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Asus Striker Extreme Trusted Reviews may earn an affiliate commission when you purchase through links on our site. Unlike a lot of nVidia partners, Asus went with several of its own designs to satisfy a number of price points. Enthusiasts had waited for the anticipated arrival of nForce SLI for Intel processors, but that suffered heavy delays with some partners deciding to cancel their plans for nForce SLI Intel Edition motherboards.
The northbridge, or SPP as nVidia likes to call it, is new though. The SPP features an independent memory clock adjustment, meaning you can tweak both the memory and front side bus clocks separately. The board is dominated by the humongous heatpipe array that snakes its way around the board, covering the northbridge, southbridge and the power circuitry surrounding the CPU socket. This makes cabling untidy because the ribbon actually comes out of the connector on the memory slot side.
Cabling in this area of the board would be much easier to manage if the two sockets were swapped around and the IDE connector was rotated degrees.
Next to the front panel pin headers in the bottom left corner of the board, there are three buttons for power, reset and clear CMOS functionality. The two blue slots are for SLI, while the white slot in the middle is for a third graphics card dedicated to physics acceleration. Being based on the nForce i SLI chipset, the board is designed with overclocking in mind and there are plenty of features to get to grips with in the BIOS.
Although there is a comprehensive set of features, the BIOS is still relatively easy to maintain and navigate because the more enthusiast-orientated tweaking features are layered fairly well.
You can fully manipulate the clock speeds for the front side bus, memory, PCI-Express on each of the three x16 slots , north-to-south bridge. Voltage adjustments are equally comprehensive too and can be increased all the way to 3.
There is also the option to increase 1. This is a welcome change to the typical POST LED displays that many motherboard manufacturers have included on boards in the past, as there is no need for a list to decode the hex output displayed.
Onboard audio has been moved to a separate card in order to try and remove some of the signal interference that one can sometimes experience with a truly onboard solution. The riser card uses an ADI high-definition audio codec with support for 7. It works by only picking up sounds directly in front of the pair of small microphones roughly mm apart , thus helping to remove background noise.
We tested the Asus Striker Extreme against a selection of boards competing with it, but using different chipsets in order to give us an idea of how well it performed. You can find full details of our test set-up over on our sister site, Bit-Tech. Surprisingly, the Striker Extreme was faster than competing boards almost right across the board, but the differences were typically just a few seconds here and there.
Since we have a pair of Striker Extreme boards in the office, we felt that it would be a good indication of stability if we pushed both boards to their maximum overclocks and then applied several different loads onto the system at the same time. In order to find the maximum overclock, we took CPU speed out of the equation and lowered the multiplier to 6. Once we reached our maximum overclock and found that it was Prime 95 stable with two instances for the dual-core CPU , we set the two boards off running a much heavier load to verify overall system stability.
The two boards were able to continuously run our stress test at these frequencies without missing a beat for well over 35 hours before we manually stopped the test — this is a testament to how stable the Striker Extreme is. Of course, that is all dependent on whether you can get hold of one or not, though.
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