ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • Mini-ITX Form Factor
  • Intel LGA 1151 Socket
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • 2 x Dual-Channel DDR4-4133 (OC)
  • 4 x SATA III, 1 x U.2, 1 x M.2
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot
  • ROG SupremeFX Impact III Audio
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2 x USB 3.1, 4 x USB 3.0, HDMI
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ASUS Maximus VIII Impact overview

  • 1Description

The ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard delivers features found on larger motherboards in a small form-factor design. It packs SupremeFX Impact III audio technologies that immerse you in sounds as well as Impact Power III, which offers precise and stable overclocking capabilities for your components. To support high-end components, it comes with an LGA 1151 socket and a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot along with two DDR4 memory slots. In addition, it has internal M.2 and U.2 connectors that utilize the PCI express lanes to support faster PCIe-based SSDs.

ASUS has outfitted this motherboard with four SATA connectors that connect to storage and optical drives. For external devices, two USB 3.1 ports are built into the back panel and transfer data at a rate of 10 Gb/s. One of these USB 3.1 ports is built with a type-C form factor so you can always plug a Type-C cable in the first try. In addition to the USB 3.1 ports, the back panel offers an HDMI, optical S/PDIF, and Gigabit LAN along with four USB 3.0 and three audio ports. Other notable features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 technologies.

Designed and Tested for Compatibility
ASUS ROG engineers have performed modifications to the Maximus VIII Impact's layout to ensure compatibility with a wide variety of computer cases and CPU coolers
SupremeFX Impact III
SupremeFX Impact III features Nichicon capacitors as well as an ESS ES9023P digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hyperstream technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, 2VRMS headphone amp, and Sonic SenseAmp, which automatically detects and optimizes any headset (32 to 600ohms) for high-definition sound quality. You get gaming-audio inputs and outputs along with color-coded LEDs that guide to you to the right audio jacks. It also includes intuitive Sonic Studio II that lets you apply and enjoy different audio effects, and Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for team conversations with clear clarity.

Gold-Plated Audio Connectors - red/green/blue LED color-coded 3.5mm jacks clearly identified in the dark
SupremeFX Audio Processor - Ten DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs, and an EMI cover for clear audio
ESS ES9023P Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) - creates balanced audio levels for audio clarity capable of -94 dB THD
High-Precision Clock Source - accurate timing technology ensures ultra-low jitter by preventing fluctuating temperatures
Nichicon Capacitors - deliver sound resolution and expansion for warm and natural audio
2 VRMS Headphone AMP - provides current and voltage for true-to-life tonality and spacious sound imaging
Sonic SenseAMP - automatically detects and optimizes outputs for different headphone impedance (32 to 60ohms)
De-Pop Relay - a dedicated relay eliminates the popping sound when the system is powered on or off or when devices are attached or disconnected
Sonic Studio II
Casting Enhancer - improves streaming and recording audio quality, reducing noise artifacts, and stabilizing overall voice volume. It also improves the details and boost bass effects of in-game sounds and music playback
Perfect Voice - reduces noise during in-game chat so every teammate is heard
Sonic Studio - one-click virtual-surround function emulates 7.1 channels, even though a stereo 2-channel headset. It offers five audio controls that include Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity, and Smart EQ
Impact Power III
This motherboard is built with a digital-power architecture that is engineered with premium components, which provide precise power management and stable overclocking. Dynamic speed adjustments and intricate manual controls let you the push the processor and memory further than other motherboards.
One-Click Overclock and Cooling
5-Way Optimization delivers instant, highly controllable performance boosts with a click. This technology optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use, so you get improved CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans, and even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps you are using.
  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth, and detailed sound
  • Fans stay quiet for everyday computing, and ensure cooling efficiency when gaming
  • Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loading
  • Energy waste is reduced
TurboV Processing Unit
The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and graphics card, enabling you to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and exploit the potential out of your graphics card. You can utilize the TPU via the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility app.
Energy Processing Unit
This Energy Processing Unit (EPU) automatically detects and adjusts the power consumption based upon the system's needs. It can reduce the CPU wattage to a set level or even provide more savings with Away Mode, which creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused extra I/O controllers and reduces the power level in graphics cards.
Fan Xpert 3
With thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 3 helps ensure each fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise.
DIGI+ Power Control
The ASUS DIGI+ Power Control complies with Intel's IMVP8 specifications to intelligently detect the processor's power draw so you can increase its overclocking potential, enhance system stability, and improve power efficiency with flexibility and accurate control.
Turbo App
Turbo App features an intuitive tuning panel that boosts multiple hardware components for maximizing your CPU, tuning your fans, prioritizing network data, and optimizing audio settings—all with automated ease. In addition, it connects to profiles previously set in Sonic Studio II and KeyBot II to make your setup simpler.
OC Design
ASUS Pro Clock is a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator for 6th-generation Intel processors and ramps BCLK frequencies up to 400 MHz. This solution works in tandem with the TPU to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control to enhance performance.
  • Reduced boot times
  • Lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks
  • Increased stability under heavy overclocking
Engineers have created optimized trace layouts that provide memory-overclocking capabilities up to 4133 MHz.
The BIOS offers a mouse-controlled graphical interface along with EZ and Advanced Modes so you can find your way quickly and easily.
  • EZ Flash 3: lets you update the BIOS via the Internet and from within the BIOS
  • S.M.A.R.T: checks your device's Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and even determine if they're about to fail
  • EZ Tuning Wizard - OC and RAID: allow you to select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance or streamline your RAID configuration
  • My Favorites: provides a list that contains your preferred tuning options and tools

