- By Shi Xiao Min @Jul 08, 2013
Windows 8 Exclusive Features
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.
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
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
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!
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 select able 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
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
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) M5A99X 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 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.
AMD® 990X Chipset
AMD 990X Chipset is designed to support up to 5.2GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD latest AM3+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.
Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!
Flexible Multi-GPU Solutions, Your Weapon of Choice! M5A99X EVO R2.0 brings you the multi-GPU choice of either SLI™ or CrossFireX. The motherboard features the most powerful AMD® 990X/SB950 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand-new gaming style you’ve never experienced before!
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.
M5A99X EVO R2.0 Product Overview
Other ASUS Features
Adjust system performance parameters with just a few clicks away.
The external SATA port located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.
Quickly ensures memory boot compatibility.
AI Suite II
One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features.
Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience.
100% Japan-made Solid Capacitor
Uses 100% Japan-made Solid Capacitor.
- by Shi Xiao Min @Jul 08, 2013
AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100
Supports AM3+ 32 nm CPU
Supports CPU up to 8 cores
Supports CPU up to 140 W
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
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 www.asus.com 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.
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI
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
Realtek® 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
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
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)
ROG Exclusive Features
Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New
DIGI+ Power Control :
SMART DIGI+ :
- Smart DIGI+ Key- Quickly delivers optimized VRM frequency, voltage and
current for superior CPU/DRAM overclocking performance with one click. ASUS TPU :
- Auto Tuning
- TPU switch ASUS EPU :
- EPU switch ASUS Digital Power Design :
- Industry leading Digital 6 +2 Phase Power Design
- Industry leading Digital 2 Phase DRAM Power Design
- CPU Power Utility
- DRAM Power Utility ASUS Exclusive Features :
- Remote GO!
- USB BIOS Flashback
- 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-pipe solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS EZ DIY :
- Precision Tweaker 2
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
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 CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT 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)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
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
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
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I bought this board to replace my MSI 970A-G46 which was a dud, but this one I actually have a little faith in, it feels tougher than the G46, it's true black and it's heat sinks are big enough that I feel comfortable overclocking on this board, I cant think of anything on this board that I don't like other than the placment of the frontpanel audio conectors which are over the powersupply and my case doesn't have enought room to hide them but other than that I really like this motherboard. If your building a mid-level gaming rig I would completly recomend this board. If it helps It's running FX-6300 out of the box on Ubuntu 12.04 just fine.
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