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First Look: Asus Striker Extreme

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Houck 23rd November 2006, 12:37 Quote
Wow, Great Article :D
evanbraakensiek 23rd November 2006, 12:43 Quote
no offence but i would never pay 250 for a motherboard unless it was multi processor socket no matter how good it was
DougEdey 23rd November 2006, 12:49 Quote
Wouldn't it be better to re-bench the motherboards graphically with the 8800GTX? That way it becomes CPU limited?
Krikkit 23rd November 2006, 12:50 Quote
Great article, but I've got 1 question. Why in god's name are motherboards getting so expensive? £250 for a mobo, however good it is, is a liberty to what they used to be.

p.s.
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Moving around the board, there are six 3-pin fan headers thatb with the exception
Bottom of page 2. ;)
atanum141 23rd November 2006, 13:26 Quote
Yeah the price of these things are getting outta hand.

Either way that looks like a awesome mobo.
Cthippo 23rd November 2006, 13:41 Quote
Holy moo-cows, that's a big heat pipe!

Not for me for a couple of reasons (it's intel and it's a single CPU), but impressive none the less.

And evanbraakensiek, that's about what i paid for my Tyan K8WE wich is a dual Opteron mobo with onboard u320 SCSI and dual physical gigabit NICs. I agree, that price is outrageous!
JADS 23rd November 2006, 13:46 Quote
If it had 4 or 5 PCI-E 16x (with 8x connections) rather then the 3 PCI-E 16x (with 16x + 8x connections) it currently has then I'd be keen. I couldn't live without my dual monitors so if I wanted SLI + nVidia physics + dual monitors I'd need four graphics cards It'd be nice if nVidia launched the Quadroplex for enthusiast systems cable of supporting SLI + nVidia physics from just one PCI-E 16x card in your system or even better if they allowed manufacturers to provide an external 16x port on the IO panel. That'd way you'd reclaim all the space lost in your system due to graphics cards ;)
Krikkit 23rd November 2006, 13:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by JADS
I couldn't live without my dual monitors so if I wanted SLI + nVidia physics + dual monitors I'd need four graphics cards.
Well that's not strictly true - you can use the 2 DVI ports on the primary graphics card, or on the secondary one for a monitor (possibly even each), so you'd only need 3 graphics cards for a Quad-monitor setup with incredible physics too.
Mankz 23rd November 2006, 14:47 Quote
great article as ever....

still think £260 is FAR too much for a mobo. Spending £145 on an Abit AW9D-MAX makes me think im overspending.

You can buy a full PC for that much.
M4RTIN 23rd November 2006, 14:56 Quote
that heatpipe is impressive, im guessing they went so ott so its all still being cooled even with water cooling on the cpu.

i agree about the price too, but them and evga have the market with 680 boards right now so they can charge what they like, and as shown on a few sites people will happily pay it
Gunsmith 23rd November 2006, 14:59 Quote
tbh as nice as it looks ive had too many problems with asus mobo's to warrant me deciding against getting an EVGA board. but yeah 250 is a tad expensive
specofdust 23rd November 2006, 15:14 Quote
This is just Asus pushing the bounderies. They've really been dominating the mobo market recently, and so I guess they feel they can afford to see if people are willing to pay £260 on a mobo. Tbh if it cost £160 it'd still be overpriced. Ah well.
Tim S 23rd November 2006, 15:19 Quote
I believe the board is expensive at the mo, but it should come down to a more reasonable level when it eventually launches IMO. I think EVGA's board is priced pretty high at the moment too, for what it's worth. :)
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Wouldn't it be better to re-bench the motherboards graphically with the 8800GTX? That way it becomes CPU limited?
I think we're going to be sticking with 7900 GTX for a bit for dual card testing, since ATI doesn't have anything that can really be 'fairly' compared to GeForce 8800 GTX. After all, we're testing the mobo here, not the graphics performance necessarily. However, we might move the single card testing to a single 8800 GTX, since it's probably the choice right now.

p.s. thx Krikkit - missed that one :o
xrob 23rd November 2006, 15:38 Quote
this is insane i love it, but at that price i'd rather spend and extra few bob and get a new dual opty board.
JADS 23rd November 2006, 15:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Well that's not strictly true - you can use the 2 DVI ports on the primary graphics card, or on the secondary one for a monitor (possibly even each), so you'd only need 3 graphics cards for a Quad-monitor setup with incredible physics too.

Last time I checked enabling SLI disabled every monitor output apart from the primary output on the primary graphics card. If it follows a similar vein enabling physics will disable both outputs on the card. Thus even though you have three graphics cards only the primary output on the primary card can be connected to a screen. This is a mite crap.
samkiller42 23rd November 2006, 15:57 Quote
WOW, nice board, i cant wait for you to tell us about your EVGA board experience, as i have one, would be interesting for me to compare my experinces to yours.

Sam
DougEdey 23rd November 2006, 16:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim
I think we're going to be sticking with 7900 GTX for a bit for dual card testing, since ATI doesn't have anything that can really be 'fairly' compared to GeForce 8800 GTX. After all, we're testing the mobo here, not the graphics performance necessarily. However, we might move the single card testing to a single 8800 GTX, since it's probably the choice right now.
But you want to see how the motherboard compares, it the best way to directly compare for future graphics.
greensabbath 23rd November 2006, 17:00 Quote
This mobo seems pretty interesting and i like those heatpipes but I really hope you asked the Asus people one question: "Can the board be used in an upside down ATX configuration?" Because i know the evga can.

I'm working on my wish list for the up coming holiday season and i was wondering if there would be a variety of new 680i motherboards coming out so i actually have some selection?
Tyinsar 23rd November 2006, 17:23 Quote
I like the LCD at the back, the fact that it still has 2 PCI slots, the sound,... BUT, the location of the ATA133 connector HAS to be fixed! Other than that it looks like a sweet board - until you get to the price.

My e6300 wants a new mobo, but my wallet wants a rest :(

Thanks for the preview ;)
M4RTIN 23rd November 2006, 17:26 Quote
ive got a bit of a concern about the pci slots, now while most people wont be using 3 cards as theres no point now, and i know thin coolers will be possible at a later date.. high end cards always have dual slot coolers now, so 3 of them will wipe out every slot bar the 1 pci-ex1 slot which may aswell be a isa slot the amount of use they are
Pie_uk 23rd November 2006, 18:07 Quote
that is such a nice board but as already stated, so much money. it really is rediculous
BUFF 23rd November 2006, 18:15 Quote
abit IN9 32X-MAX £165, Asus Striker £260.
Can there really be £95 worth of difference? ...
Tim S 23rd November 2006, 19:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by BUFF
abit IN9 32X-MAX £165, Asus Striker £260.
Can there really be £95 worth of difference? ...
we'll have to see, but as I say... I think the price of the Striker will drop once it's available. :)
RTT 23rd November 2006, 19:27 Quote
I've seen this thing in person. The switches and LEDs and things are damn nice/useful/cool :D
elliod 23rd November 2006, 19:42 Quote
really an amazing mobo i just hope the price gets a little(a lot)lower so i can THINK on buying one do you know when they will become available on Portugal ?
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