ASUS Striker II NSE nVidia nForce 790i SLI Motherboard Review
8 December 2008
Summary: For enthusiasts seeking the highest performance, most fully featured motherboards that any Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer is able to produce, one need look no further than ASUS' Republic of Gamers brand. The ASUS Striker II NSE motherboard continues in this tradition.
Conclusion: Those who know me well, know me to be a very sharp-witted cynic. So it shouldn't surprise ASUS that I gave a chuckle when I first unboxed the Striker II NSE from the shipping material and saw a giant bullet-hole at the center of the retail package. I know, it's all about gaming.
Pros: Supports Quad- and Triple-SLI graphics solution, Energy efficient core hardware design, Two PCI-Express 2.0 16x graphics lanes with additional 16x lane, Plenty of value-added features and software, Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors, SurpemeFX II High-Definition PCI-Express ...
Cons: Expensive motherboard solution, NF790i MCE offers no direct improvement over X48, Complicated BIOS is not new-user friendly, Lacks XMP support (Intel feature), Does not support HybridPower or Hybrid SLI, BIOS Update does not function properly, must use floppy diskette
Conclusion: In case it hasn't quite hit home yet - The Striker II NSE is identical to the Striker II Extreme in every way, shape and form, aside from the loss of official support for memory clock speeds up to 2000MHz.
Summary: Let's start with conclusions regarding the chipset NVIDIA nForce 790i (Ultra) SLI. Since DDR3 memory is already quite affordable, we can safely recommend motherboards based on nForce 790i SLI. The thing is, technologically and architecturally this chipset is superior to nForce 780i SLI.
Pros: excellent stability and performance;, support for SLI, 3-way SLI (3 PCI Express x16; 2x16 v2.0 + 1x16 v1.0 slots);, support for SerialATA II (8 links; 2x RAID);, support for ParallelATA (1 link);, two Gigabit LAN controllers and 8-channel High Definition Audio (on a separate board);, support for ...