Date Joined: 02/11/06
Pros: I have used both the "full" 680i Asus board (the P5N32-E SLI) and the new Plus hybrid, and find the Plus to be a superior product by far ... no Raid problems, much better overclocking, passes Prime95 and Orthos stability tests without errors. Northbridge seems to run cooler too.
Cons: None so far, Asus' custom engineering has really added value in this case.
Pros: I have seen reviews indicating the Striker Extreme board does not overclock well, but I have had good OC results with the less fancy P5N32-E. Currently running an E6400 at 450Mhz with no stability issues. The board is a bit quirky but based on Asus history will only get better with bios revisions -- same thing happened with the P5B
Cons: The board is supposed to default back to prior bios settings when an overclock fails but that feature never seems to work for me -- I frequently have to go in and reset jumpers.
Overall Review: It will be interesting to see how the DFI 680i board performs but for Core 2 plus SLI this board is doing just fine for me -- with dual 8800GTX GPUs and Nvidia's Linkboost feature enabled in the bios I am over 15,000 in 3DMark06.