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ASUS Striker Extreme - nForce 680i to the Max

By: Cameron Johnson | NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 16, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: ASUS

Test System Setup


Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Supplied by Intel)


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1066 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA (Supplied by Seagate Australia)


Graphics Card: MSI Radeon 1950Pro (Supplied by MSI)


Cooling: Gigabyte Neon775 (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2


Drivers: ATI Platform Drive 6.10, nVidia Platform Driver 9.53, ATI catalyst 6.12 and DX9c


Here we have the ASUS Striker against the already tested eVGA 680i (regular and more affordable design from nVidia) which is about $90 USD cheaper than the Striker Extreme and the DFI RD600. DFI's LANPARTY UT ICFX3200-T2R/G is a kick-ass motherboard that recently received our Editor's Choice award - it's comes in at around $125 USD cheaper than the ASUS Striker Extreme and offers ever so slightly better FSB overclocking in our tests (511MHz FSB vs. 510MHz FSB).


All of the motherboards for the overclocked portion of the tests used a multiplier of 6x, which allows us to examine the result of higher attainable FSB speeds. DFI was running at 6 x 511MHz (3066MHz), eVGA was running at 6 x 489 (2934MHz) and ASUS was running at 6 x 510MHz (3060MHz). All used the same memory speeds where possible but the DFI was just under the ASUS board at overclocked speeds due to its divider ranges but still very close together.


These are all expensive motherboards with the DFI RD600 being around 30% cheaper than the ASUS Striker Extreme and about 10% cheaper than the eVGA motherboard. Let's allow the benchmarks to do the talking and see who comes out in front at the end of the day.


Let's begin!


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SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.



At stock speeds the DFI RD600 manages just a slight lead. However, when we start to overclock the board, the nVidia 680i shows its colours with the ASUS board out in front on the memory bandwidth score.

Intel Core™2 Extreme QX6700, 2.66 GHz (BX80562QX6700) Processor


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