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ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 motherboard: review and testing

The hero of this review is the model ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0. First of all it interest fans of reliable average motherboards. It is designed to work in tandem with the processor of families AMD Phenom II, AMD Athlon, AMD FX combines a relatively inexpensive and modern equipment. With the price of $ 120 ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 offers enhanced digital power system, the ability to use up to 32 GB of RAM standard DDR3-2133 MHz interface SATA 6 Gb/s for connecting disk drives, connector PCI Express 2.0 x16 to installing a video card, as well as interfaces USB 3.0 and eSATA. But this is not the full list of its features.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

The specs: 

Producer  

ASUS

Model

M5A97 EVO R2.0 (rev 1.01)

Chips of north and south bridges

AMD 970 + AMD SB950

CPU socket

AMD Socket AM3+

Supported CPUs

AMD Phenom II / AMD Athlon II / AMD Sempron / AMD FX

(up to 140 W)

Memory frequency

2133* / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

4 x DDR3 DIMM- slots with memory support up to 32 GB

Expansion slots

 

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (in mode x4)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

2 х PCI

Disk subsystem

AMD SB950 supports:

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

ASMedia ASM1061 controller supports:

2 x eSATA 6 Gb/s

LAN

1 x Realtek 8111F (10/100/1000 Mb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC892

8-channel spund

Power

24-pin ATX connector

8-pin ATX12V connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

3 x system fan connectors (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator of north bridge

Aluminum radiator of south bridge

Aluminum radiator on elements of processor power subsystem

Extenral I/O

1 x LAN (RJ45)

8 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.0

2 x eSATA 6 Gb/s

1 х IEEE 1394a

6 x audio jacks

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

1 х PS/2 Combo

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.0 each with support of two USB 3.0

3 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x COM

1 x TPM

1 x IEEE 1394a

1 x S/PDIF Out

1 х button «MemOK!»

1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback»

1 х button «DirectKey»

1 x switch «TPU»

1 x switch «EPU»

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS

BIOS

64 Mb Flash ROM UEFI AMI BIOS

ACPI 2.0a, SM BIOS 2.7, PnP, DMI 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty card

Disk with drivers and utilities

3 x SATA cables

1 х set ASUS Q-Connectors

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 х 244 mm

Producer website

ASUS
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on  support page

Package and content 

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Motherboard ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 is available in the traditional cardboard box. Its decor is typical of the ASUS dark shades. The front side indicates about supports for technology Dual Intelligent Processors 3. Additionally you can pay attention to the logo of the manufacturer and support for a number of proprietary technologies.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

In addition to the image and a brief features the front side of the product contains description of the key benefits, namely:

  • Dual Intelligent Processors 3 – board is equipped with two smart chips: CPU power (Energy Processing Unit - EPU) and TurboV-processor (TurboV Processing Unit - TPU), which allows fine optimization of the system, depending on the current needs of the user. They work in tandem with digital power system DIGI+ Power Control, which provides the optimal processor and memory power that accompanies their stable operation and increase the overclocking potential.
  • Network iControl - using the bundled software it is possible to monitor PC network activity, and install each program, priority access to network resources.
  • ASUS USB 3.0 Boost – support for protocol UASP is used to speed USB 3.0 interface.
  • ASUS Fan Xpert - smart fan control system, which allows the computer to achieve efficient cooling with minimal noise.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Package of ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 includes only the most necessary accessories:

  • CD with drivers and utilities;
  • User's Manual;
  • Three SATA cables;
  • Set ASUS Q-Connectors;
  • Plug of the interface panel.

Design and features 

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Motherboard ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 is made in the format ATX (305 x 244 mm) on the black PCB. The dark tone of the printed circuit board is combined with blue shades in the design, so the novelty looks more interesting.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

In the layout and ease of assembly it is worth noting the lower edge of the PCB overloaded with plugs. But the SATA 6 Gb/s in front of the main connector PCI Express 2.0 x16 use angled connectors, so even the overall video cards can not completely block access to them.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Also, the manufacturer made sure that the installed graphics card does not interfere with the replacement of memory modules, equipping DIMM-slots with latches on one side only.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

On the reverse side of the PCB contains base plate of the socket. Also you can note that two of the three radiators of cooling are secured with plastic spring-loaded clips.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

In the lower left corner of the PCB you can find: the front panel audio connectors, S/PDIF Out; CMOS; ports COM TPM and IEEE 1394a; button “USB BIOS Flashback”, as well as front panel connation module. Do note three blocks to activate ports USB 2.0. In total, by the AMD SB950 south bridge the new product supports fourteen ports USB 2.0: six internal and eight on the interface panel. Also note switch «TPU», which is responsible for the automatic overclocking.  

