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Asus Reveals ROG Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Asus has revealed a proper high-end Mini-ITX board, one that can put even most ATX-size motherboards to shame.

Asus has revealed a new motherboard, the ROG Maximus VI Impact. The name "Impact" certainly applies here, because this is one well-equipped motherboard, even by ATX size standards, let alone Mini-ITX. The Maximus VI Impact is a Mini-ITX motherboard which carries the LGA1150 socket and the Z87 chipset. The CPU is powered through an 8+2 phase VRM design that protrudes the main motherboard in its own little PCB, which in turn gets its power through an 8-pin EPS connector. The rest of the board is powered through a 24-pin ATX connector.

The motherboard's interior connectivity includes two DDR3 memory slots, a single PCIe x16 3.0 slot, four SATA3 slots, front USB 3.0 through a header, and audio connection headers. External I/O connectivity is taken care of by a DisplayPort, an HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, another four USB 3.0 ports, an optical SPDIF port, Gbit Ethernet, and three analog 3.5 mm jacks. Furthermore, the rear features POST diagnostic readouts and CMOS reset and restore switches. This has been placed on the rear I/O due to space constraints on the motherboard surface itself.

The sound board on the motherboard is one of the most impressive bits, though. The motherboard features its own daughterboard sound card, which carries an audiophile grade headphone amp, a 120 dB signal-to-noise ratio, a shield over the main audio core, as well as ELNA audio caps. The sound card is also placed above the PCIe x16 slot, meaning that you can still use a graphics card next to it, without sacrificing your sound card. The motherboard also features an mPCIe combo adapter, which takes care of both 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

The company gave no word on pricing or availability, but let's not expect this little board to come cheap.

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    slomo4sho , June 4, 2013 1:53 PM
    That appears to be great utilization of space. When you are out of real estate, you build up vertically. The only issue I see is the obscure placement of the Sata ports.
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    Mike Honcho , June 4, 2013 2:03 PM
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    That appears to be great utilization of space. When you are out of real estate, you build up vertically. The only issue I see is the obscure placement of the Sata ports.

    Yikes, I didn't see that until I read your comment. They should have flip flopped the SATA ports with the DIMM slots. SATA should be on the outside.
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    slomo4sho , June 4, 2013 2:31 PM
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    They should have flip flopped the SATA ports with the DIMM slots. SATA should be on the outside.


    Moving the DIMM slots in would make it impossible to mount the CPU cooler.
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    bigshootr8 , June 4, 2013 2:33 PM
    agreed AWFUL sata port position.
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    xkche , June 4, 2013 2:36 PM
    I Like it! *.*
    But, for AMD? :/ 
    I think that can make a 5.2" cage with some connectors, to save space on the board, maybe connected by one propietary cable.
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    bigshootr8 , June 4, 2013 2:46 PM
    ITX is intel. Amd doesn't have a ITX board.
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    slomo4sho , June 4, 2013 2:53 PM
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    ITX is intel. Amd doesn't have a ITX board.


    What?
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    lowguppy , June 4, 2013 3:07 PM
    I can't wait to build a little monster of a PC with one of these. It might be time for the Micromachines Death Star project. (seeing as I already built a Falcon with 3570K in it)
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    dalethepcman , June 4, 2013 3:08 PM
    VCR sized HTPC / light gaming rig here I come. I hope asus creates one of these for FM2+ chipset / Kaveri APU. Intel's onboard video still does not offer enough performance for my liking.
    The 16x PCIe while great in theory is effectively useless. Any cases made for this size board are as diminutive as possible, adding a 13" full height video card would require a standard ATX power supply, much greater airflow, and a much larger enclosure.
    At that point, why would you stick an m-itx board in a m-atx case, just buy an matx board...
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    bigshootr8 , June 4, 2013 3:20 PM
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    ITX is intel. Amd doesn't have a ITX board.


    What?



    I stand corrected they have a few boards but its not a AMD type thing really.
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    jimmysmitty , June 4, 2013 3:22 PM
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    VCR sized HTPC / light gaming rig here I come. I hope asus creates one of these for FM2+ chipset / Kaveri APU. Intel's onboard video still does not offer enough performance for my liking.
    The 16x PCIe while great in theory is effectively useless. Any cases made for this size board are as diminutive as possible, adding a 13" full height video card would require a standard ATX power supply, much greater airflow, and a much larger enclosure.
    At that point, why would you stick an m-itx board in a m-atx case, just buy an matx board...


    HD7750 LP would work great for that with a low powered Haswell CPU and still game decently on most games.

    ROG is high end gaming/overclocking though so I don't see a Kaveri based FM2+ board like this for it considering that currently only ASRock has mITX boards for FM2.
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    Tremec , June 4, 2013 3:46 PM
    I am still thinking of building a luggable gaming rig (Think briefcase size with included monitor) What would be the downfall of putting the video card on a flexible riser and mount it to where it pulls air from outside on the side of the case the case and blows air out the back of the case?
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    xkche , June 4, 2013 3:48 PM
    Gigabyte to... http://www.eteknix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/gigabyte_g1_sniper_a85x_fm2.jpg

    Sorry, no ITX :p 
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    vmem , June 4, 2013 3:48 PM
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    They should have flip flopped the SATA ports with the DIMM slots. SATA should be on the outside.


    Moving the DIMM slots in would make it impossible to mount the CPU cooler.


    This, and more and more mini-ITX cases are adopting non-traditional mobo positioning to better utilize the space within the case. both the bitfenix prodigy and silverstone's FT03-mini are great examples of these. and in both cases, the harddrives are NOT located to the left of the mobo, thus putting the SATA ports to the left of the DIMM slots would not help with cable routing what so ever.

    However I might have switched the SATA port positions with the USB-3.0 header, though considering those thick USB3.0 cables tend to be less flexible than SATA, perhaps ASUS have it right here
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    Kamab , June 4, 2013 3:48 PM
    will any of the RoG mobos have soldered haswell chips?
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    schnitter , June 4, 2013 4:00 PM
    Does look amazing, I have the M-ITX P8Z77-ITX MoBo right now, built it a while back and was kind of upset because I thought this new one would come with Thunderbolt... guess not. No need to upgrade for me then that is good. Anyway, good thinking about the front audio port moving away from below the PCI E port because I can't have a video card and front audio at the same time on my MoBo.
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    InvalidError , June 4, 2013 4:07 PM
    It is nice to see ITX get some attention.
    Putting on-board audio on a daughtercard is a simple and effective way of completely isolating it from the path of motherboard power/ground plane noise and current loops. Much more difficult to mess up than directly on-board. Ideally, all semi-serious motherboard audio should be like that.
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    xkche , June 4, 2013 4:32 PM
    Ok, i found:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/live/images/Computex_2013/gigabyte_040.jpg
    http://www.techpowerup.com/live/images/Computex_2013/gigabyte_038.jpg
    http://www.techpowerup.com/live/images/Computex_2013/gigabyte_039.jpg
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    bigshootr8 , June 4, 2013 5:29 PM
    Makes sense its a FM2 Board. Well from a AMD standpoint it makes a lot of sense for there to be smaller versions of there FM2 boards.
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    echozero , June 4, 2013 5:39 PM
    bigshootr8. There are plenty AMD ITX motherboard such as Asus E2KM1I-DELUXE, C60M1-I, E45M1-I DELUXE, E35M1-I and F1A75-I DELUXE.
    You probably should say there is no high end AMD itx motherboard for gaming rigs since most of AMD itx MB is aiming for media center type of application. F1A75-I DELUXE. is probably closet one for gaming board.
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