ASUS has announced the Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX gaming motherboard.
Based on the Intel Z87 chipset for Intel's Haswell (4th gen) processors, the Maximus VI Impact is the first ROG mini-ITX motherboard to be fully loaded with exclusive gamer-pleasing innovations, proving that size is no longer an indicator of performance.
Featuring the SupremeFX Impact discrete sound card with a custom design that keeps the PCIe slot free, the exclusive dual-differential circuit design splits the audio chip’s analog signal into opposing phases that are combined by four operational amplifiers (op-amps) to produce a single, stronger and cleaner output, while premium ELNA audio capacitors smooth high and low-frequency signals to deliver warmer sounds. The board also includes Perfect Voice technology that uses active noise cancelation on the microphone input to keep VoIP chat clear in noisy environments, and Music PnP technology that allows external sound sources to play through PC speakers when the PC is shut down.
Built on the ROG Extreme Engine DIGI+ III technology, Impact Power is compact voltage-regulator module (VRM) with 60A BlackWing chokes and 10K black metallic capacitors that gives precise digital power management for complete overclocking control that’s on a par with ROG full-size ATX motherboards.
The gaming motherboard also comes packed with exclusive features for gamers: Sonic Radar detects source of in-game sounds and plots them on an on-screen overlay for a unique method of pinpointing the enemy, while Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ROG GameFirst II technology eliminates online game lag by prioritizing traffic for optimum ping rates.
Other bundled tools include ROG RAMDisk that allows up to 80% of a computer’s available RAM to act as a high-speed virtual drive for accelerated game-loading times, while SSD Secure Erase built in to Maximus VI Impact’s UEFI BIOS lets users quickly restore drives to a factory-fresh condition for the best possible performance.
The Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX Gaming Motherboard is now available at all ASUS authorized DIY resellers at S$389.