 90-MIBJK0-G0EAY0MZ Request call
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Product Overview Dual Intelligent Processors
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.

TPU - The Ultimate Turbo Processor
Unleash your performance with ASUS' AI Suite II utility. The TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Auto Tuning and TurboV functions. Auto Tuning offers a user friendly way to automatically optimize the system for fast, yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables unlimited freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in diverse situations.

EPU - Energy Efficiency All Around
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!

ASUS Exclusive Features - Remote GO! - One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment
Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs wirelessly together through an existing LAN cable and router setup. It allows users to stream multimedia content from PC to DLNA devices, access their computer anywhere using their mobile device at home, while also allowing easy file transfers between your computer and mobile device. It provides seamless environment for a futuristic connected lifestyle with three useful functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop and File Transfer.

• DLNA Media Hub: Enjoy HD video, music and photos stored in the PC streaming to your DLNA devices via Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even control the PC to play multimedia on a TV with a tablet. It’s the perfect match for creating your own home theater!
• Remote Desktop: Operate and control your PC in real-time from a smartphone or tablet for complete comfort. This function brings notebook-like convenience, by creating a virtual remote desktop, offering portable access to your data in desktop with a smartphone or tablet.
• File Transfer: Send and share files between your PC and smart devices* with only a right click on the mouse.
*iPad/iPhone can send, but not receive files from the PC

Set up Your Home PC with Remote GO!
1.Wi-Fi environment setup - use an existing LAN cable and router setup to connect PC and smart devices on the same home network
2.Install Remote GO! software on your PC
3.Download Wi-Fi GO! Remote to your smart devices (Supported Systems: iOS 4.0 or later & Android 2.3 or later)
4.Setup complete - get three useful free apps with ASUS Remote GO!

USB 3.0 Boost - Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
• World’s 1st USB 3.0 UASP Support – 170% faster instantly
• Complete USB 3.0 Solution – Performance boost for most USB devices
• Simple Plug & Boost – Auto detection design ensures best performance always

USB BIOS Flashback - Easy, Worry-free USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way to flash the BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try new UEFI BIOS versions easily, without even entering their existing BIOS or operating system. It even works without key components such as the CPU and memory installed. Just plug in any USB storage and push the dedicated button for 3 seconds. The UEFI BIOS is automatically flashed using ATX standby power. Worry-free updating for the ultimate convenience!

DirectKey - A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly
Designed for users requiring frequent BIOS access, you can easily enter the BIOS automatically when the PC is on standby power with a press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up from having to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at its best!

Network iControl - Real-time Network Bandwidth Control
With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center.

ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.

ASUS Exclusive Interface
EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.

New Upgrade! Quick and Easy Info for Enhanced System Control
• F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI setup info and troubleshooting
• New F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
• ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) Information for accessing memory info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations

Latest Transfer Technology - Complete USB 3.0 Integration
Double USB Access, Double Convenience
ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel - 4 USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. This motherboard affords greater convenience to high speed connectivity.

SATA 6Gb/s Support
AMD® SB950 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

CPU, Chipset and Graphics features - AMD® Socket AM3+ for AMD® FX Series CPU up to 8-core
AMD® FX™-Series/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors (socket AM3+/AM3)
M5A97 R2.0 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 1866 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.

AMD® 970 Chipset
AMD® 970 Chipset is designed to support up to 4800MT HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD®’s latest AM3+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.

Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!
Flexible Multi-GPU Solutions, Your Weapon of Choice!
AMD's CrossFireX™ boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolution to get high quality images. CrossFireX™ allows higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading and texture settings. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with the 3D settings, and check the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered previews within AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center.

Rich Software Bundled
ASUS CPU-Z - Whole New Design of CPU-Z
ASUS CPU-Z is a customized ASUS version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of ASUS CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness.

RoHS - GreenASUS and ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts. Features • Dual Intelligent Processors - TPU + EPU.
• Remote GO! - One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment.
• USB 3.0 Boost - Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP.
• Network iControl - Real-time Network Bandwidth Control.
• DirectKey - A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly.
• USB BIOS Flashback - Easy, Worry-free USB BIOS Flashback with Hardware-based Design.
• UEFI BIOS - Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface.
Core Specifications
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket AM3+
Chipset AMD 970
RAM Memory Support
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Channel Dual (2)
Memory Type (ECC) ECC/Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) UDIMM (Unbuffered)
Memory Speed (Mhz)
  • DDR3 - 1066
  • DDR3 - 1333
  • DDR3 - 1600
  • DDR3 - 1866
  • DDR3 - 2133(OC)
Max. Memory Capacity 32GB
Graphics Support
Primary GPU Interface PCIe 2.0 (x16)
SLI Support N/A
Crossfire Support 2-Way CrossFire
On-Board Graphics Connectors None
Internal Connectivity
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI (32 bit)
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)
SATA Support SATA3
RAID Support via SATA
Storage Mode Support  
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24-pin (Power)
  • 4 x 4-pin Fan
  • 1 x 8-pin (Power)
  • 1 x Front Panel Audio Header
  • 1 x MemOK! Button
  • 6 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x Serial (COM) Header
  • 1 x SPDIF-Out Header
  • 1 x System panel connector
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Header
External Connectivity
Network Interface Type  
Network Chip/Modules  
Rear I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 1 x 7.1 Audio I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical)
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
Other Motherboard Specifications
Water Cooled No
QPI Speed 4.8 GT/s

