ASUS Striker II Formula MB, Ultimate in SLI

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ASUS Striker II Formula Motherboard Offers PC Gamers the Ultimate SLI Platform

-- Based on the NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCP, the new ASUS ROG
motherboard supports 3-way SLI technology out-of-box --

FREMONT, CA (January 21, 2008) – ASUS®, worldwide leader in
component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the
Striker II Formula motherboard. This cutting-edge motherboard is the
latest in ASUS’ Republic of Gamers line and takes full advantage of the
NVIDIA™ nForce 780i SLI™ MCP (Media Communications Processor). To
deliver the most immersive PC gaming experience, the new Striker II
Formula motherboard provides support for 3-way SLI technology,
resulting in amazingly fast game-play.


Republic of Gamers (ROG)

The Republic of Gamers is for the best of the best. Sporting the best
hardware engineering, the fastest performance, and the most innovative
ideas, we welcome the best gamers to join. Extending the ROG tradition,
the new Striker II Formula features superb overclocking capability and
a rich feature set that includes the SupremeFX II audio card.


A Future-Proof Gaming Platform

The Striker II Formula supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors,
including the next generation 45nm multi-core processors with Front
Side Bus (FSB) up to 1333MHz.


Today’s
games demand the most powerful graphics solutions available. Able to
run up to three graphics cards in 3-way SLI, the Striker II Formula is
the perfect motherboard for hardcore gaming enthusiasts who demand the
most from their rigs. NVIDIA’s 3-Way SLI technology takes advantage of
the increased bandwidth of the PCI Express 2.0 bus and features
intelligent hardware and software solutions allowing up to three
graphics cards to work together seamlessly. This results in performance
that’s both scalable while offering more than twice the performance of
a single GPU system.


Overclocking Taken to the Next Level

To allow maximum overclocking without system crashes, the ASUS
exclusive Extreme Tweaker technology lets users adjust the north bridge
(NB), south bridge (SB), and DRAM voltages in 0.02v increments. By
adjusting the voltages in smaller increments, users can safely achieve
the highest voltage the system supports, resulting in the best
overclocking performance possible.


COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)

Overclock with confidence. The COP EX allows overclockers to increase
chipset voltages without having to worry about overheating. It can also
be used to monitor and in extreme cases, save an overheating graphics
card. The ASUS COP EX gives enthusiasts more freedom to overclock with
fewer constraints.


Voltiminder LED

When overclocking, over-voltage adjustments are crucial, but they can
be risky. Similar to a tachometer’s "red zone”, the Voltiminder LED
displays the voltage status for the CPU, NB, SB, and memory in an
intuitive color-coded fashion.


ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

In the unfortunate instance that the system crashes due to an
overclocking failure, the days of having to open the computer case to
clear CMOS data are in the past. Just restart the system, the BIOS will
show the previous setting and users can simply adjust the CPU settings
again to restart the PC.


Extreme Tweaker

Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system for
optimal performance. Frequency adjustments, over-voltage options, and
memory timing settings can all be adjusted in one easy place.


ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit)

The ASUS EPU utilizes innovative technology to digitally monitor and
tune the CPU power supply with improved VR responses in heavy or light
loadings. It automatically provides power for higher performance and
can improve efficiency by 7% when the PC is running low intensity
applications. Working together with AI Gear 3, this can help you attain
the best possible power efficiency, resulting in energy savings of
close to 60%.





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M0R0NI replied on Wed, Jan 23 2008 9:18 AM

Wow worth a look into!

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TheBadRat replied on Wed, Jan 23 2008 4:57 PM

Does anyone know if/when a version of the Striker II will be released that has the Fusion Block System (H2O Ready)?  I would guess it may be relased as either Striker II Formula Special Edition or Striker II Extreme.  Thanks in advance.

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Kamrooz replied on Fri, Feb 22 2008 12:30 AM

definitely nice, but does anyone else feel insulted with Nvidia's new chipset?

