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ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard

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  • NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 800

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ASUS presents a peak gaming platform with the NVIDIA 680i based Striker Extreme. Intel’s Socket T will support LGA775 based processors including the new Quad-core, and the DIMM slots will support up to 8GB of DDR2-800 memory for maximum gaming power. The 3, yes THREE, PCI-E x16 slots will support 2 GPU cards at x16 and a physics card at x8 speeds. There is one ATA133 header and ,6 SATAII headers for drive connectivity. Four back panel and 6 internal headers give you up to 10 USB 2.0 ports and there are up to 2 FireWire ports (1 back panel and 1 header). Two gigabit LAN connectors provide maximum network access. Two eSATA ports give you high speed access to your external data storage devices.

The SupremeFX audio system is an 8 channel setup that has jack sensing for 2, 4, 6 or 8 channel speaker systems. Also included is the DTS Connect feature which converts your stereo or multi-channel audio into a DTS audio signal and sends it out to any DTS enabled system and can also convert your standard stereo audio into a multi-channel experience through the computer’s speaker system.

In order to get you up and gaming faster ASUS built a number of handy features into the board such as EL I/O which lights up your back panel connections, on-board LEDs to help you setup without using a flashlight, an LCD Poster to let you know of any errors during post and an on-board switch to make overclocking and other system adjustments easier.

  • newegg NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Chipsets The enthusiast-oriented NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI chipsets deliver outstanding gaming experiences with two SLI-based full-bandwidth PCI Express x16 links and NVIDIA LinkBoost technology automatically delivering additional GPU and MCP bandwidth for unrestricted graphics performance. Take advantage of NVIDIA FirstPacket technology to prioritize your gaming traffic for reduced ping times! Other advanced features include SATA 3Gb/s RAID, dual Gigabit LAN and High Definition Audio.
  • newegg Intel Core 2 Processor Support This motherboard supports next-generation LGA 775 Intel Core 2 processors including the Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Extreme. With Intel’s brand-new Core microarchitecture, the Intel Core 2 processors are considered some of the most powerful and energy-efficient CPUs in the world.
  • newegg 8 Phase Power Design The ASUS 8-Phase Power Design protects the CPU and power module from the risk of excessively high power stress to greatly extend CPU lifetime and system stability. The highly-efficient design also generates less heat to ensure low ambient temperatures, while the vigorous power pump delivers serious overclocking potential.
  • newegg LCD Notice Board The LCD Notice Board automatically detects device failures and posts physical system errors during POST (Power-on Self-Test) when system malfunctions occur.
  • newegg Onboard LEDs The on-board LEDs illuminate brilliantly for eye-catching fun.
  • newegg Onboard Switch With onboard switches, power on or reset the system without installing the motherboard into the case, shorting the pins or moving jumpers for fast bench testing.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Ramon P.
  • 10/10/2015 10:00:57 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great MOBO…8 years later still works. I think I got everything I could out of it. A rare Nvidia incursion into the motherboard chipset territory and in my opinion they did pretty good. Of course SATA II, DDR2 RAM and PCIE v1 couldn’t keep up with advancements in OS and gaming software. Therefore it was time to retire it. Very satisfied with it.

Cons: A few BIOS issues during the first few weeks as it was cutting edge at the time. A BIOS upgrade resolved the issue. It worked fine ever since.

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2 out of 5 eggsWas great untill it blew up.

Pros: Awesome Bored but...

Cons: I loved this bored but a cooler master PSU blew it up and the RAM on it. It really sucked. I was just looking at old reviews I had put on newegg and now that I am using newegg again I thought I would update my review. This bored was so cool but at the time I couldn't get a RMA because it was because of the cooler Master PSU that I had that was the cause of this MB going out, taking the ram with it.. Dead Cooler Master PSU, Dead awesome MB and dead $200 Ram.. It was about 700 in total dmg.

I wish Newegg would see this or CoolerMaster, Asus, or someone in charge and see that I got cheated at the time.

I still have the PSU, MB and Ram that died..

Other Thoughts: I am not trying to make a big thing as no one will see this review since this tech is long gone.. I just went and looked at the stuff I had working great and seen these reviews now that im using newegg again and kinda wish something could be done. I wish I would have tried to keep calling back to get the right person or something. But after 3 calls and emails I gave up.

