The Striker Extreme is ASUS’ answer to those looking for a high-end motherboard that performs well, overclocks well, and comes with all the bells and whistles. Does it add up for the Striker? We will also be taking a look at the P5N32-E SLi, the stripped-down counterpart of the Striker, to find out whether it provides bang-for-buck for those on a tighter budget.

Today we will be taking a look at two motherboards from ASUS based on the nForce 680i chipset – the Striker Extreme and the P5N32-E SLi. The Striker is part of ASUS’ Republic of Gamers line, which is composed of top-end motherboards which, according to ASUS, give some of the best overclocks around. The P5N32-E SLi is a cheaper and cut-down version of the Striker Extreme in terms of features, but as we shall see later its performance doesn’t disappoint when compared to its more expensive brethren.

For a more in-depth look at the new nForce 680i chipset do check out our EVGA nForce 680i SLi review.
 












CPU

LGA775 Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo
/ Pentium Extreme / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D

Chipset

NVIDIA
nForce® 680i SLI™

FSB

533/800/1066/1333Mhz

Form
Factor


305mm x 245mm, ATX Form Factor

Bus
Speeds

100 – 650MHz

Memory

4 x DDR2 DIMM,
Dual Channel
Dual-Channel DDR2-800/667/533, non ECC
Support Up to 8GB


Multiplier

> 6x


Voltages

VCore up to
1.9V
VDIMM up to 3.42V
VSPP up to 2.75V
VMCP up to 1.85V
VLDT up to 1.95V
CPU VTT up to 1.55V


Expansion Slots

2 x PCI-E
x16 (x16/x16)
1 x PCI-E x16 (x8)
1x PCI-E x1 (x1)
2 x PCI 2.2

Onboard
IDE/SCSI

6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
2 x e-SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices

Other Features

NVIDIA
nForce® 680i SLI™ built-in dual Gigabit MAC with external Marvell PHY

SupremeFX Audio Card using ADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio
CODEC
VIA6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a ports
10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)

The detailed specifications of the Striker Extreme and the P5N32-E SLi can be found on ASUS’ website at the following locations: Striker Extreme, P5N32-E SLi.