Asus Striker II Formula Reviewccokeman - March 4, 2008
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Configuring the system involves both hardware and software solutions. Without the software, the hardware is pretty useless, and vice versa. Since the hardware is now in the chassis, it's time to look at the drivers and programs that come with the Srtiker II Formula. Start off by inserting the driver disk that comes with the motherboard into the optical drive on your computer. Let the autorun feature take over to bring up the installation GUI.
Once the GUI is open there are several tabs from which to choose from. On a new install the Drivers and Utilities tabs will be where you'll concentrate your efforts. Under the Drivers tab there are three options. The Install All utility will install the Nvidia chipset driver, as well as the EPU driver and AI Gear utility. They both can be installed seperately if one chooses to do so.
Under the Utilities tab there is a wealth of software options that can be installed. This menu also has an auto install option; just click one button to have the whole suite installed. Highlights of this bundle include 3DMark06, Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Ulead Photo Impact.
There are several proprietary software applications supplied with this board. Included are Asus Update, a BIOS updating utility, Asus PC Probe, A fully customizable utility for monitoring voltage, temperatures and fan speeds. Lastly, the AI Suite software.
The AI Suite software is designed to do many things - fan control, overclocking, voltage monitoring, hibernation via the AI Nap feature, and the AI GEAR 3 section. This allows the user to turn on the power saving features and let the EPU processor do its job. When the max power saving mode was enabled, I saw power savings of as little as ten watts at idle, and as much as 65 watts while under load. A pretty substantial savings.
The last few tabs include the RAID software and drivers, the soft copy of the manual and the contact page.
Last but not least is a video clip of one of the worlds best overclcokers, Shamino, working the board with liquid niotrogen!