Included Accessories

ASUS includes the necessary accessories to get the board up and running with minimal hassle.

In the ASUS tradition, the manual included with the Maximus VII Impact was complete, covering all integrated board functionality and the included Windows software in great detail. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities. As an added bonus, ASUS includes SATA cable labels and ROG-branded swag in the form of a metallic case badge.

The board's rear panel shield is chromed black with port identifying text and icons colored white and printed sideways, making it very readable under most conditions with it mounted on a vertical case. ASUS even labeled the the USB ports tied to specific functions, including KeyBot and ROG Connect.

ASUS bundled in four black and white 6Gb/s rated SATA cables for use with the integrated port. The cables have integrated port locks and a mix of straight and 90 degree connectors.

For use with the on-board front panel headers, ASUS included a modified version of their Q-Connector header plug. You simply plug the front panel plugs from the case into the Q-Connector header plugs and the Q-Connector into the appropriate board header. It makes installation the front panel plugs much easier, especially with the cable extensions integrated into the connector.

For attaching to wireless and Bluetooth-based networks, ASUS included their redesigned dual-plug antennae. The antennae can be used in a flat or upright orientation with its flat surface optimized for broadcast and reception of 802.11ac type signals.

The included mPCIe Combo IV device plugs into the mPCIe slot adjacent to the rear panel, adding Intel-based 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities to the board. Additionally, the card supports use of an M.2 form factor SSD card plugged into the NGFF slot on the back of the card. Note that the NGFF slot supports PCIe style M.2 SSDs up to bandwidth of x4.

The included SupremeFX Impact II audio add-in card plugs into the device socket in between the mPCIe slot and rear panel, adding a Realtek HD audio controller to the board. The card adds 3 analogue audio ports to the rear panel as well as an HD-capable front panel audio header at the front of the card.

The CoolHub add-in card plugs into the device socket located direct behind the overclocking assembly integrated into the rear panel assembly. The CoolHub add-in card added two additional 4-pin fan headers as well an LN2 mode jumper to the board. The LN2 Mode jumper enables a cold bug fix that can be encountered when attempting to boot a CPU at sub-zero temperatures.

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