ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Impact MITX Review
Published: 30th November 2015 | Source: ASUS | Price: £187.99 @ OCUK |
The days when an mITX motherboard meant that you were accepting of barest minimum of performance, using it solely as a means to transport your legally obtained digital media to your television are long gone. Maybe it's a side effect of the move towards smart televisions removing the importance of an HTPC, or maybe manufacturers have seen a small (ahem) niche in the market and filled it with high-performance motherboards. Either way we have seen an influx of boards that are big in performance despite being small in stature.
ASUS have, with their raft of offerings, been near the forefront of this revolution and today we're looking at the latest model in their ever-expanding ROG range, the Maximus VIII Impact. To give this the Maximus name shows how confident ASUS are in the potential capabilities of this Z170 motherboard, so let's put it to the test.
As you would expect from such a seriously compact motherboard the Maximus VIII Impact has all the features you'd hope to find, just less of them. So there are two DIMM slots, but supporting up to 4133MHz DDR4. PCI Express 3.0, but just the one x16 slot. Perhaps the oddest decision is to go to the U.2 storage option. This is unquestionably a beneficial step if you plan on keeping the Impact for a long time, but right now there is a distinct lack of supporting hardware unless you buy the Intel 750s. The headline grabbing part of the Impact has to be the separate board for the Supreme FX III Impact audio. Because it's in the PCI Express x1 slot you can switch it out for a more dedicated offering if you so choose.