ASUS Maximus VI Impact: Enthusiast Mini-ITX Motherboard

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ASUS Maximus VI Impact: Enthusiast Mini-ITX Motherboard

December 16, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

Product
ASUS Maximus VI Impact
LGA1150 mini-ITX Motherboard
Manufacturer
ASUS
Street Price
US$220

The Asus Maximus IV Impact is the newest model in the Republic of Gamers (ROG) series of motherboards for the niche gaming/enthusiast market. This iteration has a more limited target demographic as it uses the mini-ITX form factor, prized for its smaller size. As miniaturization of consumer high tech continues, Asus is betting that the demand for small gaming PCs growing as well.

The new board is based on the high-end Intel Z87 chipset, so it has all the usual goodness like SATA 6 Gbps, USB 3.0, RAID, and unrestricted multiplier-based overclocking. It also boasts support for high memory speeds outside of JEDEC specifications (via overclocking), a wireless module with both WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 capability, eSATA, a dedicated sound card card, an advanced voltage regulation scheme, and a long laundry list of ROG exclusive features we'll get into later. On paper, the Maximus VI Impact is the most sophisticated mini-ITX motherboard on the consumer market.

ASUS Maximus VI Impact: Specifications
(from the product web page)
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 1333-3000(O.C.)
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).
Graphics 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 *1
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 *2
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*3
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 *4
- 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 : *5
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z87 chipset : *6
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)
O/S Support Windows® 8
Windows® 7
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 )
Note *1: The mini-PCIe slot is pre-installed with a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module on mPCIe Combo II expansion card.
*2: The functions support depends on the CPU types.
*3: The module is pre-installed on mPCIe Combo II expansion card.
*4: 8-channel audio output is supported by jack-retasking using a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel.
*5: Support ASUS USB 3.0 Boost, UASP standard on the Intel native USB 3.0 is only supported under Windows® 8.
*6: 2 x USB2.0 ports at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.


The box.


Separate compartment inside for the motherboard.


Accessories.

The board ships in a thick cherry red container with a separate container for the motherboard protected by a plastic cover. Underneath it is another compartment holding an impressive amount of extra gear. It's jam-packed with accessories including a locking data cable for each of the board's four SATA ports, an extension cable (Q-Cable) for the front panel connectors, the WiFi/Bluetooth adapter and antenna, the SupremeFX Impact sound card. Also, tucked inside the manual is a driver/utility disc and a sheet of stickers for labeling the cables inside your case (not pictured).


WiFi 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0 NIC.

The 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0 NIC is mounted to a mini PCI-E module that plugs into the board via a special header near the back panel. It uses a Broadcom chipset complemented by an angular external antenna that can be rotated to find a better signal if need be, and 80 cm cables.


SupremeFX Impact.

The board actually lacks native audio functionality so a separate sound card that hooks up to proprietary connector near the wireless adapter so the PCI-E expansion slot remains free. The card boasts a 115 dB signal-to-noise ratio, shielding to limit EMI, and four operational amplifiers to help filter out noise and interference. It also supports Music PnP, a feature that turns your PC's mic port into a passthrough for any audio device with a 3.5 mm output to connect to your speakers even if the PC is powered down.



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