Overclocking and Conclusion
To give the reader a feel for the Maximus VI Impact's overclocking performance capabilities, we attempted to push the board to known CPU-supported performance parameters with minimal tweaking. I was able to push the board to a 4.67GHz CPU speed, a 1780MHz memory speed, and a 4.0GHz ring bus speed at a 167MHz base clock speed easily, running stable for well over the 4hr target time. System stability was tested running the AIDA64 stability test in conjunction with FurMark running at 1280×1024 resolution and 2x MSAA in stress test mode.
Note that this is is meant only as a quick preview of the board's performance potential. With more time to tweak the settings to a greater extent, pushing to a higher base clock and ring bus speed may have been achievable, in addition to an overnight stability run without issue.
ASUS again proves why they are a tier one vendor with the superior design of the Maximus VI Impact. This mITX board performs as well as any full-size ATX board with the feature set to match. Performance-wise, the board easily kept pace with the other test boards no matter what was thrown at it.
As of March 7 25, the ASUS Maximus VI Impact was available at Newegg.com for $219.99. The board was also available from other retailers such as Amazon.com for $219.99 with Prime shipping and TigerDirect.com for $229.99.
Before continuing with our final thoughts on the Maximus VI Impact, we would like to take this opportunity to give our friends at ASUS a hearty “Thank You” for allowing us the opportunity and pleasure to review their ROG mighty-mite. The Maximus VI Impact may be a small board, but embedded in its silicon is the heart of a champion. ASUS' design prowess shines through on multiple levels with the Maximus VI Impact, from the armored daughter board to the space saving use of the add-on SupremeFX Impact add-on card for sound handling. Further, ASUS integrated the diagnostic display as well as several on-board buttons into a riser card located in the board's rear panel, freeing up even more space on the top surface of the board. The board integrates elements from many of the other ROG motherboard's including use of the SupremeFX sound, Digi+ III power, and mPCIe Combo II card technologies. While the board space is limited by the its physical size, its performance is not inhibited by its mITX stature in the least. The Maximus VI Impact performed on-par with other full-sized solutions at both stock and overclocked settings, so no worries there. Further, ASUS made full use of the chipset SATA controller device ports with four SATA ports, one NGFF mPCIe-based port, and one eSATA port, meaning that all six 6Gbps ports can be used simultaneously without the risk of port sharing or deactivation that normally comes with port-sharing designs.
The one minor fault I have with the board is the amount of components that are present on the back side of the board. While this is almost unavoidable because of the board's size, ASUS could have been more careful concerning component placement directly beneath the CPU socket area. However, as long as you are careful with installing your CPU mounting bracket, you should not run into issues..
- Stock performance
- Overclocking performance
- Board layout and design
- Space saving features such as CPU power circuitry daughter card, add-on sound card, and diagnostic led/button placement intergration into rear panel
- UEFI BIOS design and usability
- Motherboard manual information on base features
- Intel GigE NIC
- Quality of included power circuitry
- SupremeFX Impact add-on sound card
- mPCIe Combo II card with support for 802.11ac wireless and M.2 SATA device
- Outside of case accessible CMOS reset button in rear panel
- Power components in close proximity to under-board socket plate