Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

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Asus Maximus VIII Impact

December 14, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Asus Maximus VIII Impact
LGA1151 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Manufacturer
Asus
Street Price
US$240

The Asus Maximus VIII Impact is the first mini-ITX LGA1151 motherboard to hit our test bench. The smaller form factor offers less board real estate which usually means decreased functionality compared to larger ATX/mATX models. However, the Impact is a high-end product belonging to Asus' Republic of Gamers (ROG) line, so they've stuffed it full of extras almost without compromise. It's based on the Z170 chipset naturally and sports a 10-phase power regulation design, a dual band wireless 802.11n/ac and Bluetooth 4.1 adapter, a high class 5.1 audio codec, and USB 3.1 connectivity. There are also a smattering of enthusiast features both in software and hardware including an external card to expand fan support.

Compared to a "normal" sized Skylake motherboard, it's really only missing SATA Express, which is understandable considering it requires a large block of standard SATA connectors, and more notably, M.2. The Impact tries to make up for this partially with the inclusion of U.2, a relatively new and compact SATA Express-based port that can offers up to 4x PCI 3.0 lanes. However, this is really a form factor for the future as only one U.2 SSD is currently on the market, the Intel 750 Series.


Box and contents.


Wireless antenna, CPU install tool and front panel extension cable.


Fan extension and thermistor cable.

The Maximus VIII Impact is the most fully loaded mini-ITX motherboard ever. Not only does it have an extensive enthusiast feature-set, the board is laden with accessories. Asus provides a plastic frame for making it easier to grip the CPU during the installation process, an antenna with a magnetic bottom (70 cm long cable), and a front panel extension cable that replaces the old Asus block style Q-connector. The most notable extra is Asus' external fan card which is supported by previous ROG models but not included with most. With space being so limited, the board has just two fan headers which simply doesn't cut it for high-end cooling setups. The external card allows for an extra three individually controllable fan headers as well as three external temperature sensors. A 43 cm long thermistor cable is included with the package.

Specifications: Asus Maximus VIII Impact
(from the product web page)
CPU Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 14 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® Z170
Memory 2 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR4 2133/2400~4000 (O.C) 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- Intel® HD Graphics support
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode, black)
Storage Intel® Z170 chipset :
1 x U.2 port, black,
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray,
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports*1
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*1
LAN Intel® I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), GameFirst technology
Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
Wireless Data Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Supports MU-MIMO
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.1
Audio ROG SupremeFX Impact III 5.1-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- ESS® ES9023P DAC: dB SNR, dB THD+N (Max. kHz/ -bit)
- 2VRMS Headphone Amp into (32-600Ohms)
- Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
Audio Feature :
- Gold-plated jacks
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Sonic SenseAmp
- Sonic Studio II
- Sonic Radar II
USB Ports Intel® Z170 chipset :
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® USB 3.1 controller :
1 x USB 3.1 port(s) (1 at back panel, black, Type-C)
Intel® USB 3.1 controller :
1 x USB 3.1 port(s) (1 at back panel, red, Type-A)
ROG Exclusive Features Slow Mode
ROG RAMCache
Overwolf
SupremeFX Impact III
Start Button
Reset Button
LN2 Mode
Mem TweakIt
ProbeIt
KeyBot II
ROG RAMDisk
Extreme Tweaker
Impact Power III :
- MicroFine Alloy Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
- IR3553 PowIRStage® MOSFETs
UEFI BIOS features :
- O.C. Profile
- GPU.DIMM Post
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- Graphic Card Information Preview
Special Features OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology
- Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger+
- USB 3.1 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
- Mobo Connect
- PC Cleaner
Remote Entertainment
- Media Streamer
- HyStream
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
- Push Notice
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Operating System Support
Windows® 10 , 64bit
Windows® 8.1 , 64bit
Windows® 7 , 32bit/64bit
Back I/O Ports 1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
3 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
1 x Q-Code LED
1 x Start Button
1 x Reset Button
Internal I/O Ports 1 x U.2 port
1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)*2
1 x System panel(s)
1 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
1 x SupremeFX Impact II connector(s)
1 x Slow Mode jumper(s)
1 x SupremeFX Impact III connector
1 x M.2 socket pre-installed with a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module
1 x System panel connector
Accessories User's manual
ASUS Q-Shield
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x CPU installation tool
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
1 x Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-pin fan out)
1 x Fan Extension card screw pack
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
ROG Fan Label
1 x 5-pin to 5-pin cable
1 x Panel cable
1 x Thermistor cable(s)
Support Disc Drivers
ROG GameFirst technology
ROG RAMDisk
ROG RAMCache
ROG CPU-Z
ROG Mem TweakIt
Overwolf
Keybot II
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities
BIOS 1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, F9 Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
Manageability WfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
Form Factor Mini ITX Form Factor
6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )
*1 This function will work depending on the CPU installed.
*2 AAFP connector is built-in on the SupremeFX Impact III card


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