Well, I got this new EVGA MoBo (nForce 680 SLI) and did some extensive testing and tweaking and here is what I've got.
All tests are done with water=4, 3dgunners=1, effects=0, forest=2, 16xAA, 16xAF (someone please tell me if there are any others that I should list)
Max 132 (for an instant)
Now lets compare that with the ASUS MoBo (Striker Extreme) shall we...
The final verdict is...Well it's really not difficult to see. The Striker kicks the EVGA's @ss. There is a lot of stuttering and slowdowns in Il2 with the EVGA. Even if this MoBo lasted for 10 years, which from a reliability standpoint is great, from a performance standpoint is less than desirable for me. The Striker handles Il2 VERY well, with no slowdowns or stutters (unless you fly over Berlin or some other large city). The EVGA just seems to strain and grunt with Il2 using the SAME settings that I was using with the Striker. The ONLY downside to the Striker is the reliability issues that I have had. I have gone through FOUR, count them, FOUR boards in less than a year which is unheard of. When the Striker works, it's a gem, but who wants their PC in the shop a few times a year.
I am a man of honor and integrity and I must say that given that fact that my PC has had to be "fixed" so many times over the course of the last 11 months, I was a little upset with ASUS and I spoke, or typed, out of anger Maybe I had a right to be upset. Bottom line is that I have another Striker on the way, and when it arrives it is going into this machine, and I will keep my fingers crossed and hope this MoBo will last for a while. The way I see it, the Striker is like a Ferrari that is always in the shop. You have all that speed but there is something that's always "busted" on it. In a way I would rather be driving a Trabant. It may be a lot slower but she'll always get you there. Nah, who am I kidding. I want the Ferrari!!!
Edit...A thing about EVGA customer service. I heard it was stellar. I did call them, got cut off TWICE, without ever talking to anyone, got through the third time, and after about 15 minutes (the fellow was nice) he couldn't get this machine to run any better and he finally told me that he was on too long with me, he had to get off and take the next call. Can you believe that? I never heard of anything like that before.