The Maximus VIII Impact motherboard comes with all the necessary components to get the board up and running, plus a few additional components enhancing the board's functionality.
The manual included with the Maximus VIII Impact is written in the clear and detailed language we've come to expect from ASUS motherboard manuals. Also included is a driver DVD with all necessary hardware drivers and Window's utilities, ROG case badges, and ROG case labels. The case labels can be used to label SATA cables, hard drives and SSDs, as well as Keybot-related function keys.
The board's rear panel shield is an aluminum plate with the port identifying text and icons printed in white text onto its surface. Under good lighting, the text and icons are easy to read, but would be challenging to see under poor lighting conditions.
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 straight connectors.
For use with the on-board front panel header, ASUS included a header extender. You plug in female end of the extender into the motherboard header. The front panel connectors from the case plug into the labeled male connectors on the other side of the extender. This makes for much easier access to the front panel connections given the location of those headers and the board's size.
For use with the integrated WIFI adapter, ASUS includes a dual-plug antennae with gold-plated screw-in connectors. 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.
ASUS included a CPU installation tool with the motherboard to ensure easy and proper CPU installation into the board's socket. You simply snap the plastic guide over top of the CPU and place the CPU in the socket with the "This Side Up" arrow placed near the socket hinge. The plastic guide remains in place when you lock the CPU into the socket.
The included Fan Extension Card extends the fan control and monitoring capabilities of the board, adding three additional 4-pin fan and 2-pin temperature headers to the board. The external PCB connects to the board via the included proprietary cable. The board is powered by the on board MOLEX port. The 4-pin header marked FAN_IN is for attaching to a fan header on the motherboard for control signal purposes. That way, the fans attached to the extender card can be controlled via the Q-Fan settings in the BIOS. Included with the board are the 5-pin connection cable for connecting the board to the EXT_FAN header on the motherboard and a thermistor for connecting to one of the temperature headers.