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Asus ROG Maximus VI Impact Performance Mini-ITX at Retail

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Asus' ROG Maximus VI Impact motherboard is finally available through certain retailers.

While we may already have known almost all the technical specifications of Asus' ROG Maximus VI Impact board, the only thing that it did for most of us in the past few months was get us annoyed at the sad reality that the board wasn't released yet. Fortunately, it appears that the board has now hit retail channels!

The Maximus VI Impact is a Mini-ITX motherboard that 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 port through a header, and audio connection headers. External I/O connectivity is achieved 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, and also features an M.2 slot.

Asus' ROG Maximus VI Impact motherboard is still difficult to find through US retail channels, though at the time of writing it is available through various European channels for prices just over €200. Realistically, we should be able to expect the board to hit US retail channels within a couple of weeks, if not days.

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    Parsian , August 21, 2013 5:04 AM
    :p  this is so cool A good card on this will make this a super compact and super powerful gaming machine :p 
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    TheMentalist , August 21, 2013 5:25 AM
    what a small beast
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    Memnarchon , August 21, 2013 5:34 AM
    Hmmm this mobo screams for GTX670 Direct CU mini!
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    lp231 , August 21, 2013 7:08 AM
    So what is the difference this and the z87i deluxe?
    the z87i pro lacks wifi AC,but its the same as the deluxe. Between the impact and deluxe, the deluxe has more sata and more usb 3.
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    enewmen , August 21, 2013 7:10 AM
    I applaud the audio, CPU socket placement, and forward thinking. Just hope this isn't too forward thinking and there are some high capacity M.2 cards this year (that's not too long).
    Why no eSATA?
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    jimmysmitty , August 21, 2013 8:42 AM
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    I applaud the audio, CPU socket placement, and forward thinking. Just hope this isn't too forward thinking and there are some high capacity M.2 cards this year (that's not too long).
    Why no eSATA?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132039

    It does have one eSATA port on the back.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167146

    That's not too bad for the size.
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    JackNaylorPE , August 21, 2013 9:34 AM
    That's 2 releases (Maximus VI Formula) that basically take over their respective market niches, making the competition irrelevant .... the 3rd (Maxiumus VI Extreme) to my mind was a miss. Now if they would only drop the Poseidon, I can expect my dining room table to be cluttered with parts for weeks.
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    enewmen , August 21, 2013 10:12 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    I applaud the audio, CPU socket placement, and forward thinking. Just hope this isn't too forward thinking and there are some high capacity M.2 cards this year (that's not too long).
    Why no eSATA?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132039

    It does have one eSATA port on the back.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167146

    That's not too bad for the size.


    Ok. I missed the eSATA port.
    But I still never found a M.2 SSD card for sale ANYPLACE.
    The link you gave me is for a mSATA SSD card.
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    Yuka , August 21, 2013 12:24 PM
    I just had a nerdgasm... So.. Good...

    Cheers!
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    WithoutWeakness , August 21, 2013 2:15 PM
    Quote:
    So what is the difference this and the z87i deluxe?
    the z87i pro lacks wifi AC,but its the same as the deluxe. Between the impact and deluxe, the deluxe has more sata and more usb 3.


    There is a much higher-end audio implementation on the ROG Impact when compared to the Z87-I Deluxe. The ROG Impact also includes the M.2 socket and mPCIe connector for an internal M.2 SSD and a swappable WiFi/Bluetooth card as compared to the Deluxe's built-in WiFi/BT solution and lack of mSATA/M.2 socket.