Now that I don't have the money I used to, it just makes me sad that nothing was done about this.

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5 out of 5 eggsStill kicking

Pros: Still going about 7 years later. Most important stuff still works. Good heatsinks and reliability and features. Used with a Q6600. Survived dead PSU, dead HDD, dead DVD drive.

Cons: The bios updates stopped coming. The soundcard was not that good. SATA II is feeling slow.

Other Thoughts: Overall really happy about it's reliability.

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  • Steven K.
  • 2/1/2011 1:50:10 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsRating: 3/5Board Fine, ASUS Support BAD!

Pros: This is a follow up to the review I just posted. I did forget to mention two important things. See cons. I still feel on whole the board is a 3 out of 5 eggs even with this two forgotten issues.

Cons: One time I was ripping music CD's to my HD and suddenly the machine stopped recogonizing both optical drives. I restarted the PC, and they still did not showup. I went into the BIOS and a coupe of random settings changed on their own. It had the wrong video card setting, wrong CPU multiplier, and didn't show my optical drives. ASUS tech support was baffled and had no idea how to fix or how it happened. I managed to fix it by unplugging both drives, power cycling the computer, then plugging both drives back in, correcting BIOS settings, and it worked fine again.

Also the onboard blue LEDs did not turn on when they were supposed to. Either bad design or a glitch on the board. ASUS says they are there to help you plug in components inside your PC to the MB in the dark. Maybe someone forgot to tell them you should never be plugging things in/out while the MB is on which was the only time the LEDs were on.

Other Thoughts: Again, sadly this just shows how bad the ASUS tech support and build quality are. It honestly is a shame. I have had 100% failure rate with all the ASUS products I have owned. All were bought in the last 5 years. Their MB's and coolers have some of the nicest feature sets out there, but their product quality, service, and lack of support on their products leaves way too much to be desired. If only they put more quality and service into their brand for the high prices they charge.

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  • Steven K.
  • 1/31/2011 7:07:11 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsBoard Fine, ASUS Support BAD!

Pros: Nice feature set and good hardware/software accessories in the bundle. I owned this board for a couple of years. It was always stable, and I did not have any issues with it. I never OC'd with it though. Works fine with XP. You will have issues with Win 7 32bit. I did not try Vista or any 64bit OS's.

I am taking off 2 eggs for the bad ASUS support, and their refusal to make Win 7 drivers available for this board making this board obsolete faster than it should have been.

Cons: ASUS has the worst support I have come across so far. Their RMA, customer service, and tech support are all the worst. I had to get rid of this board because ASUS did not release and had no plans to release any Win 7 drivers/software updates for it. I expect that when you spend good money for a top board that they support you with drivers for future upgrades.

I had an ASUS P5N32 SLI Premium WiFi MB that went bad after 1 year while under warranty. ASUS RMA said 2 weeks for replacement. After 4 weeks they said they would give me a Striker Extreme since they were out of my board. 2 weeks later they sent me my old dead board back. RMA'd it 2 more times. 2 more times they sent me my same old dead board. 6 months of calls and getting a regional manager on the phone, I finally got the promised Striker Extreme. 6 months I had no computer. Had to borrow a laptop. Had I known ASUS RMA was going to be this bad, I would have just bought a board from a different manufacturer.

Other Thoughts: I would seriously hesitate on getting any ASUS products. So far every ASUS product I have owned has either broken, had bad support, or not had current drivers/software. Also, ASUS has the worst website to use of any computer manufacturer I have come across. It's slow, clunky, often impossible to find what you need on it.

System Information:
ASUS Striker Extreme MB, 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo E6300, ASUS Royal Knight cooler, AS 5, 4 x 1GB RAM, 2 x WD 500GB RAID drives in mirror, EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ SC 512MB, 2 x DVD-RW burners, 3.5" drive w/ memory card reader, Ultra mini-tower, Thermaltake 750W PS, 2 x 120mm Scythe low CFM/completely silent case fans (front/rear). Win XP Pro SP3.

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2 out of 5 eggsGoogle for CPU INIT

Pros: Well, it's probably one of the better 680i boards.. when it works.

