For years, the mini-ITX platform has become more and more exciting. While power requirements have eased off in recent years, full-sized ATX boards still bring many advantages that most mini-ITX boards can't compete with because of their size. It might be more difficult to justify purchasing a mini-ITX X99 series motherboard, but a mini-ITX Z170 motherboard does make a lot of sense. Size is the biggest advantage and constraint of a mini-ITX motherboard, so the trick is to find the right balance.
ASUS utilizes some interesting techniques to bring full-sized ATX features to the mini-ITX arena. For starters, the motherboard has four daughterboards, and they serve her well. Going from largest to smallest; the first daughterboard carries a hefty VRM that powers the CPU and DRAM, the second provides SupremeFX Impact III audio, the third provides Wireless AC with MU-MIMO support, and the final one provides Impact Control III (POST code and OC features). This little motherboard is jam packed with features you usually find on larger full-sized ATX motherboard. Let's take a look at this deceivingly tiny beast.
The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus VIII Impact provides many high-end features. The motherboard carries both type-C and type-A USB 3.1 ports, 4x rear USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.0 through an internal header, U.2, two DIMMs, one PCI-E 16x slot, Wireless AC with MU-MIMO support, and SupremeFX Impact III Audio.
At the time of writing, the Maximus VIII Impact is priced at $248 on Newegg, making it one of the more expensive Z170 motherboards currently on the market.
PRICING: You can find the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX (Intel Z170) Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Maximus VIII Impact Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS Maximus VIII Impact Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS Maximus VIII Impact Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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