EZ Mode
  • Intuitive Graphical Fan Control: Adjusts the spin speed for each fan by dragging a curve with the mouse
  • EZ XMP Settings: Improve DRAM performance
  • SATA Information: Each SATA port has details displayed, so you can easily recognize devices
  • Fast Clock Adjustment: Change the time and date in EZ Mode using the mouse

Advanced Mode
  • GPU Port: Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information
  • Secure Erase: Restores your SSDs to the day you first received them
  • Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive
  • SATA Port Renaming: Rename the SATA ports for easy identification
This intelligent technology caches an entire storage device so your favorite games and apps launch at fast speeds. It turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times and minimizes the risk of data loss.
2 x 2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO
Maximus VIII Impact has 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5 GHz antennas for up to 867 Mb/s transfer speeds. With Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, your system is ensured with the best wireless and online speeds.
U.2 Connector
Unlock the full potential of your storage with an NVM Express (NVMe) connector that lets your SSDs achieve data-transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s.
USB 3.1
The Intel USB 3.1 controller delivers a total bandwidth of 16 Gb/s. The USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C ports offer twice as fast transfer speeds when compared to USB 3.0 ports. Additionally, USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with your existing USB devices.
Intel Ethernet
This ROG motherboard features an Intel Ethernet (I219-V) controller for faster, smoother gaming. Intel's LAN controller reduces the CPU overhead and offers high TCP and UDP throughput.
LANGuard employs signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes to protect your Maximus VIII Impact motherboard's connection and throughput. Additionally, electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) are used to offer the motherboard 1.9X-greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5X-greater protection (up to 15KV) against surges
GameFirst IV Beta
GameFirst IV Beta optimizes network traffic for a faster, lag-free online gaming experience. Multi-Gate Teaming has been added to combine all your networks for maximum bandwidth and smooth gameplay. Moreover, Intelligent mode automatically compiles a database by parsing new app data to ensure that every game is optimized for best networking performance.
Gaming Protection
  • CPU installation tool - helps prevent socket-pin damage
  • Backplate - provides additional cooling, protection, and reinforcement
  • Q-Slot and Q-DIMM - allow you to quickly swap or secure components
  • DRAM Over-Current Protection - an additional re-settable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against over-current and short-circuit damage
  • TrueVolt USB - two dedicated USB power chips supply steady 5V to all USB ports, minimizing power fluctuations for minimal data loss
  • ESD Guards - cover the PS2, USB, audio, and LAN ports
  • Q-Shield - three layer protection from nicks and cuts
  • Stainless Steel Back I/O - three times longer lifespan than standard panels
This app features an unobtrusive overlay so you can browse, email, IM, stream, or record while you play. Color-matched ROG skins will be available from Overwolf's app store.
Keybot II
Keybot II is a microprocessor that comes with an intuitive user interface. You can record macros directly from your keyboard, switch profiles quickly, enable special functions from hotkeys F1 to F10 as well as start and boost your PC from shutdown (S5 mode).
Intel Z170 Express Chipset
Intel's Z170 Express is a single-chipset design that supports 6th-generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z170 provides a maximum of ten USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, 32 Gb/s M.2, and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support for faster data retrieval. The Intel Z170 Express also supports integrated-graphics (iGPU) functions, so you'll enjoy integrated graphics performance.
6th-Generation Skylake Intel Processor Ready
This motherboard supports 6th-generation Skylake Intel processors in the LGA1151 package. This processor offers integrated graphics, memory, and PCI Express controllers to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets. Additionally, it delivers dual-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory support and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for graphics performance.
Additional Features
  • AI Suite 3
  • ROG Theme CPU-Z
  • Mem TweakIt
  • RAMDisk
  • Sonic Radar II
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1-Year)
  • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard (1-Year)
  • PC Cleaner
  • SteamOS Support
UPC: 889349213827
In the Box
ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s Cables
  • CPU Installation Tool
  • Support DVD
  • ASUS 2T2R Dual-Band Wi-Fi Moving Antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Compliant)
  • Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-Pin Fan Out)
  • Fan Extension Card Screw Pack
  • 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label Pack
  • ROG Fan Label
  • 5-pin to 5-pin Cable
  • Panel Cable
  • Thermistor Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    ASUS Maximus VIII Impact specs

