Hello, I will be buying a FX 6300 and I can't decide if to pair it with a ASUS M5A97 r2.0 or the ASUS m5A97 LE R2.0. They are similar motherboards and the LE version is 9 dollars cheaper but has 4 pin instead of 8 pin cpu power connector. Does the 6300 use 4 or 8 pin?. Which board is better the LE R2.0 or the R2.0? Thanks.
Well, Probably the 8-pin gives a feeling of robustness. But, what I would look for is that both boards support the FX 6300 with a BIOS update (released in October 2012). If you by chance get a board with an older BIOS version, you'll have to use a supported CPU to update the BIOS or replace the BIOS chip. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97_R20/...
M5A97 LE R2.0 The following table shows the supported CPUs for this motherboard
CPU Since PCB Since BIOS Note
FX-6300(FD6300WMW6KHK),3.5GHz,6C,95W,rev.C0,AM3 ALL 1006
If your motherboard BIOS version number is greater than the BIOS version listed above, then you will not need to flash your BIOS. However, if your BIOS version is smaller than the version listed above, then you will need to select and download the latest BIOS to update your system. We kindly remind you that there is a certain risk level involved in BIOS flashing, please refer to "BIOS Flashing Method ". If you still have doubts, we will strongly advise you to consult with a PC Professional or your PC dealer for further assistance.
Now I see that you can use the Flashback feature so ignore the previous post.
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That is only available on the R2.0 and not the LE, I guess I will buy the R2.0 to avoid hassles than, Thank for info guys. I take it that you just download the bios update onto a flashdrive and plug that flashdrive into the motherboard and press the button?
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) ASUS homepage, Newegg, and microcenter all state different specs in relation to these connectors.. The info 2 lines above is from asus.com which I feel is more accurate. What does this mean.
alright I was confused about the 8 pin cpu one, I watched the video you posted sunnk and it didn't really show how to do it with USB I kind of get the idea where you donwload the update-extract and put it on a flashdrive(Does the flashdrive have to be empty?), you then press that button on the mobo after inserting the USB and wait for it to be done I think... How do you know it is done? should I do it before or after i put together the pc?., Sorry for the many questions, I just want to make sure