Test Platform and Sandra
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4 GHz) Processor
- 2 x Corsair XMS DDR2-800 Memory (2 x 1 GB, CAS 4-4-4-12)
- 1 x Nvidia GeForce 7900 GT 256 MB (Nvidia 93.71 Driver)
- 1 x Maxtor DiamondMax 10 Serial ATA Hard Disk
- 1 x Plextor PX-755SA DVD+/-RW Drive
- 1 x Corsair HX620W 620W Power Supply
Windows XP Professional SP2 (32-bit)
- Asus Striker Extreme Nvidia nForce 680i SLI Chipset (701 BIOS)
- Asus P5NSLI Nvidia nForce 570 SLI Chipset (0903 BIOS)
- Asus P5W DH Deluxe Intel 975X Chipset (1707 BIOS)
At stock speeds, the Striker Extreme shows performance on par with other high-end Socket-775 boards. CPU performance is nearly identical, although we do see some variance when it comes to memory performance. The Striker 680i board shows a slight lead in memory bandwidth, whereas the 975X has slightly better latencies, at least at stock speeds.
When overclocked (to 1466 MHz FSB / 3.3 GHz), the Striker Extreme really shines, delivering excellent performance. Keep in mind, we reached these speeds without adjusting voltage levels at all - everything was kept at stock levels.