Asus Striker Extreme Nvidia nForce 680i Motherboard

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There are only a few motherboard makers today who don't design boards with the enthusiast in mind. It's been proven that the enthusiast market, as small as it is, gets the most press coverage of any segment of motherboards. Thus, enthusiast markets do have the ability to influence purchases of an entire company's range of motherboards. Unfortunately, motherboards which are truly designed for the enthusiast are few and far between. Sure, it's easy to put some flashy heatsinks and some basic overclocking controls in to try to lure the casual gamer to their brand - but the true enthusiast demands more. Near unlimited access to timing controls, efficient cooling systems, flexible expansion configurations, and most of all, a cleanly designed motherboard which is easy to work with and can handle almost anything you can throw at it.

Few companies have the R&D power which Asus has, being one of the elite tier one motherboard makers out there who is designing boards for the enthusiast. While most of Asus's high-end board releases over the past year have been well received by the overclocking and tweaking communities, for the most part they still have been targeted at multiple markets. Recently though, Asus has decided to go all out and produce a line of boards dedicated to the ultra high-end enthusiast, cost be damned. These boards go above and beyond what most expect to see in a high-end board, and boast some unique features. Integrated LCD screens, LED backlighting, triple PCI Express x16 slots, complex swerving lanes of heatpipes - these boards are really getting into a class by themselves.

There are only three products in this lineup of ultra high-end Asus motherboards thus far, which can be noticed as they don't follow any of the conventional naming schemas applied to Asus' typical motherboard lineup. The other two motherboards are based on the nForce 590 SLI chipset for Socket-AM2 (the Asus Crosshair) and another based on the Intel P965 chipset for Socket-775 (the Asus Commando). However, neither of these boards are as coveted as the latest release in their "Gaming" series, the "Striker Extreme".

Let's just run down some of the core features here to get your appetite wet. Nvidia's latest nForce 680i chipset for Core 2 dual/quad-core processors. Support for up to 1333 MHz front side bus speeds with DDR2-1200 memory. Triple PCI Express x16 sized slots. Six Serial ATA-II/300 ports with RAID-5. Integated LCD screen and backlit I/O panel, silent copper heatpipe chipset cooling, and the most luxurious set of BIOS controls (yes, BIOS controls can be luxurious) to date. The Striker Extreme is a board for the high-end enthusiast who wants everything and will pay any price for it. 

Shipping Box - Top

Shipping Box - Bottom

Specifications

CPU

  • LGA775 socket for Intel Core2 Extreme / Core2 Duo / Pentium Extreme / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D Processors
  • Intel Quad-core CPU Ready

Chipset

  •  NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
  • Support SLI-Ready Memory Technlogy

Front Side Bus

  •  1333 / 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz
  • (available when CPU's supporting 1333 MHz FSB)

Memory

  •  Dual channel memory architecture
  • 4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2-800/667/533, non-ECC and un-buffered memory
  • SLI-Ready Memory @ 1200MHz

Expansion Slots

  •  2 x PCI Express x16 slot, support NVIDIA SLI technology, at full x16, x16 speed
  • 1 x PCI Express x16, at x8 speed
  • 1 x PCI Express x1
  • 2 x PCI 2.2

Scalable Link Interface (SLI)

  •  Support two identical NVIDIA SLI-Ready graphics cards (both at x16 mode)
  • ASUS PEG Link

Storage

  • 1 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 / 33
  • 6 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
  • NVIDIA MediaShield RAID supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD span cross Serial ATA drives
  • Silicon Image 3132 SATA controller supports 2 x External Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s port on back I/O (SATA On-the-Go)

LAN

  • NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI built-in dual Gigabit MAC with external Marvell PHY
  • Support NVIDIA DualNet technology

High Definition Audio

  • SupremeFX Audio Card
  • ADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Support Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-streaming and Jack-Retasking
  • Noise Filter
  • Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out
  • DTS Connect
  • ASUS Array Mic

IEEE 1394a

  • VIA6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a ports

USB

  • Max. 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)

Overclocking Features

  • AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
  • AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
  • ASUS AI Booster Utility
  • O.C Profile
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

BIOS

  • 8Mb Award BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, Multi-Language BIOS

Manageability

  • WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chasis Intrusion, PXE

Special Features

  • LCD Poster
  • EL I/O
  • Onboard LED
  • Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS
  • Q-Connector
  • Q-Fan Plus
  • ASUS EZ Flash2
  • ASUS Music Alarm
  • ASUS MyLogo3

Back Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x LCD Poster
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port(purple)
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse port(green)
  • 1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • 2 x External SATA
  • 2 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x IEEE1394a port
  • 1 x onboard LED switch

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 3 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector for two devices
  • 6 x SATA connectors
  • 8 x Fan connector: 1 x CPU / 1 x SPS / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
  • 3 x thermal sensor connector
  • 1 x IEEE1394a connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF output connector
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 24-pin ATX Power connector
  • 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • 1 x EL I/O Shield Connector
  • System panel connector

Accessories

  • SLI bridge
  • ASUS Array Mic
  • ASUS Optional Fan
  • 3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
  • UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
  • Floppy disk drive cable
  • SATA cables
  • SATA power cables
  • 2-port USB2.0 module
  • IEEE1394a module
  • EL I/O Shield
  • Thermal sensor cables
  • Cable Ties
  • ROG key ring
  • User's manual

Software

  • Ghost Recon
  • InterVideo Media Launcher
  • Asus Striker Extreme Support DVD:
  • Futuremark 3DMark 06 Advanced Edition
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus

Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)

 

 

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