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Asus Striker II Extreme Review

ccokeman    -   June 8, 2008
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Specifications:

CPU

Intel Socket 775 Core™2 Extreme/Core™2 Duo/Pentium® Extreme/Pentium® D/Pentium® 4/Celeron Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Support Intel® 45nm CPU
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list

Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI
Front Side Bus
1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR3 2000*/1800*/1600*/1333/800 Non-ECC, Unbuffered Memory
Dual-Channel memory architecture - supports NVIDIA® SLI™-ready technology
*Overclock speed
**Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors List).
***When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 ,support NVIDIA® SLI™ technology, at full x16, x16 speed (blue)
1 x PCIe x16 ,at x16 speed (middle)
2 x PCIe x1 ( the PCIEx1_1 (black) is compatible with audio slot)
2 x PCI 2.2

Scalable Link Interface (SLI™)
Support NVIDIA 3-way SLI graphics cards (triple at x16 mode)
Storage

Southbridge
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66/33
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports NVIDIA MediaShield™ RAID Support RAID 0,1,0+1,5,JBOD span cross Serial ATA drives
JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
2 xExternal SATA 3.0Gb/s port on back I/O (SATA On-the-Go)

LAN

Dual Gigabit LAN, both featuring AI NET2
Support Teaming Technology

Audio

SupremeFX II Audio Card
ADI 1988B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
ASUS Noise Filter

IEEE 1394
2 x 1394a ports (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)
USB
10 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
Overclocking Features

Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
2-Phase DDR 3
Intelligent overclocking tools
- CPU Level Up
- Memory Level Up
- AI Gear 3+
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- ASUS AI Booster Utility
- ASUS O.C. Profile: overclocking configuration-sharing tool
Overclocking Protection
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Frequency LED
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features

LCD Poster
Fusion Block System
EL I/O
Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Cls CMOS (at rear)
ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit)
Q-Connector
Q-Fan Plus
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-fan 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS
BIOS Wallpaper
ASUS MyLogo3

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 Keyboard
2 x External SATA
1 x IEEE 1394a
2 x LAN(RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x Clr CMOS switch
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output1 x onboard LED switch

Internal I/O Connectors

2 x USB connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
1 x8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x EL I/O Shield Connector
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS connector
3 x thermal sensor connectors
Chassis Intrusion connector
System Panel
1 x ROG connector

BIOS

8 Mb Flash ROM
DMI 2.0
PnP
WfM 2.0
SM BIOS 2.4
Award BIOS
ACPI 2.0a
Multi-language BIOS

Manageability
WOL by PME,WOR by PME,Chasis Intrusion,PXE
Accessories

LCD Poster
ASUS Optional Fan
SupremeFX II Audio Card
3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
Floppy disk drive cable
3-way SLI bridge
ASUS SLI bridge
SATA cables
SATA power cables
2-port USB2.0 + IEEE 1394a module
EL I/O Shield
Thermal sensor cables
DIY Pedestal
Fusion Block System Accessory
Cable Ties
User's manual

Support Disc

The hottest DX10 Game: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Support DVD:
- Drivers and applications
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Suite
Futuremark ® 3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.5 cm )

 

Features:

CPU Features:

  •  LGA775 Intel® Quad-core Processor Ready: This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Quad-core processors in LGA775 package. It´s excellent for multi-tasking, multi-media and enthusiastic gamers with 1600/1333 MHz FSB. Intel® Quad-core is one of the most powerful CPU in the world
  • LGA775 Intel® Core™2 Processor Ready: This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. With new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1333 / 1066 MHz FSB, Intel® Core™2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.
  • PCIe 2.0: Double Speed; Double Bandwidth This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system perform

Memory Features:

  • Dual-Channel DDR3 1333: To attain top performance, ASUS engineers have successfully unleashed the true potential of DDR3 memory. While in DDR3 1333 mode, ASUS´s exclusive technology offers a choice of FSB 1333 - providing great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.

Performance and Reliability:

