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Asus Striker II Extreme Review

So what does this mean to the average person? Not a whole lot! But, to enthusiasts and gamers, the 790i Ultra SLI chipset offers the promise of incredible overclocking capabilities, built-in support for DDR3 2000MHz memory, Tri-SLI or Quad SLI with qualifying video cards, an all new chipset, full support for 45nm Penryn and Wolfdale processors, and more.

After somewhat disappointing results from the 780i chipset (which was just a 680i chipset with PCI-E 2.0 added on for good measure), expectations are that the 790i Ultra chipset will actually perform better than its earlier sibling.

Since the 790i chipset uses only DDR3 memory, running 4GB of high performance memory does require a substantial financial commitment to the new memory standard, as 4GB of performance DDR3 will claim $350+ from the budget.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.