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ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

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MAXIMUS VI IMPACT

ROG Mini-ITX - Accept no Compromises

ROG hits the road with mini-ITX - size is no longer an indicator of performance. They said it couldn't be done, but ROG's devoted crew of designers and engineers has finally delivered on the dream of a proper mini-ITX gaming board. Fans of LAN parties and gaming tournaments love to make a strong impression - and that's why more gamers choose Maximus VI Impact. Balancing great performance with excellent stability, power efficiency and thermal innovation, Maximus VI Impact fits in highly elegant and portable home-theater PC (HTPC) and Shuttle-style compact cases while retaining ROG's renowned cachet - so being a champion is more flexible than ever. or couch-bound living room champion becomes easier than ever.


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Designed and Tested for the Best Compatibility

Case and CPU-cooler compatibility is extremely important for mini-ITX gamers and enthusiasts. That's why ROG has performed hundreds of tests and modifications to perfect Maximus VI Impact's layout to ensure maximum compatibility with both mini-ITX chassis designs and CPU coolers.


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Zero Height on Backplate Area

ROG creators carefully designed the Maximus VI Impact's layout to keep the CPU's blackplate area clear, allowing better support.


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Installation Washers Included*

For convenience and the widest backplate compatibility, Maximus VI Impact includes four installation washers.

*Washers required only if you encounter installation difficulties.



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SupremeFX Impact

Blade of Sound adds striking 115dB SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) audio
Experience outstanding 115dB signal-to-noise ratio audio on mini-ITX from the included SupremeFX Impact sound card – and keep the PCIe x16 slot free for an amazing graphics card.


Dual-Differential Design with Four Operational Amplifiers

Exclusive differential circuit design plus four op-amps for the rear and front-panel headphone output sockets ensures lossless multi-channel gaming audio with exceptional clarity and fidelity, regardless of which port you choose to use. The audiophile-grade Texas Instruments LM4562 op-amp also boosts high-end headphone enjoyment with up to 600-Ohm impedance, finer detail and stronger bass.

Analog signals from the SupremeFX audio chip are split into two identical but opposing phases via intricate PCB logic. The high-fidelity operational amplifier (op-amp) then combines them while filtering out noise and interference, providing a clear audio stream with double the intensity.


Music PnP (Plug and Play)

Amplify your audio
This brand-new, ROG-exclusive technology forwards a stereo audio stream straight to your speakers - when your PC is turned off. Just connect an audio-playing device to the mic-in jack and let the music play*.

The benefits of Music PnP:

  • No-hassle - Hook-up with a 3.5mm jack cable
  • No power drain - Power-saving with your PC off*
  • No waiting - Your speakers will pump instantly

*Requires analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) port to be connected to the case's HDA module


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Perfect Voice

Upgraded Noise Cancellation
Simple and effective technology greatly improves internet calls (VoIP) with crystal-clear communications and no additional array microphones needed.

Noise Gate

Exclusive digital signal processing removes noise during pauses in speech and other periods of silence.

Noise Reduction

Spectral-subtraction algorithm analyzes and determines the amount of ambient noise to be countered.


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MAXIMUS VI IMPACT

mPCIe Combo II
with 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0

Extra Connections with M.2 (NGFF) Support
The next evolution of the mPCIe Combo card gives you even better expandability with the latest standards in connectivity and easy install. You get mini PCI Express 2.0 plus USB 2.0 with an included dual-band 2.4GHz / 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 module, powered by ASUS-exclusive Wi-Fi GO! Remote and Wi-Fi Engine, which maximize performance for better experiences. It's an instant upgrade to the fastest wireless right on your desktop. All without having to sacrifice a PCI Express slot!

The compact but versatile mPCIe Combo II further future-proofs your build with M.2 (NGFF, Next Generation Form Factor) connectivity for SSDs. M.2 is a fast and power-efficient standard that aims to replace mPCIe and mSATA, designed to optimize SSD performance. mPCIe Combo II works with your high speed M.2 SSDs and makes the most of their potential, helping you reduce load times to run your OS and games even faster.


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Dual Intelligent Processor IVs with Four-Way Optimization

One click for better performance, efficiency, digital power control, reduced noise, and improved cooling.
Starting with the Turbo Processing Unit (TPU), Four-Way Optimization performs Auto Tuning, which automatically overclocks the CPU to within about 95% of its potential, a process that typically could take up to two days to manually overclock. Auto Tuning is even able to overclock two cores at a time, and can configured to prioritize either multiplier (default) or BLCK if desired.

The process then moves to the Energy Processing Unit (EPU), which customizes power saving profiles for periods of light use or idle states. Within this module are options to set a TDP cap for low power scenarios, as well as selectively shut off SATA and USB ports when idling.

Next, DIGI+ VRM optimizes digital power settings to take full advantage of the CPU's built-in digital power delivery, creating a more precise and stable overclocking experience through OCP and LLC presets.

