Asus Striker II Formula 780i Socket 775 Motherboard
Result Discussion & Conclusion
As we've come to expect from motherboards in Asus' "Republic of Gamers" series, the Striker II Formula has an excellent list of features combined with extreme yet uncomplicated looks. Right from the extensive range BIOS options and selectable voltages down to the Voltminder LED indicators on the motherboard, It's clear to see that Asus are committed to designing motherboards that cater for the needs of overclockers just as much as gamers.
Asus have also done a great job with the layout of the Striker II Formula. 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. Obviously with the board supporting Triple-SLI, some cutbacks have needed to be made on the PCI slot front. Therefore, anybody wanting to run SLI along with PCI expansion cards should check for compatibility first.
As the benchmark results over the previous pages have shown, the 780i based Striker II can certainly hold it's own when placed head-to-head with with the Intel x38 and P35 based motherboards used in today's review. In most cases the Striker sat right in the middle of the results, with it occasionally taking the edge in memory bandwidth. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for the overclocking results, with the 780i chipset still showing a weakness when overclocking Quad-Core processors.
Due to hit the market at around £220, the Striker II Formula is actually one of the most expensive motherboards we've tested to date. With this kind of price tag, the board should only be considered by those who will definitely be using the new features introduced by the 780i chipset (Triple-SLI / PCI-E 2.0..etc) as other boards such as the Asus Maximus are much more reasonably priced and offer greater overclocking potential.
• Excellent range of voltage/overclocking options in BIOS.
• Good accessories package, including a full version of COH: Opposing Fronts.
• Sexy looking board with a great layout and nifty features such as Voltminder LED / LCD Poster.
• Decent quality add-in sound card.
• Triple-SLI and PCI-E 2.0 support.
• Reasonable overclocking on Quad-Core chips.
• Northbridge / Southbridge get extremely hot with any level of voltage increase.
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