Cons: This is a board that in a batch of 30 or 40, at least 8-10 have issues wherein they will suddenly "lock" presenting an LED readout of only "CPU INIT" Asus Forums are full of suggestions, some of which work... some of the time. Some of which work.. none of the time. It's a gigantic gamble.

Other Thoughts: This is one of those things that for it's price should work right every time. But we've had more and more people tell us that this board has a tendency to flake. The flakery is systemic, their forums are filled with reports and having a motherboard, especially one this pricey, with this kind of problems and no support for 45nm Quad Cores is no good. Look elsewhere; even 780i strip downs will perform better with newer features and less headache.

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  • Andrew W.
  • 3/31/2008 12:18:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStriker Extreme-ly likely to be DOA

Pros: None. Its like owning a flood damaged porsche. It may look good but what good is that if it doesn't run.

Cons: Bought first one. Got delivered, installed it. DOA. ok, these things happen. Went through the RMA process and got a second one. Worked fine for a week then audio stopped working. Next came extremely high CPU temp's (70+). Re-installed the heatsink, changed out the thermal grease with same result. Bought and installed new heatsink, same thing. Try and play any games, it shuts itself down. Called ASUS customer support. Spent the standard 45 minutes on hold, before speaking to a guy who was nasty. When I explained that what I had done, he said it must be my processor. I told him I had tested it in another board and it was fine. Back on hold for another 35 minutes. Finally RMA, request but out of stock. Expect 4 to 5 weeks. Will never buy another ASUS product.

Other Thoughts: Newegg has been very helpfull. Called customer support this morning and got a live person on the phone within 3 minutes. Explained my problems and frustrations and they are handling the RMA. Very happy with Newegg and will continue to buy parts from them, just will not be buying anything from ASUS. Newegg's only fault in my opinion is that they should stop selling a board that obviously (from looking online) has so many problems.

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  • Melvin D.
  • 3/31/2008 11:42:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeeps on ticking

Pros: Great layout, roomy enough for all the goodies, add-on sound card is very good, accepted my Q6600 immediately, once assembled everything posted without fail. Tweaking is easily done with careful consideration as to what you are doing. This board is an excellent piece.

Cons: Only one thing comes to mind, it will not accept the Soundblaster X-Fi Fatality Platinum sound card out of the box, you will need to update the BIOS, however, the sound card that comes with this board is very good too, so you may want to wait and see how you like it.

Other Thoughts: Evry problem I've had so date has been caused by me tweaking on the settings. You can probably save yourself a lot of time on hold with the "Snotty" service techs at ASUS by jumping the RTC-Clear pins and removing the battery. The clear cmos button does not over-ride some mistakes.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/29/2008 7:11:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board But Issues

Pros: Great board, excellent overclocking stability, Sli, Works with nTune, All around great board!

Cons: Ok, it has issues with all four ram slots being filled. like it freezes at the bios splash screen (I am still working on getting this fixed, but so far they have told me boot with less than four sticks and set your timings in the bios and voltages). The lcd screen will flash blue (with "CPU INIT" writen on it) when the system is powered off it does not effect anything its just annoying when I am trying to sleep.

Other Thoughts: I have had two of these board on one it said
"PCB made in china"
and the other sad made in taiwan. this does not seem to cause any problems but just speculation.

Beside the cons it is a great board I do recommend buying this board.

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  • Zachary H.
  • 3/28/2008 1:46:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCantankerous but Awesome

Pros: This board has more tweaking options than anything I've ever seen before. You can adjust nearly ANYTHING from voltages to core clock speeds, RAM timing to fan speed, and everything in between. The copper heatpipes are also very cool looking.

Cons: This thing is a pain to set up. The first board I ordered was DOA and had to be RMA'd. The second one posted, but there were issues with the BIOS rev that it comes with. After updating the BIOS, there were still problems getting the RAM voltages set correctly so that the board would actually boot up. I had to use several different sticks of RAM to get it up and running, then reset the voltages to match the default voltages of the RAM that I wanted to use. An annoying inconvenience.

Other Thoughts: THIS BOARD IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS! If you have very little machine-building experience, don't try to get started with this one. You will only give yourself headaches.

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