Monday, August 19th 2013

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Impact mini-ITX Motherboard Now Available

ASUS today announced Maximus VI Impact, a mini-ITX gaming motherboard based on Intel Z87 chipset for the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors. Maximus VI Impact is the first ROG mini-ITX motherboard to be fully loaded with exclusive gamer-pleasing innovations and proves size is no longer an indicator of performance. It features the SupremeFX Impact discrete sound card for best-in-class 115 dB SNR audio and Impact Power digital power-management technology for the same renowned overclocking control as ROG full-size ATX motherboards. Maximus VI Impact also takes connectivity to the next level with onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Maximus VI Impact has undergone hundreds of rigorous tests to ensure compatibility with popular mini-ITX cases and processor coolers. So if something's made for mini-ITX, it's made for Maximus VI Impact.

Maximum sound from mini-ITX
ROG Maximus VI Impact features the SupremeFX Impact discrete sound card with a custom design that keeps the PCI Express x16 slot free. The exclusive dual-differential circuit design splits the audio chip's analog signal into opposing phases that are combined by four operational amplifiers (op-amps) to produce a single, stronger and cleaner output, while premium ELNA audio capacitors smooth high and low-frequency signals to deliver warmer sounds.

Maximus VI Impact also features Perfect Voice technology that uses active noise cancellation on the microphone input to keep VoIP chat clear in noisy environments, and Music PnP technology that allows external sound sources to play through PC speakers when the PC is shut down. Together with exclusive SupremeFX Shielding that reduces audio distortion from electromagnetic interference, lossless 115dB output and the ability to drive high-impedance headphones (up to 600ohms), Maximus VI Impact takes mini-ITX audio to new heights.

Ultra-stable overclocking and fantastic connectivity
ROG engineers designed Maximus VI Impact for demanding gamers who want the convenience of mini-ITX size without sacrificing overclocking and compatibility features. Based on ROG Extreme Engine DIGI+ III technology, Impact Power is compact voltage-regulator module (VRM) with 60A BlackWing chokes and 10K black metallic capacitors that gives precise digital power management for complete overclocking control that's on a par with ROG full-size ATX motherboards.

Maximus VI Impact takes connectivity to the next level, too. The compact mPCIe Combo II + Wi-Fi 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0 add-on card delivers Wi-Fi speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n, while an M.2 slot supports the latest high-performance SSDs.

Geared for gamers
ROG Maximus VI Impact is also packed with exclusive features to help gamers dominate the battlefield. Sonic Radar detects source of in-game sounds and plots them on an on-screen overlay for a unique method of pinpointing the enemy, while Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ROG GameFirst II technology eliminates online game lag by prioritizing traffic for optimum ping rates.

Other bundled tools include ROG RAMDisk that allows up to 80% of a computer's available RAM to act as a high-speed virtual drive for accelerated game-loading times, while SSD Secure Erase built in to Maximus VI Impact's UEFI BIOS lets users quickly restore drives to a factory-fresh condition for the best possible performance.

User-friendly diagnostic features
Built-in diagnostic and troubleshooting features on the I/O backplate make it easier for PC enthusiasts to test different overclocking configurations with ROG Maximus VI Impact. The Q-Code display shows two-digit codes for rapid identification of POST errors, while pressing the DirectKey button enters the UEFI button immediately. Maximus VI Impact also features a MemOK! button on the motherboard that automatically loads failsafe memory settings when overly aggressing timing prevents the PC from booting.
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17 Comments on ASUS ROG Maximus VI Impact mini-ITX Motherboard Now Available

#1
james888
:banghead: Must fight impulse buy! If that little audio daughter board is actually pretty decent and the rest of the board performs... I shouldn't think about it.

