MSI Click BIOS Functionality
Mainboard BIOS has always been a scary and mysterious area for inexperienced users, therefore many manufacturers have undertaken countless attempts to make the BIOS of their mainboards simpler, easier to work with and more accessible. And for a while there has hardly been any positive outcome. Only the arrival of 3 TB hard disk drives and the need to ensure they are supported properly encouraged mainboard makers to become really aggressive in this aspect, but every manufacturer chose their own separate way. Gigabyte acted most carefully: they actually kept the same BIOS, added the support for higher capacity hard disk drives and named it Hybrid EFI Technology. Asus developed entirely new EFI BIOS for their mainboards, but they maintained the same good old recognizable BIOS structure that has been polished to perfection over years and is pretty convenient to work with. Micro-Star chose the most dramatic approach: they switched to a completely new Click BIOS, which doesn’t look anything like the old MSI BIOS at all. However, it would still be incorrect to call it completely new. A few years ago the company already offered an optional Click BIOS based on UEFI technologies.
We can certainly notice several common traits, even though the today’s Click BIOS looks slightly different.
An obvious advantage new Click BIOS has to offer is certainly the ability to select your native or at least familiar language from the list of 15. It should definitely make getting acquainted with the new Click BIOS much quicker and easier.
We would like to start discussing the features and functionality of MSI Click BIOS from the very first section called “Green Power”. Here we can change a few parameters related to power-saving technologies and also control the current settings on the most important voltages.
The “Utilities” section allows us to check system memory for errors, search for available BIOS updates online, backup the data and change the start-up image. Only the memory test and “Boot Screen” utility are actually built into the BIOS. You will need to use the DVD disk with drivers and software included among the mainboard accessories in order to launch “Live Update” and “HDD Backup”.
The “Overclocking” section is one of the largest in terms of the available parameters. It contains all options related to system overclocking and fine-tuning. There are also a number of informational parameters reporting the current system settings.
In order to offload this extremely large section and make navigating through settings easier, some parameters have been placed onto separate pages. In particular, memory timings have been singled out into an individual page. Each of the two memory channels may have identical or different timings settings.
The mainboard can save up to six full BIOS settings profiles. We wish they made some visual distinction between the empty and taken profiles.
However, working with the profiles is actually quite seamless. The date and time when the profile was created, as well as the BIOS version it refers to are saved automatically. You can also create a unique memorable name for your profiles or delete it from the memory.
The next two sections called “CPU Specifications” and “Memory-Z” serve purely informational purposes. The first one reports the basic details about our CPU:
You may dig even deeper if you want to and check out the list of processor technologies:
The “Memory-Z” section is organized in a very similar manner. As soon as you access this section, you see the info recorded in the memory modules SPD. These are the settings the mainboard will use by default.
However, the actual potential of your memory modules is hidden in the X.M.P. profile, which you can also check out in this section.