ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT Review & Specifications

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT LGA1151 Mini ITX DDR4

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LGA1151 socket for 6th-gen Intel Core desktop processors
5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning, Pro Clock and Impact Power for the ultimate OC experience
SupremeFX Impact III with intuitive Sonic Studio II for discrete-caliber customizable gaming audio.
Best-in-class Intel Gigabit Ethernet with , 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Game First technologies for no-lag gameplay.
NVMe U.2, SATA Express and USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C for next-gen speed and devices. Please Note: Kindly refer the user manual given below for troubleshooting steps which is highly essential before use.

Specs Overview

Model MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT
Release Date November 2015
Series ROG
Socket LGA1151
Form factor Mini ITX
Chipset Intel Z170
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz 3333Mhz 3400Mhz 3466Mhz 3600Mhz 3800Mhz 4000Mhz
Audio Chipset ROG SupremeFX Impact III High Definition Audio CODEC
Audio Channels 5.1 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 4
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 0
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 2
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB

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  • CPU

    Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors 
    Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

  • Chipset

    Intel® Z170

  • Memory

    2 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR4 4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3800(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3500(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture 
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support 
    - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
    Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

  • Expansion Slots

    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode, black)

  • Storage

    Intel® Z170 chipset : 
    1 x U.2 port, black, 
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, 
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports*1
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*1

  • LAN

    Intel® I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), GameFirst technology
    Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
    Anti-surge LANGuard

  • Wireless Data Network

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Supports MU-MIMO

  • Bluetooth

    Bluetooth V4.1

  • Audio

    ROG SupremeFX Impact III 5.1-channel High Definition Audio CODEC 
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    - SupremeFX Shielding Technology
    - ESS® ES9023P
    - 2VRMS Headphone Amp into (32-600Ohms)
    - Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    Audio Feature :
    - Gold-plated jacks
    - DTS Connect
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    - Sonic SenseAmp
    - Sonic Studio II
    - Sonic Radar II

  • USB Ports

    Intel® Z170 chipset : 
    6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    Intel® USB 3.1 controller : 
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (1 at back panel, black, USB Type-CTM)
    Intel® USB 3.1 controller : 
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (1 at back panel, red, Type-A)

  • ROG Exclusive Features

    Slow Mode
    ROG RAMCache
    Overwolf
    SupremeFX Impact III
    Start Button
    Reset Button
    LN2 Mode
    Impact Power III :
    - MicroFine Alloy Chokes
    - 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    - IR3553 PowIRStage® MOSFETs
    Mem TweakIt
    ProbeIt
    KeyBot II
    - One-click Overclocking
    - X.M.P.
    - DirectKey
    - ClrCMOS
    - Power On
    UEFI BIOS features :
    - O.C. Profile
    - GPU.DIMM Post
    - Tweakers' Paradise
    - ROG SSD Secure Erase
    - Graphic Card Information Preview
    ROG RAMDisk
    Extreme Tweaker

  • Special Features

    OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology
    - Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    - 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
    ASUS Wi-Fi GO!

    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger+
    - USB 3.1 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker
    - Mobo Connect
    - PC Cleaner
    Remote Entertainment
    - Media Streamer
    - HyStream
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3 
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback 
    - Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-DIMM 
    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

  • Operating System Support

    Windows® 10 , 64bit
    Windows® 8.1 , 64bit 
    Windows® 7 , 32bit/64bit

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (black)USB Type-CTM
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (red)Type-A
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue) 
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    3 x Audio jack(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
    1 x Q-Code LED
    1 x Start Button
    1 x Reset Button

  • Internal I/O Ports

    1 x U.2 port
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) 
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
    1 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)*2
    1 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
    1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
    1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
    1 x Slow Mode jumper(s)
    1 x SupremeFX Impact III connector
    1 x M.2 socket pre-installed with a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module
    1 x System panel connector

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    ASUS Q-Shield
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x CPU installation tool
    1 x Supporting DVD
    1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
    1 x Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-pin fan out)
    1 x Fan Extension card screw pack
    1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
    ROG Fan Label
    1 x 5-pin to 5-pin cable
    1 x Panel cable
    1 x Thermistor cable(s)

  • BIOS

    1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, F9 Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.

  • Manageability

    WfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

  • Support Disc

    Drivers
    ROG GameFirst technology
    ROG RAMDisk
    ROG RAMCache
    ROG CPU-Z
    ROG Mem TweakIt
    Overwolf
    Keybot II
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
    DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
    ASUS WebStorage
    ASUS Utilities

  • Form Factor

    Mini ITX Form Factor 
    6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )

  • Note

    *1 This function will work depending on the CPU installed.
    *2 AAFP connector is built-in on the SupremeFX Impact III card

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