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ASUS AM3+ ATX M5A97-EVO-R2 Motherboard, BONUS Steelseries Mouse Pad!

Web ID: 10980

AMD Socket AM3+, AMD 970/SB950 Chipset, Dual Channel DDR3, 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 and 4x), 2 x PCIe x1, 1 x PCI, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s, Gigabit LAN, 4 x USB 3.0 (2 at back panel and 2 via internal header), 14 x USB 2.0 (8 at back panel and 6 via internal header), 2 x IEEE Firewire 1934a (1 at back panel and 1 via internal header), 7.1 Channel HD Audio with Optical Out, ATX Form Factor, BONUS SteelSeries 63004 QcK Gaming Mouse Pad PN 63004
Manufacturer PN: M5A97-EVO-R2
GTIN: 610839188536
Warranty: 3 Year
Manufacturer Website


Windows 8 Exclusive Features

Fast Boot

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.

Windows 8 Experience
ASUS Boot Setting

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.


A Dedicated Button to Access the BIOS Directly
Designed for those requiring frequent BIOS access, users can easily enter the BIOS automatically when the PC is on standby power with the simple 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!

Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control

Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control
The world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered twin onboard chips - TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) and EPU (Energy Processing Unit). Third generation Dual Intelligent Processors with New DIGI+ Power Control provides a total CPU, memory and SMART DIGI+ Key profile tuning digital power solution, which includes two digital voltage controllers allowing ultra-precise DRAM tuning in addition to ultra-precise CPU voltage control - a first on the AMD platform. It's upgraded with one-click extreme performance optimization with the user-friendly AI Suite II utility. This evolution of innovative and industry-leading ASUS technology provides super-accurate voltage tuning for better efficiency, stability and performance.

New DIGI+ Power Control

All-New Digital Power Control for both CPU and DRAM
The New DIGI+ Power Control design with two digital voltage controllers upgrades motherboard power delivery to an overall solution on AMD AM3+ motherboards, including all-new DRAM controllers that offers ultra-precise memory tuning in addition to ultra-precise CPU voltage control. This evolution of innovative, industry-leading ASUS technology provides the best in class control for better efficiency, stability and performance.

TPU with the All-New SMART DIGI+ Key for a Blazing Performance Boost
Always at the forefront of power design, ASUS propels you into the future standard of power management again by giving you a complete CPU, memory and new SMART DIGI+ Technology with profile tuning digital power solution, which works with the TPU to ramp up performance to its maximum. Enable the all-new SMART DIGI+ Key profile with a single click and adjust CPU ratios manually in the TPU to increase CPU frequency up to an incredible 100%!

Increased CPU and DRAM Overclocking Range
With programmable digital controllers onboard, users can adjust CPU and DRAM voltage and VRM switching frequencies for various overclocking scenarios. New DRAM tuning possibilities make the most of DDR3 memory for better performance with CPU/NB load line calibration and 30% more DRAM current capacity. Thanks to a slew of power options teamed with an extensive and intuitive UEFI BIOS, overclocking very large memory setups is no more difficult than mainstream motherboards.



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.


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

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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!


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.

ASUS Crystal Sound

DTS Connect

Expand Your PC Audio Experience
To get the most out of your audio entertainment across all formats and quality levels, DTS Connect combines two enabling technologies. DTS Neo:PC™ upmixes stereo sources (CDs, MP3s, WMAs, internet radio) into as many as 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound. Consumers can then connect their PC to a home theater system.DTS Interactive is capable of performing multi-channel encoding of DTS bitstreams on personal computers, and sending encoded bitstreams out of a digital audio connection (such as S/PDIF or HDMI) designed to deliver audio to an external decoder.


DTS UltraPC II delivers exceptional 7.1 surround through the most popular PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, it upgrades original sound to new levels with Audio Restoration, recreating the dynamic range of audio files. Symmetry mode improves the balance of perceived loudness across different input sources and Enhance boosts audio quality through high and low frequency equalization. With these technologies, users experience better home theater audio with ease.

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 EVO 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.

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.

Windows 8 Ready

Windows 8 Ready

With hardware driver compatibility tested and assured, ASUS provides a complete solution for Windows 8 support. Starting now, users can experience the next generation operating system on ASUS hardware, and can rest assured that they can easily upgrade once the final driver versions are released without any compatibility issues!

Rich Software Bundled


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.


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 EVO R2.0 Product Overview

  • CPU
    AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
    Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU
    Supports CPU up to 8 cores
    Supports CPU up to 140 W
    AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
  • Chipset
    AMD 970/SB950
  • Memory
    4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    * Refer to 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.
  • System Bus
    Up to 4.8 GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0
  • Multi-GPU Support
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Expansion Slots
    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
  • Storage
    AMD SB950 controller :
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller :
    2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
  • LAN
    Realtek® 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
  • Audio
    Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    Audio Feature :
    - Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
    - Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
    - DTS Ultra PC II
    - DTS Connect
    - ASUS Noise Filter
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
  • IEEE 1394
    VIA® 6308P controller
    2 x IEEE 1394a port(s)
    (1 at mid-board, 1 at back panel)
  • USB Ports
    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
    4 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    AMD SB950 controller :
    14 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (8 at back panel, black+red, 6 at mid-board)
  • Overclocking Features
    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • Special Features
    ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control :
    - Smart DIGI+ Key- Quickly delivers optimized VRM frequency, voltage and current for superior CPU/DRAM overclocking performance with one click.
    ASUS TPU :
    - Auto Tuning
    - TurboV
    - TPU switch
    ASUS EPU :
    - EPU
    - EPU switch
    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    - Industry leading Digital 6 +2 Phase Power Design
    - Industry leading Digital 2 Phase Power Design
    - CPU Power Utility
    - DRAM Power Utility
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - Remote GO!
    - USB BIOS Flashback
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite II
    - Ai Charger+
    - Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
    - Network iControl
    - USB 3.0 Boost
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
    - ASUS Fan Xpert
    - DirectKey
    - Precision Tweaker 2
    - ASUS O.C. Profile
    - ASUS EZ Flash 2
    - ASUS MyLogo 2
    - Multi-language BIOS
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-Connector
  • Back I/O Ports
    1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
    2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
    1 x IEEE 1394a
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    2 x USB 3.0
    8 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    6 x Audio jack(s)
  • Internal I/O Ports
    1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x TPM connector(s)
    1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x IEEE 1394a connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (3 x 4 -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) (Q-Connector)
    1 x DirectKey Button(s)
    1 x DRCT header(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x TPU switch(es)
    1 x EPU switch(es)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback button(s)
  • Accessories
    User's manual
    I/O Shield
    3 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
  • BIOS
    64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
  • Manageability
    WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
  • Support Disc
    ASUS Utilities
    ASUS Update
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)
  • Form Factor
    ATX Form Factor
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )