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.
The Ultimate Turbo Processor Unleash your performance with ASUS' simple onboard switch or 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.
Energy Efficiency All Around Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or 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!
Auto System Level Up Achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results automatically with Auto Tuning! With built-in stability testing, Auto Tuning allows beginners to easily upgrade their CPU performance at no extra cost.
ASUS Exclusive Features
UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode)
Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface 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.
Exclusive ASUS Interface
EZ Mode - gives easy access to selectable, optimized system modes, clear system info display and drag and drop boot prioritizing
Advanced Mode - for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand intricate system settings
AI Suite II
One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed, voltage, and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
Latest Transfer Technology
SATA 6Gb/s Support
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.
USB 3.0 support
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8 Gb/s with USB 3.0–the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
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 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.
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.
Flexible Multi-GPU solutions, Your Weapon of Choice! ATI'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 ATI Catalyst™ Control Center.
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.
M5A97 Product Overview
Other ASUS Features
Adjust system performance parameters with just a few clicks away.
Quickly ensures memory boot compatibility.
All Solid Capacitor
Uses 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors.
- by David_W @Aug 23, 2011
AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU Supports CPU up to 140 W AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 Hz 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.
Up to 4.8 GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
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
AMD SB950 controller : 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Realtek® 8111E , 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Realtek® ALC 887 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
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : 2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue) AMD SB950 controller : 12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)
Overclocking Protection : - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
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 : - MemOK! - AI Suite II - Ai Charger+ - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution : - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution - ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS EZ DIY : - 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 3.0 6 x USB 2.0 1 x Optical S/PDIF out 6 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) 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin) 1 x Power Fan connector(s) (1 x 3 -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 MemOK! button(s) 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
User's manual I/O Shield 2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
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
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Drivers ASUS Utilities ASUS update Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9 inch ( 30.5 cm x 22.9 cm )
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It does the trick. This was an upgrade from an older AM2 board. I like that there are lots of SATA ports, and that they are placed better than my previous board. (on my previous board, they were right where the GPU will cover them) I really like the UEFI BIOS as opposed to the older ones, too. It's very handy to be able to use your mouse while changing settings.
This was my first mobo for my first build and it worked right away no problems. There was no hassle installing board or it's components. I recommend this for any budget builder or first time builder.
Great motherboard, only problems being that the motherboard beep is annoying and loud in comparison to other asus boards and that the size of the board is awkward. The edge with the ATX power plug sits halfway between the mounts on my case so pushing plugs into it feels like you're flexing the board a lot.
An AM3+ mobo with CrossFireX capability for ~$89 was and still is an incredible deal. TurboV EVO and AI Suite II are quite elegant and rich. Beware that there are no PATA interfaces on this board if you still have to use it for that an optical drive. No issues with performance as expected.
Great mobo for a very good price if you're on a tight budget (and aren't we all!). Bought it together with AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Quad Core Processor 3.6GHZ and Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD. This all combined runs super stable and very quick!
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