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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS Striker II NSE nForce 790i SLI Motherboard
ASUS NF790i SLI Features
Striker II NSE Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS Striker II NSE
nForce 790i Detailed Features
Motherboard Testing Methodology
Synthetic System Benchmarks
3dMark06 Performance
Crysis Benchmarks
World in Conflict Results
Lightsmark Frame Rate Results
Power Consumption Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Motherboard Testing

Testing a motherboard is one of the most difficult tasks I've had as a product analyst. There are several different methods to compare one product to another, but even when you try to measure one against another the features don't always stack up. Benchmark Reviews hasn't been around long enough to have a wide variety of same or past-generation chipset motherboards on hand to test against, which shifts the role of our testing away from who makes the best whatever-chipset motherboard to more of a comparison between this product and other previously-released chipset versions for the same processor and memory.

There is a benefit to being "new" to the review industry however, and this is that we can learn from the mistakes of others and not repeat them ourselves. Additionally, we are able to come up with new idea's of our own and introduce them here. One example of this is how Benchmark Reviews introduced the cost-per-frame analysis of video cards, which showed the price you'll pay for each frame of performance in your favorite video game. In this review, Benchmark Reviews will add to this ingenuity and introduce power consumption results for the motherboards tested.

Testing Methodology

The ASUS Striker II NSE demands respect primarily because it carries the name of NVIDIA's latest motherboard chipset: the nForce 790i (NF790i). While testing could have easily be left to a simple "this vs. that" routine, we here at Benchmark Reviews think that this is less than educating. For our tests, each motherboard was overclocked as far as safe limits would allow utilizing the exact same supplemental components. Benchmarks are recorded after each test, and a system shut down and restart followed thereafter. Because the NF790i and X48 both offer PCI-Express 2,0, we also spent considerable time testing the "real-world" difference between the two motherboards with the exact same video card and drivers.


Benchmark Applications

  • PCMark05 v1.2.0 System Test Suite for Windows XP
  • PCMark Vantage v1.01 System Test Suite for Windows Vista
  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark (High Settings, No Anti Aliasing)
  • World in Conflict v1.0.0.7 Performance Test (Very High Setting)
  • Lightsmark 2007 v1.3

Test System Specifications

Support Equipment



# presentremeron 2010-02-19 08:03
and now that the poor asus nvidia 790i is given away what do you think is a good buy? which offers triple x48 video channel to 16 lines at 130 euro?
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# HmStruja 2010-07-21 01:56
I buy EX 9800 Gx2 & this mb , but this not working so good.Better buy something different
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