The next two sub-sections called “CPU Specifications” and “Memory-Z” perform purely informational functions. The first one tells us all the basic info about our CPU:
You can dig deeper, if you like, and check out the list of supported processor technologies.
The “Memory-Z” sub-section is organized in a similar manner. The first thing you see is the information recorded in the memory modules SPD. The mainboard will use these particular settings by default.
However, the actual potential of the memory modules can only be found in the AMD Memory Profile (AMP) or Extreme Memory Profile (XMP), which you can also access through here.
Unlike mainboards for Intel processors, the “CPU Features” sub-section of MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 doesn’t contain any basic CPU information. All we can do here is configure some processor technologies. This very important sub-section for some reason was the last in the list, but it is still very easy to access it, because all parameters in the “OC” section are looped. You don’t have to keep pressing the “down” key endless number of times to get the last sub-sections or settings. Just press the “up” key once and you will get there immediately.
“ECO” section is what used to be “Green Power” before. Here we can work with some power-saving parameters, and control the current values of the most important voltages in the system.
“Browser” icon on the right-hand side will let you browse the Internet, check your e-mail, use some office or IM apps, but only if you have previously installed Winki 3 Linux-based operating system from the included DVD disk.
The same is true for HDD Backup and Live Update utilities, which are hidden behind the “Utilities” icon.
In the “M-Flash” sub-section we can try and boot using a BIOS image on a flash-drive, can save the current BIOS version or update it. It is somewhat inconvenient that the images are not only saved in the drive root folder, they should also be there for a successful update. There is no file manager of any sort, the NTFS file system is not supported, and the flash drive must be formatted as FAT or FAT32.
In the “Security” section you will be able to set passwords for system access, which is what other boards also allow. However, there is also an interesting MSI’s proprietary feature aka U-Key that will let you turn a common USB flash drive into an access key.
You can press F1 key at any time and while in any section of the BIOS to display the help topics. They also introduced new hot keys – F8 and F9, which allow you to load the settings profiles onto external storage media and load the profiles from them. I wish they have also made a key that could let you clear all the changes and go back to the previous settings in just one key stroke.
There is a “Language” button in the upper right corner of the BIOS screen, which usually allows selecting the interface language from a very long list of supported languages. However, it is useless in this case, because there is nothing to choose from.
Overall, MSI Click BIOS II looks very easy to work with and illustrative, and the company improves it continuously. They introduce more new parameters that enrich the board’s functionality and make working with it even easier than before. However, they still haven’t got rid of the typical shortcoming all MSI mainboards possess: MSI mainboards are still unable to increase the processor core voltage in the “Offset” mode by simply adding the necessary value to the nominal. Moreover, most difficulties the users may experience with Micro-Star mainboards, usually originate from the BIOS issues, which we are going to discuss later in this review.