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When it comes to Mini-ITX motherboards people are going to have a wide range of feature requirements. For some, as long as it supports their CPU and it has a x16 PCIe slot they are good to go. Others want to have a lot of the features they would find in their full sized builds including wireless AC, different storage connection options, and even upgraded audio. Personally I have been on both sides. When I’m building a budget Mini-ITX build I can skip out on the features but when I’m building a crazy LAN rig like the build we put in the In Win D-Frame Mini only the best will do. Asus continues to impress me with their drive to pack anything and everything into their Impact boards. Well today I’m going to take a look at the latest one, the Maximus VII Impact. This is officially the second Impact board, based on the Z97 chipset. Is this the perfect LAN rig motherboard? Let’s find out.

Product Name: Asus Maximus VII Impact

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 1150 for the 5th/New 4th/4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors

Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Chipset

Intel® Z97

Memory

2 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, DDR3 3300-1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support

Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports

- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz

- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz

Maximum shared memory of 512 MB

Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 *1

1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 *2

Storage

Intel® Z97 chipset : 
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *3
PCI Express gen 3.0 : *1
1 x M.2 Socket 3 on mPCIe Combo IV expansion card(s), black, *4with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
Support M.2 Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SSD card (up to 110mm in length), support PCI express 3.0 x4 standard

LAN

Intel® I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), featuring GAMEFIRST III

Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)

Anti-surge LANGuard

Wireless Data Network

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac*5

Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Support ASUS Wi-Fi Go! Utility

Bluetooth

Bluetooth V4.0

Audio

ROG SupremeFX Impact II 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC *6
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- ELNA premium audio capacitors
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection 
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Sonic SoundStage
- Sonic SenseAmp
- Sonic Studio
- Sonic Radar II

USB Ports

Intel® Z97 chipset : *7
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z97 chipset : *8
6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 2 at mid-board)

ROG Exclusive Features

SupremeFX Impact II
Impact CoolHub
mPCIe Combo IV (mPCIe/M.2 combo card)
Impact Power II :
- 8 + 2 phase power design
- NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
- 60A BlackWing Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
Mem TweakIt
ROG Extreme OC kit :
- LN2 Mode *9
ProbeIt
KeyBot
- CPU Level Up
- XMP
- Direct Key
UEFI BIOS features :
- GPU.DIMM Post
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- Graphic Card Information Preview
ROG RAMDisk
GameFirst III
Extreme Tweaker

Special Features

5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 2, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.
Gamer's Guardian:
- ESD Guards on LAN, Audio, KBMS and USB3.0/2.0 ports
- DRAM Overcurrent Protection
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
- Stainless Steel Back I/O
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
- Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
- Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- USB BIOS Flashback
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger
- USB Charger+ 
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
- ASUS EZ Flash 2 
- ASUS USB BIOS Flashback 
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
- Push Notice
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Cable
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-DIMM 
Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Media Streamer
Turbo App

Operating System Support

Windows® 8.1 86x64

Windows® 8 86x64

Windows® 7 86x64

Back I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)

1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)

4 x USB 3.0 (blue)

4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

3 x Audio jack(s)

1 x Clear CMOS button(s)

1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)

1 x Q-Code LED

1 x Sonic SoundStage button

1 x KeyBot button

Internal I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)

1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)

1 x TPM connector(s)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)

1 x CPU Fan connector(s)

3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) *9

1 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector

1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)

1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)*10

1 x System panel(s)

10 x ProbeIt Measurement Points

1 x LN2 Mode header(s)*9

1 x Power-on button(s)

1 x Reset button(s)

1 x mPCIe Combo IV connector(s)

1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)

1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)

1 x Impact CoolHub connector(s)

1 x SupremeFX Impact II connector(s)

Accessories

User's manual

1 x ASUS Q-Cable

1 x SupremeFX Impact II audio card(s)

1 x Optional 4-in-1 washers for CPU cooler backplate

I/O Shield

4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)

1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)

1 x mPCIe Combo IV card(s) with dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth v4.0 module

1 x Impact CoolHub card(s)

BIOS

64Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.8, ACPI5.0 Multi-Language BIOS

Manageability

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE

Support Disc

Drivers

ROG GameFirst III

ROG RAMDisk

ROG CPU-Z

ROG Mem TweakIt

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus

DAEMON Tools Pro Standard

ASUS WebStorage

Home Cloud

ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

Mini ITX Form Factor

6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )

 

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