ASUS Striker II Extreme (nForce 790i Ultra SLI) review

Today we have in our hands what is easily the most lethal SLI platform yet, as we bring you the ASUS Striker II Extreme motherboard, based on the new Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset.

Unlike the previous generation 780i, this new chipset has been completely redesigned to properly accommodate technologies such as PCI Express 2.0 and Triple-SLI. The nForce 790i adopts Nvidia's C73 north bridge and MCP55 south bridge, giving it proper 1600MHz FSB support for the latest Intel 45nm processors.

There is however one chink in the Striker II Extreme's armor, and that is its exclusive support for DDR3 memory. While this could be seen as both a positive or negative feature, at least for now we feel most consumers will look at this as a drawback. Currently DDR3-1333 costs roughly four times more than DDR2-800 memory, while offering next to none performance advantages. It is not until frequencies of 1600+ MHz are reached that DDR3 begins to come into its own.

View: ASUS Striker II Extreme (nForce 790i Ultra SLI) motherboard review @ TechSpot

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If your smart, you will stay away from all these overpriced Asus boards. I just wasted $250 on their Maximus board, and never in my life have I seen a board with so many problems. Its only been out like 5 months and its already being discontinued.

You definitely do NOT get what you pay for. Your much better off going with a cheaper less expensive board. They can overclock just as easily as any overpriced board can.

The Asus boards are also killing many peoples memory. Read the forums if you don't believe me.

(TC17 said @ #5)
If your smart, you will stay away from all these overpriced Asus boards. I just wasted $250 on their Maximus board, and never in my life have I seen a board with so many problems. Its only been out like 5 months and its already being discontinued.
It's only discontinued because within the month they are releasing the Rampage Formula, the X48 equivalent of the Maximus ( X38 ). And for all I've heard the Maximus is a very fine board (as opposed to the Strikers which arent all that flash by the sounds of it)

Well if you want SLI I'd still go the NVidia route then since you will get those performance gains in games. However if you know you arent going SLI I'd lean towards the Intels.

(Smigit said @ #4.1)
Well if you want SLI I'd still go the NVidia route then since you will get those performance gains in games. However if you know you arent going SLI I'd lean towards the Intels.

is there any information on why they suck, and whats wrong with them?

(X'tyfe said @ #4.2)

is there any information on why they suck, and whats wrong with them?

I dont have specific articles, but have read claims though that ppl that have used both have taken preference to the Intels either in forums (hardforums which I also visit) or motherboard reviews (a few of the reviews I have read have mentioned this in the introductions).

Anyway dont be scarred to get the boards anyway. I hear they have a bit of stability issues and dont clock as well but if your going to go SLI youll be getting benefits from that which will likely outweight and overclocking restrictions by a large margin. I also doubt they are THAT unstable or noone would buy them at all. Considering the sort of sites I go to which are pretty enthusiast driven, it's likely the issues there arent the same most ppl would experience given that 85% of ppl have no intention to overclock ect.

so with that in mind, thats why my preference is Intel, namely I want to overclock but dont want SLI. If I thought SLI was for me believe me I'd be happy enough to get an NVIdia chipset.

Intel has been making chipsets longer then Nvidia. I had a Nvidia chipset and man the problems I had with it. Got a new board with Intel and haven't had any issues.

Err... I don't see it talking about the blue LEDS like the original one had... Anyone know? I love bells and whistles... I'm sorry, I have an acrylic case!!!