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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VII IMPACT (Intel Z97) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 27, 2014 9:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ASUS





Looking at the board, you can immediately see that there's just not a whole lot happening on the board due to the small footprint associated with the Mini-ITX format. Let's move in a bit closer, and see exactly what we're dealing with today.






Across the bottom, you can see the single expansion slot is a PCIe x16 slot, which is very standard. Just above this slot, and to the left, you can see where our mPCIe Combo IV card is installed. Around the corner, you can see our two DDR3 DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3 with speeds ranging from 1333MHz DDR to 3300MHz DDR via overclocking.


Sitting above our two DIMM slots, we've got four SATA III ports, all of which run off the Intel Z97 chipset. Across the bottom, you can see a USB 3.0 header on the left, a fan header next to that, and a start and reset button. Finally, we finish off with our power connectors, which include the standard 24-pin ATX power connector, and an eight-pin CPU power connector. The eight-pin connector is a nice addition, as we normally see a four-pin connector included.




Looking at the CPU area, you can see it's pretty clean, which is quite cool considering how small the board is, and how much ASUS is offering on it. A big part of this is owed to the Impact Power II setup, which sees a vertical design to offer more room, and more power to the tiny board.




We will finish up with the I/O, which has a whole lot going on. Starting from the left, we've got a HDMI and DisplayPort connector, along with a single Optical out port, which runs off of the SurpremeFX Impact II Eight-Channel HD Audio Codec. Next to that, we've got the Impact Control II port, which brings with it a LED Debug Reader, ROG Connect, clear CMOS button, and the out sound and KeyBot buttons.


We've got a total of eight USB ports, with four being USB 2.0, and the other four being USB 3.0. Finally, we have a PS/2 Combo port and Gigabit LAN port running off the Intel I218V controller.

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