ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT

ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT – Testing

Testing we turn off any internet connection and reboot the machine to ensure Windows 10 pesky updates don’t skew numbers. Once rebooted we disable the internet open the task manager and wait about 10 minutes for any background tasks to finish. Once the CPU usage is at or below 1% we proceed with our tests. Each test is ran three times, we then average the three tests and report that score here. Should we run into any anomalous tests we toss the abortion test and run the test again.

Test Rig
“Pew Pew”
Case TypeDIYPC Open Test Bench
CPUIntel Core I7 6700K 4.0 – 4.2GHz
MotherboardASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT
RamMushkin Redline 2666Mhz
CPU CoolerCorsair H110i GTX
Hard DrivesKingston 120GB SSD
Opticalnone
GPUEVGA GTX 960 SSC \ R9 380
Case Fans1 x 180mm Mosfet / CPU / Ram cooling fan
1 x 120mm PCI-E Cooling Fan
Docking StationsNone
Testing PSUSilverStone 1500W ST-1500
LegacyNone
MouseRazer Diamondback Chroma
KeyboardRazer Deathstalker Chroma
Any Attempt Copy This System Configuration May Lead to Pure Joy 

OVERCLOCKING

OCing

Now for the moment of truth. It’s time to see if the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT is truly capable of Overclocking with the big boys.

ASUS EZ TUNING WIZARD

We have including a walk through the OC portion of ASUS’s EZ Tuning wizard to show the simplicity and what kind of results it will produce. The process took less than a minute, we have included screens of each option and what we chose, as well as the end result of those choices. The Tuner decided the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT should OC to the same settings chosen for it’s much larger counterparts, the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT had no problems with this.

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ASUS EZ Tuning Wizard options, click to enlarge.

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Below we see a CPU-Z shot of the results produced by the EZ Tuning Wizard which are par for the course.

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The MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT pulled these numbers on its own without even breaking a sweat. >4.6GHz core and >2700MHz memory. Next we will go for the full OC. Can the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT pull it off?

ROG_IMPACT_CPUZ_FULLOC

For a motherboard to prove to us here at Bjorn3D that it is an effective OC’er it needs to be able to allow the CPU to hit 4.7GHz and memory to hit 3000MHz plus. The MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT passes this test with flying colors, no trouble at all. We hope you didn’t forget the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT is a mITX board, we nearly did when seeing the performance capability.

IMPACT_wPRIME_OC

We run a few benches and a light gaming session to see how the OC holds up on the IMPACT. The OC held stable and we didn’t experience any anomalies.

MEMORY OVERCLOCKING

We are using Mushkin Redline 2666MHz which we have hit 3000MHz with in the past and knew the memory was up to the task, so it was all down the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT.

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With it’s optimized layout and top notch hardware the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT once again succeeds.

TEMPERATURES

Temps

For Thermal readings we run a series of benchmarks and put a solid load on our CPU to start making some heat. Below we see our i7-6700K processor under a 100% load @4.7GHz. The OC held stable throughout testing.IMPACTVIII_REALTEMP_100LOAD

We were running a Corsiar H110i GTX AIO cooler that was able to keep us within our acceptable temperatures with a pretty modest fan curve.  Keep in mind you aren’t going to hit stable 4.7 with a $40 dollar air cooler, well not for long anyway till the CPU fries itself. You can never go wrong investing a bit extra in a solid CPU cooler, be it air, AIO, or full LCS, treat your CPU to the best cooling within your means.

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