Asus Striker II Extreme 790i DDR3 Motherboard


There's no denying that Asus are on a roll at the moment when it comes to releasing top quality motherboards and the Striker II Extreme is yet another trophy for their cabinet. Featuring everything that we've come to expect from the Republic of Gamers series including an extremely comprehensive BIOS with insane voltage options and the Voltminder LED system to give you a visual warning when you're close to cooking your hardware, the Striker II Extreme is guaranteed to have overclockers drooling.
As we said not so long ago on the Striker II Formula review, all connectors on the board are just where you'd expect to find them and there are no stray molex connectors or other anomalies that are often common on motherboards from other manufacturers. Asus has also made a few small adjustments to the Striker based on customer feedback which ensure that the board is a delight to set up, and 'tidy freaks' aren't left with cables trailing across their motherboard that can't be hidden.
Of course, it's hard to talk about the Striker II Extreme without giving nVidia's latest chipset; the 790i some of the limelight. To put it simply, the 790i is everything that SLI'ers will have been waiting for. Not only does it run cooler than the likes of the 680i, but its performance is on par and often better than Intel's X38/X48 chipsets. Add to this the fact that the chipset is also an overclocking monster, effortlessly taking our Q6600 to new heights as well as managing a very respectable FSB speed of 508mhz on a QX9650, and it looks like nVidia may have just brought some of Intel's fun to an end.
If pre-order prices are anything to go by, the Striker II Extreme is set to be one of the most expensive boards ever to hit the market. Coming in at £260-£280 at various retailers, its hard to recommend purchasing the board unless you absolutely must have SLI along with DDR3 support and top overclocking all in one package. Hopefully nVidia will reduce the price of their latest chipset shortly after launch so that manufacturers like Asus can bring the price of their 790i boards more in line with their Intel counterparts.
The Good
• Thanks to the 790i, overclocking is no longer a weakness of the nVidia chipsets.
• 490fsb easily obtainable on a Q6600 - 508fsb on a QX9650
• Insane range of voltage options.
• Performance on par or better than a lot of Intel chipset boards.
• Great layout with tons of innovative features.
• Fusion cooling system works well without water.
The Mediocre
• BIOS options not as extensive as on some of Asus' Intel chipset based motherboards.
The Bad
• If it ends up costing anything near £280 - the price!!!
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Most Recent Comments

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

18-03-2008, 10:52:03

Originally Posted by name='Jim'
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.
Jim mate, That is a blinding review. Exceptionally detailed and well presented!

As for the board, well, its got everything ya want apart from the price.. Its shocking to be honest. Almost twice as much as slightly lower performing boards.. Dunno that its justified. For those wanting best of the best though its very very good.

They gonna make DDR2 boards on the 790 chipset?Quote

18-03-2008, 11:07:18

that is one good board!!with one VERY heavy pricetag.that has restored my faith in ASUS+NvidiaQuote

18-03-2008, 11:07:49

Originally Posted by name='Bungral'

They gonna make DDR2 boards on the 790 chipset?
Good question tbh. As a guess I'd say that some mobo manufacturers might hack it on to the boards, but for the most part the 780i was "designed" to bring in support for the latest CPU's/PCI-E 2.0 while keeping DDR2.Quote

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