As we wrote in the Introduction, the Maximus IV Extreme has lots of features, technologies and innovations. Not all of them are invented by ASUS but we are really impressed to see them all packed into a single device and implemented perfectly. You can take the two BIOS chips as an example. Gigabyte mainboards have long had the dual BIOS feature but users didn't benefit much from it. On the contrary, a mainboard could occasionally decide that the main BIOS chip was damaged and rewrite it. The two BIOS chips work the same way on MSI mainboards. As opposed to them, the Maximus IV Extreme offers two full-featured independent BIOS chips, each with its own settings, even with different BIOS code versions. You can easily synchronize their data and switch between them using a button or a corresponding software option. So, we've finally got what we've missed in Gigabyte's Dual BIOS feature.
It would take a lot of time to enumerate all the advantages of the Maximus IV Extreme, starting with its super-secure packaging and extraordinarily rich accessories and finishing with its handy PCB design and user-friendly EFI BIOS. It is indeed that good, but we've mentioned most of its advantages throughout our review already, so now it is time to point out some of its drawbacks here.
We were rather surprised that, for all the abundance of accessories, there was no USB 3.0 module for the front panel of the system case among them. The internal USB 3.0 connector is placed rather inconveniently, right next to the back-panel connectors. We weren't happy that the mainboard didn't work correctly in default mode and had high power consumption. On the other hand, such products are usually bought for overclocking, and its overclocking features and functionality have been implemented perfectly. Moreover, its power consumption is quite normal when it's overclocked.
So, we can certainly recommend the Maximus IV Extreme for enthusiasts but you must be aware that you can only make full use of its graphics potential if you have three graphics cards. The mainboard allows using one or two graphics cards as well, but the additional Nvidia NF200 controller is not utilized in this case.