Finally, Fan Xpert 2 tests and calibrates each individual case fan connected to your motherboard to create selectable cooling profiles that can be further customized upon completion. The ability to assign customized fan curves and/or all-or-nothing temperature thresholds to profiles is also included.


Sonic Radar

In-Game Sound Visualization Overlay
Dedicated to FPS gamers, Sonic Radar is a stealthy overlay that shows you what opponents and teammates are up to. Gunshots, footsteps, and call-outs appear with precise directioning via the on-screen radar. Includes a hotkey that allows you to switch sound detection focus for specific effects within games, and intuitive settings that provide greater gaming experiences:

Four optimized game presets: three fine-tuned presets based on major FPS games, plus one general preset, all ready for your arena of engagement.

Six key sound effects detected: visualize major game sound effects to help you complete your mission every time.


Upgraded UEFI BIOS

Most Award-Winning in Segment
The new ROG UEFI BIOS includes a Last Modified feature that records recent changes. And to make sure you never forget a tuning idea, the in-BIOS Quick Note is perfect for jotting down memos and system details. It sure beats easily-misplaced paper notes! There's also F4 My Favorites and Shortcuts for easy access to the BIOS features you need most, and you can even adjust boot logo size. The new BIOS also lets you name individual SATA ports so you can easily identify them to save time when defining boot sequences and other drive-related settings.

With ROG Pulse, a cool flashing ROG logo indicates system activity, and very importantly, the helpful SSD Secure Erase has been added, restoring SSD speed from inside the BIOS and with no need for less compatible third party utilities. Click the upper right tab to learn more.


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SSD Secure Erase

Recover Lost Performance. Back to High Speed.
SSD performance degrades with time due to overwrite action. ROG is the world's first motherboard brand to integrate SSD Secure Erase into UEFI BIOS for better compatibility and easier use, offering the best removal method to completely delete all data on an SSD to recover lost performance and restore factory speeds.


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ROG RAMDisk

Don't Waste Your RAM: 20X Faster Storage than an SSD!
ROG RAMDisk easily turns RAM into superfast temporary storage to accelerate operating system performance and reduce load times. It can use up to 80% of available system memory, and accesses files without relocating them to protect data integrity and minimize accidental corruption. To do this, the utility creates junction points which serve as quick links between files and RAM storage. All files are automatically saved and restored to their specific locations on hard drives when you turn your PC off, then go back to RAM when you power on again.


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Intel® I217Gb LAN with GameFirst II

Less Lag for More Win
Combines superior hardware with intuitive software to control your gaming experience, intelligently lowering pings and prioritizing bandwidth


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ROG – That Special Extra

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
The best protection from viruses and spyware Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that are among the industry's highest.


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ROG CPU-Z

Whole VNew Design for CPU-Z
ROG CPU-Z is a customized ROG version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of ROG CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness.


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DAEMON Tools Pro Standard

The Real Tool for Optical and Virtual Discs
DAEMON Tools Pro offers essential functionality to backup CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. It converts optical media into virtual discs and emulates devices to work with the virtual copies. DAEMON Tools Pro organizes data, music, video and photo collections on a PC, notebook or netbook.


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Mem TweakIt

Dynamic Timing Adjustments, DRAM Efficiency Gauge
When changing DRAM settings in BIOS, it always takes time for the system to reboot. Worry no more! With Mem TweakIt, you can do DRAM tuning in real-time and view your DRAM efficiency score.


CPU and Chipset Features

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Intel® LGA1150 4th Generation Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® Processors Ready

This motherboard supports Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0 / 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.


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Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z87 provides a maximum six USB 3.0 ports and six SATA 6Gbps ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® Z87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Stable and no problems. Seems fast and is very compact. 7/12/2017 12:13:30 AM

Pros: This is perfect for an ITX build. It has everything most gamers would want from an ATX board. It has an improved sound card and the same overclocking capabilities. The daughter board that powers the CPU is nicely done however needs a well ventilated case because some of the cases will actually block that section from getting air. I bought it for the long lasting capacitors and reliability upper level ASUS components typically have.

Cons: only one PCIe (not really a con because the mini ITX form factor only has one PCIe, but something to think about if considering a mini ITX build when you've previously had an ATX)
You'll only have enough ports for a graphics card. The integrated sound is okay. In reality, there's not all that much difference from a normal integrated sound card. It's a little better but it wouldn't satisfy people who like discrete sound cards.

***UPDATE***
After three years of ownership my sound card has failed just out of my warranty period. I'm dissapointed because the sound card was a selling point and it failed before my computer got old enough to warrant buying a new one. The warranty ought to be longer because desktops should last 5 years if their products are worth backing that long I intend to get 2 more years out of it before upgrading, so I'm off to spend a lot of money on buying a DAC and amp to power my headset until then.

