ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard

Introduction

The ASUS M5A97 R2.0 is an entry-level motherboard for AMD socket AM3+ processors. It uses the AMD 970 chipset, which is a simpler version of the AMD 990FX. Let’s take a look at it!

The main difference between the AMD 970 chipset and the high-end AMD 990FX is the multi-graphics support. While the 990FX supports two x16 slots (or four x8 slots) and SLI/CrossFireX arrays, the AMD 970 supports only one PCI Express x16 slot (plus one x4 slot) only in CrossFireX configuration.

So far, ASUS has launched three different motherboard models based on the AMD 970 chipset; we list the differences between them in the table below. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article.

Specification

M5A97 LE R2.0

M5A97 R2.0

M5A97 EVO

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

PCI Express x16 2.0

2 (x16/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

PCI Express x1 2.0

2

2

2

Standard PCI

2

2

2

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

No

No

No

SATA-300

0

0

0

SATA-600

8

6

6

eSATA-300

0

0

2

eSATA-600

0

0

0

USB 2.0

12

12

14

USB 3.0

2

4

4

FireWire

0

0

0

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1

1

Audio

ALC887

ALC887

ALC892

Voltage Regulator

4+2

4+2

6+2

Price

USD 90

USD 100

NA

You can see the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard in Figure 1.

ASUS M5A97 R2.0Figure 1: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard

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Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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