We will outline the performance increases that can be obtained from using the Asus Maximus VIII Impact motherboard to overclock our system. Our overclocked processor frequency was 4.8GHz and memory speed was maintained at 3200MHz.
As a performance comparison, we have included the overclocked results from seven other Z170 motherboards. The maximum overclocked configuration achieved with each board was a 4800MHz (48 x 100MHz) processor frequency and memory speed was 3200MHz CL16 where the board supported it (not on the ASRock Z170 Extreme4).
Asus’ motherboard delivers strong gains when the CPU and Cache are both overclocked. The mini-ITX board takes a joint lead in Cinebench, while performance is also close to the top of the chart in 3DMark and GTA V.
Despite the somewhat meaningless 0.3FPS average frame rate boost over the M8I’s stock speed in GTA V, the minimum FPS level was increased by more than 10% thanks to overclocking.