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Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:14 pm
by Lawrence Lee

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:04 am
by Gadgety
Interesting mobo. A comparison to the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac would be nice.

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:15 am
by Abula
Thanks Lawrence for the review.

I have a couple of questions on the bios fan control,

1) Did you tested the tuning? is it like fanXpert and overrides the minimum preset values of the bios?

2) Can you change the curve for the SYS_FANs, i mean not the presets but like breakpoints?

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:54 pm
by merlyn
What is the 802.11ac performance like?

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:27 pm
by OverZerg
I can't get why they not using sodimms instead? They twice smaller. Also it would be much better with M.2 on board.

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:08 am
by nagi
Thanks for the review.

I am actually looking into building a mini-ITX work machine with specs in the same ballpark right now. (i7, board with integrated bt/ac wifi, ssd, 16GB RAM)

I have to say, I find the fan control lacking. My current AsROCK board (which is a few generations behind) has 5+1 points I can define in the BIOS. (5 with % setting and an emergency full tilt temperature.) The extra fan controller board is very nice, although in most small ITX cases, you won't find an extra 5.25" drive space. :)

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:34 am
by Rebellious
How come Asus put only an HDMI port? Their high-end boards usually have DVI, HDMI and Displayport.

Also i7-6700K iGPU is a step down from the previous gen Broadwell C-series. Why did Intel do that?

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:15 am
by Abula
Rebellious wrote:Also i7-6700K iGPU is a step down from the previous gen Broadwell C-series. Why did Intel do that?
Broadwell desktop CPUs are more like a special edition, its not the usual tick tock that we have seen from intel in the past generations, these are more CPUs with best iGPU sacrificing CPU clocks (compared to 4790K) and $150 more for this sort of speak trade off.

But these are great CPUs for someone that will really benefit from the iGPUs, although the jump from Haswell to Skylake is decent upgrade in the iGPUs, so i would say the curve of improvement is sustained, just that Broadwell is a very peculiar different offering from intel than the usual upgrades we have been getting.

Personally i would prefer the K series to remove the iGPUs and lower the price $50, or what the hell remove the iGPU in exchange of soldier instead of paste for these high end mainstream cpus. Looking on how the 6700K is getting close to $500, the 5820K at $399 is starting to look like a better buy overall.

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:45 pm
by edh
The lack of M.2 and instead having U.2 is unusual. Not sure I see the point of this when M.2 can be rear mounted on a small motherboard.

In terms of value I am definitely not convinced of the worth of ultra highend motherboards like this. What advantages will it really have over the next motherboard down? As it happens I have the Z170i Pro Gaming which is the next model down and I only see this motherboard as worse for the lack of the M.2 and more compatibility concerns.

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:31 pm
by baii
I think for asus board, you typically really want to use speedfan for silent, unless you run 100% pwm fan.

Any chance the check if lastest speedfan can controll the header on the addon card?

Btw, is ASUS still the only board manf that offer pwm/dc fan switching?

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:33 am
by wayner
I agree that M.2 would be good but I don't agree that you shouldn't have IGPUs. A Mini-ITX mobo with an M.2 means that you could have a very small case, and even a passive case like a HD-Plex H1.S or even smaller since you don't need room for a SSD as long as you have the M.2. That makes for a great HTPC with pretty impressive performance.

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:22 pm
by Lawrence Lee
Abula wrote:1) Did you tested the tuning? is it like fanXpert and overrides the minimum preset values of the bios?
2) Can you change the curve for the SYS_FANs, i mean not the presets but like breakpoints?
I did not test the tuning but yes, Fan Xpert usually overrides minimum values in the BIOS.
Yes, you can change the curve of the SYS_FAN and all EXT_FANs.
Rebellious wrote:How come Asus put only an HDMI port? Their high-end boards usually have DVI, HDMI and Displayport.
Seems like they wanted to include their enthusiast features (power/reset switches, error code display, CMOS/flashback) and could only fit them on the rear panel. They expect you to use a video card so they ditched the other video output options.
baii wrote:Any chance the check if lastest speedfan can controll the header on the addon card?
Sorry, board is packed away. I doubt the latest SpeedFan works at all. I haven't gotten working on any Skylake board as of yet.

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:54 am
by vishcompany
Lawrence Lee wrote:I doubt the latest SpeedFan works at all. I haven't gotten working on any Skylake board as of yet.
Beta 4.52 works well with my Asus Z170-A

Re: Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:08 pm
by fwiler
Lack of m2 is more than glaring omission, it's a nail in the coffin for this motherboard.
No enthusiast, which are the only people that would buy this, would look past that.