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TiKiMaN1
02-14-07, 07:11 PM
It's really nice to finally see some good press about this board that I love. Mind you this board is not for everyone (some compatability issues be it memory or otherwise), but this is my favorite board of all time!

(nana2)

:tiki:

Maximum PC March Issue 9/10 Kick A$$ Award!

How much of a badass mother is Asus's new motherboard? It is so bad that it doesn't even use numbers in its name. Yeah, there's no R2-D2-like naming convention here. Just call it Striker Extreme, or El Extremerino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

The Extreme isn't about marketing shtick though. Asus has integrated some pretty compelling features into this nForce 680i-based Intel Core 2 motherboard that we hadn't seen before. The best example of this is LCD poster. Instead of providing a cryptic POSt message, the Extreme features a small LCD display that gives you info in plain English.

The I/O shield features electroluminescent lighting, so you can see where your USB and PS/2 ports are. And there are even LED's that can be safely activated when you work around your PC with it turned off. It's scary to muck with parts while the LEDs are lit, but if you push a switch on the back of the board, it cuts power to the USB, RAM, and the add-in slots, so you can remove or add components without damaging anything.

More important though, the Extreme gives you more usable slots. With two double-width GPUs installed, there are still enough slots to add a PCI soundcard and a PCI-E card. The onboard sound features SoundMax codecs, is even passable. There's no EAX support, but SoundMax still sounds better than the Realtek parts.

On the performance front, the Extreme edges the two Intel-based based boards by a small margin and comes up short only in FEAR, which tells us something is screwy with the nForce chipset and FEAR. All three nForce-based boards we've looked at recently trailed their Intel counterparts in FEAR when at low resolutions. Everywhere else, this mobo came up smelling like roses.

So what's wrong? The price. The boards lists at $330 and was going for $100 more than list when we went to press. That's not Asus's fault though. You can't blame the company for what other are willing to charge for this sexy beast.

I recently purchased the board for $349 at EXcaliberPC.com.:D

Too bad NEWEGG (ARE YOU LISTENING!!!!?):lol: does not bring their price down from $419. Fetch it has been listed at $419 at NewEgg since November.:(

I know this board is fantastic. It can picky with memory, but it's features are awesome IMO. It also comes bundled with GRAW, 3DMARK06 Advanced Version, and some nice Anti-Virus software.

(nana2)

Slash310
02-14-07, 08:10 PM
awesome :beer:

Spartan 117
02-14-07, 08:46 PM
cool, im still tempted to get this mobo, im not sure what to do :thumbdwn:

mullet
02-15-07, 12:52 AM
Awsome Tiki if I was going the SLI path the asus striker and EVGA boards would be the only 2 choices for me anyway. Hurry man I want to see pic's!!! :captnkill:

TiKiMaN1
02-15-07, 12:54 AM
Awsome Tiki if I was going the SLI path the asus striker and EVGA boards would be the only 2 choices for me anyway. Hurry man I want to see pic's!!! :captnkill:

:D I have almost all of the parts. If you want I could post pics of the boxes.(nana2)

jcniest5
02-15-07, 01:16 AM
:D I have almost all of the parts. If you want I could post pics of the boxes.(nana2)

Yeah, post some pictures, PLZ!!!! :captnkill:

TiKiMaN1
02-15-07, 01:20 AM
I got my new CoolIT Systems Freezone Yesterday and they cabling is sleeved by CrazyPC and is very nice. I will post pics of it tomorrow.

Here are some pics I posted in another thread:

http://imageigloo.com/images/2444tikicards.JPG
http://imageigloo.com/images/8364tikicards2.JPG
http://imageigloo.com/images/4886tikicards3.JPG
http://imageigloo.com/images/9986tikicards4.JPG

hirantha
02-15-07, 09:53 AM
I cant believe you sold the same stuff few months ago and buying the same stuff again.. lol that's some hardcore!

Yeah Maxpc loved their striker.. i might look into this board too!

mullet
02-15-07, 11:48 AM
Nice man!!!

|JuiceZ|
02-15-07, 12:06 PM
Here are some pics I posted in another thread:

http://imageigloo.com/images/2444tikicards.JPG
http://imageigloo.com/images/8364tikicards2.JPG
http://imageigloo.com/images/4886tikicards3.JPG
http://imageigloo.com/images/9986tikicards4.JPG

This thread needs a NWS title, I almost lost it in my cube here at work :D How's that case?

Bearclaw
02-15-07, 12:36 PM
:D I have almost all of the parts. If you want I could post pics of the boxes.(nana2)
Ya seriously, hurry up.

marqmajere
02-15-07, 02:24 PM
Wow! Way out of my price range. :(

TiKiMaN1
02-15-07, 02:56 PM
This thread needs a NWS title, I almost lost it in my cube here at work :D How's that case?

:lol:

It's freaking sweet man! I will post more pics tonight. It's been very fun gathering parts together for a rig another forum member described as "off the hook".:D

:jumping::tiki::jumping:

Madpistol
02-15-07, 03:36 PM
It's all soooooooo PURDY! :afraid:


Makes my single 8800 GTX and 680i look like childs play. :(