Conclusion: At its core, the Striker II Formula offers exactly what anyone who has experience with previous offerings in ASUS' Republic of Gamers series would expect - A solid and well thought out enthusiast-centric feature set with plenty of nice little touches, coupled with a bewildering array of BIOS overclocking options that make it clear that no stone has been left unturned in the quest to create the perfect motherboard.
Conclusion: The Asus Striker II NSE is an overclocking/enthusiast oriented overclocking motherboard, no doubt about that -- but with our less than positive experience with previous NVIDIA chipsets on the Intel platform, how does the Striker II NSE stack up against the rest? Well, firstly, it made it though out benchmarks haha. Now, onto the overclocking part.
Conclusion: Final Thoughts and Recommendations NVIDIA's 790i has already proven itself a very capable platform for overclocking, something we did not expect to say considering this is the first (and last?) DDR3 memory controller from the green team. Performance is great, overclocking is easy, and NVIDIA has even managed to keep power consumption in check. By every account, the 790i is a real contender when placed side-by-side with Intel's X48 Express chipset.
Conclusion: Overall the Asus Striker II Formula is an excellent motherboard for overclockers and also for people who are looking for Penryn support in addition to SLI. This motherboard definitely goes above and beyond the norm in every single way with a multitude of features to make for both a better overclocking motherboard and one that is easier to overclock. That and a great software bundle and extra perks like the LCD read out, this definitely makes this board a luxury item.
ASUS Striker II Extreme (nForce 790i Ultra SLI) review
19 March 2008
Summary: For the most part it was able to match the Intel X48 in terms of performance, while it was also marginally slower in a number of tests. If you were to slap a GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card, for example, on this new nForce 790i motherboard, or any of the pre-existing Intel X38 motherboards, picking a difference between them would be very difficult.
Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i Intel Motherboard Review
22 January 2007
Excerpt: The NVIDIA nForce 680i chipset was initially released along side Intel's announcement of the Core 2 Duo line of processors back in November of last year . Since then, the chipset has quickly become the choice of enthusiasts and overclockers looking for a new system based on the Intel CPU platform.
Conclusion: As we mentioned earlier, ASUS uses an 8-phase power design on the Striker Extreme, much like they’ve done on their previous Core 2-ready motherboards like the P5W DH Deluxe and P5B Deluxe. This ensures that the Striker Extreme is ready for the most power hungry Intel CPUs out there, including Intel’s recently released quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700. ASUS goes one step further though by using all-solid capacitors throughout the rest of the motherboard.
Summary: To start with, the package bundle of the Striker II is worse than that of the first Striker (based on 680i SLI), the expansion options are weaker, and the overclocking results won't hold water! (perhaps because of the flaw in the chipset). The only thing the board can boast is the chipset which gives support for the PCI Express v2.0, as well as the 3-way 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 (6 links, RAID);, support for ParallelATA (1 link);, two Gigabit LAN controllers and integrated 8-channel High Definition Audio;, support for USB2.0 (10 ports) and Firewire (2 ports);, wide selection of ASUS' proprietary technologies (PC Probe II, OC Profile, CrashFree BIOS 2, MyLogo2, Q-Fan 2, etc.);, additional set of features - ...
Summary: Wie euch schon aufgefallen
ist, hat Asus immer ein passendes Modell parat, wenn eine Neuerung
ansteht, wie zum Beispiel der 790i Ultra Chipsatz. Auf einer Seite ist
es lobenswert, dass man immer am aktuellen Stand ist. Auf anderer Seite
sollte man die Kunden darauf hinweisen, dass das Produkt noch nicht
Serienreif ist. Denn Bios Updates und das runterladen von aktueller
Software ist kein Pflichtprogramm.