thumbnail ASUS Striker Extreme & P5N32 E SLi

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.

box ASUS Striker Extreme & P5N32 E SLi
box ASUS Striker Extreme & P5N32 E SLi

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


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


nForce® 680i SLI™




305mm x 245mm, ATX Form Factor


100 – 650MHz


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


> 6x


VCore up to
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


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

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

SupremeFX Audio Card using ADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio
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.