ASUS debuts Maximus VIII Impact motherboard
Most Intel Skylake motherboards on the market at ATX-sized which presents a problem for users who utilize small PC cases yet they want to have the latest technology inside. To solve this issue ASUS has announced the new Maximus VIII Impact motherboard that comes with a number of goodies plus a small-sized ITX form factor.
The new Maximus VIII Impact continues the legacy of the compact Maximus VI Impact board, which ran Intel’s Haswell processors onto the Z87 chipset and that’s why it includes heavy-duty power circuitry, the high-end Intel Z170 chipset and excellent sound hardware on daughter boards in order to provide premium hardware in a small-sized motherboard. The Maximus VIII Impact supports all Intel Skylake processors in the LGA 1151 form factor and uses ASUS Impact Power technology for full access to digital power management for ultra-precise and stable overclocks of the processor and memory. The board also makes use of high-quality capacitors that will aid your overclocking efforts as well as 5-way optimization auto-tuning and Pro Clock technology for even better overclock results across the board.
The Maximus VIII Impact offers two DDR4 memory slots for up to 32 GB of memory at up to 4133 MHz and there’s a PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot for high-end video cards. The board also has four SATA 3.0 ports, one U.2 port, an 802.11ac Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.1 adapter and an excellent ASUS SupremeFX Impact on-board sound hardware that includes an ESS Sabre ES9023P DAC and possibly Realtek’s ALC1150 audio chip. In addition to this the audio jacks are LED-illuminated for easy recognition.
In the back the Maximus VIII Impact features Intel’s I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller as well as two USB 3.1 ports (one Type-A and one Type-C), powered by Intel’s Alpine Ridge controller. In addition there are four more USB 3.0 ports in the back and two more USB 3.0 ports from an internal header.
The new ASUS Maximus VIII Impact motherboard will ship later this month for USD 249.