  • Fusion Block System: H2O ready: The next step in thermal solution. The Fusion Block System is a more efficient thermal solution compared to competing followers with complicated looks. It is a hybrid thermal design that combines the ROG´s renowned heatpipe design with the additional ability to connect to a water cooling system. By taking the entire integrated solution into design considerations, the user can enjoy exceptional thermal improvement to Northbridge, Southbridge, Crosslinx, and even VRM with a single connection. The Fusion Block System is the most versatile, efficient, and the most advanced thermal system there is on a motherboard.
  • CPU Level Up: A Simple click for instant upgrade. Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with ROG´s CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest!
    See the new CPU speed and enjoy that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.
  • 2-Phase DDR3:  Special Memory power to release memory power! With the embedded 2-phase DDR3, this motherboard allows users to reach higher memory frequencies and enjoy better performance. Compared with only one phase solutions, this motherboard ensures longer power component lifespans and higher overclockability due to cooler temperatures and better efficiency.
  • ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit): The ASUS EPU utilizes digitally monitor and tunes the CPU power supply with improved VR responses in heavy or light loadings.
  • Extreme Tweaker: One stop performance tuning shop Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal performance. No matter if you´re looking for frequency adjustment, over-voltage options, or memory timing settings, they´re all here!
  • Voltiminder LED: Friendly reminder on the intentional madness In the pursuit of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical but risky. Acting as the "red zone" of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the voltage status for CPU, NB, SB, and Memory in a intuitive color-coded fashion. The voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers.
  • COP EX: OC in confidence The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU. The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance achievement.
  • EL I/O: Connect in the dark Today´s users demand more than good performance-they demand more heart touching services like user-friendly features. The motherboard comes with the EL I/O, an impressive design that increases convenience in connecting devices on the back I/O. The cool EL lights up your I/O panel under your desk, in the dark, or in a LAN Party. No more jamming devices into the wrong connectors when you´re in the dark!
  • Q-Fan Plus: Optimized quietness and cooling for more devices The Q-Fan function automatically detects temperature and adjusts fan speed accordingly to achieve quiet and efficient cooling. With Q-Fan Plus, special temperature sensor cable is provided to detect temperature on any device. When used with a optional fans, you may activate Q-Fan function on up to 3 additional devices of your choice!
  • Loadline Calibration: Maintaining ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking. The Loadline Calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy loading. It helps overclockers enjoy the motherboard´s ultimate OC capabilities and benchmark scores.

Sound with Clarity:

  • SupremeFX II: Listen with Absolute HD  SupremeFX II delivers an excellent high definition audio experience to the gamers of ROG. The SupremeFX II features unique audio innovations for gamers to spot enemies in 3D environment during game play. SupremeFX II also provides gamers a special tool to emphasize human voices in games to help make dialogues clearer and more audible.

Easy DIY:

  • LCD Poster: Debug with Translation The new LCD Poster now posts critical POST information in an ever friendly and flexible external display. When system malfunction occurs, the LCD Poster automatically detects device failure and translates the errors on the LCD during POST. Unlike other competing 2 digit displays, users won´t need to read "gibberish" to find out what´s wrong.
  • Onboard Switch: No more shorting pins or moving jumpers. With an easy press during overclock, this exclusive onboard switch allows gamer to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins or moving jumpers!
  • ASUS Q-Connector: Make connections quick and accurate The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.

Bundled Software:

  • 3D Game: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts is the next chapter in the groundbreaking real-time strategy franchise and with DirectX®10 support. This stand-alone game features two unique armies with full length campaigns. Players will experience fast-paced dynamic tactics like never before, in two of the most brutal World War II campaigns ever fought.
  • 3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition: The Gamers´ Benchmark: 3DMark is the most popular and authoritative 3D benchmark application used by professionals around the world. The 3DMark06 is the latest version in the popular 3DMark series, including advanced SM2.0 and HDR/SM3.0 Shader graphics tests and now including single, multiple core and multiple processor CPU tests as part of the 3DMark score! The accurate performance and image quality diagnostic tool, designed for DirectX®9.0c, provides you with all the information you need to make all other competitors look bad.
  • Kaspersky® Anti-Virus: The best protection from viruses and spyware Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that are among the industry´s highest.

Asus Unique Features:

  • AI NOS™: Boost performance when you need it the most! Applications such as 3D games and video editing demand a huge chunk of system resource. Inject "nitrous oxide" into your CPU! The patented AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System) technology intelligently detects system load and automatically boosts performance for the most demanding tasks. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS™ reacts much faster to satisfy your unending need for speeds.
  • ASUS O.C. Profile: Professional grade OC instantly Overclock immediately with OC profile presets. Much more than simple frequency settings, this profile gives gamers comprehensive and detail tuning to frequency, voltages, and even timings to give you a real professional level of overclocking configuration!
  • C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall): When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the case to clear CMOS data. Just simply restart the system, the BIOS would show the previous setting and then users can amend the CPU setting again.
  • Noise Filter: Eliminate background noise while recording. This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
  • EZ Flash 2: Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
  • MyLogo3: Personalize your system with customizable boot logo The ASUS MyLogo 3 is the new feature present in the motherboard that allows you to personalize and add style to your system with customizable and animated boot logos.
  • Stack Cool 2: Effective and zero-noise heat dissipation Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution offered exclusively by ASUS. It effectively transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB (printed circuit board) for effective heat dissipation.
  • Dual Gigabit LAN: The integrated dual Gigabit LAN design allows a PC to serve as a network gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency.
  • IEEE 1394a interface: IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.
  • SATA on the Go: This motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA port located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.
  • High Definition Audio: Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel network games. All of these are done on one computer.

Quality and ROHS:

  • Uses 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors: This motherboard uses all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors onboard for durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity.
  • GreenASUS: The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.

Ther information shown here is sourced directly from Asus product pages @ http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=1&model=2114&l1=3&l2=11&l3=653&l4=0




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