Overall and Final Verdict

When the first Impact board came out I didn’t have the chance to check it out. We used the Z87I-Deluxe for our LunchBox build. This time around using the new Z97 Impact in our black and red In Win D-Frame Mini was just too good to pass up. I came into the review with high expectations, previous Asus Mini-ITX board have been great and the Impact promised to be even better than that. So how did it turn out? Well in nearly every test the Impact out performed my expectations. Asus packed the Impact with more features than a lot of full sized motherboards, they managed to do this by really packing every single thing in together as tight as possible. They also took advantage of riser cards for additional space. In the end you get a Mini-ITX board that doesn’t compromise. In addition we still get Asus’s kick ass software. In fact the only complaint I had with the Impact was with the clearance between the ram and the lock on the PCIe lock. It is nearly impossible to get at.

When it comes to Mini-ITX boards, this is going to be the most expensive board on the market. But I’m not including that as a con because I feel that Asus did a great job justifying the cost with a long list of features. If you are looking for high end audio in a Mini-ITX format you don’t have any other options unless you are willing to give up the only PCIe x16 slot and I know I’m not willing to give up my video card in my LAN rig.

So is the Maximus VII Impact for you? I think most people could get away with one of the lesser models for their LAN rig but if you are looking for the best there isn’t anything else even close to the Impact when it comes to features.


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Author: garfi3ldWebsite: https://lanoc.org
You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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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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