Most powerful Z170 mini-ITX board with full-scale power, discrete audio and better upgradability
For almost a decade, Republic of Gamers (ROG) has delivered exemplary design and performance to thrill the world's best gamers and PC enthusiasts. But our work has only just begun. With our pimped, pumped and packed Maximus VIII Z170-series motherboards, competitors be warned, gamers get set and enthusiasts prepare to push your limits — ROG is ready to accept all challenges!
Designed and Tested for the Best Compatibility
Case and CPU-cooler compatibility is vital to mini-ITX gamers and enthusiasts, so ROG engineers performed hundreds of tests and modifications to perfect Maximus VIII Impact's layout to ensure maximum compatibility with both mini-ITX case designs and CPU coolers — giving you big confidence to build small!
Zero Height on Backplate Area
ROG engineers carefully designed Maximus VIII Impact's layout to keep the CPU's blackplate area clear for maximum support.
Best Gaming Audio
You'd never win with your eyes closed, so open your ears up to the best audio for the battlefield! ROG's awesome audio expertise is the result of extensive R&D, and SupremeFX is the crystal-clear result — onboard sound as superior as your gaming rep!
Champion-Level Audio: SupremeFX IMPACT III
Maximus VIII Impact's onboard audio isn't just good — it's as good as you can get in mini-ITX! You benefit from the best gaming-audio inputs and outputs, with color-coded LEDs to guide to the right audio jacks and a collection of carefully-selected professional-grade audio components, including an ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hyperstream™ technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, Nichicon capacitors, 2VRMS headphone amp, and Sonic SenseAmp that automatically detects and optimizes any headset (32-600ohms) for purest sound quality. SupremeFX Impact III also features intuitive Sonic Studio II, so you'll apply and enjoy different audio effects for perfect entertainment — plus Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for team conversations with total clarity!
Ultra-Durable Gold-Plated Audio Connectors: Red/ Green/ Blue LED color-coded 3.5mm jacks clearly identified in the dark.
SupremeFX Audio Processor: Ten DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs, and an EMI cover for purer audio quality.
ESS® ES9023P Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC): Creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of -94dB THD.
High-Precision Clock Source: High-accuracy timing technology ensures ultra-low jitter by preventing fluctuating temperatures.
Nichicon Capacitors: Deliver the highest-quality sound resolution and expansion for especially warm and natural audio.
2 VRMS Headphone AMP: Provides the perfect current and voltage for true-to-life tonality and spacious sound imaging.
Sonic SenseAMP: Automatically detects and optimizes outputs for different headphone impedance (32-600 ohms).
De-Pop Relay: Dedicated relay eliminates the popping sound when the system is powered on or off, or devices are attached or removed.
Intuative Audio-Tuning Suite: SONIC STUDIO II
Casting Enhancer improves both streaming and recording audio quality, reducing noise artifacts and stabilizing overall voice volume. It also improves all the rich details and boost bass effect of in-game sounds and music playback.
Perfect Voice reduces noise during in-game chat so every teammate is heard, and no command is missed.
One-click virtual-surround function emulates 7.1 channels, even through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset. It offers five more superb audio controls, including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ — ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing.
Best Gaming Performance
Greater performance means smoother gameplay — and that means more chance to win. With the best overclocking (OC) design, UEFI BIOS and intuitive OC gadget and utility, you'll enjoy unmatched performance — coupled with an exclusive cooling design ensures your system never breaks a sweat.
The Finest Compact Power with a Vertical Design: IMPACT POWER III
Maximus VIII Impact's completely-digital power architecture is engineered with premium components to provide precise power management and stable overclocking on mini-ITX. Dynamic speed adjustments and intricate manual controls let you the push the processor and memory further than ever — and that means the highest stability and precision!
One Click, Overclock and Cooling, Done!
Get Performance, Efficiency, Digital Power, Fan Control and even Networking and Audio Tuning tailored for you and the way you play!
You don't need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your Maximus VIII Impact build's gaming performance — because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly-controllable performance boosts! Our exclusive technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use, so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else!
• Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth and vivid sound.
• Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.
• Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loading.
• Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money.