 There 750/780 is afterall a 650/680 with just updated support and a BR04 bridge chip. It has all the same faults as the 650/680 chipset. Personally I feel insulted. To label something old as new when you just slightly modified it is disturbing. Looking forward to see how 790 develops, but when it comes to 750/780, it just angers me,

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colt1911 replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 3:15 PM

That's why I switched to the P35 chipset over my 680I . I was tired of Nvidia just patching things up to put out a so-called new chipset. I dropped to a P5K Premium and a Evga 8800GTS 512 and couldn't be happier. All I 'm waiting on at the moment is for my decision on a E8500 or go with the Q9550 when there available for the consumers. As for the Striker II board I've heard mixed recations about it , one being that the NB gets very hot even with an extra fan on it . I don't know how water cooling would be though.

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 8:03 PM

colt1911:

That's why I switched to the P35 chipset over my 680I . I was tired of Nvidia just patching things up to put out a so-called new chipset. I dropped to a P5K Premium and a Evga 8800GTS 512 and couldn't be happier. All I 'm waiting on at the moment is for my decision on a E8500 or go with the Q9550 when there available for the consumers. As for the Striker II board I've heard mixed recations about it , one being that the NB gets very hot even with an extra fan on it . I don't know how water cooling would be though.

 Finally someone agrees with me. Taking a 650/680 and updated the specs for cpu/memory support along with a br04 bridge trip is a slap in the face to me. Nvidia's intel chipsets have tons of issues...and they had the audacity to just re-release it with a new name and a few new features without even fixing the problems. Heat being one of them as you mentioned...BTW, 790I will be out sometime soon priced at around 350 dollars..Nvidia is going to be laughing their way to profit while uninformed consumers pick up these "enthusiast" boards...When a p35 or x38 will offer the same performance...Personally, I'm never buying a nvidia chipset, I hope the licensing of CSIwill force nvidia to open up SLI. As some fo you may know, rumor is Intel is refusing to give Nvidia licensing of CSI (Common Serial Interface), which will be used in the upcoming Nehalem platform. I'll let you guys read it if you're interested..

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20080222132030_Nvidia_s_SLI_May_Disappear_or_SLI_Policy_May_Be_Changed_If_Nvidia_Fails_to_License_Intel_s_Next_Gen_Processor_Bus.html 

If this rumor is true, hopefully SLI will open up to intel chipsets =D. 

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pewkitt replied on Thu, Feb 28 2008 12:08 AM

thats what i thought............... but when i bought the motherboard along with 2 x 1gb graphic cards 8800GT and 4 GB of ram OCZ, Q6600 chip and 2 raptor drives and the vista 64 bit home premium. This was the hardest system i had ever put together and had the motherboard back for testing to see if it was broken, but it wasnt i ended up having to ajust the voltage on the bios so the RAM would work and spend an age messing with Vista just to get it all going and even now it runs so hot i cant believe it. when i visited the ASUS website they had a long list of complaints about the board, so my advice is be careful and check into hardware before you get carried away and spend a month trying to get it all to work............ on the plus side its now a smooth running system with plenty of overclocking potential but runs hot as hell.

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colt1911 replied on Thu, Feb 28 2008 7:38 AM

It's good to hear that you have your system stable now . I 've owned nothing but Asus boards ever since I've been building my own computers and every time I've had to manually set the voltages on my memory and set the timings to get it stable. I just always thought Asus was very picky about what Ram you used. The reason I went with a Intel Chip set (P35 ) was I am tired of Nvidia trying pass of an older chip set with just a few modifications on it to make the next generation cpu work and we as consumers expecting better from a company of such higher standards. I had to give up SLI in doing this but for me it was not that big of a loss. I'm running 1 Evga 8800GTS 512mb card and it handles everything I throw at it . The best thing is now when a new card comes out I don't spend double my money on 2 cards  and still I get very good performance, less heat and use less power. I'm sure alot of readers will disagree with me but thats called freedom of choice and I respect that.

 

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trueg50 replied on Thu, Feb 28 2008 8:41 AM

Beautiful, that was the only complaint about the asus 680i boards, they needed chipset overheat protection.

 

This is especially essential on the 680i's with their volcanic northbridges. As for the voltimeter I think  that seems kind of useless, but maybe kind of neat. 

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Kamrooz replied on Thu, Feb 28 2008 9:11 PM

I definitely won't be dissagreeigng with you on that one colt =P. I'm avoiding nvidia at whatever cost. 

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