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ASUS Maximus VII Impact Takes it Vertical with Five Daughterboards

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ASUS mastered the art of using daughterboards to effectively increase the board area of its mini-ITX motherboards, to cram in more features, beginning with its pioneering VRM board, which added 8- to 10-phase CPU VRM. The company's latest such product builds heavily on this idea. The Maximus VII Impact, based on Intel's new Z97 Express chipset, and supporting socket LGA1150 processors, features as many as five daughterboards.

It begins with one that holds the board's mighty 8-phase CPU VRM; one called ImpactControl II, which features onboard power/reset, clear CMOS, and ROG Connect buttons, apart from POST LEDs, which show out from the rear I/O panel; one called the Impact CoolHub, which gives out two 4-pin PWM fan headers, with an LN2 mode toggle; the mPCIe Combo IV board, which features an mPCIe x1 slot on one side (which is populated with the board's 802.11 ac WLAN card), and an M.2 slot with PCIe 2.0 x4 link layer wiring on the other; and the SupremeFX Impact II, which is the audio board featuring an EMI-shielded 110 dBA SNR CODEC, audio-grade capacitors, a headphones amp, and inherent ground-layer isolation.



The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. The LGA1150 CPU socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, and a PCI-Express 3.0 x16. Storage connectivity, apart from the M.2 x4, includes four SATA 6 Gb/s port. Network connectivity, apart from the 802.11 ac WLAN, is care of a gigabit Ethernet connection, handled by an Intel-made controller. Display outputs include HDMI and DisplayPort. Six USB 3.0 ports, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports make up the rest of it.

Source: Expreview
 

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lets see, Slot1/2/A over again, anyone
 
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The board looks like a nightmare for anyone who wants to use air cooling.
 
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Goodness gracious...
 
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Wow asus, you make me really wanna build an MITX machine.
 
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and the daughters have daughters.
wow
 
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looks nice but the more it has daughter boards the closer looks like psu
 
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I would buy one if only it had (Dual-) 10GigE or Thunderbolt!
 
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....is it for sale yet? Been waiting for ever for this thing.......so long in fact that i bought a Asrock z97 itx ac. This thing is motivation enough to build a second pc....
 
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The board looks like a nightmare for anyone who wants to use air cooling.
Yeah, I know Bitspower is timing their full coverage water blocks to it's (x97 impact) release (should see the announcement any time).

They basically designed it to be water cooled.
 
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The board looks like a nightmare for anyone who wants to use air cooling.
Tower coolers would be a tight fit for sure, but not that bad really. The only problem I had with my build (Asus Z77 ITX and Thermalright HR-02) was getting to the fan headers between the CPU socket and rear I/O ports. VRM board on one side, I/O ports on the other, and a mass of heatsink above. Lucky for me I've got smallish hands, and it also helps that the rear exhaust fan on my case is easily removable, with no fan grill either. =D



http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1434288&p=87
 

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This is pretty cool IMO. I kinda like the idea of daugh terboards on pc parts again