NVIDIA's nForce 680i SLI for the extreme enthusiast
ASUS today announced its new Striker Extreme motherboard for extreme enthusiasts. The new Striker Extreme is part of ASUS’ new Republic of Gamer series engineered for enthusiasts with a touch of style. The new Striker Extreme features NVIDIA’s recently announced nForce 680i SLI core-logic and rated to run processors up to a 1,333 MHz front-side bus. Intel quad-core processors and NVIDIA Quad-SLI technologies are also supported on the Striker Extreme.
The Striker Extreme features plenty of extras to please enthusiasts as well. ASUS has equipped the Striker Extreme with an LCD Poster on the back I/O for easy system boot-process diagnostics. In addition to the LCD Poster the back I/O features EL lighting for easy identification of the ports in dark areas. Speaking of lighting the Striker Extreme features LED’s strategically placed around the motherboards that will light up the motherboard with a flip of a switch—located on the rear I/O. To further ease tweaking ASUS has equipped the Striker Extreme with three onboard switches. Power, reset and reset CMOS switches are available directly on the motherboard.
The last unique feature to the ASUS Striker Extreme is the SupremeFX audio card. This audio card is home to an Analog Devices SoundMAX high definition audio codec. With onboard SoundMAX high definition audio, users can experience true EAX 2.0 positional audio and future support Sonic Focus technologies in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista. Also bundled with the Striker Extreme is a stereo array microphone that works with SoundMAX noise cancellation algorithms. Also supported by the onboard audio is DTS Connect technology for multi-channel audio encoding.
Other notable features of the ASUS Striker Extreme include three PCI Express x16 slots, one PCI Express x1, two PCI, six SATA, two e.SATA, 10 USB, two 1394a and support for dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533 memory.