A Windows 8 compatible motherboard with faster USB3.0 Transmission and Network iControl functions
ASUS continues to put innovation at its forefront by launching the world’s first M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboard with Dual Intelligent Processors technology. This motherboard has exclusive design that consists of the EPU (Energy Processing Unit), which automatically monitors power consumption system-wide to ensure efficiency, and the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) – guaranteeing superior performance for every task, bringing users an unbeatable experience. 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. EPU (Energy Processing Unit) – allows the world’s first real-time PC power saving chip through AI Suite II utility. This function enables a system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity. This motherboard also comes with a Windows 8 Ready Compatibility.
ASUS has also released a 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 with a higher efficiency. The ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing the PCs startup process. The user can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select the preferred system boot up method: either getting into the OS in seconds or by opting for regular boot up.
The 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. With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. This function enables prioritizing the 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. 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. With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed, voltage, and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities. AMD SB950 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6 Gb/s data transfer rates. The user can experience ultra-fast data transfers at 5.0 Gb/s with USB 3.0–the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components. M5A97 LE 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 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. CrossFireX allows higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading and texture settings. With the AMD Vision Engine Control Center the display can be configured and complete 3D settings, with real-time 3D- rendered previews can be experienced. Hardware driver compatibility tested and assured, ASUS provides a complete solution for Windows 8 support. Users can experience the next generation operating system on ASUS hardware, and can be assured that they can easily upgrade once the final driver versions are released without any compatibility issues! 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. 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.