There is no doubt that ASUS’s ROG Maximus Impact motherboards are the best in the mini-ITX form factor and the company has taken it into the next level with Maximus VII Impact. The motherboard is based on Intel’s Z97 chipset supporting 4th and 5th generation Intel Core processors. It comes with new and exclusive ROG features which can only be found in powerful ATX motherboards delivering unprecedented performance. Maximus VII Impact comes with five sub-boards – Impact Power II, Impact Control II, mPCIe Combo IV, SupremeFX Impact II and Impact CoolHUB.
ASUS ROG Maximus VII Impact Features
This small beast is packed with features which cater to every user in the industry. It has the power, functionality, performance, aesthetics and even amazing audio capabilities one can can only find in high-end boards. Maximus VII Impact’s Impact Power II card is equipped with a full-scale 8 phase VRM design with top-notch components. It features Japanese-made 10k black metallic capacitors for 20% greater extreme temperature endurance and 5 times more life span than regular capacitors. And 60A BlackWing chokes along with NexFET MOSFETS deliver loss-less power at very high efficiency.
The Impact Control II card houses the Q-code readout, KeyBot, SoundStage, BIOS Flashback and Clear CMOS buttons. At the back of the Impact Control II we can find the Impact CoolHUB which features two 4-pin headers and the LN2 switch. Yes! Maximus VII Impact can handle extreme LN2 overclocking as well. Additionally, the I/O shield also consists of mPCIe Combo IV which comes with a pre-installed dual-band 802.11 ac WiFi module and a PCIe 3.0 M.2 x4 slot for SSDs.
Lastly, Maximus VII Impact offers the best gaming audio in small factor design thanks to the SupremeFX Impact II module. SupremeFX Impact II employs new isolation technologies to minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and is supported by a new software suite, Sonic Studio. Sonic Studio allows virtual 7.1 surround sound through a stereo headset and controls Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ.
ASUS ROG Maximus VII Impact Specifications
|Socket||LGA 1150 (4th & 5th Generation Intel Core processors)|
|Chipset||Intel Z97 Express|
|Memory||2 x DDR3 dual-channel memory; up to 16 GB 3300 MHz+ OC|
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
1x mini-PCIe 2.0 slot (mPCIe Combo IV)
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics
1 x HDMI port & 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
Intel InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider
|Storage||4 x SATA 6 GB/s ports
1 x PCIe 3.0 M.2 x4 slot (mPCIe Combo IV)
|Networking||Intel Gigabit LAN|
|USB||6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 on back, panel, 2 mid-board)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 on back panel, 2 mid-board)
|ROG Exclusive||Impact CoolHub
SupremeFX Impact II
Impact Power II
mPCIe Combo IV (mPCIe/M.2 combo card)
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