Dave, is this your next review ~august 30th?
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#2
Ikaruga
by: james888
If that little audio daughter board is actually pretty decent and the rest of the board performs... I shouldn't think about it.
Only if the Hero would have op-amp like this one :/
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#3
THE_EGG
OH MAH GAWD!!!!! Gotta get this when my Z77-I deluxe dies!!!!(that is if it dies, seems to going fine with everything I throw at it.)
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#4
tigger
I'm the only one
Smexy little board, ROG for midgets
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#5
xBruce88x
now they just need to make an itx friendly single slot, or at the very least short length GTX760 or HD 7970

I've always wanted to do an ITX gamer build in a case that's actually small to enough to carry in an average sized backpack. I went to a convention in Atlanta a while back and having to carry my 200w 2.1 system, a monitor, pc tower, keyboard, and mouse was a bit exhausting... espicially up 28 floors on stairs! never again.
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#6
james888
by: xBruce88x
now they just need to make an itx friendly single slot, or at the very least short length GTX760 or HD 7970

I've always wanted to do an ITX gamer build in a case that's actually small to enough to carry in an average sized backpack. I went to a convention in Atlanta a while back and having to carry my 200w 2.1 system, a monitor, pc tower, keyboard, and mouse was a bit exhausting... espicially up 28 floors on stairs! never again.
They have a really shot 670. By asus. Had a tpu review also.
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#7
erocker
I wish I could get this in Z77 :ohwell:
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#8
Hood
by: erocker
I wish I could get this in Z77 :ohwell:
I was just thinking the same - 3570k de-lidded and cranked up to 5000, some 2800 sticks, and a custom CPU/GPU loop, all in a tiny package...
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#9
bim27142
by: erocker
I wish I could get this in Z77 :ohwell:
My thoughts too exactly... :rockout:
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#10
bim27142
Please TPU, when you review this mini monster, please have a detailed review (subjective listening and objective testing) on the discrete audio as this is the first of its kind in the mini ITX arena... I really want to know if this is worth ditching my Xonar Xense so I could finally build a mini ITX rig... Having a discrete sound card and not finding any worthy built-in audio is the only thing holding me back from going mini ITX...

I think this is about to change... :D
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#11
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: bim27142
Please TPU, when you review this mini monster, please have a detailed review (subjective listening and objective testing) on the discrete audio as this is the first of its kind in the mini ITX arena... I really want to know if this is worth ditching my Xonar Xense so I could finally build a mini ITX rig... Having a discrete sound card and not finding any worthy built-in audio is the only thing holding me back from going mini ITX...

I think this is about to change... :D
Funny, I hear this comment often about this board last few weeks. I do this for every board, so I'm not sure what the fuss is. :D You'll always find RMAA results (tested MY way, screw what everyone else{I mean ASUS} wants!! :p) and comments from me in every board review.

I need a new mSATA drive, methinks. :p
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#12
m1dg3t
by: tigger
Smexy little board, ROG for midgets
Think i saw it for $240 @ local etailer. At that price they can keep the fokin thing.

I'll still never buy another Asus product, no matter what it is. I don't support companies who rob customers.
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forgetted
by: cadaveca
I need a new mSATA drive, methinks.
maybe you need a NGFF ssd.:laugh:
as i know, there was a kind of this product made by liteon.
the price is a little much than msata one.
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#14
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: forgetted
maybe you need a NGFF ssd.:laugh:
as i know, there was a kind of this product made by liteon.
the price is a little much than msata one.
:rockout:

I saw one rumoured to have over 1GB/s speeds. I must have this drive.:banghead:

I think it was ADATA...have heard about Plextor and Intel drives too.
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#15
Ikaruga
by: bim27142
Please TPU, when you review this mini monster, please have a detailed review (subjective listening and objective testing) on the discrete audio as this is the first of its kind in the mini ITX arena... I really want to know if this is worth ditching my Xonar Xense so I could finally build a mini ITX rig... Having a discrete sound card and not finding any worthy built-in audio is the only thing holding me back from going mini ITX...

I think this is about to change... :D
The Xense is a zillion times better. They are not even in the same league. If you had to buy a Xense to satisfy your audiophile desires, then I suggest you stay away from onboard solutions (even if some of them - like the one on the ROG boards - are more than "enough" for most of the people).
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forgetted
by: cadaveca
I think it was ADATA...have heard about Plextor and Intel drives too.
yes, the ssd controller (LSI,code name griffin) was totaly redesigned to archieve speed limit.
ADATA only marked a label on the product.
I purchased a 256G ngff ssd made by liteon which seems no more performance improved by the new interface.
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#17
james888
by: erocker
I wish I could get this in Z77 :ohwell:
I do too. Then I wouldn't have to get haswell.
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