Shunal DokeAug 21, 2013 15:58:23 IST
Asus has launched a new motherboard under its Republic of Gamers brand. The motherboard, Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX, is equipped with an Intel 4th generation Z87 chip. According to Asus, the motherboard is "loaded with exclusive gamer-pleasing innovations."
It features the SupremeFX Impact discrete sound card for 115dB SNR audio and Impact Power digital power-management technology for the same overclocking control as ROG’s full-size ATX motherboards. Maximus VI Impact also has connectivity options with onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Maximus 6 Impact motherboard
Because of the custom design of the SupremeFX Impact sound card, the PCI Express x16 slot remains free. The exclusive dual-differential circuit design splits the audio chip’s analogue signal into opposing phases that are combined by four operational amplifiers (op-amps) to produce a single, stronger and cleaner output, while premium ELNA audio capacitors smooth high and low-frequency signals to deliver warmer sounds.
The Maximus VI Impact also features Perfect Voice technology that uses active noise cancellation on the microphone input to keep VoIP chat clear in noisy environments and Music PnP technology that allows external sound sources to play through PC speakers when the PC is shut down. Together with exclusive SupremeFX Shielding that reduces audio distortion from electromagnetic interference, lossless 115dB output and the ability to drive high-impedance headphones (up to 600ohms), the Maximus VI Impact promises great audio quality.
ROG has designed the Maximus VI Impact for those who want the convenience of mini-ITX size without sacrificing overclocking and compatibility features. Based on ROG Extreme Engine DIGI+ III technology, Impact Power is compact voltage-regulator module (VRM) with 60A BlackWing chokes and 10K black metallic capacitors that gives precise digital power management for complete overclocking control, which Asus claims is on par with ROG full-size ATX motherboards.
The discrete soundcard frees up the PCI Express slot
Going back to some of the “gamer-pleasing innovations", the Maximus VI Impact has a unique feature called the Sonic Radar. It detects the source of in-game sounds and plots them on an on-screen overlay to let players pinpoint the position of enemies. It also comes equipped with Intel’s Gigabit Ethernet along with ROG GameFirst II technology, which Asus claims prioritises traffic for optimum ping rates, thus reducing overall lag in multiplayer games.
Other bundled tools include ROG RAMDisk that allows up to 80 percent of a computer’s available RAM to act as a high-speed virtual drive for accelerated game-loading times, while SSD Secure Erase built in to Maximus VI Impact’s UEFI BIOS lets users quickly restore drives to a factory-fresh condition for the best possible performance.
The Asus ROG Maximus VI Impact costs Rs 18,950 and comes with three years of warranty.
Here are the complete specifications of the motherboard:
- CPU support: LGA 1150 for 4th generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron®
- Chipset: Intel Z87 Express
- Memory slots: 2 x DIMM (maximum 16GB DDR3) 3000MHz+ (OC)
- Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot
- Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics
- Audio: ROG SupremeFX Impact with 7.1 audio with 115dB SNR output
- Key connectivity: 6 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x optical S/PDIF out, 1 x HDMI port and 1 x DisplayPort
- Networking: Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Intel I217-V Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0
- Power delivery: Impact Power (8+2 phase) with 60A BlackWing chokes and 10K black metallic capacitors
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