Asus M5a97 R2 0 Connection Diagram
Packaging and equipment
The box with the device is quite informative, unlike cheap competitors. Its back panel contains a photo of the Asus M5A97 motherboard with a detailed description of all technologies and their capabilities, which is quite convenient for both the seller and the buyer. all the functionality just needs no explanation. It is worth noting that there are two modifications of the same device on the market that have the names “EVO” and “PRO”. The difference between them is insignificant. in the latter there are additional DIGI ports.
As standard, there is nothing special: plugs, cables, driver disks and an instruction manual for the Asus M5A97 motherboard. The instruction in Russian facilitates installation for beginners when buying and installing. The device itself is packed in a dense antistatic bag.
The presence of two expansion slots for PCI-Express 16x for installing adapters will immediately attract the owner’s attention, but you shouldn’t rejoice, the manufacturer limited the mode of operation of the lower slot to PCI-Express 4x. A strange decision, because the Asus M5A97 motherboard is positioned as a device for players.
On the other hand, owners of one card will like that two PCI slots are not covered by the accelerator cooling system, as is often the case with budget motherboards. Without problems, you can install two additional devices (TV-Tuner, sound card or other device).
The company’s designers supplied their device with two PCI-E x1 slots, one of which will definitely be available after installing the card. In the Russian market, only a few know about their intended purpose. Recently, the transition to SSD drives is carried out by many users, however, the SATS III mode has speed limits. To overcome the high-speed barrier, SSD disks appeared on the market for installation in the PCI-E x1 slot, which are several times faster than the SATA standard. In the next decade, this technology will supersede the old SATA format.
Work with disk drives
The Asus M5A97 board does not have an old IDE interface, many do not need it, but there are users who own expensive DVD drives that still perfectly fulfill all their tasks (Plextor, for example, which will work for another decade). The four SATA pores also look somehow unconvincing on the motherboard. There are 2 additional eSATA connectors, but in our country they somehow have not gained popularity.
The manufacturer found a place to place four DDR3 connectors on the Asus M5A97 motherboard. Reviews in the media assure that this is the right approach to consumers. The memory operates at frequencies up to 2133 MHz, although a limitation of 1886 MHz is provided for in hardware, everything else is achieved by overclocking. You can increase the amount of RAM up to 32 gigabytes, and you can install any modules you like. However, for the Dual mode, it is still better to use the same memory bars.
An additional function “MemOK!” Is built into the system BIOS, which is responsible for “lapping” all installed memory modules. In fact, it tests all the strips individually, finding the same timings in the modules. After which it sets the maximum performance mode in which all devices can work simultaneously. Previously, the user was doing this, calculating the largest common factor, set the timing in the BIOS.
The standard six-phase scheme (42) of the power subsystem for all gaming devices is unlikely to surprise the owners. Unless hinting at a sufficiently large power dissipation (that’s what radiators installed for). To supply additional power, an ATX12V connector is used, which has 8 contacts. Pleasing users may be the lack of restrictions on the installed processors. The Asus M5A97 motherboard, a review of which is presented to the reader, supports all existing models of the AM3 / AM3 format, with any heat dissipation. If we take into account the overclocking potential of the last eight-core device, it turns out that 140 W for the motherboard. not a problem.
However, tests show the opposite, with significant overclocking of the core, temperature sensors installed on the motherboard record a significant heating of the device. In any case, it is necessary to solve the problem with the removal of hot air from the system unit by organizing a decent exhaust, otherwise overheating during acceleration and damage to the system board are possible.
Oddities with interfaces
As expected, the Asus M5A97 gaming device does not have an integrated output. But the manufacturer endowed the board with full acoustic capabilities: 6-channel sound with an optical output. There is also a network interface and IEEE1394 (which no one uses in our country). The PS / 2 port (just one) is displayed under the keyboard and mouse of the old model.
All owners of the Asus M5A97 motherboard must read the manual. Especially when it comes to installing the device in the system unit. After all, the manufacturer deviated from technologies in the production of motherboards of the ATX form factor and made the printed circuit board according to its own standard. As a result, the mounting system of the device in the system unit has changed: instead of nine screws, the user needs to use six.
It’s too early to rejoice in such a simple installation, because as a result the board does not have a rigid mount around the entire perimeter, but sags in the area where the power system, memory modules and SATA connectors are connected. Naturally, in the process of connecting all devices, one should not rely on physical strength, but on maximum caution, since breaking a printed circuit board is quite easy.
Features BIOS and its firmware
If we talk about the BIOS system of the Asus M5A97 motherboard, then here is the complete order. UEFI graphical shell will satisfy even the most demanding user. a real control panel. You can control any port, connector or interface. change the voltage, set restrictions and enable locks. Made wisely and for people. True, the interface is in English, so you can’t do without a manual, since it is completely Russified.
To the overclocking potential of the processor and RAM, not a single user had a single question. Everything works with dignity, the motherboard allows you to perform any action. If a failure is detected during acceleration, this is a problem of the device whose performance is increasing.
After reviewing the Asus M5A97 motherboard, we can make an unambiguous conclusion that the device is primarily focused on overlockers, because the main functionality for increasing productivity works perfectly. Excellent control, many settings and features, hardware and software protection. all contribute to a positive overclocking.
But for ordinary users who want to create their own home media center on the basis of this motherboard, the device will seem raw and dysfunctional. No USB 3.0, two cards in compatibility mode will work at 4x speed, oddities with SATA ports are a trifle, but in the aggregate an indisputable factor when choosing a decent platform for your computer.