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Manufacturer Contact Details
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Asus M5A97 R2.0, AMD 970, S AM3+, DDR3, PCIe 2.0 (x16), Quad CrossFireX, GbE, Optical S/PDIF, USB 3.0, ATX is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boards great but it does support the processor but not like they say I had to make a northbridge fan instantly on day 1 Boards great but it does support the processor but not like they say I had to make a northbridge fan instantly on day 1 to stop it throttling the cpu works good after but not ideal as at some point I'm gona have issues with it look for a better board if u buy the 8350 black
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great and looks great The heat sinks look really cool especially if you're going for blue LEDs! The CPU fan bracket was easy to replace, the 'memok!' function was useful for detecting RAM problems. All in all it was easy to install, fits all the components and looks awesome! Also it has a GREAT stock BIOS.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great board Excellent Budget board, lots of overclocking features, and mine came with the latest BIOS installed. 2501
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Audio not working correctly In general the motherboard is doing its job. But I have a problem with the audio. I connect the microphone and the headphones to the front panel of my case, and the microphone is picking up whatever I listening in my headphones. A lot of people is saying that is due to some missconfigured options, drivers.. etc. It's not that, it's hardware, the channels are not well isolated or something. I was hoping the problem was the front pannel of my case, but after I bought other front pannel (for fan control) which has also audio i/o I tested it with the new pannel and the problem persisted... To be fair, I have to say that is not the end of the world. If you connect your headphones in the front and the microphone in the back, you should be fine. If your microphone is included in a webcam and connected by USB, you should be fine as well.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good spec Very good mobo for the price,some very nice features and easy to set up,
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap board, but very good. A very cheap motherboard, perfect for anyone building a rig on a budget. It can accommodate the FX CPUs without an update to the BIOS. It also looks fairly pretty with the nice blue and black theme. I recommend you build out of the case with this board, especially if you have a large air cooler. The header for CPU fan is at the top center of the board between two other fan headers, can be quite tricky to get them all in properly. Also, not sure if the board or the CPU is at blame, I don't use AMD very often, but the CPU temperatures report very incorrectly in software like CoreTemp or AIDA64.
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No complaints Purchased this for a budget build and it works brilliant, no need for a bios update to support the FX cpu's either, it also seems pretty well laid out as you would expect. And a pretty decent overclocker running a fx 6300 at 4.5ghz rock solid all within decent temps under load.
Date published: 2013-10-02
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Questions & Answers

Which is the best ram for this board ive heard its very picky

Asked by: Alex1888
I'm not sure but I am using Corsair Vengance DDR3 1866 and its great.
Answered by: mikeywat1
Date published: 2015-07-17

AMD FX-4100

Dies this come with BIOS ready for AMD FX-4100
Asked by: Brendan
Yes mine came with BIOS 2501 and I am using AMD FX-8320
Answered by: mikeywat1
Date published: 2015-07-17

Will this overheat with an 8 core?

If i go for the FX 8320 it will be paired with this motherboard. However i was reading up on the msi 970 gaming and found out it overheats. Does this motherboard overheat? and will it be able to overclock slightly with the 8320
Asked by: iMZee
Hello, We cannot guarantee any temperatures as it largely depends on too many variables which will vary from system to system, we are also unable to support overclock's as it varies depending on system to system. Thanks,
Answered by: LizN
Date published: 2016-07-28

Will Crucial Ballistix ram work with this board?

Hi I have 8gb kit 2 - 4GB Ballistix PC3 - 12800 CL9 1.5v Will this work on this board? Thanks.
Asked by: LordOfKent
Hello, As long as the ram you have listed is DDR3 then yes it is compatible Thanks,
Answered by: LizN
Date published: 2015-10-17

Can I use Radeon 390x 8 GB videocard with this motherboard?

Asked by: Reanima
Hello, Yes you would be able to use this card in this motherboard. Thanks,
Answered by: LizN
Date published: 2015-12-27
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Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX Socket AM3+ Motherboard with USB 3.0
Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX Socket AM3+ Motherboard with USB 3.0