CPU performance boost: TPU
Crank up your PC's gaming grunt instantly with the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility! The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and the graphics card, enabling great freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and to exploit the potential out of your graphics card*. *Please see the graphics card QVL
*Please see the graphics card QVL
All-round energy efficiency: EPU
With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you'll enjoy real-time, system-wide power savings — for gaming kicks that won't cost the earth! EPU automatically detects and adjusts power consumption according to your rig's needs, so you save money without compromising the thrills. EPU will also reduce CPU wattage to a set level and deliver even more savings with Away Mode, creating an extreme energy-saving scenario that shuts down unused extra I/O controllers and reduces the graphics cards' power level. So, full power for your gameplay — and then total energy efficiency when you step away!
Advanced fan controls: Cooler by design
Fan Xpert 3
Play quieter and cooler with advanced fan controls for the ultimate in undisturbed gaming. With onboard thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 3 makes sure every fan achieves the best balance of high cooling performance and low noise, so you enjoy all the performance you demand with none of the racket!
• Auto-Tuning Mode: Scans fan parameters, and all fans with a single click.
• Extreme Quite Mode: Reduces CPU fan speed to below the default minimum, for extra-quiet operation and power savings during light loads.
• RPM Fixed Mode: Lowers noise levels to near-0dB silence, allowing to you fix the fan speed.
Precise Digital Power Control: DIGI+ Power Control
To go faster than fast you need ultra-accurate power control — so Maximus VIII Impact is kitted out with ASUS Digi+ Power Control for maxed-out overclocking potential, enhanced system stability and superb power efficiency. Digi+ Power Control is the industry's leading digital power controller and it's fully compliant with Intel's IMVP8 specifications, for smoother, safer power.
Game faster, rank higher: Accelerate your favourite apps and games witha automated ease
ASUS-exclusive Turbo App's intuitive tuning panel boosts multiple hardware components to maximize gaming exhilaration, overclocking your CPU, tuning your fans, prioritizing network data and optimizing audio settings — all with automated ease. And now Turbo App is even more powerful than before, giving you the ability to connect to profiles previously set in Sonic Studio II and KeyBot II, so setup couldn't be simpler!
ASUS Pro Clock Technology: OC Design
Thought you'd taken overclocking as far as it could go? Meet ASUS Pro Clock, a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel® processors that ramps BCLK frequencies up to 400MHz or even beyond*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extremes!
Advantages of ASUS Pro Clock:
• Reduced boot times.
• Lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks.
• Increased stability under heavy overclocking.
* BCLK-overclocking range varies according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options. Ranges up to 650MHz are possible under select conditions.
DDR4 Overclocking: Strength in Numbers
Now you can drive DDR4 memory over 4133 (OC) at one DIMM per channel — and that means the best-ever gaming performance from your Maximus VIII Impact! Exceptional engineering has created optimized trace layouts, providing superb memory-overclocking capabilities on mini-ITX.
Media-Acclaimed UEFI BIOS
The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more gorgeous. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.
• EZ Flash 3: Flash the latest BIOS via the internet, and from within the BIOS.
• SMART: Check up your storages devices' Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) logs to gauge reliability, and even determine if they're about to fail.
• EZ Tuning Wizard– OC and RAID: Select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance, or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups!
• My Favorites: Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.
• Intuitive graphical fan control: Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.
• EZ XMP: Improve your DRAM performance with a click.
• SATA Information: View SATA port details for easy device recognition.
• Fast Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date.
• GPU POST: Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information.
• Secure Erase: Restore your SSDs to factory-fresh condition.
• Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive.
• SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for easy identification.
USB UEFI BIOS Flashback: Refresh your BIOS in a flash, even when the system is off
Speed Your Game Loads: RAMCache
ROG's uniquely-intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it's activated. RAMCache turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times to stratospheric levels, and minimizes risk of data loss!
Best Gaming Connectivity
Maximus VIII Impact accelerates every connection, with the fastest 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi, the latest USB 3.1 Type-C and the newest U.2 socket for lightning-speed NVM Express devices — kicking every game into top gear!
2X2 802.11AC WI-FI with MU-MIMO
Maximus VIII Impact has next-level 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas for up to 867Mbit/s* transfer speeds — and the very latest Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology to ensure that every connected user** experiences the best wireless and online speeds!
* Actual speed varies, and Wi-Fi hotspot feature operates at 802.11a/b/g/n. Windows 10 does not currentlysupport Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. ** Requires MU-MIMO-ready client.
Join the NVMe revolution with built-in U.2 connector
Unlock the full potential of your storage with NVM Express (NVMe), the revolutionary specification that lets your SSDs scream at top speed. Just attach your drive to the built-in U.2 connector with plug-and-play ease to experience data-transfer speeds of up to 32Gbit/s — and free up a PCIe slot for another expansion card!