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

The possibility of organizing a disk subsystem is presented by six ports SATA 6 Gb/s. Also there is support for arrays SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10. 

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Mainboard ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING is equipped with four DIMM-slots for memory modules of the standard DDR3, which are equipped with latches on both sides. RAM can operate in dual channel mode. Its implementation is realized by installation either in the first and third or second and fourth slots (or takes all available ports). Modules operating at frequencies from 1333 up to 1866 MHz in nominal mode and up to 2133 MHz in overclocking mode are supported. The maximum amount of memory can be up to 32 GB, which is enough for almost any tasks.

Additionally note the module for connecting remote panel with ports USB 3.0, button «MemOK!», which allows you to automatically pick up the necessary parameters of the RAM to the successful launch of the system, the button «DirectKey» for quick access in the BIOS, and the switch «EPU», which is responsible for the activation of the power-saving features.

As regards support for USB 3.0, that in our sample there are only four: two outer and two inner, which operate through two controllers ASMedia ASM1042A.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

The cooling system of this motherboard consists of three aluminum radiators: the first covers the north bridge AMD 970, the second covers south bridge, the third is on the elements of the processor power subsystem. In the process of testing we’ve recorded the following temperature:

  • cooling radiator of the south bridge AMD SB950 - 43,5°C (44,3°C for the AMD FX-9370);
  • cooling radiator of the north bridge AMD 970 - 76,0°C (91,1°C for the AMD FX-9370);
  • radiator of the processor power subsystem - 68,6°C (78,1°C for AMD FX-9370).

These results clearly indicate the higher efficiency of the cooling system, indicating the proper selection of materials and design.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Processor powering is carried out on 6+2-phase scheme for cores and additional nodes. Converter is based on a digital PWM controller ASP1000С with integrated technology DIGI+ Power Control. All components of the power CPU have a high degree of reliability: used solid capacitors and chokes with ferrite core. The main 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are used to provide supply voltage. 

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

The possibility of expanding the functionality of the motherboard ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 is presented by six slots:

  1. PCI Express 2.0 x16;
  2. PCI Express 2.0 x1;
  3. PCI Express 2.0 x1;
  4. PCI Express 2.0 x16 (mode х4);
  5. PCI;
  6. PCI.

Due to two expansion slots PCI Express 2.0 x16 and technology AMD CrossFireX, you can install two video cards, but the mode of operation (x16 + x4) will not allow to fully realize their potential.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Multi I/O opportunities are based on chip ITE IT8721F, which controls the operation of the system fan, ports COM and PS/2, and provide monitoring.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

The two ports eSATA 6 Gb/s on interface panel are implemented by the controller ASMedia ASM1061.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Two ports IEEE 1394a (one internal and one on the interface panel) are implemented by the controller VIA VT6308P.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Four USB 3.0 ports are functioning thanks to two controllers ASMedia ASM1042A.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

To support network connections there is a gigabit LAN-controller Realtek 8111F, and proprietary technology Network iControl allows you to distribute priorities for access to network resources between applications.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Sound subsystem of motherboard is based on the 8-channel HDA-codec Realtek ALC892, which supports audio formats 2/4 / 5.1/7.1.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

The interface panel of model has the following ports:

  • 1 x PS/2 Combo;
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 8 x USB 2.0;
  • 2 x USB 3.0;
  • 2 x eSATA 6 Gb/s;
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a;
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out;
  • 6 x audio jacks.

Interface panel features excellent possibilities. The advantages include a large number of ports USB, support for interfaces eSATA, IEEE 1394a and PS/2, as well as easy connection of multi-channel speakers.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Motherboard ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0 is equipped with four 4-pin fan connectors: one is used to supply the cooling system of the processor, while the other three are for connecting system fans.


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