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Thursday, May 22, 2008
Motherboard Roundup May 2008

4. Asus Striker II Extreme - Features, specifications

The Asus Striker II Extreme is the "The Ultimate Gaming/Overclocking Platform" according to Asus. The motherboard has been designed by Asus and it is based on Nvidia's 790i SLI chipset, the only chipset that offers SLI support for Intel C2D processors.

The motherboard supports the DDR3-2000 dual-channel memory architecture and has three PCI Express 2.0 x16 lanes for extreme graphics performance (3-way SLI). It also comes with the ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) for power efficiency. The included water cooling solution makes overclocking a really easy task for experienced users.

- Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
- Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo Ready
- Support Intel next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPU
- NVIDIA nForce® 790i Ultra SLI™
- Dual-channel DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C)/1333/1066/800 Support
- Fusion Block System
- CPU Level Up
- Memory Level Up
- LCD Poster
- SupremeFX II 8-CH Audio

LGA775 Intel® Core™2 Processor Ready

This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. It also can support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPU. With new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz FSB, Intel® Core™2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.

PCIe 2.0
Double Speed; Double Bandwidth This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.

Fusion Block System H2O ready: The next step in thermal solution.
The Fusion Block System is a more efficient thermal solution compared to competing followers with complicated looks. It is a hybrid thermal design that combines the ROG's renowned heatpipe design with the additional ability to connect to a water cooling system. By taking the entire integrated solution into design considerations, the user can enjoy exceptional thermal improvement to north bridge, south bridge, Crosslinx, and even VRM with a single connection. The Fusion Block System is the most versatile, efficient, and the most advanced thermal system there is on a motherboard.
CPU Level Up - A Simple click for instant upgrade
Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with ROG´s CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest!
See the new CPU speed and enjoy that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.

More information on the Asus Striker II Extreme is available on Asus website.

- Full specifications

CPU
Intel Socket 775 Core™2 Extreme/Core™2 Duo/Pentium® Extreme/Pentium® D/Pentium® 4/Celeron Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Support Intel® next generation 45nm CPU
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI
Front Side Bus
1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
Memory
4 x DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR3 2000*/1800*/1600*/1333/800 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual channel memory architecture - supports NVIDIA® SLI™-ready technology
*Overclock speed
**Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lidts).
Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 ,support NVIDIA® SLI™ technology, at full x16, x16 speed(blue)
1 x PCIe x16 ,at x16 speed(middle)
2 x PCIe x1 ( the PCIEx1_1 (black) is compatible with audio slot)
2 x PCI 2.2
Scalable Link Interface (SLI™)
Support NVIDIA 3-way SLI graphics cards (triple at x16 mode)
Storage
Southbridge
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66/33
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports NVIDIA MediaShield™ RAID Support RAID 0,1,0+1,5,JBOD span cross Serial ATA drives
JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
2 xExternal SATA 3.0Gb/s port on back I/O (SATA On-the-Go)
LAN
Dual Gigabit LAN, both featuring AI NET2
Support Teaming Technology
Audio
SupremeFX II Audio Card
ADI 1988B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
ASUS Noise Filter
IEEE 1394
2 x 1394a ports (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)
USB
10 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
Overclocking Features
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
2-Phase DDR 3
Intelligent overclocking tools
- CPU Level Up
- Memory Level Up
- AI Gear 3+
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- ASUS AI Booster Utility
- ASUS O.C. Profile: overclocking configuration-sharing tool
Overclocking Protection
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Frequency LED
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features
LCD Poster
Fusion Block System
EL I/O
Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Cls CMOS (at rear)
ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit)
Q-Connector
Q-Fan Plus
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-fan 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS
BIOS Wallpaper
ASUS MyLogo3
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
2 x External SATA
1 x IEEE 1394a
2 x LAN(RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x Clr CMOS switch
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output1 x onboard LED switch
Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
1 x8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x EL I/O Shield Connector
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS connector
3 x thermal sensor connectors
Chassis Intrusion connector
System Panel
1 x ROG connector
BIOS
8 Mb Flash ROM
DMI 2.0
PnP
WfM 2.0
SM BIOS 2.4
Award BIOS
ACPI 2.0a
Multi-language BIOS
Manageability
WOL by PME,WOR by PME,Chasis Intrusion,PXE
Accessories
LCD Poster
ASUS Optional Fan
SupremeFX II Audio Card
3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
Floppy disk drive cable
3-way SLI bridge
ASUS SLI bridge
SATA cables
SATA power cables
2-port USB2.0 + IEEE 1394a module
EL I/O Shield
Thermal sensor cables
DIY Pedestal
Fusion Block System Accessory
Cable Ties
User's manual
Support Disc
The hottest DX10 Game: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Support DVD:
- Drivers and applications
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Suite
Futuremark ® 3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.5 cm )




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