MSI Click BIOS II Functionality
In our previous reviews of LGA1155 mainboards from Micro-Star Company we paid special attention to the features and functionality of their new MSI Click BIOS, which at the time wasn’t a very successful UEFI BIOS implementation. MSI Click BIOS was based on the company’s developments from a few years ago, but today we for the first time met the brand new MSI Click BIOS II. I have to admit that right from the beginning it looks much more convenient and informative than the previous version. The top part of the screen serves not only informational purposes, but it also allows changing the order of boot-up devices simply by dragging and dropping them with the mouse pointer. The currently active devices are highlighted.
Right below the informational top part we see the operation mode icons, with the current one (Standard Mode) highlighted. You can select ECO Mode, which isn’t dramatically different: it enables C1E, sets C State limit to C2 and disables highlighting. OC Genie II Mode is the same as OC Genie button on the mainboard itself and allows to automatically overclock the system. The center of the screen is used to display the BIOS settings, there are icons for the major BIOS sections on the left- and right-hand side. The first one is “Settings” and it contains several different sub-sections.
“System Status” sub-section is, in fact, the same start-up screen, which we saw in the regular BIOS.
The parameters in the “Advanced” section are also quite common: they have been moved from the traditional BIOS as is.
Now let’s check out the page called “Hardware Monitor”, where you can enable automatic control of the processor fan rotation speed. Unfortunately, rotation speed of the remaining four fans that can be connected to the mainboard cannot be adjusted, which is a serious drawback for the mainboard of this rank. By the way, the preceding model, MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3), allowed lowering the rotation speed of the remaining fans and locking it at 50% or 75%.
The “Boot” sub-section will let you set the order of boot-up devices and configure a few other options required for system start-up.
“Save & Exit” sub-section doesn’t need an explanation.
“OC” section is one of the largest in terms of available settings. It contains all options related for system overclocking and fine-tuning as well as a number of informational parameters reporting the current system specifications.
In order to make this very busy section less overwhelming, some of the parameters have been moved to separate pages. Namely, the memory timings have been all gathered on a single page. The timings may be set different or the same for each of the two memory channels.
The mainboard allows saving six full BIOS settings profiles. It allows saving these profiles onto external media and loading from them. I wish they made it visible, which profiles have already been taken.
However, this would be the only comment I have about profiles and working with them. There are no other problems. The date and time of profile creation are recorded automatically as well as the corresponding version of the BIOS. You can assign each profile a unique descriptive name or delete it altogether.