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Most powerful Z97 mini-ITX board with full-scale power, discrete audio and fastest connectivity

  • LGA 1150 socket for the 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7, Pentium® and Celeron® processors
  • Intel® Z97 Express chipset with M.2 (PCI Express 3.0 x4) support
  • Impact Power II- Hardcore power delivery with premium components
  • Intel Ethernet + LANGuard + GameFirst III– Game networking taken to the next level
  • SupremeFX Impact II + Sonic Radar II- New and improved audio that’s beyond compare
  • mPCIe Combo IV and KeyBot- Fast Wi-Fi and M.2 connectivity, plus instant keyboard upgrade
  • USB UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase– Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance
  • ROG gives you more– A ready-made gamer's toolkit.
  • Awards

    • Superior Spec
    • Best gaming power
    • No-lag LAN
    • Awesome audio
    • Best gaming boosts
    • Gorgeous UEFI BIOS
    • Premium protection
    • Best tools




    • AUDIO

    • BOOSTS




    Designed and tested for the best compatibility

    Case and CPU-cooler compatibility is extremely important for mini-ITX gamers and enthusiasts. That's why ROG has performed hundreds of tests and modifications to perfect Maximus VII Impact's layout to ensure maximum compatibility with both mini-ITX chassis designs and CPU coolers.

    Max. height complies with mini-ITX chassis standard
    Installation washers included

    Installation washers included*

    For convenience and the widest backplate compatibility, Maximus VII Impact includes four installation washers.

    * Washers required only if you encounter installation difficulties.

    Installation washers included

    Zero height on backplate area

    ROG designers carefully designed the Maximus VII Impact's layout to keep the CPU's blackplate area clear, allowing better support.


    Impat Power II

    Hardcore power delivery with premium components

    Maximus VII Impact's completely-digital power architecture is engineered with premium components to provide total control over the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulators (FIVR) found in the latest Intel® processors. Dynamic speed adjustments and intricate manual controls let you the push the processor and memory further than ever — and that means the highest stability and precision!


    Intel® Ethernet. LANGuard. GameFirst III

    This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROG.

    Intel® Ethernet

    More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences!

    Maximus VII Impact features the very latest Intel® Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming — always. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay!

    ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an independent network-assessment test tool, to determine just how much quicker Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the smaller (sub-256 bytes) UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming. The results are in — and with Maximus VII Impact your game-data packets flow up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies!

    LANGuard – RJ45 Reinvented!

    Pumped-up throughput. Best surge protection.

    ROG has reinvented the LAN port. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect your motherboard from lightning strikes and static electricity!

    GameFirst III

    Network-optimization software for no-delay gameplay!

    Exclusive GameFirst III has been upgraded with even more gamer-helping features and an interface that's even more intuitive! GameFirst III helps you to assign top priority to game packets and allocate more bandwidth to the game, ensuring the best online gaming experience.


    Choose from a preset mode to suit what you're doing – Optimization, Game, Media Streaming or File Sharing. You can manage bandwidth down to the level of individual applications, with five priority levels (highest, higher, normal, lower, lowest) and even the ability to block specific traffic. GameFirst III even has a built-in Network Monitor tool, so you can supervise your network traffic and test your connection speed to check that you're getting the bandwidth you pay for!


    SupremeFX Impact II, Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar II

    Flawless audio that gives you a foot-up

    SupremeFX Impact II

    Blade of sound adds striking audio

    ROG knows the importance of flawless audio – pristine effects and full-range soundtracks make the game. This devotion to the best audio is applied to all our Maximus VII boards, including mini-ITX and micro-ATX (mATX) models. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and exceptionally premium components deliver best-in-class audio. The original SupremeFX Impact was acclaimed by both our customers and the media — and SupremeFX Impact II employs even finer components and superbly clever software innovations for gaming and multimedia experiences beyond compare!

    ASonic SoundStage – Hardware-level audio-profiles switch

    Apply the best settings for your favorite game genres in real time on any OS, via the onboard Sonic SoundStage button. The debug LED displays the mode — FPS (01), racing (02), fighting (03) or sports (04).*

    BMinimize EMI (electromagnetic interference)

    Physical isolation of analog and digital components reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) to a minimum.

    CSonic SenseAmp – Amp up your headset!

    Sonic SenseAmp is a ROG invention that detects headphone impedance (below 65/65 ~ 150/150 or higher ohms) and adjusts the built-in amp automatically, for pitch-perfect listening right away!

    DELNA® capacitors – Exceptionally warm and natural sound

    Premium Japanese-made ELNA® audio capacitors

    * Sonic SenseAmp and Sonic SoundStage supports only analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) connections

    Sonic Studio - Brilliant one-click virtual sound!

    Sonic Studio is a brand-new audio-tuning suite that provides an aural treat. Use the one-click Virtual Surround function to 7.1 channels, even through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset. It offers five more superb audio controls, including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ — ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing!

