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Asus Maximus VI Formula and Impact announced

Asus Maximus VI Formula and Impact announced

The Asus Maximus VI Impact is the company's new mini-ITX Z87 board.

Asus has unveiled two new additions to its Z87 motherboard lineup in the shape of the watercooled Asus Maximus VI Formula and mini-ITX Asus Maximus VI Impact.

The two new boards join several previously announced Z87 boards, including the Asus Maximus VI Extreme that we reviewed a couple of days ago.

Starting with the Formula, it features full 'thermal armour' aluminium heatsinks covering the front and back of the board, as well as a PWM heatsink with incorporated watercooling connections. The G 1/4in sockets allow users to fit their own choice of barbs, to suit their choice of water-cooling setup, making this a genuinely useful feature. Asus claims a drop in temperature of around 20degrees Celsius when the water cooler is used.

Meanwhile the board's armour helps reduce interference, dissipate heat and of course protects parts of the board from damage.

Other features include 60A BlackWing chokes, 90% efficiency NexFET MOSFETs and 10K Black Metallic capacitors. A bundled mPCIe Combo II card also provides 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless, plus an M.2 interface for ultra-compact NGFF (Next Generation Form-Factor) SSDs.

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It also includes SupremeFX onboard audio with a 120db Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) headphone output, with a dedicated amplifier with an impedence of 600ohm. All told it's certainly a mighty looking mobo, though you'd expect it to be considering it's likely to cost the best part of £250.

As for the Asus Maximus VI Impact, this mini-ITX board is the first Z87 enthusiast board on the market and despite its tiny dimensions, it packs in most of the ROG key features.

A particularly notable feature is the PWM circuitry that is mounted on a riser board. It also comes with SupremeFX audio (though this time only rated to 115db SNR), an mPICE Combo II port with wireless card and 8+2 power circuitry.

Clearly the Impact isn't quite as Extreme as the rest of the ROG range but it still looks set to be a mighty fine mini-ITX board. We've been lead to believe it will retail for around £200.

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Parge 4th June 2013, 11:42 Quote
That Formula is the Bomb Diggity! If I was going Haswell, that would definitely, without doubt, be my board of choice. Great work from Asus!
Snips 4th June 2013, 12:06 Quote
That formula is a thing of beauty!
Noob? 4th June 2013, 12:15 Quote
Oh My that Formula!

I've been meaning to finally get into WC and have told myself I'll do it on my SB i3 RIG but boy, what a way to start on that.....tempting yet daunting!

Oh, price, if its anywhere around £250, thats sounds like an awesome deal!
bawjaws 4th June 2013, 12:25 Quote
That thermal armour stuff looks nice :) Also good to see that they've stuck with the red and black colour scheme and not that horrid black and yellow :D

PS: Typo in article title - it's Maximus, not Maximux
GuilleAcoustic 4th June 2013, 12:51 Quote
While I'm completly happy with a ROG mITX board ... I'm pretty sceptical with the placement of the "Supreme FxAudio board". Many reviews of high-end audio card proved that the proximity of an high end GPU degrades the audio signal. I'm sticking with USB DAC :D
Parge 4th June 2013, 14:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Noob?
Oh My that Formula!

I've been meaning to finally get into WC and have told myself I'll do it on my SB i3 RIG but boy, what a way to start on that.....tempting yet daunting!

Oh, price, if its anywhere around £250, thats sounds like an awesome deal!

Oh dude, if you are going to WC then definitely don't start with an i3, gotta go at least i5 K series!

Also, £250 might seem like a lot of money, but most Mobo Waterblocks cost around £100 on their own!
Cygnitr0n 4th June 2013, 15:27 Quote
I love the mITX! That's just awesome!
Noob? 4th June 2013, 18:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
Oh dude, if you are going to WC then definitely don't start with an i3, gotta go at least i5 K series!

Also, £250 might seem like a lot of money, but most Mobo Waterblocks cost around £100 on their own!

Thats why I think its a bargain! Plus the armour looks great!

LOL on the i3, only doing so as its my first venture into the world of WC, so trying it out on my cheaper gear, otherwise I've an i7 here too. :D
shrop 4th June 2013, 18:36 Quote
£200 for an ITX board? Even with the audio on board (which I never like on a mobo, just get a sound card or a DAC), thats crazy!
23RO_UK 4th June 2013, 18:38 Quote
Shame about Haswell but Asus have so got those boards right!!!
PabloFunky 4th June 2013, 18:43 Quote
Getting closer, i was deciding on the MSI, after the gigabyte ones not being to my liking.

I think i like this one now, as i like the WC solution, but wanted XLATX format.

So whilst none available suit what i wanted 100%, its hotting up now on who gets my money.

Oh, and i use a Pioneer sclx86 GuilleAcoustic, so im with you on USB-DAC, its a great feature of new amps (if only in stereo)
Combatus 4th June 2013, 21:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by shrop
£200 for an ITX board? Even with the audio on board (which I never like on a mobo, just get a sound card or a DAC), thats crazy!

The only thing you're missing are a few PCI-E slots. It will likely overclock just as far and have just as many features otherwise. You need the discrete sound card as the only other way to get half-decent audio on a min-ITX board if you're using a discrete graphics card is to use a USB sound card.
shrop 5th June 2013, 10:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
The only thing you're missing are a few PCI-E slots. It will likely overclock just as far and have just as many features otherwise. You need the discrete sound card as the only other way to get half-decent audio on a min-ITX board if you're using a discrete graphics card is to use a USB sound card.

So it comes at a premium for the missing PCI-E.... thats how I see it anyway. I would never spend 200 on a full size board, let alone an ITX, thats just me, I'm sure many will and have.
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