BIOS Features (cont’d)

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Starting into the voltage settings, the first selection is for the CPU VCore, selectable up to 1.9v.

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Memory voltages can be increased manually up to 3.25v, much more than you should need to get the best OC results.

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The HyperTransport bus can be overvolted to 1.95v.

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The north bridge of the 680i can be increased to 2.75v…

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…while the south bridge can be increased to 1.85v.  You can see now why these NVIDIA chipsets are so power hungry!

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The CPU termination voltages, that can help in FSB overclocking, can be increased to 1.55v.

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Very minute memory voltage changes can be made here at the memory controller itself, adding or subtracting 10 to 30 mV.

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Of course, with the 680i chipset, we get support for NVIDIA’s SLI memory feature, now supported by Corsair, OCZ and even Kingston. 

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The Asus Striker hardware monitoring section gives you voltage read outs on quite a few rails. 

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The temperature monitoring looks at the CPU and motherboard temps, as well as the optional temperature sensors that Asus includes in the box.

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Quite a few fan speeds can be viewed as well.

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And the fan speed controls follow the options that we have seen on the high end Asus motherboards for about a year now; quite a bit of flexibility and granularity is built in.

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The Striker Extreme includes BIOS profile saving and loading; even more interestingly is the ability to save and load a profile from a disc.  This allows users to share BIOS settings without having to write them all or take screen shots, just email a very small BIOS profile to your pals and try it out.

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Another great feature of the BIOS is ability to flash the BIOS without the need for a boot disc.  You can uses floppy, CD or even USB drive to load the new BIOS with the integrated flashing program.

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