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ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3 AMD 970 SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin Memory Standard: DDR3 2133(O.C.)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 Non-ECC, Un-buffered PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) Onboard Video Chipset: None Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC887 PCI Express x1: 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 Audio Channels: 8 Channels Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps
3.0 out of 5 stars
First let me just say I bought this MoBo and it's working great 2 months in, I've had zero issues with it so far. The set up was a breeze.

Here's the thing though, I regret my purchase greatly!. Simply because the non LE version of this is listed MSRP as only $10 more, but at this moment its about $6 more. For those $6 more you get some very good additions that I wish I knew about before I bought this.

1. VRM chip heatsink. This keeps the VRM chips cooler, especially useful if you plan on OC. Either way it helps keep things cooler in the case. If you get the LE version (this one) you'll wind up having to buy heatsinks separately for around $8, and add them yourself if you want to OC because these chips get HOT!. If you seriously OC on this MoBo stock you'll either get throttling very quickly or flat out system crashes because of overheating.

2. USB 3.0 header. This lets you plug in USB 3.0 header cables if your computer case comes with it (which mine...Read more

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Pros:Tons of USB portsAwesome UEFI BiosEasy setupCheapCons:None so far (will update if something pops up)I decided to build a new PC and was torn between this and a Gigabyte mobo. I decided on this one because of the Asus name and I couldn't be happier. Everything worked great. The Bios were the easiest I have ever used. It has a full GUI interface with mouse support. The board has plenty of usb ports on the back and plenty of headers on the board for more. It also supports faster charging of iPads and my Nexus 7. I put a six core FX processor on it but it supports up to an eight core AMD FX. If you are on a budget and need a good motherboard with plenty of expandability I highly recommend this board.
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First let me just say I bought this MoBo and it's working great 2 months in, I've had zero issues with it so far. The set up was a breeze.Here's the thing though, I regret my purchase greatly!. Simply because the non LE version of this is listed MSRP as only $10 more, but at this moment its about $6 more. For those $6 more you get some very good additions that I wish I knew about before I bought this.1. VRM chip heatsink. This keeps the VRM chips cooler, especially useful if you plan on OC. Either way it helps keep things cooler in the case. If you get the LE version (this one) you'll wind up having to buy heatsinks separately for around $8, and add them yourself if you want to OC because these chips get HOT!. If you seriously OC on this MoBo stock you'll either get throttling very quickly or flat out system crashes because of overheating.2. USB 3.0 header. This lets you plug in USB 3.0 header cables if your computer case comes with it (which mine...Read more
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Good features for the price and form factor (full ATX) with room to grow. More external fan control connectors on main board and plenty of PCI slots. The lack of onboard video is a plus as that allows for more useful features and price point. With six SATA slots, I'm down to two (one external (with extra back plate) and one internal use) - so I can still expand the system later.Things I really like about this board:>UEFI Bios>Price>Support for Windows 8 & FX CPU Line>USB 3 support>WORKS OUT OF THE BOX WITH ESXi - NIC & Storage controller supported!>Up to 32GB RAM>Expansion slot layout
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