When you are designing a mini-ITX motherboard space really is limited. ASUS came up with a new idea when they launched their Maximus VI Impact board as it featured a vertical daughterboard that has the motherboard’s hefty VRM components. ASUS’s new Maximus VII Impact board relies heavily on this concept as it will feature as many as five daughterboards.
The first daughterboard will hold the boards hefty 8-phase VRM. The next one is called the ImpactControl II which features power / reset buttons, a clear CMOS button, ROG connect buttons and a debug LED. The third board is called the Impact CoolHub and it has dual 4pin fan connectors and an LN2 mode switch. The fourth board is the mPCIe Combo IV which features an mPCIe x1 slot on one side (which comes with the boards 802.11ac WiFi card installed), and an M.2 slot with PCIe 2.0 x4 wiring on the other side. Finally the last board is the SupremeFX Impact II audio card. It features an EMI-shielded 110 dBA SNR CODEC, audio-grade capacitors, a headphones amp, and inherent ground-layer isolation.
The board itself will draw power from your typical 24pin ATX power connector and 8pin EPS connector. The CPU socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots and a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. For storage you have four SATA 6 GB/s ports. The board will also have Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI out, DisplayPort, six USB 3.0 ports and a number of USB 2.0 port.
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