    Experience virtual 7.1-channel surround sound from your 2.0-channel headset! Dynamically adjusts to provide deep warm bass and crystal-clear voice Boosts the bass effects Choice of five environmental spaces for reverb effects Adjust detail settings to your own preferences Sonic Sudio is off
    Extracts human voice for clearer dialog/audio communication and vocals Sonic Sudio is off

    Perfect Voice – Simple and effective noise reduction

    Perfect Voice removes ambient noise with one click, for crystal-clear in-game chat

    Normalizes the microphone volumes for stable recording consistency

    Minimizes ambient noise during sentences (i.e. pauses and periods of silence)

    Spectral-subtraction algorithm analyzes and calculates ambient noise

    Sonic Radar II

    Scan and detect to dominate!

    Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. See the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, and practice your enemy-pinpointing skills — and exclusive Audio Enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness. The all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list!


    mPCIe Combo IV and KeyBot

    Fast Wi-Fi and M.2 connectivity, plus instant keyboard upgrade

    mPCIe Combo IV with 802.11ac / Bluetooth

    Four-speed ahead with M.2 x4

    Maximus VII Impact's upgraded mPCIe Combo IV + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0 module delivers the latest connectivity, with mini PCI Express (mPCIe) on one side and PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 socket on the other for direct-from-processor transfer speeds of up to 32Gbit/s — that's over six times (6X) faster than traditional PCI Express 2.0 M.2 solutions!

    APCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 slot: supports socket 3, 2242/2260/2280/22110 - type (‘M'-keyed) devices

    BPre-fitted with a dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth v4.0 mPCIe card


    Your keyboard, instantly upgraded!

    Fancy a free keyboard upgrade? That's what KeyBot gives you — instantly. Just plug your existing keyboard into the dedicated USB socket to activate the exclusive KeyBot microprocessor on the Maximus VII Impact. Use the easy-to-use utility to assign macros to function keys F1-F10 to launch any application with a single press or control multimedia playback — or store up to 15 combinations per key!

    Macro keys Program up to 15 sequential keyboard combinations

    Function keys Assign to everyday functions, like mail, browsing or multimedia functions.

    Shortcut Assign any application or folder to launch.

    You can even use KeyBot to wake your PC to boot into a specific mode

    CPU Level Up

    Instantly boost your system


    Enable Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)

    Direct to UEFI BIOS

    Just one tap to launch the UEFI BIOS


    UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase.

    Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance.

    Award-winning UEFI BIOS

    Acclaimed by world media as the most-intuitive UEFI BIOS!

    The smoothest mouse-controlled graphical UEFI BIOS has been upgraded to deliver faster setup and easier functions, with an even more appealing design for better overclocking and DIY experiences. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.

    EZ mode

    Fan Profile:
    Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling!

    SATA Information:
    Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices!

    Fast Clock Adjustment:
    Use mouse controls to change the time and date!

    EZ XMP:
    Improve your DRAM performance with a click!


    Right-click to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings or press F4 to manage your list!

    Quick Notes:
    Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently!

    Last Modified Log:
    Track recent changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive!

    SATA Port Renaming:
    Rename SATA ports for easy identification!


    While you protect your back in the game, Maximus VII Impact protects all sides in the real world.

    Gamer's Guardian

    All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability and durability

    Black Nickel-coated Q-shield

    0 pain!
    Protect your hands from nicks and cuts!


    1 clip
    to swap or secure your graphics card!


    clips mean handling memory modules is a cinch – super simple and super secure!

    DRAM Over-current Protection

    1 additional
    resettable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage!

    ESD Guards

    2X greater
    electrostatic protection than standard. ESD Guards cover the PS2, USB, audio and LAN ports!

    Stainless Steel Back I/O

    3X longer
    life-span than ordinary panels!

    10K Black Metallic Capacitors

    20% greater
    temperature endurance

    5X longer
    lifespan than generic capacitors!


    A ready-made gamer's toolkit

    ROG RAMDisk and a raft of fab utilities to make every gaming quest a success.


    Dynamically unleash your RAM – 20X faster than SSD!

    With RAMDisk you can turn system memory into superfast temporary storage. Put large files, such as game maps, into RAMDisk and watch loading times fly — you'll never again wait to play. The improved 2014 edition of RAMDisk dynamically allocates memory, so unused RAM is released back to the system when it's needed. You'll even enjoy the bonus of protecting your SSD drives, as RAMDisk reduces excessive reads and writes that can reduce lifespan! Last but not least, the junction function serves as quick links between files and RAM storage. All files are automatically saved and restored to their specific locations on hard drives when you turn your PC off, then go back to RAM when you power on again.

    • AI Suite 3
      One-stop intuitive control panel

    • ROG CPU-Z
      ROG-themed CPU-Z shows important system information

    • Mem TweakIt
      Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge

    • USB UEFI BIOS Flashback
      Refresh your BIOS in a flash, even when the system is off

    • Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year)
      The best protection from viruses and spyware

    • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard(1 year)
      The leading tool for optical and virtual discs

    • ASUS WebStorage
      Free cloud storage

    • ASUS HomeCloud
      Access your PC, stream multimedia and manage cloud storage – anytime and anywhere!


    All ROG Maximus VII (Z97) motherboards are compatible with OC Panel and Front Base for superior performance tuning and system monitoring. To ensure complete OC Panel and Front Base functionality please apply the latest firmware updates for OC Panel and also the latest software updates for Front Base. The latest versions can be downloaded by visiting the relevant product websites.


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