Going into my network testing on the Impact I was a little concerned. When I tested the Z87-A I did run into some slowdowns. Between then and now I had the chance to look into the issue more and what I found was that this issue was specific to the Trendnet switch that we use in the office, other Trendnet models as well as other manufactures didn’t have the problem. That said, when doing the Impact testing I did the testing using the same model switch as with all of our other boards. This time around though the Intel NIC on the Impact performed flawlessly. In fact if you look it came out near the top of all of the Z97 boards tested. Add to that Asus also gives you the option to prioritize gaming traffic on your NIC you shouldn’t have to worry about slowdowns in game or even with file transfers over the network, both things that are important at LANs.


Average Network Speed

MSI Z97 Gaming 5


Asus Z97-A


MSI Z97I Gaming AC


MSI B85M Gaming


MSI Z97M Gaming


MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC


Asus Maximus VII Impact



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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35904 25 Nov 2014 06:29
Before Thanksgiving week gets in full swing I take a look at Asus's top of the line Mini-ITX Z97 motherboard. This is one of a few reviews of components going in a new project LAN build. Check it out!
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Myndmelt replied the topic: #35905 26 Nov 2014 04:39
Wow it looks like they have changed very little since the Maximus VI Impact which is what I have in my LAN box. The software and bios look more advanced. Also I really like the way that red hyperx looks on that board.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35907 26 Nov 2014 05:16
yeah this isn't a big change, just improvements on the original design along with the new Z97 chipset that is also only a small change from Z87 lol

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