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ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 17, 2015 6:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

System IO Benchmarks

 

CrystalDiskMark SATA6G:

 

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CrystalDiskMark USB 3.0:

 

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ixChariot Network Throughput:

 

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The Maximus VIII Impact's storage and IO performance is quite strong, in line with other top performing motherboards. There does seem to be a compatibility issue with the Wireless AC on the Impact and my router, the Netgear Nighthawk R7500, and that is why the speeds are low. If the board is paired with a router that supports MU-MIMO, I would expect much better results. Usually, 2x2 (866Mhz) wireless AC adapters score between 200-300Mbps.

 

Audio RMAA 5.5:

 

I disable all audio features, set the correct bitrates, and then test the audio with a loopback test.

 

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Sound Judgment by Ear: Excellent, and almost same scores as the audio implementation on the Maximus VIII Extreme. There are five ratings for audio: 1. Problems, 2. Okay, 3. Acceptable, 4. Very good, 5. Excellent

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