Ultimate USB 3.1 speed with Type-C on board
ASUS Maximus VIII Impact is engineered with the latest Intel® USB 3.1 controller for 16Gbit/s total USB 3.1 bandwidth! With both USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C ports for compatibility and convenience, you'll experience data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — or twice as fast USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is completely backward-compatible with your existing USB devices, and you'll be all set for USB 3.1's breakneck speeds. And ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further!
Best Gaming Networking
Lag means lost frags, so Maximus VIII Impact motherboards deliver the sucker punch of superior hardware and software — letting you focus on the game, while your ROG rig lands lag a knock-out blow!
More Throughput and Less Processing Equals Faster Online Play: Intel Ethernet
ROG features the very latest Intel® Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming — always. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay.
Pumped-Up Throughput Best Surge Protection: LANGuard
LANGuard means safer, more reliable connections for your battles! Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes join forces to protect your Maximus VIII Impact motherboard's connection and deliver pumped-up throughput, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9X-greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5X-greater protection (up to 15KV) against surges!
Team Up to Banish Lag:
GameFirst IV Beta
GameFirst IV Beta optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — and now we've added Multi-Gate Teaming to team all your networks for maximum bandwidth and the smoothest-ever gameplay. You'll also enjoy all-new Intelligent mode, which automatically compiles a database by parsing new app data to ensure that every game is optimized for the best performance.
Team all your network gateways for maximum bandwidth and assign connections to every application for the smoothest-ever gameplay.
Best Gaming Protection
As a gamer you demand stability and durability, so ROG integrates long-lasting, premium components, plus exclusive smart DIY designs across the board — ensuring the best gaming experiences.
• CPU installation tool: 1 Layer protection from socket-pin damage.
• Backplate: 1 Backplate provides additional cooling, protection and reinforcement.
• Q-Slot: 1 Clip to swap or secure your graphics card.
• Q-DIMM: 1 Sided clips for super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules.
• DRAM Over-current Protection: 1 Additional resettable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage.
• TrueVolt USB: 2 Dedicated USB power supplies rock-steady 5V to all USB ports, minimizing power fluctuations for minimal data loss.
• ESD Guards: 2x Greater electrostatic protection than standard. ESD Guards cover the PS2, USB, audio and LAN ports.
• Q-Shield: 3 Layer protection from nicks and cuts.
• Stainless Steel Back I/O: 3x Longer lifespan than ordinary panels.
ROG Gives You More
Stay in the Game: OVERWOLF
The clever unobtrusive overlay that keeps you in the game, so you can browse, email, IM, stream or record while you play, and all dressed up in color-matched ROG skins to show you're part of an elite pack — quickly to be available downloaded fromon Overwolf's app store!
The Free Keyboard Upgrade – Upgraded: KEYBOT II
Free keyboard upgrade from an exclusive microprocessor and intuitive user interface. Record macros directly from the keyboard, switch profiles in moments, enable special functions with hotkey from F1-F10, start and even boost your PC from shutdown (S5 mode)!
• AI Suite 3: One-stop control panel.
• ROG theme CPU-Z: Shows your important system information with pride.
• Mem TweakIt: Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge.
• RAMDisk: Boost your favorite applications up to 20X faster than SSD with the junction function.
• Sonic Radar II: A stealthy overlay that maps battlefield sounds so you can locate opponents and teammates at a glance.
• Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year): The best protection from viruses and spyware.
• DAEMON Tools Pro Standard (1 year): The leading tool for optical and virtual discs.
• PC Cleaner: Accelerate your PC by eliminating clogs with simple click.
• 100% SteamOS support: Play your favorite Steam games now and forever.
• Radar on the latest gaming innovations: OG's sights are locked on future revolutions and relationships.
The Power of Intel
Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
Intel® Z170 Express is a single-chipset design that supports 6th-generation Intel® LGA1151 Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z170 provides a maximum of ten USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6Gbit/s ports, 32Gbit/s M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support for faster data retrieval. Intel® Z170 Express also supports integrated-graphics (iGPU) functions, so you'll enjoy the very latest Intel integrated graphics performance.
Ready for 6th-generation Intel® LGA1151 Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors
This motherboard supports 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1151 package, with graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, two-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great graphics performance.
• FAN Extension Card: 3 additional fan headers for greater cooling upgradability.
• ROG fan stickers: 3 badges of honor for your fans.
• SATA cables: 4 cables for greater storage.
• ROG cable stickers: 12 labels for your cables.
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