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ASUS Maximus VI Impact Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The ASUS Maximus VI Impact is ASUS' newest mini-ITX member of the Republic of Gamer (ROG) family. ASUS integrated design innovations from its Z77-based mITX board and added in some ROG-based innovations to come up with a wholly unique entity. With an MSRP of $229, the Maximus VI Impact comes in at the higher-end of the mITX price range with enough integrated features to more than justify the cost.

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Similar to other members of the ROG-based Z87 releases, ASUS designed the Maximus VI Impact board with top of the line power components. The board's digital power system centers on an 8+2 phase power regulation system using 60 amp-rated BlackWing chokes, powIRstage MOSFETS, and 10k-rated Black Metallic capacitors. To save space on the board, the power components are mounted vertically on a hard-attached PCB to the right of the socket with the sound components and wireless networking on vertical removable cards to the upper left of the CPU socket and integrated into the board's rear panel.

Continue reading our review of the ASUS Maximus VI Impact motherboard!

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The ASUS integrated the following features into the Maximus VI Impact's design: four SATA 3 ports; an M.2 (NGFF) SSD slot integrated into the ASUS mPCIe Combo II card; a 6Gb/s eSATA port; an Intel I217-V GigE NIC; an Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller integrated into the ASUS mPCIe Combo II card; a PCI-Express x16 slot; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, CMOS clear, MemOK!, ROG Connect, and DirectKey buttons; Probelt voltage measurement points; OC Panel support; SupremeFX impact audio solution (add-on card); and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the ASUS website)

CPU

Intel® Socket 1150 for 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® Z87

Memory

2 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, DDR3 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor

Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz

Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1

Storage

Intel® Z87 chipset :
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology

Intel® Z87 chipset :
1 x eSATA port(s), red

Intel® Z87 chipset :
1 x M.2 (NGFF) Socket 2 on mPCIe Combo II expansion card(s), black
Support M.2 (NGFF) Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SSD card (up to 110mm in length), support PCI express 2.0 x1 and SATA 6Gb/s standards

LAN

Intel® I217V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Wireless Data Network

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Bluetooth

Bluetooth V4.0
Bluetooth V3.0+HS

Audio

ROG SupremeFX Impact 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- Lineout DAC playback Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, Differential output): 115 dB
- Headphone DAC playback Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted, Differential output):110 dB
- TI LM4562 high-fidelity audio OP AMP(s)

Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- ELNA premium audio capacitors
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Sonic Radar
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Music PnP

USB Ports

Intel® Z87 chipset :
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)

Intel® Z87 chipset :
6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 2 at mid-board)

ROG Exclusive Features

SupremeFX Impact
mPCIe Combo II (mPCIe/M.2 combo card)

Impact Power :
- 8 + 2 phase power design
- 60A BlackWing Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
ProbeIt

UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase

ROG RAMDisk
GameFirst II
Extreme Tweaker

Special Features

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization :
- The tuning key perfectly consolidates ASUS-exclusive DIGI+ Power Control, TPU, EPU, and Fan Xpert 2 optimize the digital power setting, system performance, power saving and whole system cooling configuration

CPU Level Up

ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
- Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Media Streaming Hub, Smart Sensor Control, Remote Desktop, Remote

Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send
- Wi-Fi Engine for network sharing and connection: Client Mode, AP Mode

ASUS Exclusive Features :
- USB BIOS Flashback
- MemOK!
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger
- USB Charger+
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker

ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2

ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Cable
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-DIMM

Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Operating System Support

Windows® 8 86 / x64
Windows® 7 86 / x64

Back I/O Ports

1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x eSATA
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
3 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
1 x Q-Code LED
1 x DirectKey button
1 x MemOK! button

Internal I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x TPM connector(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x DRCT header(s)
10 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
1 x FastBoot jumper(s)
1 x SupremeFX Impact connector(s)
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo II connector(s

Accessories

User's manual
1 x ASUS Q-Cable
1 x SupremeFX Impact audio card(s)
1 x Optional 4-in-1 washers for CPU cooler backplate
I/O Shield
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo II card(s) with dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module

BIOS

64Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI5.0a Multi-Language BIOS

Manageability

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE

Support Disc

Drivers
ROG GameFirst II
ROG RAMDisk
ROG CPU-Z
ROG Mem TweakIt
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

Mini ITX Form Factor
6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )
March 15, 2014 | 12:55 AM - Posted by Joe (not verified)

Just think the incredibly tiny gaming machines possible combining this mobo in a specially designed case that has no optical drive and no hard drive mounts and uses one of the super tiny 400 watt mini itx power supplies. To cool the cpu use a low profile horizontal downward blowing cpu cooler with a thin profile fan and build the case with a single 120mm intake and 120mm exhaust. Use a 512GB m2 SSD for your storage right on the mpcie combo card that is why no hard drive space added inside case. For graphics card you can either go super super compact with a low profile gt 750ti maxwell gpu that doesn't even use a pci-e connector or a gtx 670 direct cu mini or gtx 760 direct cu mini (but the previous gtx 670 mini is actually a bit faster) normal height but same length as the mini itx mobo if u dont mind a slightly bigger case for a large increase in gpu muscle. Low profile low voltage ram as well of course.

Combining these parts together would allow the use of an extremely tiny mini itx case. Due to the tiny space you would most likely have to run the system at stock to keep it running cool and quiet but thats a fair trade off to get a tiny system that weighs less then 10 pounds and can play every single game out at 1080p resolution ultra details and 40+ fps with probably 95-99% of games hitting 60+fps.

March 15, 2014 | 12:59 AM - Posted by Joe (not verified)

Also forgot to add if you use a taller case to fit the full height gtx 670 direct cu mini you can use that gained space to put a taller cpu cooler with normal thickness fans to improve the cpu cooling and allow lower fan speeds or some minor OC room. If going for absolute tiniest space and still decent gaming for a majority of titles and using the low profile gpu's like the new 750ti maxwell you're stuck with a very small low profile cpu cooler but that will still get the job done at stock.

I'd love to carry around my tiny little gaming pc with the power of full atx cases in the palm of my hand.

March 19, 2014 | 02:46 PM - Posted by Hyp36rmax (not verified)

Silverstone Sg05 + Asus Maximus Impact VI + i7 4770k + Nvidia GTX 780ti + watercool of your choice is an even better possibility ;)

OMG BBQ Awesome

http://www.overclock.net/t/1394314/build-log-watercooled-sg05-haswell-om...

March 21, 2014 | 01:12 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Would the Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme cooler fit on this board?

March 26, 2014 | 09:49 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

It should.  We had no problems with the fit of the Noctua NH-D14 (which is a dual tower air cooler)...

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