Product on Review: Maximus VII Impact
Manufacturer & Sponsor: ASUS
Street Price: £170 GBP / $239 USD
Last year ASUS Republic of Gamers team brought us their first Mini-ITX based motherboard and we were mightily impressed. Fast forward to 2014 and with the introduction of Intel’s Z97 chipset, the ROG team are back again with their second instalment of this maximum performance, no compromise design.
Maximus VII Impact is ASUS’ latest Intel Z97 motherboard which targets enthusiasts and gamers who require small form factor. This Mini-ITX motherboard is packed with innovative features which can be found on full-sized ROG motherboards. Impact features five exclusively designed vertical ‘daughterboards’ that provide power, sound, fan control, WiFi/SSD, ROG IO buttons – so even though there may not be a lot of space on board itself, these features are still included.
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R & D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.