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Maximus VIII Impact (Z170) mini ITX

Goksal
Level 7
Maximus VIII Impact (Z170) mini ITX motherboard when will ?
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Vlada011
Level 10
SOON! 🙂
You definitely decide to be Mini ITX and you don't want to use all advantages of 20 PCIe lanes Gen 3 with new Z170 chipset?
Depend for what you need...

And I start to like small motherboards, but I would lose lot of good features with Mini ITX for gaming RIG.
My favorite is now Maximus VIII Gene...
But I will rather leave Intel to improve Skylake with few more cores, to remove Internal GPU and than maybe for X190 mATX.
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Skunk
Level 8
If they design it correctly, it will most definitely use all 20 PCI-e lanes, without switches, so it'll have better performance than the ATX boards, to boot.



Lanes 1-4: USB 3.1 Gen 1 to the back I/O
Lanes 5-6: USB 3.1 Gen 1 to header
Lanes 7-8: M.2 (M Key) for Wi-Fi card (Bandwidth to support upgrades to 802.11ax)
Lane 9: (Open for use on something)
Lane 10: Gigabit Ethernet controller
Lanes 11-14: Intel Alpine Ridge Controller (with DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 2.0) to the Type-C connector on back I/O
Lanes 15-18: M.2 (support up to 2280 PCI-e NVMe storage device or U.2 Hyper Kit)
Lane 19: Gigabit Ethernet controller
Lanes 20-22: SATA III (6 Gb/s)
Lanes 23-26: M.2 (support up to 22110 PCI-e NVMe storage device) on back side of motherboard

Here is a layout for something like this: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?53822-Thoughts-for-Skylake-Motherboard&highlight=skylake

Edit: For whatever reason, it won't let me shrink the image down

"Lanes 11-14: Intel Alpine Ridge Controller (with DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 2.0) to the Type-C connector on back I/O"

I CERTAINLY hope so! So far no other ITX boards include Alpine Ridge. I really hope that this one does!

Chris

Any chance we will get the official announcement this week or next? Any word from Raja on this forum?