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ASUS M5A97 Plus

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AMD AM3+, AMD 970/SB950, 4x DIMM, 6x SATA3 6Gb/s, RAID 0/1/5/10, CrossFireX, PCIe/PCI, Gigabit Ethernet, UEFI BIOS, ATX

Manufacturer : Asus


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Instant OS Login
ASUS has released new hardware and software designs to shorten system boot-up time to 2-seconds for a smoother user experience that removes annoying delays under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Faster system boot and restart means Windows starts quicker and higher efficiency - No more waiting around.

Multi-startup Options
Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PCs startup process. You can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on.

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

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.

Customizable speeds with independent fan control
Hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert+ allows users to independently adjust both CPU and case fan speeds with multiple dedicated controllers based on different ambient temperatures, climate conditions and system loads. Built-in profiles offer flexible automatic and manual fan speed controls to achieve a quiet and cool computing environment.

100% All High-quality Solid Capacitors
ASUS high-quality solid capacitors assure a 5,000 hours lifespan – equivalent to 2.5 times longer than traditional capacitors. All capacitors pass testing under temperatures as high as 105 degree and meet Japanese Industrial Standards to provide excellent durability and enhanced thermal capacity.

Extra Durable Stainless Steel Back I/O
ASUS Motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance the anti-corrosion properties . That’s why ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels.

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.

AMD® FX™-Series/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors (socket AM3+/AM3)
M5A97 LE 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 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.

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.

Additional Information

EAN 0848467024791
Number of memory slots4
Memory slots typeDIMM
Supported memory typesDDR3-SDRAM
Memory channelsDual
Supported memory clock speeds1066,1333,1600,1866,2133 MHz
Maximum internal memory32 GB
Unbuffered memoryYes
Compatible processor seriesAthlon II, Phenom FX, Phenom II Dual-Core Mobile, Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile, Phenom II Triple-Core Mobile, Phenom II X2, Phenom II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X6, Phenom II X8, Sempron
System bus rate4.8 GT/s
Maximum number of SMP processors1
Processor socketSocket AM3+
Processor familyAMD
Internal I/O
USB 2.0 connectors3
Supported hard disk drive interfacesSerial ATA III
S/PDIF out connectorYes
Power fan connectorYes
Peripheral (Molex) power connectors (4-pin)1
Number of SATA connectors6
Number of SATA III connectors6
Number of EATX power connectors1
Number of COM connectors1
Number of chassis fan connectors2
Front panel audio connectorYes
CPU fan connectorYes
ATX Power connector (24-pin)Yes
Back panel I/O ports
USB 2.0 ports quantity8
PS/2 ports quantity2
Microphone inYes
Headphone outputs1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports1
Technical details
Motherboard chipset familyAMD
Motherboard chipsetAMD 970
Supported hard disk drive interfacesSerial ATA III
Parallel processing technology supportQuad-GPU CrossFireX
Overclocking featuresASUS C.P.R.
Motherboard southbridgeAMD SB950
Motherboard form factorATX
Component forPC
Audio systemHD Audio
Audio output channels7.1
Ethernet LANYes
LAN controllerRealtek 8111F
Ethernet interface typeGigabit
Motherboard chipset familyAMD
Motherboard chipsetAMD 970
RAID levels0, 1, 5, 10
Overclocking featuresASUS C.P.R.
Motherboard southbridgeAMD SB950
Audio systemHD Audio
Audio output channels7.1
Motherboard form factorATX
Component forPC
Parallel processing technology supportQuad-GPU CrossFireX
Expansion slots
PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots2
PCI Express x16 (Gen 2.x) slots1
PCI slots3
Clear CMOS jumperYes
BIOS memory size4 MB
ACPI version2.0a
Storage controllers
RAID levels0, 1, 5, 10
Drivers includedYes
Weight & dimensions
Width305 mm
Depth216 mm
Packaging content
Drivers includedYes
Cables includedSATA
Manufacturer Asus
PDF Url No

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