Asus Striker II Extreme 790i DDR3 Motherboard


Unlike most of Asus' Intel chipset based boards we've reviewed recently, the Striker II Extreme makes use of an American Megatrends (AMI) BIOS. Personally I'm not much of a fan as it reminds me of an old Compaq 486 I used to own, but let's take a closer look anyway...
Asus Striker II Extreme BIOS Asus Striker II Extreme BIOS
Asus have gone "in ya face" with the overclocking BIOS options, making the "Extreme Tweaker" section the first thing you see after pressing the DEL key. This certainly saves a lot of messing around toggling between sections just to make a few adjustments to you overclock settings.
Asus Striker II Extreme CPU Level Up Asus Striker II Extreme Memory Level Up
For those of us without any previous overclocking experience, Asus have provided "CPU Level Up" and "Memory Level Up" options on the Striker II Extreme. These options essentially allows you to pick a new model of processor or uprated memory speed from the available list and the BIOS will automatically adjust the frequency/multiplier settings to bring your existing processor and/or memory up to the chosen speed.
Asus Striker II Extreme CPU Multi Asus Striker II Extreme FSB MHZ
Asus Striker II Extreme Memory MHZ Asus Striker II Extreme FSB Ratio
Asus Striker II Extreme LDT Asus Striker II Extreme MCP Clock
The rest of the page is populated with options such as CPU Ratio, FSB frequency, PCIE Frequency, DRAM Frequency and LDT Frequency all of which can be adjusted using the +/- keys or entering the number manually. Changes have also been made for the new Intel Penryn chips with the CPU Ratio setting supporting 0.5 multipliers.
Asus Striker II Extreme Memory Timings
To keep things neat and tidy, Asus have placed all memory related options under the "Memory Timings Section". While the section offers several useful options for getting the most out of your DDR3 kit, it is nowhere near as fully featured as the memory section of the BIOS found on the Asus Maximus.
Asus Striker II Extreme Voltage Asus Striker II CPU Voltage
Asus Striker II Extreme VTT Voltage Asus Striker II Extreme Memory Voltage
Asus Striker II Extreme NB Voltage Asus Striker II Extreme SB Voltage
CPU Voltage: 1.10000v - 2.4000v (0.02500v steps)
CPU PLL Voltage: 1.50v - 3.00v (0.02v steps)
CPU VTT Voltage: 1.20v - 2.46v (0.02v steps)
DRAM Voltage: 1.50v - 3.10v (0.02v steps)
NB Voltage: 1.30v - 2.20v (0.02v steps)
SB Voltage: 1.50v - 1.85v (0.05v steps)
As we've come to expect from the Republic of Gamers series, the Striker II Extreme is kitted out with voltage options easily capable of turning your beloved hardware into a pile of smouldering silicon. Thankfully, when selecting voltages from within the BIOS, the text changes colour between Green, Amber and Red to give you a visual indication of just how dangerous your chosen settings are.
Asus Striker II Extreme Voltage Monitor Asus Striker II Extreme Temperature Monitor
Asus Striker II Extreme Fan Speed Asus Striker II Extreme Fan Speed
Finishing off the BIOS section is Asus' excellent voltage, temperature and fan speed monitoring system. Fans can be switched on/off at user-defined temperatures or run at percentages of their full speed all from within the BIOS and without the need for any additional software.
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18-03-2008, 10:03:31

"Is nVidia's latest 790i chipset an X48 killer? We put it through its paces on Asus' latest Republic of Gamers motherboard."

Asus Striker II Extreme Review

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18-03-2008, 10:29:33

Feels like years I've been waiting for this NDA to drop and its not a disappointment!

Can't wait or somebody to give 790i some stick with a few 9800GTX's when they arrive. Assuming the GTX is as cheap as rumored, that will be a major temptation if it performs, assuming the price tag doesn't send you screamingQuote

18-03-2008, 10:46:26

As you may have already guessed, I'm really really impressed with the board/chipset.

Up until now I've avoided the nVidia boards like the plague, but I think you're going to be seeing people breaking some OC records on this board.Quote

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