ASUS is cooking up the Maximum VII Impact, a new Z97 based motherboard that will have five daughterboards!
The idea here is to take things vertical to be able to cram more features into this Mini-ITX motherboard, which begins by moving the 8-phase CPU VRM to a vertical card. Second we have the ImpactControl II, this board features power, reset, clear CMOS and ROG Connect buttons, as well as POST LEDs (which show out from the rear I/O panel).
Next is Impact CoolHub with two 4-pin PWM fan headers and an LN2 mode toggle; and the mPCIe Combo IV card which offers a mPCIe x1 slot populated by the board's 802.11ac WiFi card, with an M.2 slot with PCIe 2.0 x4 link layer wiring on the other side.
Audio is provided by the SupremeFX Impact II card, which features an EMI-shielded 110dBA SNR codec, audio-grade capacitors, a headphones amp, and inherent ground-layer isolation.
The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. The LGA1150 CPU socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, and a PCI-Express 3.0 x16. Storage connectivity, apart from the M.2 x4, includes four SATA 6 Gb/s port. Network connectivity, apart from the 802.11 ac WLAN, is care of a gigabit Ethernet connection, handled by an Intel-made controller. Display outputs include HDMI and DisplayPort. Six USB 3.0 ports, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports make up the rest of it.