Quad-core PC project - Update on the Asus Striker Extreme motherboard

Quad-core PC project - Update on the Asus Striker Extreme motherboard

Summary: Seems like I misjudged the difficulty I would encounter installing the Asus Striker Extreme motherboard.

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Seems like I misjudged the difficulty I would encounter installing the Asus Striker Extreme motherboard.

Before making this purchase I had carried out a quick search of the Asus support forum and come to the conclusion that at the very least the Striker Extreme board that I'd chosen for the quad-core project was going to turn out to be a pain to set up.  At the very least I was expecting to have to jig about with the RAM voltage to get the system to boot up past POST reliably.  I also expected to have to install the latest BIOS update.  The truth is that I've got one system done and it's getting past POST just fine.  There may be problems later on, but I'm prepared for these.  So far the Asus Striker Extreme strikes me as a darn nice board.

The fine weather means that I'm behind on the build (well, I didn't really have a schedule but I did kinda expect to have it finished by today) but I'll get them finished tomorrow.

I'll try to get some photos posted tomorrow ... I'm particularly interested in showing you what a tight squeeze it was getting the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro past the heat pipes on the board!

Topics: Hardware, CXO

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  • Asus vs eVGA

    I purchased one of the first Striker Extreme boards in Dec 2006 and then spent months attempting make it stable. Many RMAs and months later, I switched a different Asus board, until that failed. Finally, after giving up on Asus and its 1980's style tech support and I moved "down" to the $170 EVGA nForce 680i SE, which almost has all the same features as the Striker.

    The eVGA board is rock solid and the stock 3D Mark06 scores are just as good.

    While I do miss some features like the extra temperature sensors, I don't miss the high cost and low stability of the Asus board.

    You should try the eVGA versions of this board.

    (NOTE: I don't work or know anybody who works for eVGA.)
    trophygeek
  • RE: Quad-core PC project - Update on the Asus Striker Extreme motherboard

    After a week with my new QX6800 quad build,i can say that i am very happy with its performance.Just with a mild OC to 3.2GHz I scored 16,427 on 3DMark06Pro Now that the cool weather is coming back,Ill try 3.46Ghz and hope tp break 17,000.Considering i got the QX brand new at half the current price, really made this build they way i wanted it.Its not that myx6800 was not a good performer,it was the fact that i wanted more out of this build.I just ordered two 8800Ultras to replace my 8800GTX's.I also added a WD 750GB to go with the my two 150GB 10,000 rpm Raptors.I also added the Dominator fan to cool the 4Gbs of PC8500 Dominators.
    stanj.miranda9