The upgrade cycle for computers is pretty crazy if your computer is 3 years old. I would need to buy RAM and a CPU at this point if I wanted to replace the mother board. I wouldn't dump 100 dollars for a new motherboard on an outdated platform, so the other upgrades would be necessary. I expected more than a 3 year warranty out of a company I've been exclusively buying my motherboards and graphics cards from for 5 years because of build quality and longevity.

Fortunately the sound card is not crucial to the computer as external solutions are available. I just would like it if they sold the sound card separately because it's a daughterboard, so it's interchangeable.

Overall Review: I've been using it for well over a year now and I haven't had any problems with it. When it came to gaming mini ITX boards, there really wasn't that many other good options at the time of my purchase. I have always trusted ASUS motherboards and will continue to after my good experience with this one.

***UPDATE***
two years later bad sound card

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
dead board after a year (i use it at default) 9/14/2015 1:15:41 AM

Pros: -nice looking
-lots of accessories
-small itx but has everything that you need even a M.2 slot
-good when it does't crash

that's why this board still get 2 eggs from me

Cons: -after a little over a year the board crashes when im playing games
-on boot up the fan spin then stop then spin then stop couple time before it can actually boot up
-died after few month doing that spin-stop-spin thing

I did not overlock at all, everything runs at default

Overall Review: I have noticed that lots of people have the crash issue with this board. maybe is the qulity control went wrong on this board. I have another ROG board ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 since 2010, I overlocked it works perfectly fine. But on this ROG VI impact.... I dont have a good time with it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Garbage, died in less than a year 9/11/2015 6:33:59 PM

Pros: Compact. Lots of features in a small package

Cons: Not long lived. Died in less than a year.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
IDK, Many issues. Love/Hate 7/7/2015 7:52:50 PM

Pros: Love the look

Super Fast

Overclocks wonderfully.

Is amazing when it's not crashing on me.

Cons: Constant and Random Crashes

Overall Review: I love this board, it's feature rich and performs wonderfully (most of the time)

I experience random crashes with no common reason. Works flawlessly days at a time, then sometimes crashes consecutively time after time in a single day. Or just once a month, or week. It really is just random while doing any of the following:
-Watching youtube
-Watching netflix
-Browsing craigslist
-Listening to Spotify
-Idling
-Playing Games

I've upgraded the bios and all drivers yet this thing still crashes for no apparent reason. That I cannot figure out, even tech support seemed to be at a loss.

I would love to give this product 5 stars, I just cant.

A new symptom started last week. I almost always put the computer to sleep and wake it up with the keyboard. I have changed nothing yet now the computer wakes itself up after a random amount of time. (even after making the power button the only thing that is set to wake it up)

I would love to be able to return this for a new board, in hopes that the new one will not have these issues. These symptoms manifested well after the return policy expired.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Christopher,

I am sorry to hear that you are having issues with your motherboard crashing randomly. One possibly is that you have a computer virus that is causing the crashing. Please scan your computer to see if your computer is infected. On another note, if you are convinced that your motherboard is faulty you can submit an RMA and have it replaced at http://www.asus.com/us/support. Feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150723810

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Crashs and freezes a lot 4/2/2015 7:49:23 AM

Pros: Its great when it is working. Running Hyper-V images and they are super fast

Cons: Seems like it freezes a lot and crashes. I have taken off all devices and video card, to insolate issue. Sometimes stays up for several days, and other time it freezes and crashes. Running Windows 8.1 and 10 with same results.

Overall Review: I have to think a BIO or Windows Driver will eventually fix this issue. Also, running SSD. I am suspicious of this too.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
ASUS please wake up your Quality Control person sleeping. 3/7/2015 6:28:11 PM

Pros: Newegg took back this board without any problems, but I have to pay for shipping.

Cons: Three (3) dead Asus Z87 Impact boards in a row
Bought a BitsPower Full CPU block along with Memory water block that now are a paper weight for my desk.

Overall Review: Three (3) x dead Asus Impact Z87 boards in a row are dead or working without certain features working. Now to make matters worse I see on many forums with Asus Reps saying we are the problem not them. Last time I check I pay for a product and you give me 100 percent customer service with a product that works. Like I said before since the launch of there new line (STRIX, Hero etc)of products there money making product like ROG are in the toilet now. Very bad quality control and customer service.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

I do understand the issue that you are having right now and my sincere apology for any inconvenience it has caused you. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the product is an isolated case. ASUS provides
warranty for the product in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150337535 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Worth the cost 1/29/2015 4:32:58 PM

Pros: The Price is high but the function of this board in the size it is, is worth every penny, and asus for me is reliable

Cons: None

Overall Review: Asus is a brand i used to build my first PC 10 years ago, this is the upgrade for that PC, the old pc still functions just fine, just 10 year old parts are not up to par.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1501105358 in the subject for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Another dead board... 1/10/2015 11:49:59 AM

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Haven't had one that works yet... Just received my second dead board. The RMA process took over a month to get here, only for it to be dead again. Never been so disappointed with a product in my life. If you spend $200 plus dollars you think quality wouldn't be a concern.

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