Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME

    Gold Award

    ASUS has another beast on their hands with the Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard. Holding the "Flagship" moniker for the ASUS ROG Z170 board line, the board is chock full of features and accessories including the latest edition of their OC Panel device. The Maximus VII Extreme was as pretty to look at as it was over-engineered (which also ups the aesthetic factor for me). ASUS designed the beast with a full 13 dedicated power phases for the CPU alone, meaning that the board was made to put up with anything you could throw at it and engineered for world record performance. With the exception of the CMOS battery placement, the integrated component layout was well thought out and implement with more than adequate space to use the board's numerous features.
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/7377.jpg PC Perspective
    UNITED STATES
    PC Perspective
    08/08/2016

    Motherboards
    Z170-PRO

    Dam Good Value

    So where does this leave the ASUS Z170-Pro? In a pretty decent position actually. It may no longer reside in the driver's seat among its peers but for buyers who absolutely cannot stretch their budget another $30 to afford the ASUS RoG Hero or Genes of the marketplace, the Z170-Pro is still a very good choice. Just be aware of the still competition around its price point.  more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2511.gif Hardware Canucks
    UNITED STATES
    Hardware Canucks
    06/08/2016

    Motherboards
    Z170-PRO

    Approved

    The ASUS Z170-PRO is a good all around board with enough features for just about everyone. It's definitely one of a handful of boards to consider when looking in the sub $200 market.
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/5625.jpg Overclockers.com
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers.com
    04/13/2016

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME

    Recommended

    But honestly, neither of these boards are for the budget builder who's merely looking to slap together an average PC. The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard is for the tireless system builder who can't or won't stop tuning and tweaking, who is always on the hunt for increased performance. For you, we can attest, this premium motherboard will keep you entertained for a good long while. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2541.jpg Hot Hardware
    UNITED STATES
    Hot Hardware
    04/08/2016

    Motherboards
    Z170-PRO

    91%

    The ASUS Z170-Pro provides a healthy amount of features with premium controllers and a good amount of hidden quality. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/default.jpg TweakTown
    UNITED STATES
    TweakTown
    03/09/2016

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT

    Editor's Choice

    At the end of the day, you have a well rounded motherboard that looks spectacular with the latest ROG color scheme. It fits into any chassis designed for Mini-ITX motherboards and can be built as mild or wild as you want. Fitted with a high end GPU, Core i7 6700K. and some high speed memory and storage, and you have a killer rig that starts with a retail price of $238. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/2422.jpg Overclockers Club
    UNITED STATES
    Overclockers Club
    01/13/2016

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII GENE

    Silver Award

    Usually when we are talking Republic of Gamers motherboards, we are generally thinking about boards that cost a lot. This ASUS Maximus VIII Gene comes in at $210. While that is not "cheap" in the motherboard spectrum, that is far from expensive for a motherboard with such a list of features. You get an excellent audio solution, you get great cooling, you get FanXpert 3 technology, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, and all on a motherboard that will run Prime95 for three weeks at 4.5GHz. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1708.jpg HardOCP
    UNITED STATES
    HardOCP
    01/03/2016

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT

    Editor's Choice

    Overall, the ASUS Maximus VIII Impact is a well-balanced board that offers an extensive feature set and comes with a solid accessories and software bundle. At the time of writing, the board retails online for about $235 USD. Compared to other Mini-ITX offerings, you will be paying a premium price for all the luxury! However, the Maximus VIII Impact showed outstanding performance out of the box and achieved overclocking levels compared to larger boards without breaking a sweat. Keeping that in mind, this little beast is a steal at $235 in my book! more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1411.jpg Neoseeker
    UNITED STATES
    Neoseeker
    01/02/2016

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT

    Golden Bear

    We reward the Bjorn3D.com Gold Award because it is pretty easy to see, in the compact world of mITX the MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT is ready to be crowned, all bow before King IMPACT VIII. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/4110.jpg Bjorn3d
    UNITED STATES
    Bjorn3d
    01/01/2016

    Motherboards
    MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT

    Recommended

    The extra features on the Impact are certainly worth the increased cost, but it's all a question of use. Thankfully, when we did use it, it came top in pretty much all our system/CPU benchmarks in our Z170 motherboard testing so far, and that is quite hard to ignore. more
    https://www.asus.com/images/award_logo/1340/9865.png AnandTech
    UNITED STATES
    AnandTech
    01/01/2016