The “CPU Features” sub-section allows us to set the processor clock frequency multiplier and processor technologies. This pretty important sub-section is the last on the list, although it is very easily accessible, because all parameters in the “Overclocking” section are looped. You don’t have to list all the way through to the very last one by hitting the down arrow key multiple times: just press the up arrow key, and here you are.
The next icon in the main menu after “Overclocking” is the notorious “Games” section. Here you can play three straight-forward and even primitive games. “Puppy Run” is a game of agility, where a puppy has to collect all bonuses while avoiding adult dogs. “Pair Match” is a game of attentiveness where you have to memorize the cards and open pairs of identical ones. “Break-Out” is a version of a famous “Arcanoid” game. Like some other utilities, the games are stored on a DVD disk, which must be in the drive for the games to run.
All other quite numerous Click BIOS functions hide behind the “Settings” icon.
“System Status” sub-section is in fact the startup screen, which we usually saw when accessing the conventional BIOS.
The functionality of the “Advanced” section is also what we have expected: all of the options migrated fully from the conventional BIOS.
Here we would like to take a look at the “Hardware Monitor” page, where you can enable automatic adjustment of the processor cooling fan rotation speed and set the rotation speeds of all other fans at 50, 75 or 100% mark. I hope you weren’t discouraged by the missing voltages? This page is still far ahead, and you can always check the current voltages in “Green Power” or “Overclocking” section anyway.
The “M-Flash” sub-section now looks even simpler and easier to work with, although it remained exactly the same functionality-wise compared to the conventional BIOS. We have the opportunity to try booting using a BIOS image stored on a flash-drive, to save the current BIOS version or update it with a newer one.
The “Security” sub-section allows us not only to set the system access passwords, like on many other mainboards. You can also set a common flash drive to be your access key to the system, which is an interesting unique feature offered by Micro-Star mainboards.
“Boot” sub-section lets you set the order of boot-up devices:
The functionality of the “Save & Exit” sub-section is obvious and doesn’t need any explanation.
Everything new always looks unconventional, that is why in the beginning it may seem difficult to work with. But as time goes by you get used to new things and start enjoying them fully. Therefore, it could be fair to refrain from criticizing MSI Click BIOS at this time and only after a while try assessing the success in implementing new features and functions. However, even now we can clearly see that over the past years the internal structure of the Click BIOS hasn’t really changed and hardly will in the nearest future, so we feel we could voice out a few comments. One of our major problems with it is lack of convenience of use and ergonomics. We do get the intention not to overload the startup screen with a ton of icons, but why did they have to put “Games” section in the main window, why do they need it at all and why does it occupy such a significant place? I am afraid I can’t think of a situation when upon entering the BIOS in order to adjust some settings the user would suddenly feel an irresistible urge to play these primitive games (for which he or she will need to locate the DVD disk with the software bundle first). Casual games may be very addictive, but there are many free and much better-quality versions of these games available online today, so why would anyone want them in the BIOS? Ok, let them be, but at least not in the front page. However, here is the “Games” section, while six important sub-sections had to be hidden far behind the “Settings” icon.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong about increasing the number of icons in the startup window. Here is an example of what it could look like:
This is just a quick mock-up that took me couple minutes to create in an image editing application. They could combine “Games” and “Utilities” into one section called “Programs” and arrange the nice section in three rows with three icons in each row. Ideally, it would be nice to allow users to drag and drop the icons with their mouse, so that they could arrange them in the most convenient order. They could come up with a few other things to make sure that “MSI Click BIOS” justifies its name and you can actually get t any section you need in one click. But in its current implementation it looks more like a “Click Click Click BIOS”.