Asus Striker II Formula Reviewccokeman - March 4, 2008
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The Extreme Tweaker Section of the Striker II Formula's BIOS is where all of the adjustments can be made to increase the performance of the hardware installed on the motherboard. Clock speeds memory speeds, voltages, memory timings, and CPU/Memory clock ratios are all in this section.
The first option is CPU level up. This gives you options for changing all of the settings required to enhance the performance of the installed CPU to match that of a higher performance chip. In this example I had the option of changing the performance of that of a Q6700, Q6800 or Q6850. To manually change settings this option should be set to auto. AI Overclock Tuner should be set to manual for manual adjustment of the settings. The other options allow for dead stock settings or to overclock via the AI Gear utility.
System Clocks allows the PCI-e bus speed to be increased for better graphics performance. The CPU Level Up option is again present in this section. The CPU/Memory ratio can be set to auto and linked, where the CPU frontside bus and memory clock speed are identical or in a 1:1 ratio, or unlinked, where the memory speed can be adjusted independently from the CPU core clock speed. The CPU clock speed is adjustable to 800 MHz, while the memory can be adjusted to 1300MHz. Both of these numbers are unachievable, but this just means the only limits are the installed system memory and CPU.
The overclocking tab contains the memory timing adjustments, as well as the CPU clock multiplier, HT multiplier, and the the energy saving adjustments. This is the first board I have seen that allows the user to disable up to three cores of a Quad core CPU.
The voltage options on this board are just incredible. If voltage is what you want or need, the Striker II Formula has it covered. The voltage adjustments range from mild to insane. There is enough voltage supplied in each of the settings to help your hardware perform, or to die trying. Options include2.4 volts for the CPU, 3.0v for the CPU PLL, 2.46 on the CPU VTT, 3.4 volts on the memory, 3.0 for the northbridge, and the list goes on. The possibilities are almost endless.
Like I said earlier, the path to performance is there. Asus has given us the tools to make the most from the hardware installed in each system.