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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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