    CPU Support Supports 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors along with Intel Pentium and Celeron processors for Socket LGA1151
    Supports Intel 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    Chipset Intel Z170 Express Chipset
    RAM 2 x memory slots support up to 32 GB
    Supports DDR4 4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3800(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3500(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz
    Dual channel memory architecture
    Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Display Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel HD Graphics support
    Supports HDMI with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
    Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
    Slots 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slot (x16 mode, black)
    Storage Intel Z170 Express Chipset
    1 x U.2 port, black,
    4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, gray,
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology supports
    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology
    LAN Intel I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller, 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)
    - 2 VRMS Headphone Amp into (32 to 600 Ohms)
    - Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    USB Intel Z170 Express Chipset
    6 x USB 3.0 (4 ports on the back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    Intel USB 3.1 Controller
    1 x USB 3.1 port (10 Gb/s, 1 at back panel, red, Type-A)
    1 x USB 3.1 port (10 Gb/s, 1 at back panel, red, Type-C)
    Operating System Support Windows 10, 64-bit
    Windows 8.1, 64-bit
    Windows 7, 32-bit/64-bit
    Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    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 jacks
    1 x Clear CMOS button
    2 x Wi-Fi antenna ports
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button
    1 x Q-Code LED
    1 x Start Button
    1 x Reset Button
    Internal I/O Connectors 1 x U.2 port
    1 x USB 3.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports
    4 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
    1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
    1 x Chassis Fan connector (4-pin)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V Power connector
    1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    1 x System panel
    1 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
    1 x Thermal sensor connector
    1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN (Extension Fan) connector
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper
    1 x SupremeFX Impact II connector
    1 x Slow Mode jumper
    1 x SupremeFX Impact III connector
    1 x M.2 socket pre-installed with a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module
    1 x System panel connector
    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
    Dimensions 6.7 x 6.7" / 17.0 x 17.0 cm
    Packaging Infowaxexxtxtt
    Package Weight 3.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.1 x 7.3 x 3.8"

    ASUS Maximus VIII Impact reviews

    Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tiny precious It is so small! But so much functional and power. Only one thing to know before buying, it does NOT support M.2. Only U.2 and choices for this kind of SSDs are really small. There are still regular SATA ports out there tough. But this is plus in my opinion, the heat is taken away from mobo itself.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
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