Computex 2013: ASUS Unveils First Mini-ITX ROG Motherboard: The Z87 Maximus VI Impact

Subject: Motherboards | June 4, 2013 - 12:12 AM |
Tagged: ROG, mini-itx, mini ITX, maximus vi impact, maximus vi, computex 2013, computex, asus

ASUS held a Republic of Gamers press conference earlier today that focused on new product announcements for its ROG brand. Among the new ROG gear was the company's first Mini-ITX ROG motherboard with the ASUS Maximus VI Impact motherboard.

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This board may be tiny, but it is packed with features and overclocking-friendly hardware! This Mini-ITX motherboard is clad in the red and black ROG color scheme and features ASUS' Impact Power add on card that takes the VRMs and other electrical regulation hardware up off of the mainboard and into a separate add in card above the CPU. This Impact Power riser card includes a 8+2 digital power phase for both the CPU and memory. The board also includes a SupremeFX Impact sound card and a mPCIe Combo II card. The SupremeFX Impact module uses ELNA audio capacitors and features a headphone amplifier and 115dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio). Further, the mPCIe Combo II card provides a NGFF (think of this as next-generation mSATA) slot as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless radios.

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Apart from the bundled ASUS cards, the board provides a single PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, two DDR3 memory slots, four SATA 3 ports, and (of course) the LGA 1150 CPU socket ready to accept an Intel Haswell processor. The board comes with a standard 24-pin ATX and 8-pin CPU power connectors.

The rear IO panel includes:

  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x S/PDIF
  • Impact Control and BIOS reset buttons
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x eSATA
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3 x Audio jacks (via SupremeFX sound card)

ASUS has not yet announced pricing or availability for this Mini-ITX Maximus VI Impact motherboard, but it looks like a solid board and I am anxious to see how well it overclocks!

Also read: ASUS Z87 Motherboard Lineup Preview @ PC Perspective.

Source: ASUS
June 4, 2013 | 12:56 AM - Posted by Daniel (not verified)

I have everything else in place, prodigy, black red colour scheme, and asus go gold, and gigabyte go blue, and asrock mitx z87s are the only ones currently available in AUS...and i gave up hope on sustaining my colour scheme.

And then this announcement made my day...

June 4, 2013 | 05:38 AM - Posted by Drerex (not verified)

Pure awesome! That is what I have to say!

June 4, 2013 | 06:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i get warranty through microcenter on all my parts and i also use the bitfenix prodigy im just gonna warranty everything and get this mobo with the haswell k i5 i know rog is amazing for desktop but for mini itx i think it will be godlike.

June 4, 2013 | 07:29 AM - Posted by TheBradyReport

I've been waiting for this. I'm curious what was gained by moving the stuff to the riser card? If they picked up some space, what did they do with it?

June 5, 2013 | 05:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

its a mini-itx board, its barely longer than the pci-e slot, so they didnt actually "free up" any room, they put a slot up top to add more featers to a tiny board!

June 5, 2013 | 09:28 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Riser card is similar in nature to the one on the P8Z77-I Deluxe board, you can see it here:

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Motherboards/ASUS-P8Z77-I-Deluxe-Mini-ITX-M...

 

They move the power circuitry to riser card to make more room for components and features on the board since its such a small footprint...

June 4, 2013 | 11:03 AM - Posted by deowll (not verified)

I like it. Could it drive a 4k or is 2K the best it could do? If it can drive two 1080P displays I assume that means it could drive one display that had twice the pixels of one. Of course it might be best to stick with one 1080P display for better performance.

June 6, 2013 | 12:53 PM - Posted by Sigmoid (not verified)

No Thunderbolt. Freg this.

June 6, 2013 | 10:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No PS/2?

June 6, 2013 | 10:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No PS/2?

June 8, 2013 | 11:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

no AGP either, shocking! /sarcasm

June 9, 2013 | 07:50 PM - Posted by m0nz (not verified)

I think what they gained is simply the ability to have that many phases, period. They could've put 4-6 phases on the board but that would've limited it more then having the riser.

That's my guess.

June 9, 2013 | 08:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will the asus impact fit air coolers such as the thermaltake nic c5 or a noctua? Just asking since it appears the sound board may get in the way?

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